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
A week doesn’t go by that I don’t hear from someone who is struggling to find something that has seemingly vanished from Lightroom. In the interest of helping you avoid this sensation of panic and frustration, I have compiled my list of the top ten things that seem to go missing (or appear out of nowhere) of their own accord, and, more importantly, how to put things back to normal. 10. Individual Panels It is possible to hide many of the individual panels completely from view. I don’t mean collapsing the panels, but outright removal from the … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Where did that thing go?
Lightroom’s interface isn't as customizable as Photoshop's, but it can be changed in a number of ways to maximize the space devoted to your photos, to make your workflow more efficient, and to hide the parts you just don’t use very often. Panel Groups There are four main panels that appear in all Lightroom modules. They can be manipulated as needed to allow you to control the size of the center workspace where your photos appear, as well as to only reveal the set of tools required for the task at hand. These four panels are called the Left … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: How Can I Customize the Interface?
Welcome to the morning after the night before when you shot all of those photographs of fireworks. If you are like me, you have at least a hundred or more waiting for you to do all of the post production work on them. This is not a mountain to climb. it's a fun little molehill to step over. The power of AutoSync AutoSync is Lightoom's RAW batch processor. When it's on, every change made to the most selected photo showing in the content area of the Develop module is applied to all of the selected photos. While there are times that this could … [Read more...] about Finish Fireworks Photos in Lightroom! It’s Easy
Black and white photographs can be very impactful, but there's so much more to making great black and whites than simply removing the color. In this episode, Adobe's Bryan O'Neil Hughes is back to help us demonstrate all the great tools Lightroom has for helping us make the most of our monochromes. Hosted by: Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim Produced by: Rich Harrington and Photofocus.com https://youtu.be/IsmIa1KXTPk?t=5m12s https://youtu.be/yuOLQva1iZs … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Making Great Black and White Photos in Lightroom
This webinar will introduce you to many of the features of the Library Module in Lightroom, as well as some of the great features the pros use to stay organized. Best of all, we help you conquer the panic you may feel when you see the 'question mark of death.' https://youtu.be/rDEIsMXVANU … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Getting Organized in Lightroom
In this episode, Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim answer questions about Lightroom. There are several terrific gems and pro-user tips on tools like making presets, using the print module, adjustment brush presets, and more. Hosted by: Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim Produced by: Rich Harrington and Photofocus.com https://youtu.be/DXWIQZw25aA?t=6m37s … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Lightroom Q&A
In this episode, Melissa Niu hosts Rob Sylvan, Levi Sim, and Gerard Murphy as they compare different finishing techniques on the same few photographs. They'll show you how to use many of the tools in the Develop and Library Modules, including: Cropping tool Sharpening Import presets Lens corrections Default settings and preferences Organizing presets Radial filter https://youtu.be/Y63f-Um6nb0?t=6m5s … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Photofinishing Showdown
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
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 a Creative Cloud subscription from Adobe. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Saturday 2/28, 11:00am Eastern, 8:00am Pacific. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. During the Live broadcast you can ask questions and be entered to win a subscription to the universe's most powerful software for photographers: Photoshop and Lightroom. Brought to you by … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Special Saturday Q&A Episode
Note: We've got two hangouts next week Lightroom is Thursday with Scott Kelby and Business with Justin and Mary Marantz on Wednesday. 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 a Creative Cloud subscription from Adobe, as well as some incredible tools from onOne Software (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We kick of Thursday 1/29, 1:00pm Eastern, 10:00am Pacific. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. We … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Bodacious Book Layouts with Scott Kelby
We're busy getting ready for our next Google Hangout on Lightroom Wednesday the 25th on the Print Module. Thanks to our partners we have some great prizes to win (like a free pass to Photoshop World!), but you must attend the hangout live to win. Back in February Levi, Rich, Gerard, and I were super psyched to get to hang out with Bryan O'Neil Hughes from Adobe to discuss and demonstrate various techniques for converting color originals to black and white masterpieces. Bryan is not only an incredible Photoshop and Lightroom resource, but he's … [Read more...] about Looking back at our Creating Great Black and White Images in Lightroom Hangout
We're busy getting ready for our next Google Hangout on Lightroom Wednesday the 25th on the Print Module. Thanks to our partners we have some great prizes to win, but you must attend the hangout live to win. Click here to RSVP and join the live Hangout. Tune in live to ask questions and enter the drawings for some terrific prizes. Our hangouts are brought to you in partnership with Mosaic Archive and Photoshop World. To learn more about how Google Hangouts work, click here http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/. Joining the hangout … [Read more...] about Looking back at our Getting Organized in Lightroom Hangout
You may have noticed that there's more to Lightroom than the Library and Develop Modules--there's also a Print Module, and it's incredibly awesome. Whether you want to print single pictures, multiple bundles, or specialized outputs... its all here. To help bring it to life we've invited a true expert, Kevin Ames. He is a pro photographer, Photofocus contributor, and Photoshop World speaker. He'll help us reveal the secret powers of the Print Module. You'll find that it's really great for much more than making … [Read more...] about Join Our Free Lightroom Hangout: Print Module UnPlugged
Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from a new book called the Photofocus Guide: Develop Great Images in Lightroom. This book is almost done and we'll be giving away free copies soon to all our readers thanks to Mosaic. Be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center. When it comes to processing photos, Im typically very thorough and like to take my time. However, there are occasions when I need to view a photo and quickly add some exposure, or even adjust the white balance. For these occasions I prefer to use the Quick Develop … [Read more...] about Mastering The Quick Develop Panel in Lightroom