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
Traveling at least two weeks each month, I've amassed a library of over 4,500 images on my iPhone 6 Plus. It's my most-used camera when on the road because it's small(ish), has fantastic image quality, and is ready to capture in seconds. Looking for images in the default iOS photos application isn't very difficult thanks to Collections and Moments, but I organize them differently when I import them into my Lightroom catalog. All of my photos, both mobile and professional images, live in a Lightroom catalog on my computer in the studio. After … [Read more...] about Organize On the Go with Lightroom Mobile
Independence Day fireworks displays happen in a couple of days. An almost unimaginable number of photographs will be made of these blazing bursts of colorful light and smoke. Sadly, what we remember of these magnificently ephemeral moments just aren't what we see when the photographs are showing on monitors. If your photos from the upcoming Fourth aren't the dazzling finale you remember, read on! BTW my fellow Photofocus author Nicole Young has a great top ten tips on shooting fireworks article if you are planning a photography outing the … [Read more...] about Fireworks! Bring Out Your Colors
When I travel, I like to share photos from my trip on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Typically I will share one or two photos per day, depending on how much down-time I have and also whether or not I have Internet or data on my phone. But here's the thing: I am usually creating more than one or two photos per day that I would like to share! Because I am an avid Lightroom user, my solution has been to start using Lightroom Mobile as "storage" for the overflow photos that I don't get around to sharing during my trip, so that I can post them … [Read more...] about Using Lightroom Mobile to Share Photos From Your Computer
I was recently given the new LG G4 smartphone to try out by my friends at ThreeUK. Theres a lot I could write about the software, shape etcetera, but Im a phoneographer so lets get straight to the camera. Go Manual The camera is good on this phone but really comes into its own when you opt to switch to Manual mode. Here you can opt to change; White Balance Focal depth Exposure compensation ISO Shutter speed All pretty cool and opens up some great photographic opportunities, but what really got me excited was the option to shoot jpg or DNG … [Read more...] about Shooting Raw on a Smartphone with the LG G4
This option is new to Lightroom CC, and Im still finding the right way to use it in my workflow. Basically, it gathers pictures together based on the faces it can recognize in the image. The more I think about it, the more I see some powerful uses for it. Enter the People view using the icon at the bottom of the Library screen (press T to show the tool bar) or by pressing the O key (P is already taken for flagging a picture as a pick). Lightroom begins automatically recognizing faces and stacking pictures together with the same faces; the same … [Read more...] about Organize Your Portraits and Group Shots: Using People View in Lightroom CC
If you use Lightroom, you may be aware that Lightroom was updated a few months (Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6). One of the standout features in this new version is the ability to quickly merge HDR images inside of Lightroom without having to use Photoshop or another HDR processing app. I photograph a lot of landscapes, and have plenty of bracketed series that have never been touched. Photographing hundreds of images on any given outing typically means that one or two are shared, and the rest end up collecting virtual dust inside of Lightroom. … [Read more...] about Using Lightroom Smart Collections to Organize HDRs and Panos
Note: If you want your own Photoshop World Experiences, you can. Save $100 with the early-bird discount by registering before June 24th. I went to Photoshop World for the first time just over 2 years ago. I was still a college student, and was awarded a scholarship to attend in Orlando. Photoshop World was the largest conference I had ever been to, with multiple classes going on at once and an expo floor filled with the latest photography tools and software. What Can you Learn You can definitely learn about Photoshop and Lightroom, but thats … [Read more...] about My Photoshop World Experience
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! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUpQUsrqg4Y&w=560&h=315] … [Read more...] about Dehaze in Photoshop/Lightroom CC 2015
I recently posted about Lightroom's new Photo Merge to HDR tool. Lightroom refers to this as Enhanced Dynamic Range. HDR is High Dynamic Range by the way. I believe that since Lightroom uses a floating point math that uses RAW files to produce a 16-bit HDR as opposed to Photoshop's pixel based 32 bit HDR. Plus or minus Ten stops The first thing that truly differentiates an HDR file from a regular RAW one is the extreme dynamic range or number of available f/stops of exposure control. The out-of-the-camera RAW file provides a plus or minus four … [Read more...] about Enhanced Dynamic Range in Lightroom’s Develop Module
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 Tuesday 6/23, 5:00pm Eastern, 4:00pm Central, 3:00pm Mountain, and 2:00pm Pacific. 5:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. I've been so jealous of Photoshop for the last year: it got brushes added to the gradient tools in ACR, but since Lightroom wasn't … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Brushable Gradients and Other Local Magic with Colin Smith
Panoramas are one of the wonders of digital capture. Pan a scene with an iPhone and Voila! Instant panorama albeit kinda low resolution all things being equal. Enter the much higher resolution DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. Photoshop does a solid job of stitching images together into panoramas. Would it be nice if panos could be made without round tripping through Photoshop? If only... If Only... is Now! With the release of Lightroom CC, Adobe's team of digital wizards have added panorama creation completely contained in Lightroom. Best of all … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC’s Ginormous Gorgeous Panoramas
Slideshows offer a great way to showcase your work in a more engaging way. In the latest release of Lightroom CC, Adobe added new tools to create more advanced slideshows. Creating slideshows in Lightroom is very quick and easy. Not too long ago, I recorded a video tutorial which you can find by clicking here. In this post, lets take a look at a few of the improvements. Automatic or Manual Slideshows Under the Playback menu, Lightroom offers the option for an automatic slideshow or a manual slideshow. When creating an automatic slideshow, … [Read more...] about Advanced Slideshow Features in Lightroom CC
Lightroom CC, the 2015 release, adds Photo Merge to its tool set. Photo Merge comes in two flavors: HDR (Control + H) and Panorama (Control + M.) The same shortcuts work for Mac and Windows so Mac users, don't substitute the Command key for the Control key on this one. HDR or High Dynamic Range extends the limits in detail between shadows through the midtones to the highlights that a single exposure can show. Unlike Photoshop, which uses pixel based files to create HDR, Lightroom CC works entirely with pure RAW goodness. The merged photograph … [Read more...] about Lightroom Photo Merge Gives Enhanced Dynamic Range
We have two free Google Hangout events this week (you don't need to be a Google+ member to watch). Mind Your Own Business Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Don't miss our next Google Hangout. The event is today. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to Adobe. It starts at 2PM Eastern/11AM Pacific. Note: We'll be giving away a copy of the Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers Plan to one lucky winner who's in attendance. You must attend the live hangout in order to win. On this hangout we're going to focus on practical do's and don'ts to attract … [Read more...] about Two Chances to Learn and Two Chances to Win