Image credit – Jag_cz on Adobe Stock. These two videos are from my new class over at LinkedIn Learning... I'll share with you in a six-part article the entire part of the course about aerial panoramic images. You can see the series here as it's released on Photofocus or watch the whole class here. Merging 360˚ panoramic images in PTGui from Learning Aerial Photography with Drones by Richard Harrington and Francis Torres Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. Adding 360˚ sky in Photoshop from Learning … [Read more...] about Aerial 360˚ Photos Workflow
Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. How do I fix an image that's too dark? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington How do I fix an image that's too dark? Sometimes when I shoot, I tend to underexpose just a little bit. This is a safety thing, so I avoid overblowing details or getting areas that lack any information whatsoever, but an underexposed image can look a bit muddy. Let me show you. Let's click on the next photo here, and if you look at the histogram, you can see that it's really … [Read more...] about How do I fix an image that’s too dark in Lightroom?
Image credit – Jag_cz on Adobe Stock. These two videos are from my new class over at LinkedIn Learning... I'll share with you in a six-part article the entire part of the course about aerial panoramic images. You can see the series here as it's released on Photofocus or watch the whole class here. Merging tough panoramic images in Photoshop from Learning Aerial Photography with Drones by Richard Harrington and Francis Torres Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. Merging 360˚ panoramic images in … [Read more...] about Merging Tough Drone Panoramic Photos in Photoshop
How to deal with the unfortunate facial expression in group portraits Ah... it's that time again! The time when we are challenged to capture the idealized family portrait to send out to friends and family. To help you along, I'd thought I'd share a technique for a common problem with group portraits. Most of the time, but especially with shots including babies, if you have more than one person in the shot, someone is not going to look as good as the others in the shot. The example below shows two images from a recent photo shoot I did of my … [Read more...] about Two Heads Are Better Than One – How to Deal with Bad Expressions
Image credit – Jag_cz on Adobe Stock. These two videos are from my new class over at LinkedIn Learning... I'll share with you in a six-part article the entire part of the course about aerial panoramic images. You can see the series here as it's released on Photofocus or watch the whole class here. Enhancing images with filters from Learning Aerial Photography with Drones by Richard Harrington and Francis Torres Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. Noise reduction and sharpening for panoramic images … [Read more...] about Enhancing Drone Panoramas and Removing Noise
Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. How do I fix an image that's too bright? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington How do I fix an image that's too bright? Exposure problems are one of the first things I tend to fix in an image. That's because exposure affects everything else. Darken an image, and the colors get more rich. Lighten the image, and they tend to wash out. Let's tackle some common exposure problems. Let's switch the exposure problems group. And make sure that you're viewing … [Read more...] about How do I fix an image that’s too bright in Lightroom?
Image credit – Jag_cz on Adobe Stock. These two videos are from my new class over at LinkedIn Learning... I'll share with you in a six-part article the entire part of the course about aerial panoramic images. You can see the series here as it's released on Photofocus or watch the whole class here. Essential strategies for developing panoramic images in Lightroom from Learning Aerial Photography with Drones by Richard Harrington and Francis Torres Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. Removing lens … [Read more...] about How to Develop Drone Panoramas in Lightroom
Note: If the video doesn't show up at first, please reload the page. How do I crop to a specific ratio? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington Let's talk about sizing an image. One of the questions I hear most often is how do I crop to a specific ratio? For example, maybe you need to put this into a slide presentation, or you're getting ready to drop it into a video that's 16 by nine, or a printed frame that's five by seven, or one by one square image for something like Instagram. Well, let me show you. Select an image … [Read more...] about How do I crop to a specific ratio in Lightroom?
Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You've been on the road for a while, changing your lenses out over and over, and then came across the most perfect sunset landscape setting ever. So you take the most epic shot of this moment and head home to edit and share! Well, once you get home and load the image up on your computer, you notice it's riddled with spots!!! Well, fear not, that shot may need a lot of work, but the folks at Adobe have provided an awesome tool in Lightroom CC to help you see just how bad your camera needs a … [Read more...] about Quick Trick in Adobe Lightroom to help find Sensor “Spots”
Update: I've changed the title of this article for those who are jumping to conclusions without reading the body. Lightroom has always supported RAW files for Lumix cameras as well as lens profile corrections. That's not what this is about. Read on. Three years ago I dove into the mirrorless world and started shooting full-time with the Lumix GH4, leaving my full frame Nikons aside. Ever since then, I've been saying that the only things I miss from Nikon are the speedlight controls and the camera color profiles in Lightroom. Well, … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: Hallelujah! Lr Update Includes Picture Styles For Lumix
I spent some time with friends in Rochester, New York last week at a conference at Kodak Alaris. These friends have worked in the imaging industry for a long time and they deal with lots of pictures from lots of different kinds of photographers and they opened my eyes regarding color space, and I thought you might benefit as well. I'm by no means an expert on color space, but maybe I can help you understand it a little better. I'll give you some simple information, then some recommendations on what settings to use in your camera and … [Read more...] about What Color Space Should You Use?
