Unless you are working with other photographers in a network environment, the first rule in creating a catalog is to develop a folder structure that makes sense to you. If you are in a network environment with other photographers this may get a little complicated causing you to compromise. I find it best to write a brief sentence that describes your type of photography and what, where, or who you photograph. Review your sentence and look for a common denominator. Examples I'm a Portrait photographer whose clients include corporate … [Read more...] about Creating a Lightroom Folder Structure
I have two computers - a beautiful 5K iMac at my studio, and a MacBook Pro that I travel with. My schedule can get crazy, especially when I'm traveling 2-3 weeks in a given month. It's not practical to take my entire photo library with me when I travel, so I often find myself creating a temporary catalog on my laptop and merging it with my main catalog back at the studio. While the task sounds daunting, it really isn't that complicated. Let's get started. I'm assuming you already created your temporary catalog and you're about to merge it … [Read more...] about Merging Lightroom Catalogs in 5 Easy Steps
Once we imported our photos to our catalog, we need to quickly review each image and select our favorites. The trick is NOT to make this a time consuming task. One option is to use the Flagging system to temporarily select your favorite images. Its important not to get hung up on an image. If you have to ask, should I flag this?, you took too long. Flag the image and move on to the next. This doesn't mean you are going to process every selected image or delete the non selected images. It simply allows you to quickly scan your photos and select … [Read more...] about Making Selects by using Flags in Lightroom
Wes Maggio from Wacom joins us to share a quick tip on processing a portrait of Skylar he shot in the desert in Las Vegas during Photoshop World last month. Starting in Lightroom, Wes works through the develop module, but then jumps into Photoshop for a window replacement made easy by using a Wacom pen tablet. https://youtu.be/8jfBbRFjg6I Wes is a Senior Evangelist for Creative Products at Wacom Technology. He can be found on Twitter here or at the Wacom Community website here. … [Read more...] about Fast Retouching in Photoshop with Wes Maggio from Wacom
Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the Perfectly Clear Plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom. This amazing tool offers one-click corrections to perfection to bring out the best in your photos. Getting Started with Perfectly Clear for Photoshop and Lightroom (with Rich Harrington) This webinar will walk you through all of the essentials from working with presets, to customizing adjustments, to batch-processing your own photos. If you're looking to save time, then don't miss this session. You'll learn why 30 million prints a day are … [Read more...] about Free Workshop: Getting Started with Perfectly Clear for Photoshop and Lightroom
If you're one of the more wide-eyed people who updated to Adobe Lightroom 6.2 right after it was launched a few days ago, you have likely come to rue that decision. Between the "Fisher Price"-ification of the Import flow to the ridiculous crashes caused due to bugs in the software, this update left much to be desired. Fortunately, Adobe has made good and released a critical maintenance update that supposedly fixes some of the issues. I still take umbrage with their decision to regress the Import workflow functionality by removing key features … [Read more...] about Adobe releases Lightroom 6.2.1 Maintenance Patch + An Author’s Rant
Fix #1: Optimize If Lightroom has been running great then suddenly you notice it has been slowing down, your first task should be to optimize your catalog. From the File menu select Optimize. A dialog box appears informing you when the last time your catalog was updated. If it has been a while, click Optimize. Fix #2 Preference Settings Usually optimizing your catalog does the trick but if you really want to gain speed a few adjustments to your preference settings will really speed things up. From the Edit menu select Preferences. 2. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip to Speed Up Lightroom
As a professional photographer in the digital age, protecting your data is one of the most important things you can do for your business (or hobby). Having come from a very heavy Computer and programming background, when I started shooting professionally, my backup routine was top priority! The first thing we'll cover is how to store and organize your files which covers the first of the Three C's. Copy First and foremost you have to copy your files from your camera to your computer. There are dozens of ways to do this i'm sure you're all … [Read more...] about The Three C’s of File Management – Copy, Clone, and Cloud!
