Finally, a digital soft focus filter like Zeiss' Softar 2 I've been exploring Perfectly Clear 2.0 for proofing for a while now. It's great for doing a quick pass on a set of portraits to reduce blemishes, soften skin and generally enhance a take so clients could select their "hero" for final retouching. It occurred to me that some of the settings Perfectly Clear has for skin smoothing could be combined with standard Photoshop retouching techniques to achieve the effect of an old filter not used since days of shooting film... The … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Skin Smoothing
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
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
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 5/27, 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, and 1:00pm Pacific. 4:30pm in Newfoundland. RSVP here and it'll show your local time. If you like shooting the same subjects in the same way that have been shot for a hundred years...then this hangout is not for … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Diving into Cinemagraphs with Rob Knight
A look at Noiseless Pro by Macphun a standalone application that helps you reduce color and luminance noise in your images, and process raw images! … [Read more...] about Noiseless Pro Review
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
Your memory card can be the most important piece of gear on a shoot. It stores the one thing that can get you paidbut what do you do if it becomes corrupt? Ive had a bunch of memory devices become corrupt; a brand-new CF card while shooting HDR and portraits on Zuma Beach in California, a trusty SD card in my main camera while shooting video interviews for Under Armour, and even an AJA hard drive while recording my multi-camera sports production for ESPN. They say everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But there are steps I can take to … [Read more...] about Recover Files from a Corrupt Memory Card Using Mac Disk Utility
The Challenge of Dynamic Range My next house I did end up photographing was a small townhouse. I think those are extra challenging to photograph as you are working to be creative in tiny places to get the entire room without too much distortion. A tripod is a must even when working in such a tiny space. I went to work and bracketed each room. The realtor sent me a text saying his clients were impressed and LOVED the pictures. I breathed a sigh of relief. After that praise I looked back through some photos and decided to play some more with … [Read more...] about What can Photomatix do for you?
Adobe Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The app is FREE if you have one of the following plans: Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program Creative Cloud complete plan Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition Creative Cloud for teams complete plan Or, you can download and sign up for a free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile. Once the free 30-day trial expires, Lightroom mobile will require a Creative Cloud membership. Extend Your Workflow Beyond the Desktop By … [Read more...] about Android Users: Meet Lightroom Mobile
It's well-known that the Perfect Photo Suite is great for adding effects, replacing skies, and adding texture. But did you know that it is also a great place to process portraits? Here are a few methods you can use to process a portrait (or a group of portraits) in onOne's Perfect Photo Suite: Perfect Portrait One of the more obvious ways to edit a portrait is to use the Perfect Portrait module. Here's how it works: 1. First, open a photo into Perfect Portrait. You can do this through Lightroom (File > Plug-in Extras > Perfect … [Read more...] about Simple Portrait Processing in onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite
A few months ago, I was in a hangout with Matt Kloskowski and Richard Harrington discussing some of the new features of onOne's Perfect Photo Suite 9 (click here to watch the replay). During the live broadcast, we had quite a few questions rolling in from the viewers, but we didn't have the time to answer all of them. So I thought I would put together some of those questions here for you on the blog! BTW, onOne has a free 30-day trial of their software ... click here to download it!Question: What makes onOne's Perfect Photo Suite 9 better than … [Read more...] about Q&A: onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 9
Editor's Note: This week, we're focussing on onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite. We've asked several Photofocus writers to each make a tutorial. We'll also have a free preset pack at the end of the week for you.In this onOne "Perfect Inspiration" video, I show how I process one of my food photograph's using Lightroom 5 and onOne's Perfect Effects 9. Click here to download the preset created in this tutorial. Be sure to head over to onOne's website to view more videos from other talented photographers! … [Read more...] about Processing Food Photography Using Lightroom & onOne Software
There are so many options for cloud backup storage today, but Amazon just announced a great plan for their Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlimited Photo Storage with Amazon Prime. Ive been an Amazon Prime subscriber for a few years now and the perks just keep coming to make it worth the price of the membership. Not only do you get FREE two-day shipping, but you also get access to access to the Kindle Owners Lending Library, Prime Instant Video (a Netflix competitor), and Prime Music, among other things listed here. There are 3 ways to upload your … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Just Got Even Better with Free Cloud Photo Storage
A lot of self-employed creatives work from home. Photographers, web designers, graphic designers, video guys . . . me included. Its convenient, cost-effective, and is a great option if youre just starting out. But working from home is one of the hardest things to do. There are so many distractions . . . the internet, the television, the animals, the children . . . you get where Im headed. Its important to hold yourself accountable every day and make sure you get your tasks done. Enter iDoneThis. iDoneThis isn't new, but it's simple. Its a … [Read more...] about iDoneThis • A Key to Accountability Success
When: Monday, November 17 at 11:00am PST Where: Google+ & This Post (Live streaming in the video below) Watch LIVE for a chance to win a copy of onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 9! Click Here to Sign Up and Watch! To learn more about how Google Hangouts work, click here http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/. Joining the hangout will let you ask questions and chat with attendees. The video will also be recorded and rebroadcasted if you are unable to watch the live stream. … [Read more...] about Live Hangout with onOne Software and Matt Kloskowski!
