In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add a shallow depth of field effect to a landscape photograph using the Tilt-Shift Blur Filter in Adobe Photoshop, and then refine it with layer masking. This effect works best on images that have leading lines, allowing the blur to easily fade into the distance. 1. Convert the Layer to a Smart Object I will start with my photo opened up inside of Photoshop CC. When I add filters to images, such as the Blur Lab filter in Adobe Photoshop, I want to make sure that I am also working non-destructively. … [Read more...] about Adding Shallow Depth of Field in Photoshop
From time to time Adobe add a feature or two that seem to slip under the radar and this great feature seems to be one of them. Have you ever wanted to add a gradient filter to an image in Adobe Camera Raw and then been disappointed because it's straight edge gave you day tree tops or roofs? Worry no more, Adobe have introduced the ability to erase parts of a gradient, and if you wish, add them back in, but be warned, there's a couple of 'gotcha's' in there; Grab the gradient tool from the menu bar Configure it with the settings in the … [Read more...] about Add and Erase Gradient Filters In Adobe Camera RAW
Thanks for all the great questions you've been sending in to the Photofocus podcast. This week Rich Harrington and Kevin Ames tackle some great topics to help photographers. Remember, you can post those questions via Twitter with the #pfqa or send us a note here at Photofocus. The music in our podcast comes from the cool folks over at SongFreedom, be sure to check them out! Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/186279036" … [Read more...] about Photofocus Q & A Podcast with Kevin Ames — January 15, 2015
Lightroom Mobile was just released today for Android phones. We're working up our review shortly, but here's some info for those of you who've been anxiously waiting. The release is specifically for Android phones (and won't work with all Android phones). You'll need Android 4.1 or up. Key Features Here's what you can expect to get. Access images in your Lightroom catalog Make selects, reject unworthy photos Apply a preset Fine tunes images using the Basic panel Import photos directly from the Gallery Tech Notes Lightroom Mobile … [Read more...] about Lightroom Mobile Released for Android Phones
Last July, Apple announced that development on Aperture would cease. Last October, Adobe announced an Aperture Import Plugin for Lightroom. Both announcements garnered groans from me. The writing was on the wall. It was time for me to finally become an Adobe switcher. To explain, I have to share a bit of background. I come from video production. Specifically, I cut my editing teeth on Apple's Final Cut. So naturally, I gravitated to Aperture to manage stills. For the most part, I was content in my Apple bubble. Then, at NAB 2011, as part of … [Read more...] about Why I Am (Finally) Migrating to Lightroom
Developing a file structure is one of the first steps in creating your workflow. Whether youre using Lightroom to manage your library or Bridge to view folders of photos, its much easier to find a specific photo if you use a descriptive filename. In my personal workflow, I include the date, project name, and image number. So for example: 2014-09-16_ND_Scout_0001.nef Most everything I shoot is on one day. However, if youre shooting for multiple days, with multiple cameras on larger shoots, then I recommend you include that information too. … [Read more...] about Renaming your Photos on Import with Adobe Lightroom
Developing a file structure is one of the first steps in creating your workflow. Whether youre using Lightroom to manage your library or Bridge to view folders of photos, its much easier to find a specific photo if you use a descriptive filename. In my personal workflow, I include the date, project name, and image number. So for example: 2014-09-16_ND_Scout_0001.nef Most everything I shoot is on one day. However, if youre shooting for multiple days, with multiple cameras on larger shoots, then I recommend you include that information too. … [Read more...] about Batch Renaming your Photos with Adobe Bridge
One of Lightrooms powerful features is an easy-to-use slideshow module. Slideshows are a great way to showcase your photos to friends, family and clients. Some wedding photographers even offer a same-day slideshow running on their laptop while at the reception. You can even save your favorite slideshow settings as a template, making it fast and easy to replicate over and over again. http://youtu.be/SnsyyaU36Bw Special thanks to SongFreedom.com for the music. I used Pictures of You by The Last Goodnight. … [Read more...] about Creating Custom Photo Slideshows in Lightroom
As photographers, it's always a good idea to watermark your work. Not only is it an extra level of protection, but its also a chance to brand things a bit. In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to use Adobe Brush (a free app for iOS soon for Android). What is Adobe Brush? I first heard about Adobe Brush while watching the keynote from Adobe Max earlier this October. At first I figured its not an app I would EVER use. I do not use a lot of different brushes and I am terrible illustrator. Then it dawned on me. I could turn my signature … [Read more...] about Create a Signature Watermark in Under 2 Minutes with Adobe Brush
Question: I just got a new camera, but Lightroom (or Photoshop) does not recognize or support the RAW files. How do I fix this? Answer: Many camera manufacturers use proprietary files for their RAW files, such as .CR2 (Canon), .NEF (Nikon), and so on. Lightroom and Photoshop are built to read these file types, but need to be updated for each camera model that is created. For example, if you are currently using Lightroom 5 and buy a brand-new Canon camera, in order to process the RAW files you will need to wait until Adobe has updated Adobe … [Read more...] about Q&A: Why Does Lightroom Not Recognize My Camera’s RAW Files?