I have a couple presets I use often. Some I created from scratch and a few Ive tweaked off of other presets I've collected over the years. I find if I shoot certain events, I know exactly how I need to tweak things. Instead of having to make the adjustments on every image, just save a preset. Its actually quite easy to do. Here I have my image and apply a current preset but I keep needing to make adjustments: 2. After I made some adjustments I want to save it as a new Preset: 3. All I need to do is click Develop>New Preset: 4. … [Read more...] about How to create your own Preset in Adobe Lightroom
As a wedding photographer, I have plenty of cameras to keep track of. Usually at least two are mine, at least two are my second shooter's, and occasionally I have an intern along as well. That means there are a lot of opportunities for time variations with the internal clock of the camera. I would sync each camera to world clock, but invariably, the delay between hand eye coordination and/or multiple cameras at once (or flat out forgetting to sync cameras with my second shooter) always resulted in at least one of the cameras being a smidge … [Read more...] about Quick Time Sync Idea for Multiple Cameras
In today's free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to create awesome looking panoramic photos. Join Photofocus editor Rich Harrington as he shows you how to shoot Panoramic images the right way (even without a tripod). Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos We'll then jump into the most streamlined postproduction. You'll learn how to assemble panoramic photos with either Lightroom or Photoshop. We'll cover how to straighten your horizon and clone out gaps and mistakes with Photoshop. Plus you'll learn how to get awesome … [Read more...] about Join Us For a Free Webinar on Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We'll be giving away a copy of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer's Plan, as well as Photomatix from HDRSoft. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Monday 9/28, 3:00pm Eastern, 2:00pm Central, 1:00pm Mountain, and 12:00am Pacific. 3:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: HDR for FUN!
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to create awesome looking panoramic photos. Join Photofocus editor Rich Harrington as he shows you how to shoot Panoramic images the right way (even without a tripod). Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos We'll then jump into the most streamlined postproduction. You'll learn how to assemble panoramic photos with either Lightroom or Photoshop. We'll cover how to straighten your horizon and clone out gaps and mistakes with Photoshop. Plus you'll learn how to get awesome … [Read more...] about Free Webinar: Creating Awesome Panoramic Photos
Last week we held a fun Google Hangout filed with some incredible tips. The incredible Terry White from Adobe shared his ideas, and was joined by Erika Thornes, Kevin Ames, Levi Sim, Pamela Berry, Robert Vanelli, and Rich Harrington. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iTGr4tuYNo Most photographers these days have access to two great photo packages Lightroom and Photoshop. The confusing part is theres a lot of overlap some people use just Lightroom, while others swear by Photoshop. Our answer use both. Join a panel of experts from Photofocus … [Read more...] about Google Hangout Instant Replay: “When Should I Jump from Lightroom to Photoshop?”
Don't miss today's Google Hangout all about Photoshop and Lightroom. This event is 100% free and you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). UPDATE: The incredible Terry White from Adobe will join us this Friday. This event is 100% free to attend and well be giving away live during the event. You must be present to win. We'll be giving away 3 copies of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan A Platypod Pro A Copy of … [Read more...] about Join Us Today for “When Should I Jump from Lightroom to Photoshop?”
Editor's Note: Don't miss this week's free event on when to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop. For some reason, people laugh at me when I make a picture with them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining: laughing makes a wonderful expression. My subjects crack a big smile, and usually also bend in half with the joy of it. They're moving, and my photograph allows us to enjoy that blissful movement forever. I love it when they laugh. The thing is, I also love a sharp picture. I'm usually using a tripod to make their portrait, and I'm also … [Read more...] about Blurry Pictures Feel More Genuine, and Photoshop Can Help
Editor's Note: Don't miss this week's free event on when to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop. Lightroom is a very powerful non-destructive editing program that has turned the old fashion darkroom digital. It was created for photographers to not only edit images, but to tackle the daunting task of keeping their digital photos organized. As a photographer, Im able to perform about 95% of my edits inside Lightroom. When I need to alter a raw image add clouds to a dull sky Lightrooms Edit in feature allows me to choose which program I want to … [Read more...] about How to Get an Image from Lightroom to Photoshop
Don't miss our next Google Hangout all about Photoshop and Lightroom. This event is 100% free and you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). UPDATE: The incredible Terry White from Adobe will join us this Friday. Most photographers these days have access to two great photo packages Lightroom and Photoshop. The confusing part is theres a lot of overlap some people use just Lightroom, while others swear by Photoshop. Our … [Read more...] about When Should I Jump from Lightroom to Photoshop?
