Right there in Lightroom's Develop module are two enigmatic sliders. Whites and Blacks. What do these two do? The word "clipping" in the title is a clue. These sliders set the brightest and darkest parts of a photograph. Of course, there is more to it than that. Adjusting only these two controls correctly makes a huge difference in a photograph. See the comparison above. The photo on the left is straight out of the camera. The one on the right has only the White Balance, Whites and Blacks set. Curious about what these magical controls do? Read … [Read more...] about Whites & Blacks Clipping Sliders in Lightroom
This post started with an email from a friend, Carole, who I hadn't heard from in... well, decades. She wondered if I still had the negatives from a shoot we did together in December of 1977. Of course I had them. The challenge was how to easily see them digitally. Anyone who has old black and white negatives in shoe boxes can now make view-able digital files. The files can be cataloged in Lightroom. I'll cover how to work with those orange color negatives in an upcoming post. Glassine negative pages Glassine looks like wax paper. It's a … [Read more...] about Digital Proofs for Old B&W Negatives
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 8 Shooting JPEG vs. Raw When digital cameras became commercially available, the memory cards used to store pictures were very expensive. Many photographers couldn't afford multiple or high-capacity cards, so they wanted more images to fit on a single, smaller card. Many users also emailed their … [Read more...] about Acquiring Images for Photoshop — JPEG vs. Raw [UP9]
Editor's Note: Photoshop CC (2015) released today. We'll have ongoing coverage of new features... but here's a quick video about the top 5 features for all users. For complete details, see this Photoshop CC (2015) FAQ. Have a photo covered with haze? The new Dehaze adjustment in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and Lightroom CC is here to the rescue! With just a single slider, you can remove a great deal of haze from your images! … [Read more...] about Dehaze in Photoshop/Lightroom CC 2015
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
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
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
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
In this quick tutorial, I show you three methods of correcting underexposed images in Photoshop, using Camera Raw, and Adjustment Layers. … [Read more...] about Correcting your dark images in Photoshop
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
I was honored to be the special guest on this week's Photoshop Show (hosted by Jan Kabili, Ron Clifford and Dave Bell). They asked some great questions and tossed in bonus tips onto my techniques. This is a power hour of some of my favorite Photoshop and Camera Raw techniques. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EsY3JJ4Ruk Be sure to check out past shows here https://plus.google.com/114084346097505894743/posts … [Read more...] about One Hour of Photoshop Tips & Tricks
Yes, you can use Camera Raw within Photoshop to edit your videos! This short tip explains how easy it is! Follow Howard on | Subscribe on Disclaimer: This is just one way to edit a video in Photoshop. ______________________ … [Read more...] about Improve your videos using CAMERA RAW in Photoshop!
"Why Can't I Open Raw Files in My Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom?" This is a bit of a complex question as it really depends on a few things. Is the camera fairly new? Do other versions of Photoshop or Lightroom support the camera? How old is your software? Let's break down the problems and answers. Be Sure to Update & Verify Always make sure that you have the latest updates for Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Here's the process to update Lightroom. Making sure you have the latest version installed (that's available … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Open Raw Files in My Photoshop or Lightroom?
Adobe has posted a new Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.5 plug-in. There are separate pages to download for both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC customers from Adobe Labs. The update is free. This plugin is considered a release, which means that it is considered "well tested." However, Adobe would like to get additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of its customers. The Camera Raw 8.5 update includes new features and support for many new cameras. You can post feedback here Discuss Camera Raw. Added … [Read more...] about Adobe Adds More Cameras in this Free Camera Raw Update
New in Photoshop CC, users now have the ability to use Camera Raw as a filter! This not only means that its more readily accessible, but it can be used on almost any type of layer! Todays tutorial will go through the benefits of this new feature. Disclaimer: This is just one way to work with Camera Raw For more tutorials go to . ______ … [Read more...] about Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop CC
Last week I told you about the next version of Photoshop Lightroom that was in the works. One of the things that excites me most is support for new cameras. It's always a drag when you've got a brand new camera and you can't open up its raw file to make major edits. Sure, the manufacturer may provide fairly limited software, but I want to use Lightroom and Photoshop. I found myself with just this problem as I've been shooting with my new Olympus OM-D E-M1. Fortunately, that problem has now gone away. Download the Lightroom 8.3 Release … [Read more...] about New Camera Support Coming to Adobe Camera Raw
Do you love Camera Raw? Well, you might not know that it can be used on video clips too! With Photoshop CC you can run Camera Raw as a Smart Filter on pretty much any still or video file. ______ … [Read more...] about Developing Video Files with Adobe Camera Raw
Apple seems to be picking up its pace on Raw file format updates. This makes two updates in about a month. This new update is somewhat small, but addresses three specific use scenarios. Available to download is the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.09. Just click the Apple menu and choose Software Update.... You can also download it here. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.09 Support for the Olympus PEN E-P5 Restore lens correction to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 images Address a white balance issue with some Nikon … [Read more...] about Important Apple Updates for Raw Files
