I develop images in Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud (LR CC) using a top-down approach, starting with "Basic". The one rule breaker was "Camera Calibration", the very last menu item. When working with RAW image files, I find starting with Camera Calibration can save time and energy. I shoot Nikon and Fuji and find that camera specific settings often outperform the generic Adobe presets in LR. I recently updated the LR Classic CC app (formerly called LR CC) to the latest 7.3 release and could not find "Camera Calibration". It seemed like a big … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: What happened to “Camera Calibration” in Lightroom Classic Creative Cloud?
This morning, Adobe released Lightroom Classic CC version 7.3, which added among other items, new Adobe Profiles, and Creative Profiles. These are similar to presets but are one-click actions that can be used in correlation with other adjustments you've made. Getting Started with Profiles Profiles are located in the Develop module, at the top of the Basic panel. The camera calibration profile has been integrated into this as well, allowing you to choose from Adobe Standard, Color, Landscape, Portrait and Vivid. But to go beyond that, click … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Lightroom Classic 7.3, Adds Custom Profiles
I just got an e-mail reminder from Adobe, which is increasing some of its Creative Cloud plan pricing starting April 16. Announced last October at Adobe MAX, the pricing changes are as follows: Creative Cloud for Individual Single App plans will increase to $20.99 per month (instead of $19.99 per month; $1 increase). This plan is for a single Adobe Creative Cloud app. Creative Cloud for Individual App Apps plans will increase to $52.99 per month (instead of $49.99 per month; $3 increase). This plan includes all Adobe Creative Cloud … [Read more...] about Reminder: Adobe Increasing CC Plan Pricing, Photo Plan Unaffected
(Editor's note: it's easy to use a template available on Adobe Stock to create a logo for your business as Bryan Esler shows in this article. There is one issue with using Adobe Stock or most any stock for that matter to make your business's logo, it cannot be trademarked or copyrighted. This is because the creator of the template owns the copyright already. Adobe Stock’s contributing artists retain all copyrights to their images. For more visit: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/kb/adobe-stock-known-issues.html That said, most small businesses do … [Read more...] about Creating a Business Card with Adobe Stock
(Editor's note: it's easy to use a template available on Adobe Stock to create a logo for your business as Bryan Esler shows in this article. There is one issue with using Adobe Stock or most any stock for that matter to make your business's logo, it cannot be trademarked or copyrighted. This is because the creator of the template owns the copyright already. Adobe Stock’s contributing artists retain all copyrights to their images. For more visit: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/kb/adobe-stock-known-issues.html That said, most small businesses do … [Read more...] about How to Create a Logo Using Adobe Stock – Updated
(Editor's Note: This post has been pulled from Photofocus to be certain the information it contains is accurate for our readership. Here's a link to the updated article.) … [Read more...] about How to Create a Logo with Adobe Stock
Ever wonder what your Lightroom adjustments will look like without applying them? Instead of applying and undoing, next time hold the "Alt" (Windows) or "Option" (Mac) key to get a preview of what adjustments will do to your photograph. In the Basic panel, it'll show problematic highlights and shadows so you can further edit, while the Split-Toning, Detail and Camera Calibration panels will show previews of what the adjustments will do to your image. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Use the “Alt” or “Option” Key to Preview Lightroom Classic Adjustments
Tired of scrolling up and down your Library or Develop adjustment panels in Lightroom? Right click on a panel heading, like "Basic" in the Develop mode, and turn on Solo Mode. Doing so will only allow you to have one section open at a time, meaning no more scrolling from the bottom to the top of the panel area. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Stay Organized with Lightroom Solo Mode
Next time you're culling through photos, click the "Caps Lock" key. Doing so will activate Auto Advance (which can also be activated through Photo > Auto Advance), meaning you no longer have to hit the arrow key to go back and forth through photographs. Then you can just use the number keys to select ratings (1-5) or color labels (6-9) as necessary, or hit 0 to advance without marking a photograph. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Speed Up Lightroom Classic Culling Process with “Caps Lock”
Great Glamour Starts with Light but Finishes with Luminosity One of the concepts I stress most with my students is that photography is all about the play of lights and darks; tonal value is more important than color! I find that, most of the time, the path to a great color image runs through a B&W conversion, at some point. It is much easier to make tone and contrast decisions when you are not being distracted by color. Once an ideal B&W is achieved, you can apply the B&W luminosity to the original color. The following example, … [Read more...] about Evolution of a Glamour Image in Post
Have a series of photographs that have different exposure settings? While synchronizing your develop settings from picture to picture brings over all the adjustments you've made, it doesn't take into account different exposure settings you used while capturing the image. The solution? Once you're done editing one of your photos, select all of them in that set and go up to Settings > Match Total Exposures. You'll now see that all the photos have the same exposure settings, matching perfectly. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Match Exposures in Lightroom Classic
A friend asked me this question the other day. His website host doesn't allow him to show a picture's filename on the website which makes it hard to communicate with his clients about which photos they like best. He just wanted to be able to post the pictures with the filename showing, and he wanted to do this with several pictures all at once. Lightroom is not a terrific tool for adding text to photos, but there is a way this can be accomplished and it may be the fastest way to get it done even if you have another tool that could do it. Use … [Read more...] about How Do You Add Text To A Photo In Lightroom?