Mylio, which is an acronym for My Life is Organized, made it's debut at the PhotoPlus Expo 2014 an event I was unable to attend. This put me at a disadvantage when trying to figure out all the details of the new program. Normally I would spend a lot of time with a representative at the show and pick their brain on every detail. Instead, I had to search the net for what fellow photographers and what Mylio's own website is saying about the product. I then read between the lines to see if Mylio will make it's way into my workflow. What exactly is … [Read more...] about Will Mylio make it in your Workflow?
One of the things I love about Perfect Effects inside of the new onOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 is the ability to stack more than one filter, blend them together, and ultimately create my very own unique combination of effects. Their new slogan says it all: Your Photo. Your Look. And it couldn't be more true. This software gives each of use the ability to completely customize the processing from start to finish. Because I've been using onOne's products for several years, I have found myself gravitating to some of the same filters over and over. … [Read more...] about My “Top 10” Favorite Filters in onOne’s Perfect Effects 9
At the Adobe Max keynote recently, Adobe announced several new mobile apps that connect you directly with your Adobe profile and makes it easy to access what you do between your devices. One of those is Photoshop Mix. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1bfmtt6txM My Test Run I decided to go ahead and try a quick feature and play with the new Adobe Photoshop Mix. Heres what I did. 1. Get an image. I opened the app and imported a typical cell phone portrait of my daughter. The app can see your camera roll, camera, Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile … [Read more...] about A quick look at Adobe Photoshop Mix
One of the things I struggle with is organizing my cell phone images. On my iPhone, I can set up galleries or streams but I don't always use them. QuickPics is offering a solution to tag and organize your mobile photos, and so far I love where theyre heading. With hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on my mobile phone, I don't have time to go back and tag everything. Some are family, some friends, and some are just for reference for projects Im currently working on. QuickPics offers a great way to select your photos to tag. Simply press … [Read more...] about Organize your Mobile Photos with QuickPics
Our next Lightroom Hangout is next Wednesday, October 29th. RSVP for an hour of Lightroom learning FREE right here. We'll launch the discussion at 2:00 Eastern Time, 11:00am Pacific. 2:30 in Newfoundland. Brought to you by SongFreedom.com, where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. Also from Adobe, who makes it even easier to switch to Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Creative Cloud Photography plan. We'll have some prizes to give away (including a full year's … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Finishing Big Files Panoramas and HDR’s
This is an excerpt from our eBook, "Develop Great Images in Lightroom". Download it over at iTunes and Scribd! In the Mastering Exposure and Tone chapter we looked at ways to make global tonal adjustments to your photo using the Basic and Tone Curve panels. We also discussed how you can affect colors using the Vibrance and Saturation sliders in the Basic panel. Next up is the HSL / Color / B&W panel, which is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool for fine-tuning the colors in your photo. The HSL, Color, and B&W panel is actually … [Read more...] about The Flexible HSL and Color Adjustments
This is an excerpt from our eBook, "Develop Great Images in Lightroom". Download it over at iTunes and Scribd! One of my favorite features inside of Lightroom is the ability to add images to collections. Collections are great because they are similar to folders, but you are able to store the same image within several different collections without having to move the file itself. This way you can make changes to the file and it will display those changes to that file across all collections where it is located. There are a few different aspects to … [Read more...] about Using Lightroom Collections to Organize Your Photos