NOTE: Athentech, the makers of Perfectly Clear help support Photofocus. The company also works closely with Photofocus as many of its new features and presets are designed by Photofocus authors. ---------------------------- Athentech, makers of Perfectly Clear Complete just unveiled two new products and confirmed some big news. We wanted to let you know about these changes as they're great news for photographers. A free version of their time-saving plugin A streamlined version called Perfectly Clear Essentials for Landscape, … [Read more...] about Athentech Unveils Two New Version of Perfectly Clear (Including a Free Version)
This tip will mainly apply to people who have been using Lightroom since the early days. When Lightroom 3 came out we were given a new Process Version (which is the underlying secret sauce Lightroom uses to develop our photos). This was called Process Version 2010. Prior to this we had Process Version 2003. When Lightroom 4 came out we were given Process Version 2012, and we've been using that ever since. All that said, if you have been using Lightroom since those early days, and have upgraded your catalog with each new version, then you may … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Updating Process Version
Using Lightroom for all of your basic file management tasks accomplishes two things: It gets the job done. It keeps the catalog in sync with the changes. This is why it is critical that after you import photos into the catalog, you do tasks like moving photos between folders from within Lightroom. It's as easy as drag and drop, but for new users who are more familiar with other software programs, sometimes people fall back on old habits instead of developing new ones. If you move photos, or folders containing photos, using some other … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Moving Basics
Last weekend I spent time in Chicago for the Out of Chicago Conference. On my last night there, fellow author Levi Sim and myself hosted a photowalk for attendees. Our small group was able to check out the University Club, which overlooks Millennium Park, on Saturday night. And it was just in time for the Saturday night fireworks. With my new Vanguard Veo 2 tripod in tow, we made our way up to the balcony. Instead of focusing distinctly on the fireworks, I wanted to capture the environment around them. It was Pride Weekend in Chicago, and … [Read more...] about Create Your Own Fireworks Grand Finale
Every once in a while, Lightroom gives me an issue importing images from my Nikon cameras. It’ll import the images out of “filename” order and out of “capture time” order. As frustrating as it is, I’ve yet to find out why it’s doing it. It seems as if the sorting option on the Import Window doesn’t work. So, how do you fix it? If you notice it happening repeatedly, check the Creative Cloud application manager for any updates to Lightroom. Do an update and then restart the computer if there is one. If that doesn’t help, here’s the … [Read more...] about Why is Lightroom Importing my Images out of Order?
This is useful function to know about if you are wanting to move a folder (or even your entire photo Library) from one drive to another drive. For example, say you are running out of space on one drive and want to move photos to a new drive to free up space on the original drive. You could use Lightroom to move the folders via drag and drop within the Folders panel, but I don’t recommend doing that when a large amount of date is at stake. Using a move command is risky, because if anything goes wrong in the middle of the transfer you could … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Update Folder Location
We're super excited for the new Perfectly Clear Complete version 3.1 that shipped this week. It adds a bunch of great new features. There are also some great new LOOKs and presets that unlock even more options in a jiffy. Join Photofocus publisher Richard Harrington as he shows you the latest features and answers your questions on how to get great images in less time. When: Today, Friday, June 9 @ 1 pm ET Where: Watch it right here in this blog post or on YouTube https://youtu.be/xtwUTWO0p68 We'll tackle all the new features … [Read more...] about Master the New Features in Perfectly Clear Complete – Free Webinar Today
In this tutorial, I show you a little-used command in Photoshop which makes it easy to match the color of two objects. This is great for product photography, matching two skies, or even skin tones on two portraits. This quick tip will unlocl a whole new way of thinking of color. https://youtu.be/LmqRggkoORs … [Read more...] about How to Match the Color of Two Objects in Photoshop
There are two kinds of tools in Lightroom – global adjustment tools and local adjustment tools. Global adjustments refer to sliders that adjust the overall image. Things like Exposure, Contrast, Whites, Blacks, Clarity, Saturation, Sharpening, etc. Sometimes you just can’t push an image far enough with global changes and you need to target specific areas of an image. The HSL panel specifically targets color adjustments across an image. Let’s look at each feature while editing this photo. We’ll start in the basic panel, adjusting highlights … [Read more...] about HSL Panel – The Secret for Local Color Adjustments in Lightroom
This is an often misunderstood or completely overlooked panel, but it has some useful functions once you take a closer look. The most important thing to know about this panel is that it simply provides different ways to view/access photos that have gone through the import process already. These are not duplicates of your photos, but just alternative ways Lightroom can reference the source files and display them for us. All Photographs This collection is a quick way to view all of the photographs (and videos) that you've ever imported into … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: The Catalog Panel