Last week, Adobe released Lightroom 6.14, the last perpetual update to the photography organizer and editing tool. Going forward, updates will only be made available for Creative Cloud subscribers, who have access to the new Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. This begs the question — is now the time to subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan? Lightroom has been around for just short of 11 years now, and up until this point, you've been able to buy it as a stand-alone product, and most recently as part of a subscription. While … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Last Stand-Alone Update to Lightroom; Is it Time to Subscribe?
Adobe has announced updates to the Lightroom CC product line for cloud-based and desktop versions. Happily, they have also been added to Lightroom CC Classic. The big news, of course, is these new features are driven by Adobe Sensei the company's powerful artificial intelligence engine. New Auto Settings I have never been a proponent of anything "auto" in photography with the exception of autofocus (hooray!) until now. Sensei powered "Auto" in Lightroom CC Classic works. It works amazingly well. Adobe's AI adjusts the major controls in the … [Read more...] about Adobe Sensei Auto Now in Lightroom CC & Classic
While Adobe has come to be nearly synonymous with digital photography, their customers are creatives of all types. With the creation of Adobe Stock, they recognized that creative people often need the work of other artists to complete their own projects. As Creative Cloud has rolled out, we have seen an even deeper integration of Adobe Stock with their library of software, building access into their products for an easy way to add stock images to projects. Sell Your Videos & Photos On the flip side, Adobe has also recognized that the … [Read more...] about How to Become an Adobe Stock Contributor
Adobe Stock is a service that provides designers and businesses with access to millions of high-quality images to use in their creative projects. Here’s how to use Adobe Stock as a tool for creativity and inspiration. Finding inspiration If you find yourself in a creative slump, browse Adobe Stock for ideas. It can be an image, background or even an element that inspires a creative shoot. I used this concept while working on my Assassin Series. Up to this point, I’ve been photographing the subjects on a black background. I liked it, but I … [Read more...] about Get Creative with Adobe Stock
When Adobe announced their new cloud-based Lightroom CC app, one concern I had was that images weren't downloadable. The initial launch said this feature was coming soon. Well, fortunately... the wait is over. Adobe has released its Adobe Lightroom Downloader app. What is It? The Adobe Lightroom Downloader app is to download all your Lightroom photos and videos from the cloud as original files. Everything that is downloaded is placed into a date-based folder hierarchy on the hard-drive you specify. Additionally, any edits made to raw … [Read more...] about Adobe Releases Lightroom Downloader App to Recover Images from Cloud
Installing new updates can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. Exciting because you can’t wait to try out the new features. Terrifying because it may crash your system. Here are a few simple tips to make your upgrade experience better. Backup Your Lightroom Catalog(s) Backing up your Lightroom catalog(s) is a safety net in case the update gets corrupt.This will save valuable time and frustration if you have to reinstall the previous version. The best way to backup your Lightroom catalog is through Lightroom’s catalog settings. This … [Read more...] about READ THIS BEFORE Upgrading To The New Lightroom
Last week there was a lot of uproar about the changes Adobe was making to its Lightroom platform. And while I've continued to use Lightroom Classic CC for my everyday work, I've taken a look at Lightroom CC to see if I'm missing anything, specifically in its organization and editing tools. The Best Features There's actually a lot to like about Lightroom CC, even though I consider it to be Lightroom CC Classic's little brother. Intuitive Interface The Lightroom CC interface is like a breath of fresh air. All of the panels are organized in a … [Read more...] about Adobe Lightroom CC: The Best Features, And What’s Missing
I keep hearing the question, can I use plugins with the new Lightroom (aka Lightroom CC). While Lightroom Classic CC (formerly Lightroom CC) fully supports third-party plugins like Perfectly Clear Complete or Macphun Luminar, the new Lightroom CC is a bit different. NOTE: We've got 3 specials for plugins Perfectly Clear. (with Free Upgrade to version 3.5) for only $79 (a Photofocus exclusive). This is almost half off! Aurora HDR. Add detail and depth to every photo or work with HDR brackets for maximum impact. Save $10 Luminar. A … [Read more...] about How to Use Plugins with the New Lightroom CC
Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. How do I change the color of an object? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington How do I change the color of an object? Oftentimes, you're asked to change the color of something in a scene. It might be something that's very specific, like a piece of clothing. Or maybe just something that you'd like to add emphasis to. Let me show ya two ways of doing this. First is just in Lightroom. And then, we'll jump into Photoshop. I'll select this image here. And … [Read more...] about How do I change the color of an object in Lightroom?