A popular stop for photos is to pre-process them using Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Fortunately both provide access to the Adobe Camera Raw engine which allows for powerful processing of Raw files. As you make adjustments to the developed image, it is possible to clip data (essentially a loss of detail). One of the greatest benefits of shooting raw is the ability to rescue details in the Shadows and Highlights. Heres how to put the commands to work. Select one or more of your Raw files from a series and open them. Choose an image … [Read more...] about Avoid Clipping Your Highlights With Adobe Camera Raw
Adobe is preparing to release a new version of Adobe Camera Raw (version 8.2 to be exact). Whether you use Photoshop or Lightroom, this matters as it changes the foundation of both apps. Adobe has a sneak peek of the update over at Adobe Labs. You can download the release candidate for free. First up, the software is for BOTH CS6 and Creative Cloud. Adobe has continued to support CS6 users who haven't switched to the Cloud (good news). Creative Cloud Users CLICK HERE Creative Suite 6 Users CLICK HERE New Features So what's new? There are … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About the New Update to Adobe Camera Raw
If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have recently shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.07* Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6 Sony Alpha SLT-A58 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.06* Canon EOS-1D C Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss … [Read more...] about New Raw Support for Mac Users
Ever wanted to use some of those great camera raw adjustments like Clarity or Post Crop Vignette on any image? With Photoshop CC you can now use Adobe Camera Raw as a filter which opens new creative options. Give us :30 seconds to show you and we'll unlock new control in your post workflow. ______ … [Read more...] about Want Total Control? Run Camera Raw as a Filter in Photoshop
Whether you're using Photoshop CS6 or CC, this workflow will give you better looking panoramic photos. Learn to develop the raw files, get the best merge, then remove wide-angle distortion. _______ … [Read more...] about All Raw Panoramic Workflow
A lot of folks don't know that Adobe often releases software early as part of its Adobe Labs program. Here you'll find "prerelease" candidates which simply means software that every thinks is good enough to ship but they want to test a little longer. A new version of Adobe Camera Raw was released version 8.1. It is a beta version and will work until June 30, 2013. Here's what's new Using a retina display? HiDPI capable monitors are supported. New Camera support New lens profiles for automatic lens correction. A new DNG Converter to … [Read more...] about New Camera? Want RAW Support In Adobe Camera Raw? You Don’t Have to Wait.
Guest Post & Photos by Levi Sim - Circle Levi on Google+ Join Levi Sim as he walks you through how to set up a catalog in the new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Public Beta. This is an excellent tutorial to get you up and running right away. The Lightroom5 Beta is a great opportunity to try Lightroom, and this video will get you started with the first step: importing your images. This is the only thing my students ever have trouble with and getting started the right way makes all the difference. Once Lightroom recognizes your images in the … [Read more...] about What Are You Waiting For? Start Importing Images into Lightroom 5!
In this tutorial I show you how to take make HDR images look even better. I take a three exposure bracket processed in Photomatix Pro and export a 16-bit TIFF file. This can then be opened in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom for additional finesse. Enhancements include negative clarity, a graduated filter, and a post-crop vignette. _______ … [Read more...] about Two Pass HDR Processing (Photomatix Pro + Photoshop)
By At the bottom of the Camera Raw window is an often overlooked bit of text. Look closely and you'll see some blue hyperlinked text that declares the color space, bit depth, and resolution settings for the image. Click this bit of text to open up the Workflow Options dialog box and take control of how the image will be opened into Photoshop. Space. Adobe RGB (1998) is the most common choice, but many are using ProPhoto RGB for its broader gamut which can recreate more natural color. Depth. Always work in 16-bit mode in Photoshop for as … [Read more...] about 88 Secrets of Photoshop — Workflow Options in Adobe Camera Raw
By When working with the Camera Raw dialog, you should always take the time to switch over to the Detail tab. Here you can take precise control over both sharpening and reducing noise. All raw images need sharpening. By default a value may be applied to the raw file based on a camera present. Noise, on the other hand, may not appear unless the image was shot with a high ISO setting. This is typically a problem when shooting under low light. To start, open an image into Camera Raw dialog. Click the Detail tab. Double-click the Zoom tool … [Read more...] about 88 Secrets of Photoshop — Add Detail in Camera Raw
Do you want to ensure that your photos are as accurate as possible? Then you may want to take the extra step to remove lens distortion. The technology is built right into Adobe Camera Raw so you can access it when developing RAW files. It can also be run as a filter in Photoshop (Filter > Lens Correction). The tech is pretty easy and relies upon profiles for specific lenses and cameras. But where do these profiles come from? It turns out you can create your own or rely on the Adobe community to do the work for you. Here are two … [Read more...] about Removing Lens Distortion From Your Photos
I know you've been busy with the holidays, so you may have missed that a new Adobe Camera Raw plugin was officially released. It is only downloadable as an update through Adobe Photoshop CS6. Launch Adobe Photoshop. Choose Help > Updates. Run any updates that show up in the Adobe Application Manager by clicking the Update button. The following cameras are now supported. Canon EOS 6D Canon PowerShot S110 Canon PowerShot G15 Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000 Casio Exilim EX-FC300S Leica M-E Nikon 1 V2 Nikon … [Read more...] about Time to Update to Adobe Camera Raw 7.3