A new update just dropped for Adobe Lightroom. It adds support and fixes bugs (except for a big one for Windows users) Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 now available The new release supports two new cameras and one new lens. It also tackles several bugs. Adobe also released versions of Lr Mobile for iOS and Android that provide updated camera support. Check them out here. New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1 Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 (DC-TZ90,DC-TZ91, DC-TZ92, DC-T93) Sony A9 (ILCE-9) New Lens Profile Support … [Read more...] about New Lightroom Update Adds Cameras and Fixes Bugs
I had a colleague call me the other day... turns out that he and his wife couldn't get Lightroom to develop any pictures. After several steps of troubleshooting (including reinstall) he gave in and called Adobe. A week later Adobe published details that their machine was not alone. What's the Bug? Several Adobe customers report that they can't use the Develop module. Either Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop just crashes whenever they attempt to develop an image. Turns out there's an issue if the GPU acceleration is enabled. Normally the GPU … [Read more...] about Can’t Develop Photos in Lightroom or Camera Raw on a PC? Here’s the Workaround for the Bug
I was recently asked to create a Powerpoint template for someone and soon realised that with a few Photoshop techniques creating, editing and creating individual assets was a breeze. To keep the whole thing as flexible as I could I used Artboards, Smart Objects and Create Assets. In this video I show you how to make three slide template, a main slide, a 'blank slide' and a slide for an image. Should you wish to create more then this technique allows you to do it in seconds. I hope you find it … [Read more...] about Create Keynote or Powerpoint Templates with Ease in Photoshop
It used to be that, if you wanted to use Photoshop for 3D images you'd need to invest in Photoshop Extended. Now however, 3D capabilities comes as standard but that doesn't mean it's any easier to understand or use straight out the box. To help us 2D people Adobe have made available two great applications, Fuse and Project Felix. https://youtu.be/hprjuA_WuUM In This Video Tutorial In this tutorial I take an image from Adobe Stock and 2 Fuse characters into Project Felix where I add a 3D suitcase. Then its back to … [Read more...] about Creating a Scene with Photoshop, Adobe Fuse and Project Felix
There are 5 badges that can appear on a thumbnail in the Grid view of the Library module or on the thumbs in the Filmstrip. From left to right: The tag shaped badge tells you that a keyword has been applied. The pin badge indicates the photo has location information (GPS). The double-boxes indicates the photo has been added to a collection. The dotted rectangle is that a crop has been applied. The +/– badge tells you that the photo has been adjusted in Develop. If you hover your cursor over a badge you'll see a tooltip … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Thumbnail Badges
By default, the latest version of Photoshop becomes the primary external editor for Lightroom. If you go to Preferences > External Editing, you will see it listed at the top. This is the editor, and file settings, that are called into play when you use the (Mac) CMD+E / (Win) Ctrl+E keyboard shortcut or use the Photo > Edit In > Edit in Photoshop menu command. An external editor is any other pixel editor you may have installed on your machine. Aside from Photoshop, some of the most common are products from on1, Nik, Perfectly … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Additional External Editors
I shoot a lot of images on my iPhone. It’s the camera that’s always with me when I stumble upon something interesting. In 2015 Apple introduced Live Photos at the iPhone 6s release, which creates a video showing the moments right before and right after you take a picture. These “sidecar” video files are 2 seconds in length and are embedded into the photo on your phone. While it was a cool idea, and I was excited for them when they were first released, but they’re become a bother every time I import photos from my iPhone into my Lightroom … [Read more...] about Quickly Delete Apple Live Photos in Lightroom
I admit it…I’m not perfect. Sometimes the simplest things can come back and bite you. A few months ago, I made the trek up to Crescent City, California for a photo adventure in Redwood National Forest. The day I arrived, we checked into the hotel and went to find the beach for sunset. Being from the East Coast, I’ve dreamed of shooting a beautiful Pacific Coast sunset. It was getting late when we checked in. I asked the hotel front desk representative what she recommended for seeing the sunset. Very nonchalantly, she responded that the … [Read more...] about How To Ruin A Sunset Shot (And Save It In Lightroom)
Adding a star rating to an image is a quick way to quickly sort through your images. Each image can be given 1 to 5 stars, but what's your system, how do you rate your images? Adding Star Ratings Adding a star rating to an image is really easy. With the image selected in Bridge press the Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (PC) key and tap the number for the number of stars that you want to assign. In Lightroom hold down the Ctrl key on both Mac and PC and tap the number you want to assign. Alternatively, click the dot relevant to the number of stars you'd … [Read more...] about Adding Ratings to Images In Bridge and Lightroom – What’s Your System?