Do you find yourself performing the same edits to your images? When that happens, take a moment and create an action, preset or Look to help automate the process. Years ago, before Luminar or Lightroom, I found myself constantly starting each portrait session in Photoshop by duplicating the background image, applying a skin softening technique and added different layers to enhance eyes, lips, and sculpt the subject’s face. Creating an action allowed me to assign a keyboard shortcut to speed up my workflow. Want to learn more? Check out this … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Create your own Actions, Presets & Luminar Looks
Looking for a time-saving solution to your post-editing workflow? Here are some quick and easy tips to become more efficient while making sure you keep your personalized editing style by creating your own customized Luminar 3 Looks. What is a Look? A Look is a recorded set of filters, and it helps to edit images in a very fast and personalized way. A big advantage of Luminar's Looks is that they are still fully customizable once saved. Which means you can tweak them over and over again — you are not stuck with the base Look you've saved at … [Read more...] about Four easy steps to kick-ass Luminar custom Looks
If you subscribe to the Photofocus newsletter, then you just got an announcement about a huge pack of looks for Luminar that add all the looks from Skylum's wonderful Tonality plugin to Luminar. Tonality is a tool made especially for black and white finishing and it used to be my favorite black and white tool — now I use it in Luminar. This pack of looks gives you a whole bunch of options to instantly create various looks in your black and white photos. But why should you use looks? My question is, why would you want to use a look that makes … [Read more...] about How to use Luminar’s looks to be creative differently
Creativity is a spice of life. It’s what keeps us excited It keeps us at the top of our game. Being creative often requires experimentation which can take up a lot of time. Here’s how to strike a balance between creativity and efficiency. Don’t reinvent the wheel, modify it When I suggest "Don't reinvent the wheel", I'm not advocating stifling your creativity, I'm suggesting to modify the wheel to become proficient. Start with a solid base, technique or lighting pattern then slightly modify it. Once it’s to your liking, modify it some more! … [Read more...] about Striking the balance between creativity and efficiency
A recent change to Lightroom is an Advanced Camera Profile that allows you to attach other settings. Now, we can actually import look-up tables, and attach them to our Lightroom presets. This means that a lot of the advanced things you do in PhotoShop can translate to a Lightroom color adjustment. Let me show you how to take the PhotoShop lot, and attach to a Lightroom preset. One of the easiest ways to create a new Lightroom profiles to actually use Adobe Bridge. What you have to do is, select an image, and then right-click, and open that … [Read more...] about Attaching a LUT to a Lightroom preset
What is a preset? A preset is a combination of filters as well as the settings used for each of those filters to create a special look or style. Luminar ships with over 60 powerful one-click presets to quickly enhance your images. This makes editing your images fast and easy — plus they can be used as a great learning tool! Learning from presets I used Luminar’s Dramatic Grungy preset from the Dramatic category as a base to my Sport’s Grit Look. After applying the Dramatic Grungy preset, I looked at the filters in the side panel to see what … [Read more...] about How to create and save presets
Retouching the portraits you make can be a lot of fun, and it can be a lot of frustration. I realize that I've retouched thousands of portraits and one thing that makes it more fun than frustration is simply the way you go about it — the workflow. Let me show you how using layers in your retouching allows you freedom and creativity and reproducibility. I'll demonstrate using Luminar, but you can get similar results using any layered app. Basics Start by doing your basic tweaks — adjust the camera profile and white balance, which are in … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: A Layered Workflow for Retouching
What is metadata? Metadata is information about a photograph that is added after the pixels are captured. The first is the EXIF (Exchangable Image File format) that adds the camera, manufacturer, focal length, GPS, exposure, and sometimes, depending on the camera, the owner's name and copyright. EXIF metadata is added by the camera immediately after the pixels are recorded. Other forms of metadata are added by the photographer. These include IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) and XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform). IPTC was … [Read more...] about Do You Add Metadata to Your Photos? If Not, Why Not?
Guest post by Erin Holmstead. Shooting sports changed my whole photography business! At the end of 2015, I met a gentleman, Rick Parker, who shoots sports photography for a local online news center. We were in the same photo club and he was presenting some of his work and during this time he mentioned that anyone could tag along and learn at one of the games coming up. I, of course, jumped right on that thinking, why not? The first game I attended with him was a local high school game and I left feeling like I should probably put my camera … [Read more...] about How Photographing Sports Changed My Life
Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3 was just released and has some terrific new and refined tools for finishing your pictures. However, version 2 was also awesome, and I assumed any image editing tools would also be great, and they are. The surprising thing in version 3 is the way they've refined preset management. The new settings and organization make it easier to make and share presets, and it makes my workflow just a little bit faster, which makes me a whole lot happier. Built-In Presets Presets simply move sliders to a starting … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear’s New Preset Area Rocks
The photo above is the normal exposure of a Waffle House near my studio. Periodically the company remodels one of their restaurants. I saw this one was under what looked more like destruction rather than renovation. I noticed a pair of children with their father standing in front of the remains of a favorite place to eat. I made a quick set of 3 bracketed exposures at 2 stop brackets to use Photomatix Pro. Opening a bracket set in Photomatix Pro Before jumping into presets, here’s a quick start for opening a series of bracketed photos.Once … [Read more...] about New to Photomatix? Start with a Preset
In this episode, Rob and Levi answer questions about Lightroom. Topics include backing up and restoring files, catalogs, and presets, as well as using DNG's, and more. Hosted by: Rob Sylvan and Levi Sim Produced by: Rich Harrington and Photofocus.com https://youtu.be/FiZnGAZHeaE?t=3m47s … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Lightroom Q&A
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
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
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
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?