Before I start this article, let's set the record straight. I'm a long time Aperture user... I started with Aperture the first day it was released. My Aperture library tracks my evolution with digital photography and it was one of my favorite tools for years. A while back I decided to switch from Aperture to Lightroom. I've always used Photoshop in conjunction with Aperture for my Panoramic work and advanced retouching. Recently, Ive been absolutely inundated with people asking me how to move their libraries from Aperture into Lightroom. … [Read more...] about The Essential Guide to Moving an Aperture Library to Adobe Lightroom
I received my Sony a7II last Friday and immediately grabbed a lens to rifle off some test shots. I've already shared my thoughts on how solid of a camera it is. However, when I tried to import the RAW files off of the SD card, I was greeted by a momentary state confusion when I saw row after row of 'Preview not available for this file' in Lightroom's Importer. Alas, I had forgotten what happens when a new camera is released before RAW profile support is available! Fortunately, Adobe is making good on catching up with the new hardware that … [Read more...] about Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.7.1 w/support for the new Sony a7II
Lightroom is liberating and fun. It gave me back the results I used to get finishing my pictures in the dark room, plus several techniques that I never learned. It's a great tool. It's just not enough. I still need photoshop to help me finish the visions I have for my imagery, and there are three things I need to do regularly that Lightroom just can't make happen. That's why I pay for the CreativeCloud photography plan from Adobe (by the way, Adobe is a partner on this blog, but I pay for my CC subscription out of my own pocket). These three … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons You Need Photoshop with Lightroom
Breaking up is hard to do. No one likes coming to the realization that a once blossoming relationship is now dwindling, leaving you less than fulfilled and perhaps jaded. When Apple dealt the blow back in June that it was killing my beloved Aperture, I was heartbroken. I was an early adopter of Aperture. Actually, because I was working for Apple at the time of the release (November 2005), I was glued to the demo on the sales floor the day it came out and took home a copy that night. At the time there was nothing like it. Apple's iPhoto … [Read more...] about Breaking up with Aperture
How Much are your Photos Worth? It's hard to put a price tag on years of memories you captured in photos or the hours of video you took that still brings a smile to your face. Ask yourself, what are my photos worth? If you're a professional photographer; someone who sold a print or charged for service, this question gets easier. How much would I lose if I lost everything on my hard drive. You get my point; we need a bulletproof backup plan, hardware that is safe, simple and expandable, and last, easy configurable software to manage it … [Read more...] about 3-2-1 Backup for Photographers
In the last couple of articles we've been discussing a few tips, techniques and insights into getting started with real estate photography. In part one, we covered exteriors shooting, moved inside for a closer look at interiors shooting in part two, and examined making floor plans. Today we'll explore a few useful post-production tips that will make life easy as we take advantage of the bulk arranging power of Photoshop Bridge CC and harness the processing power of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to make select edits quickly across multiple images at … [Read more...] about Getting Started with Real Estate Photography – Processing Images
This past weekend, I erased my MacBook Pro and re-installed Apples latest operating system, Yosemite. It might take a little longer to get up and running, but doing a clean install removes the junk and cache files that slow down your computer. Most of my computers files are on the cloud, so it was pretty easy to get set up. Download Google Drive. Check. Download Dropbox. Check. Download 1Password. Check. Download Adobe Creative Cloud. . . I wanted to reinstall my Creative Cloud apps and it took me a while to find out where to download. To … [Read more...] about Where’s the Download button? How to Install Creative Cloud on a New Computer
At the Adobe Max keynote recently, Adobe announced several new mobile apps that connect you directly with your Adobe profile and makes it easy to access what you do between your devices. One of those is Photoshop Mix. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1bfmtt6txM My Test Run I decided to go ahead and try a quick feature and play with the new Adobe Photoshop Mix. Heres what I did. 1. Get an image. I opened the app and imported a typical cell phone portrait of my daughter. The app can see your camera roll, camera, Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile … [Read more...] about A quick look at Adobe Photoshop Mix
Our next Lightroom Hangout is today at 2pm ET | 11 am PT. Be sure to RSVP for an hour of Lightroom learning FREE right here. We've got some great prizes, but you must be present to win. We'll launch the discussion at 2:00 Eastern Time, 11:00am Pacific. 2:30 in Newfoundland. Brought to you by SongFreedom.com, where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. Also from Adobe, who makes it even easier to switch to Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Creative Cloud Photography … [Read more...] about Free Lightroom Training Today!