Adobe just announced that there are now TWO VERSIONS of Lightroom. There is the previous Lightroom (now called Lightroom Classic CC) and a new product called Lightroom CC. Let's try to make sense of the new application. What is Lightroom CC Lightroom CC is a whole new app that is built on the same imaging technology that powers Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. It offers a streamlined interface that's meant to be easier to use. Its approach to sliders is different, and it offers quick adjustment tools. It looks more modern and … [Read more...] about What the Heck is (The New) Lightroom CC?
When you open Lightroom Classic CC for the first time — a free upgrade to Creative Cloud subscribers — you won’t notice much that’s different. Instead, the new version of Lightroom focuses on under-the-hood upgrades, in order to make workflows faster and more efficient. While there are some new features that some photographers will love and take advantage of, the key here is to further optimize the great product that Lightroom has developed into over the years. I’ve been testing out the newly-released version of Lightroom Classic CC … [Read more...] about A Re-Introduction to the New Lightroom Classic CC
In case you haven't heard... Adobe has renamed the existing photo editing application, Adobe Lightroom Photoshop Lightroom CC to Lightroom Classic CC. This name change is to make way for a new product simply called Lightroom CC. Adobe is positioning Lightroom Classic CC for users who want: A desktop-based (file/folder) digital photography workflows. A well-established workflow solution that is distinct and separate from their new cloud-native service To focus on the strengths of a file/folder based workflow The new Lightroom … [Read more...] about Lightroom Classic CC Updates Today (What’s New in the “Old” Lightroom)
The latest Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop Releases add support for new cameras and lenses. This was released on October 18, 2017. Lens Correction Support These new cameras and devices are now supported for lens correction. This means that automatic lens correction, as well as vignette and chromatic aberration, is supported. Apple Apple iPad Pro (10.5 - inch) back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG) Apple iPad Pro (10.5 - inch) front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 Apple iPad Pro … [Read more...] about New Cameras and Lenses Added to Adobe Products
When you go to install the Lightroom Classic update, your existing Lightroom catalog is going to go through a significant upgrade process. This process WILL take longer (even a lot longer) than you are used to. This is because Adobe is compressing the Develop History and Metadata values in lrcat. This is expected to improve the overall responsiveness of Lightroom Classic CC. But it does take some time — Don't Panic. What is a Catalog? Your catalog is your database that tracks the location of your photos and all of the information about … [Read more...] about Read This Before Updating Your Lightroom Catalog
Adobe has released an update to the traditional Lightroom called Lightroom Classic (more details on that in a few minutes). The update is only for Creative Cloud members. Launch the Adobe Creative Cloud application. Click in the upper right corner of it and choose Check for App Updates Scroll to locate Lightroom Classic CC Click Update Wait a while as a LOT of people are doing the same thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKyVVPu5DBI … [Read more...] about The New Lightroom is Released (How to Get It)
Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. How do I make skies bluer? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington How do I make skies bluer? Another question I often get asked is, how do I make the skies bluer or perhaps the grass greener? This is what we call a secondary color correction, and it's targeting a specific color or a range of colors for further enhancement. Let's go to our next images here, and I'll go with the single view. In this case, I've got three photos that I want to enhance. … [Read more...] about How do I make skies bluer in Lightroom?
Lightroom’s email feature has been around since the beginning of the program, but you couldn't add names from your contact list. This forced you to remember the client's email address—not very efficient. Here's how to fix this problem by using a neat Lightroom export plugin to attach an image from Lightroom. What is the LR/Gmail Plugin? LR/GMail is an export plugin for Lightroom 2 and higher developed by Arctic Whiteness—the creators of the Photographer’s Toolbox. The plugin allows you to send exported images via your gmail account. The … [Read more...] about Attaching an Image to Gmail using Lightroom
Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. How do I fix skin tones? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington How do I fix skin tones? When working with a picture of a person, skin tones often really stand out if they don't look correct. That's because as a fellow human, you're really used to looking at skin tones, and if they're not properly balanced, you're likely going to notice. Let's click on this next thumbnail here, and I'll go to the single image view. In this particular case, the lighting … [Read more...] about How do I fix skin tones in Lightroom?