This article is part 3 of a 3 part series on How I Got the Shot Part 1: PLAN Part 2: PHOTOGRAPH Part 3: PROCESS The first article of this series explained the planning phase and how the composite was envisioned. The second article focused on the technical aspect of photography and what settings were used. This article will focus on how Lightroom and Photoshop were used that let to how I got the shot. Lightroom To develop a gritty harsh look, I used harsh light. This allows me to over sharpen the image using the clarity slider to get the rough … [Read more...] about Sport Portrait Composite part 3 of 3 | How I Got the Shot
Not long ago, Adobe released an app for the iPad. But with their most recent update to the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile just got a whole lot better. Since the update, I have been playing with the apps on my iPad and iPhone, and wanted to share some of my findings. I downloaded Lightroom to my iPad as soon as it was announced a few months back. It was great! But I could only see myself using it as a portfolio to show off my images to others when not at home. Plus, I don't typically carry my iPad with me everywhere. But now, with some new … [Read more...] about Lightroom Mobile for iPad and iPhone
One of the newest upgrades in Photoshop CC was the upgrade to make an image larger without loosing detail. In the past when you would re size an image you would lose detail in your image. Now with the new CC they have found a way to keep your image preserved without loosing much detail. Over the weekend I was shooting some family pictures and my assistant(aka my daughter) messed with my settings half way through the shoot and changed my RAW settings to JPEG. Luckily it was JPEG large but still my image size in RAW was approximately 25 mb and … [Read more...] about Upsizing a Photo for Print
I typically feel pretty set in my ways once I find my groove, but every now and then, a I get the urge to branch out and try something different. Those urges are highly motivated by the really nice word, "FREE." Right now, the onOne Software Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition is a free download. Thats right, Free-ninty-nine! Thats like $0.00 and it's not like an ad-based program or a kind of gimmicky program, it really is a full licensed version and it is quite freakin powerful! I'm a huge Lightroom and Photoshop fan, and even with the … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: onOne Software Perfect Effects (Plus it’s Free!)
Batteries. Seems a creative professionals life runs on batteries. The ability to work on the go, anywhere, any time. My phone, tablet, laptop, cameras all run on batteries. The Problem with Rechargeable Batteries Over time, rechargeable batteries wear out and need to be replaced. Im not talking about losing a charge, rather the total number of charges that a battery can hold before its used up. Batteries over time suffer from a few problems. Cycles. A battery can only be recharged so many times before it essentially stops being able to hold … [Read more...] about The Nightmare of Replacing a Battery on a Mac Laptop (Why Your Machine Might Be Lying to You)
I'm always on the lookout for new ways to process images on my tablet. I love the flexibility to pull an image from my Photo Stream and push it a bit further. Sometimes its to correct the image, other times to stylize it. I recently downloaded the app Alayer (available for iPad and iPhone). At 99, it's a pretty easy decision to make if I'll give an app a try. In this case, I'm glad I did. The application is easy to use and works with a simple concept. Effects and adjustments can be layered. To start, you simply make a new project. You … [Read more...] about Alayer for iOS: A Mini Review
Editor's Note: PhotoPills is 50% off today only November 28, 2014 All I can say is that PhotoPills is the single most useful photography app on the planet, and I highly recommend it. Here's a link to their website, and the Apple app store. Want to hear more? Ok. I'll start with the only two downsides, and they are minor. First, it's only for iOS; they are making the Android version, but no release date, yet. Sorry, gang. Second, it's designed by Europeans, so as an American using it I feel it's not always as intuitive as it could be. … [Read more...] about PhotoPills: Two Thumbs Up!