Lightroom Previews are a very important part of how Lightroom works! There's a bunch of different settings that Adobe provides to suit a plethora of computer configurations. So why the heck would you want to do something crazy like clearing a crucial part of Lightroom? I've got two reasons for you disk space and performance. Reason 1 - Disk Space Disk Space: a valuable and precious luxury if your wallet wasn't stuffed at the time you decided to buy a laptop (like when I did). Preview files can really gobble up the GB if you aren't paying … [Read more...] about Speed Up Lightroom by Clearing Previews | The Why and the How!
Finally! Its been forever, but Apple has given us a dark mode in their new release of OS 10.10 Yosemite, bringing a black menu bar and a whole bunch of new features. Its surprising how much nicer the black menu bar is once you try it. When I first installed Yosemite, my eyes were always drawn to the stark-white bar on the top of my screen. With the black menu bar, it fits perfectly with the black bezel on my laptop, and looks great with my Adobe applications. Adobe launched dark versions of Photoshop in the CS6 collection and Ive since wanted a … [Read more...] about The Black Menu Bar is Finally Here!
Adobe has just announced that the Release Candidate version of Camera Raw 8.7 and the standalone DNG Converter 8.7 are now available via Adobe Labs. Note, you won't see this as an automatic update, and unless you need the new camera support listed below it is fine to wait until the final release version comes out. New Camera Support That said, this is great news for any Photoshop user who has just purchased a Nikon D750 (like me), but also for any new owners of the following cameras: Casio EX-100PRO Fujifilm X30 Leaf Credo 50 Leica V-Lux … [Read more...] about Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate Available
Here's a 2 minute quick tip on how to apply a vignette in Adobe Photoshop CC. If you can't see the video, click here. Follow Pamela on Ello and her website … [Read more...] about Vignetting in Adobe Photoshop CC
We all want tack-sharp images. Our cameras and lenses can only do so much for us, and once a photograph is out of the camera, the process of sharpening has really just begun. And because I use Lightroom for nearly every single photograph I process, I'm going to share with you my method of sharpening in Adobe Lightroom's Develop module. But before we begin, there are a few things to keep in mind: Every photo, even if it is tack-sharp out of camera, can benefit from sharpening. You can't sharpen a photo that is out-of-focus. Sure, you can add … [Read more...] about How to Sharpen Photos using Adobe Lightroom
I first met Dave Black at Photoshop World several years ago. He was setting up a balance beam in a lecture hall for a live shoot he was doing with a champion gymnast for a session he was teaching. As I watched him set up, interact with the gymnast, his assistant, and the room full of attendees; one of the things I was struck with the most was how much Dave loved photography. Daves career as a world-renowned sports photographer spans 30 years, hes covered every kind of sport you can think of, including 12 Olympic games, but the joy in his face … [Read more...] about Dave Black – Photographer, Teacher, and Author
In less than one month, Scott Kelby and his crew will head out to Vegas for Photoshop World. The conference is held twice a year: once in an "East Coast location", and then in Las Vegas at the end of the summer. This upcoming Photoshop World will be the seventh one I have attended! (And the fact that I am now an instructor on KelbyOne is pretty cool, to top it all off!) If you have never been to Photoshop World, you're missing out on a whole lot of fun, photography, and (very frequent) goofiness. I put together my "Top 10" reasons that YOU … [Read more...] about Ten Reasons YOU Should Go to Photoshop World
If you shoot any imagery that contains glass you're likely to run into the problem of reflections. Find out how to deal with reflections in post in this tutorial. Watch more at . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7TIVsTr37o This tutorial is a single movie from the Shooting a Time-Lapse Movie from a Window course by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 11 minutes and shows how Make the most of a room with a view by setting up a camera to shoot a time-lapse movie while you work, play, shop, or sleep. … [Read more...] about Removing Reflections from Glass
Ever since I began using Lightroom 2, I've wished that it had Photoshop's Clone Stamp so that I wouldn't have to go to Photoshop to remove things like power lines. Well, Lightroom 5 has made all my wildest dreams come true. This tutorial shows you how to use the Spot Removal Tool, including all my favorite shortcut keys to make things fast. The video is a good companion to the chapter in our new Lightroom Book. (Here's a sample chapter from the book, which is still free to download this month) https://vimeo.com/100832201 … [Read more...] about How to use Lightroom’s Spot Removal Tool
Smart Objects are layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an images source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer. -Adobe This sounds complicated but it's simple once you use Smart Objects on a project. To help understand the power of Smart Objects, we will use the Aviator Project as an example. This article is NOT a step by step guide for creating the Aviator but a valuable learning concept. … [Read more...] about The Real Power of Smart Objects
Adobe announced a simple update to their Camera Raw, which affects Photoshop and Lightroom! It's a pretty light package that adds a slew of support for new lenses and a couple new cameras. Also, there's a couple bugs that'll be squished with the installation of this update. And here's the meat and potatoes of the update from straight from Adobe: New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate Nikon D810 Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.6 Release … [Read more...] about Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 RC is Available!