We're super excited to introduce you to one of our latest partners. Perfectly Clear is a great plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom that brings powerful, but easy to use image corrections. The software started in the traditional printing labs (and is used on more than 30 million prints every day). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbXe0H544do Thanks to Perfectly Clear (and our other partners), we're able to bring you free photography education every day. We'll also be announcing new photo walks and a camera contest very soon. Why don't you give … [Read more...] about Welcome Perfectly Clear to Photofocus
Lightroom's new web interface has made collaborating with clients very easy. Imagine, after a photo session, you import your images into Lightroom, make a collection of images to show your client, then have Lightroom create a private gallery for your client to select and make comments on their favorite images for you to edit.Their input is automatically synced with your Lightroom catalog. Not only is this cool, but it comes free with your Lightroom subscription! You're probably wondering why I'm excited. In the past, I would create a gallery … [Read more...] about Lightroom’s Secret Website for your Clients
When Corel, the people behind Corel Paint, announce that theyre releasing a Photoshop and Lightroom plugin it peaks ones interest, so I bought the Starter Pack and gave it a try. Starting image for this post comes from Fotolia Starter Pack As an online purchase the download was fast and the installation was quick and easy. The Starter Pack plugin comes with 11 different brushes and costs $49.99 (Appx 32.50 / 44.60). Full brush sets can be added for a 24.99 for me here in the UK, thats about $38, so I was in no rush to start filling my … [Read more...] about ParticleShop – First Look
Should I have a single Lightroom catalog or should I have many? That was the the first question I asked back in July 2006 when I received a beta version of Lightroom. Like many, I was sailing in uncharted waters. At first, someone started a rumor and said Lightroom can handle a maximum of 15 thousand images before performance was affected. Everyone started to repeat that rumor. This caused many, including myself, to split my images into several Lightroom catalogs. Before we begin, let me take a step back for a moment and explain what a … [Read more...] about Should I have One or Many Lightroom Catalogs?
To add more excitement to Photoshop World, Photofocus hosted an after hours party at the nostalgic Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Lots of our friends came out to play. During the festivities, the Photofocus team set up photo stations to capture the excitement of the event. Since it was my buddy Erik Valinds birthday, I wanted to stage a little scene. I surrounded Erik with beautiful girls trying to distract him from his game. To top it off, Fashion Photographer and good friend Lindsay Adler gave him a little kiss. The stage was set as we … [Read more...] about Quick Background Fix in Photoshop
Lenses lie... It's a simple truth. Do you want to xinsure that your photos are as accurate as possible? You should realize that all lenses distort images (at least a small amount). This is why you should 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 in Lightroom. What Kind of Distortion? There are three kinds of lens distortion you'll likely see. This defects may be more prevalent at certain focal lengths on a zoom lens. Fixing the … [Read more...] about Fixing Lens Distortion Issues with Lightroom
I just wrapped up teaching several workshops at Photoshop World. I led a night sky timelapse workshop. Shooting raw was absolutely essential to getting great results. The range of detail needed to capture the Milky Way just couldn't be captured with a single JPEG exposure. I continued to be amazed at how many people still don't shoot using a raw file format. Sure, I understand that certain types of shooters insist they need the faster buffer speeds they get when shooting JPEG (though the speeds of most modern cameras make this argument … [Read more...] about Why Shooting Raw Matters
I'm a Lightroom guy. I like to use Lightroom because it's simple and helps my photographs look the way I imagined when I clicked the shutter. However, sometimes I just need the powers of Photoshop to make the best picture possible for my clients, and the number one way I use it is to swap heads in a group photograph. Let me show you how to do it in four simple steps. Oh, and this technique will work in any version of photoshop back to at least CS3. 1. Open As Layers in Photoshop Here's a good example of two pictures that would be better if I … [Read more...] about When to Use Photoshop: Head Swapping
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We'll be giving away a copy of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer's Plan... as well as Photomatix from HDRSoft. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Tuesday 8/25, 6:00pm Irish Standard Time, 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, and 10:00am Pacific. 1:30pm in … [Read more...] about Join us for Our Next Lightroom Hangout on 8/25 and Win
Editor's Note: Photoshop World is next week. We're holding a reader's breakfast there and some other events you'll have to ask about in person. Ive written a version of this article several years ago but I want to update and share why going to Photoshop World has changed my life. All I wanted to do was learn and better my craft. I never in a million years knew what would happen next. I believe it was 2010 that I came across a Photoshop World ad on Facebook. Im not one for ads at all but this caught my attention. It was in the spring time and I … [Read more...] about Why I Attend Workshops and Tradeshows?
If you want to dig deep into Lightroom, we've got an easy and free solution. Don't miss the Photofocus Lightroom Learning Center. Here you'll find a collection of some of our most popular tutorials, podcasts, and hangouts. All for free! Just visit this page https://photofocus.com/lightroom-learning-center/ We hope you enjoy learning Lightroom and please be sure to leave a comment on this post to request future tutorials or learning opportunities. … [Read more...] about Want to Dig Into Lightroom?
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick off Wednesday July 15, 11:00am Eastern, 10:00am Central, 9:00am Mountain, and 8:00am Pacific. 5:30pm in Newfoundland, and 3:00 GMT. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. Lightroom users around the world stand when she enters the room: Victoria Bampton, the Lightroom Queen, is our … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: FAQ’s with The Lightroom Queen