So here I am at 11 p.m. organizing some images after upgrading my Lightroom Classic to 8.3, and I see on the top of my Mac's menu bar a giant block of blue. You see, I'm running a little tool called iStat Menu, a hardware monitoring tool that shows nerds, like myself, temperatures, CPU activity, Read/write speeds and so forth. On that wonderful menu bar, I see all 20 threads of my Mac Pro's processor being used. I scrambled for a bit as I tried to recall what I had Lightroom do — I had moved a bunch of images, moved catalogs around, cleared … [Read more...] about Did Adobe actually add functional multicore support for Lightroom Classic?
Presets in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC enable you to quickly achieve a specific look for a photo. In this video tip, you'll learn how you can apply a preset from the Develop module to multiple photos at the same time, with a trick involving the Library module. Want more tips like this? Check out my "Lightroom Quick Tips" course on GreyLearning, part of the "Mastering Lightroom" bundle of courses. … [Read more...] about Applying a Lightroom preset to multiple photos
You've got your foreground element, you've got your rule of thirds, and you've got striking light on your subject. Everything is looking good for you to have a terrific landscape photograph that you'll be proud of. But, as has always been the case in photography, your work has just begun: You still need to finish your picture. The first place I take my landscape photo is Perfectly Clear Complete. PCC lets you get the tones looking just right and it does it without adding noise. Here's my original photo. Exposure There is a Landscape … [Read more...] about Perfecting the tones in your landscapes, or step #1 in finishing landscapes
If you can make a terrific foundation, then you can be free to create. This is especially true regarding color. Great color allows you to make better black and whites and utilize all kinds of creative apps. Let me show you how Perfectly Clear's excellent tools can help you make a sure color foundation to build your photofinishing on. Preset: Landscapes Start by clicking on the Landscapes preset button at the top of the window. This activates the excellent tone and color settings in Perfectly Clear and leaves all the stuff for portraits … [Read more...] about Perfecting color in landscapes with Perfectly Clear Complete
White balance is always trying to pull a fast one on you and sneak by with the wrong color in your photographs. Here's the case in point, today: It's a sunny day, not a cloud in the sky, so you set the white balance to Daylight, which is just what the camera manufacturer advises you to do. But then you end up with a picture like this that has significantly too much blue in the skin tones. What the heck? Shade is sneaky The trouble is that although the subject is standing in the sun, the light shining on her face is actually coming from … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: The sneaky secret of white balance
Once you return home from your travels, with lots of images to review and process, there is a good chance you will do whatever you can to quickly complete editing your images. You will be excited to show your pictures off to friends, family, or clients. My suggestion, no matter what your workflow may be, don't move too fast. Take the time to carefully consider your finishing touches--subtle enhancements you can make to your photographs once you have more or less completed processing them. As slight as these enhancements may be, they may make … [Read more...] about The Traveling Photographer: Finishing Touches
I develop images in Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud (LR CC) using a top-down approach, starting with "Basic". The one rule breaker was "Camera Calibration", the very last menu item. When working with RAW image files, I find starting with Camera Calibration can save time and energy. I shoot Nikon and Fuji and find that camera specific settings often outperform the generic Adobe presets in LR. I recently updated the LR Classic CC app (formerly called LR CC) to the latest 7.3 release and could not find "Camera Calibration". It seemed like a big … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: What happened to “Camera Calibration” in Lightroom Classic Creative Cloud?
There are many photo-editing products available for processing images in conjunction with Lightroom. Many of these products are third-party plugins which can be used directly from Lightroom or as stand-alone applications. Other products provide presets or brushes used within Lightroom. Presets actually move the Lightroom sliders, creating enhancements that affect the entire image. Brushes are used to selectively brush in adjustments through the Lightroom adjustment brush or the gradient tool. Recently I began incorporating Sleeklens presets … [Read more...] about Lightroom Brushes and Presets by Sleeklens
With wildlife, moments are fleeting, and there are literally once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. While it is ideal to “get it right in the camera”, I also believe that while all photos are created in the camera, they are finished in the digital darkroom. Some moments we capture are worth a little extra work to rescue if a mistake in settings is made or the light wasn’t quite right at the time. Out of the many software products out there to process photos, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers an all-in-one solution to process your photos. In this … [Read more...] about How to Make Wildlife Photos Look Great with ACDSee Ultimate
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
Sometimes you look at a photo and you know something just isn’t right. If there is one thing that will cause that uneasy feeling, it is unfixed lens distortion in a photo. Our brain knows buildings have straight lines, faces have certain proportions, and animals don’t lean as they are standing. Curved trees, crooked buildings, or pinched faces - they all subconsciously scream “unnatural” to our brain. Fortunately, there are many ways to fix lens distortions within the digital darkroom. In just a few clicks, using Lightroom's Lens … [Read more...] about How to Make Distortion Disappear with Lightroom’s Transform Tools
I’m not one to rely too much on third-party plug-ins. I try to keep things simple, and usually stick with Lightroom and Photoshop. Macphun’s Intensify is an exception. I use it regularly in my workflow. A plug-in for Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Apple Aperture, it is unfortunately only for Mac users. I use Intensify for three reasons—at times it is quicker than me figuring out similar enhancements in Lightroom or Photoshop; it provides greater controls over adjustments than other plug-ins I have experimented with, and … [Read more...] about MacPhun’s Intensify: Taking Images to the Next Level