It's a good idea to add copyright information to your images. This allows anyone viewing your image on the web or preparing the file for print at a printing lab to determine who owns the copyright of the image and what they can do with it. The copyright metadata can also supply information on how to contact you if they need permission to use your photo. As the end of the year draws near, it's a good idea to review, update and create a new preset that adds your copyright information to your photos metadata automatically. Most cameras have this … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget to Update Your Lightroom Copyright Preset
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We've been hard at work and have a brand new book for you (and it's totally free until February 14, 2016). Are you tired of spending too much time looking for your photos? Have you over lost track of some of your photos and felt totally stressed out? While Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a great tool to develop your photos, it also serves another important purpose keeping your images organized. But how you go about this process is pretty complex. The new book is called Get Organized in Lightroom. In its 212 pages you'll find practical advice … [Read more...] about Our New Lightroom Book Is Here – And Free Until February 14
Whenever you use a very large light on a subject wearing eye glasses, you're likely to run into a problem with glare on the glasses. The is simply a reflection of the light in the glasses. I do my best to mitigate this problem by moving the subject, the light, and my camera, but sometimes I'm just stuck with glare--especially if I'm photographing outside on a cloudy day, in which case the entire sky is a big source of glare. Besides moving the subject, light and camera around to different angles and positions, a polarizer may also be effective … [Read more...] about Removing Glare from Eyeglasses in Lightroom
When preparing an image to edit, it's best to think in terms of Global -- applying an effect to the entire image -- and Local changes -- applying an effect to a selected part of an image. This concept can be used on almost any effect. For our tutorial, we will use Lightroom's Dehaze effect to dramatically improve an image by removing haze on the entire image, then on parts of the image using an adjustment brush and graduated filter. Global Change Working inside the development module, select the Effects Panel. Drag the Dehaze slider to the … [Read more...] about Global and Local Change Concept using Lightroom’s Dehaze
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 Photomatix from HDRSoft. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Wednesday 12/23 at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11am Mountain, and 10:00am Pacific. 2:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. This Month: Deck the Halls with … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Deck the Halls with Lightroom Tips
Photographs are wonderful things, and one of their amazing characteristics is the detail we can see in a picture. I'm pretty observant of details in face to face contact, so I enjoy the fact that my camera can record those details with great clarity and I can share them with others. However, digital noise sometimes obscures the detail and can create distracting color specs that I find really frustrating. In fact, when I first started photography, I wouldn't raise my ISO above 400 for fear that noise would ruin the images. I'd like to share with … [Read more...] about Hate Noisy Pictures? This May Help…
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to make your images stand out and look their best. Bringing Out the Details in Your Photos with Perfectly Clear for Photoshop and Lightroom Do you want to make your images pop? Learn how to make your images really jump off the page in Lightroom and Photoshop. Remove lens distortion and vignettes Sharpen to add detail Reduce noise to remove distractions Add Depth to improve contrast Use Vibrancy to pop colors In this workshop will explore a complete workflow of processing your images … [Read more...] about Join Us for a Free Webinar on Bringing Out the Details in Your Photos
When processing photos in Lightroom's Develop module, if you want to apply a preset you are only able to apply the preset to one file at a time. Sure, you can sync the files, but that one extra step can be a nuisance if you would like to simply use a preset. Thankfully, there is a very easy workaround by using the Quick Develop panel in the Library module! Here's how: Note: Click on each image to view larger. First, make sure that you have a preset ready to go. You can either create one in the Develop module, or download a preset online (here … [Read more...] about Batch-Applying Presets in Lightroom
Turns out that's not a completely fair comparison. Lightroom uses a 16-bit floating point image while the others use a 32-bit integer image. I'm still digging into the science part fully and hope to have him on a future podcast to nerd out. Here's the short version. When you're using the new Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw you can now create a HDR raw file. This is tied to the changes in the DNG (digital negative spec) that allow for floating point processing. You can see a plain English explanation here … [Read more...] about Making a HDR file in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop
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 Photomatix from HDRSoft. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Monday 11/23 at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11am Mountain, and 10:00am Pacific. 2:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. This Month: Liberating the Local … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Liberating the Local Adjustments
Keeping your software up to date usually means getting the best performance. Companies add new features to help users as well as maintenance fixes to keep up with security issues and changes in the operating system. Sometimes Software Companies Screw Up Recently, the Adobe Lightroom team got into a bit of a tough spot. They released an update that majorly changed the functionality of the import window. It also contained a lot of bugs. This all went down when I was leading a photography workshop in Cozumel. I wanted the update but knew the … [Read more...] about Adobe Announces new Update but is Lightroom Safe to Install?
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills and advanced secrets to make great looking wildlife photos. Free Webinar: Making Compelling Wildlife Photographs with Scott Bourne Scott Bourne will share secrets and practical advice that went into the making of some of his favorite and best-known images. He'll discuss both shooting and postproduction techniques that make his images stand out above the rest. Scott will also show how he's using Perfectly Clear to enhance his images to improve contrast and clarity while removing … [Read more...] about Join Us For a Free Webinar on Wildlife Photography with Scott Bourne
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). Be sure to tune in: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5pm Eastern | 2pm Pacific RSVP here and it'll show your local time. We're going to explore a bunch of the Adobe mobile apps and get some practical tips and some insider secrets. Learn about: Adobe Photoshop Fix Photoshop retouching for … [Read more...] about Mastering Mobile Workflows with Creative Cloud Apps (special guest Bryan O’Neil Hughes)
I use Lightroom, and I have one main catalog on my desktop computer. This catalog houses all of my photographs (over 250k of them), and they all are on a Drobo in my office at home. However, when I travel, I still want to be able to use Lightroom, and so I have what I call my "travel" catalog on my laptop. This is sort of a temporary home for the photos I am creating while traveling. Here's how it works: I create photos with my camera, import them to my laptop (and oftentimes a backup hard-drive as well), and then sort, edit, and share from … [Read more...] about Lightroom Tip: Transferring Photos Between Catalogs
Thinking back to when I started my wedding photography business in 2006, I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. I thought there would be some communication before the day, show up for a long day of photographing, then kick back on the couch for a bit while I edit, and voila! All done! I couldn't have been more wrong on the depth of what my workflow would entail. Today, I want to share my workflow (it has gone through many evolutions over the years) with you and shed a little light on what you may be getting in to as you start your … [Read more...] about My Wedding Workflow: Start to Finish
In the beginning of the year I wrote, "Have You Created Your 2015 Metadata Copyright Preset?" reminding us to update our copyright information for the New Year. This quick tip made sure we added our copyright information to every photo we imported into Lightroom. Our next step to protect our images is to register them with the Library of Congress. Lightroom makes this final process just as fast and easy. I thought my images were already protected? The moment you capture an image, you automatically own the copyright of the image. If someone … [Read more...] about Third Quarter is Over: Have You Registered your Photos?
You gotta join us live for our next, totally free, Google+ Lightroom Hangout! Not only will you learn terrific tips and 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 Photomatix from HDRSoft. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Friday 10/30, 12:00pm Eastern, 11:00am Central, 10:00am Mountain, and 9:00am Pacific. 1:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. This Month: Demystifying … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Demystifying Import
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!