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
With the popularity of film finding its way into photographer's hands, headlines are still reading, Why Film is Better than Digital and Comparing Film vs Digital. Isn't the Debate Over? At the starting point of digital photography, people once thought that film was going to be a dying art. A movie quote instantly comes to mind: -- spoken from a man whom is brought out to be piled onto a wagon carrying dead bodies to be disposed of in the movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Film is far from dead and isn't exactly going to go away it … [Read more...] about It Isn’t Film vs Digital Any Longer
If you use adjustment layers to create a look in Photoshop and want to be able to replicate it then Look Up Tables, or LUTs, are the answer; For this example I'm using an image from Fotolia. Using three adjustment layers I've created a 'cross processed / high contrast' type of look. So how do i save this for future? Saving A Look Up Table From the File Menu choose Export > Color Look Up Tables; When you choose this a new dialogue box appears; Choose a name, copyright name and format and then adjust the quality. Click OK. You'll then … [Read more...] about Saving A Photoshop Look Up Table
If you're a Lightroom user, and if you love using presets on your images, then you're in for a treat! In the links below you will find literally hundreds of free presets you can use in your images. Contrastly Contrastly is an online magazine about photography, technology, visual arts, photography techniques, and other topics that fall in between. In this article, you'll find 25 various presets that can be used for Lightroom. Info Parrot Info Parrot is a tech/design/lifestyle blog, and creates content and shares resources related to … [Read more...] about The Best Websites for FREE Adobe Lightroom Presets
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 First Quarter is over: Have you registered your photos?
You just finished a photo session and your clients are excited to see the final images.The next step is to decide which images you want to present and how to deliver them. Some photographers charge extra and give all images to the client. The client is responsible for printing. Other photographers, myself included, use a fulfillment service to host, view and print the images. Despite which method you use, we need to configure Lightroom to export a high quality image for viewing and printing. The Export Module To streamline our workflow, we are … [Read more...] about How to Deliver Images to your Client using Lightroom
It's a new year, and that means updating your copyright information! For photographers, this oftentimes means making updates in more than one place, like your Camera, post-processing software (such as Adobe Lightroom), and possibly your website. On Your Camera All camera models will be a little different, but they should each have a place to enter your info. For this example, I'll show how to set your info using a Canon 70D. First, go into the Menu and locate the setting for the copyright information. Next, select Enter copyright details to … [Read more...] about Updating Your Copyright for the New Year
The team here at Photofocus got together and created a HUGE free preset bundle for onOne's Perfect Photo Suite 9! To get your FREE download, pleas subscribe to our newsletter using the button below. Once you have confirmed your subscription, you will receive a link to download the file. Here's what you get: 24 Presets for Perfect Effects 8 Presets for Perfect B&W 4 Presets for Perfect Portrait Click an image to view larger and scroll through to view the before/after images from these presets: … [Read more...] about FREE Preset Pack for onOne Software
Now is the perfect time to create a 2015 copyright preset that will add your copyright information to your photos metadata automatically when you import them using Lightroom. It's a good idea to add personal details to your images so anyone viewing that image on the web or preparing the file for print at a printing lab can determine who owns copyright of the image and what they can do with it. If the image is copyrighted the metadata can show this and give information on how to contact you if they need permission to use your photo. Where to add … [Read more...] about Have You Created Your 2015 Metadata Copyright Preset?
I originally created the Aviator in 2011 using Lightroom and Photoshop as my editing tools. When onOne announced the release of their New Perfect Photo Suite, I was inspired to recreate the Aviator using their new standalone program. I've been using onOne for years as a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom, but this was the first time I created a project from scratch using their standalone program. I wanted to see if I could work start to finish in Perfect Photo Suite and get the results I wanted. I've included a free video at the end of the … [Read more...] about Will onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite replace Photoshop or Lightroom?
A few months back I wrote an article, "Click Away Digital is Free, or is it?" after my trusty Nikon D700 died. It was replaced with the latest and great D810. The D810 received great reviews and the camera specs are very impressive. So if the D810 is a better camera why were my photos looking dull and flat when I imported them into Lightroom? Creating a new camera profile when importing my RAW images fixed the problem. The Problem My photography career has taken me down the path of a generalist. I photography portraits, sports, events, … [Read more...] about Custom Camera Calibration in Lightroom
A powerful feature of Lightroom is its ability to save develop settings known as Presets so you can use them again later to edit other images. These presets will not only save you time but will also apply a consistent look to a set of images. There are several different types of presets. We are going to learn how to quickly install the top three; Develop, Brushes and Export. All three use the extension lrtemplate and are cross platform; working the same on a Mac or a PC. The quickest way to install a develop preset is to right mouse click on … [Read more...] about It’s Fast and Easy to Install Lightroom Presets
There are four parts of the eye; the pupil, iris, catch light and whites of the eye. We don't always need to enhance all four. The goal is to make slight changes so the image doesn't look fake or over process. Using Lightroom's adjustment brush we will easily make local changes to these areas by "painting in" the effect. Pressing and holding the ALT Key (PC) or Option Key (Mac) will enable us to paint out any effect we create. Select a 2:1 ratio in the Navigator Panel. Focus on just the eyes using the Navigator window or by clicking and moving … [Read more...] about Enhancing the Eyes with Lightroom
You might have missed that the Photofocus team has been hard at work creating great presets for Lightroom. It's part of our partnership with Mosaic (be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center). Photofocus contributor Robert Vanelli offers up one from his collection a Lightroom preset for summer and beach photos. It's totally free and you can get it here. (Plus, don't miss ones by Nicolesy, Levi Sim, Lisa Robinson and Rich Harrington that you can download here). Split toning, desaturating colors and using curves to crunch the … [Read more...] about A New Free Lightroom Preset from Photofocus and Mosaic