Lightroom

How I Edit My Food Photographs – Photography Article

Each niche in photography has its own requirements when it comes to post-production. In this video, I go over my process for editing images in Adobe Lightroom. As with everything in photography, there is usually more than one way to go about a task, and editing images is no exception. I have recently jumped ship to Capture One, but I thought a video on my Lightroom work would be of use to more people. There are also loads of similarities between…

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Range Mask Lightroom Tutorial for Landscape Photography – Time.Lapse Photography Article

How to Use Adobe Lightroom: Range Masks In this Landscape Photography Lightroom editing tutorial. I cover my absolute favorite the Range Mask. This tool allows you to be much more selective with your brushing and masking. This mask allows you to edit a brush selection, radial gradient or liner gradient based on luminance or color. This technique has been extremely helpful for selectively brightening or darkening areas of my images, at the raw level in Adobe Lightroom. I Really hope…

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How Much RAM Do You Need for Lightroom? – Photography Article

Photographers can almost always use more RAM, particularly when they start working with larger and more complex files. How much do you really need for Lightroom, however? This interesting comparison video takes a look at operating times for the application when using 8 GB of RAM versus 32 GB of RAM to see how much more efficiently the program can run with some extra muscle with which to work. Coming to you from Signature Edits, this great video compares the…

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Using Lightroom Classic’s Secondary Display to Be More Productive – Photography Article

Whether I’m teaching someone Lightroom or only showing a friend my photos in Lightroom for the first time, the one thing they usually comment about right away is my use of Lightroom’s Secondary Display feature. It’s a great feature that really makes me more productive. Most tutorial videos that teach how to use Lightroom use screen capture to show the Lightroom interface, and therefore don’t show the use of a secondary monitor. Unless you happen to be poking around the Lightroom…

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One of the Most Useful but Rarely Used Features of Lightroom – Photography Article

Lightroom is an intricate program full of numerous features — sometimes so many that it can be easy to miss out on a particularly useful tool that can make your editing life both easier and more efficient. This excellent video will show you one of those tools. Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this great video will show you how to use the Match Total Exposures tool in Lightroom. If you are someone who shoots a lot of images at a…

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How a Photoshop Noob Composited This Series of Action Photos – Photography Article

Having completed what proved to be one of the most challenging shoots of my career, I was then faced with the task of editing and compositing the images. Due to my inexperience, getting the results that I wanted using Photoshop proved to be a steep learning curve. Here’s how I went about it. Regular readers will recall that I photographed a huge indoor parkour training facility using a single Profoto B1 paired with a huge diffuser (a 5’ Octa softbox).…

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How I Shot It: Five Steps for a Foolproof Airbnb Shoot – Photography Article

In the share economy, more and more people are finding their side hustle in the form of renting out extra rooms or vacation homes through services like VRBO and Airbnb. Earlier this month, I did a quick and easy property shoot for one such hopeful side hustler. Using a minimal photo kit and about an hour of editing, I created a nice set of images, sure to help them get bookings. Here’s how I did it. Step 1: Gear and Settings Start…

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The Power of the Dehaze Tool – Photography Article

The Dehaze tool in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom is fantastic for landscape photography. Here are some examples of its use. My New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to spend more time doing some local landscape photography in Denmark and at the same time I have also grown very fond of woodland photography. In my latest video, I go to a local forest to photograph it during a foggy morning. Fog is amazing for creating very atmospheric photos and…

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Use Color to Dictate Your Style in Landscape Photography – Photography Article

Ansel Adams loved editing his images in the darkroom and often spoke about it. More importantly, he saw it as an important role in creating the final image that he had visualized when he took the shot.   Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. -Ansel Adams Why am I talking about Ansel Adams, you may wonder, in terms of color?  Well, the same principle applies to black and white and color in…

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My Tether Trolley Set Up – Photography Article

If you are an avid instagram user, you have probably noticed that almost all professionals tether their cameras with bright orange cables to a computer, there is a lot of kit involved in this and finding all the parts can be tricky when you don’t know what you are looking for. I got into tethering about 7 years ago with a Canon camera and Adobe Lightroom. I have since moved over to Capture One (which will be an article in…

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A Comprehensive Intro to Darktable: A Free Lightroom Alternative – Photography Article

Anthony Morganti of IAmMrPhotographer.com recently teamed up with photographer and fellow YouTuber Rico Richardson to produce a comprehensive introduction to the popular (and free) Lightroom alternative Darktable. If you’ve been wanting to try this open source RAW editor but don’t know where to start, this video is for you. Richardson is an expert in Darktable who’s created many a tutorial for the RAW processing software over on his own channel. This 10 minute tutorial is a bit more broad than…

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How to Edit Your Images Faster: 6 RAW Processing Tips – Photography Article

When you’re editing thousands of photos for clients every single week, time is quite literally money. This helpful video offers a few key tips that may help you speed up your workflow and save precious minutes every time you sit down to process your RAW files. The tips were put together by Pye at SLR Lounge, and all but one apply whether you’re using a keyboard and mouse, or trying out an editing console like the Loupedeck, which Pye uses…

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Lightroom Import and Export Tips and Tricks – Photography Article

Lightroom is undoubtedly a great tool for Digital Asset Management (DAM). Some people use it for Digital Asset Management and Editing while others use it just for Digital Asset Management and do all of their editing in Photoshop or some other external application. I use Lightroom for both, doing most of my editing in Lightroom and a small portion in Photoshop and/or plugins. I particularly like using it for organizing, keywording, commenting, and rating images. Lightroom has many features that…

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Is Retouching Cheating? A Fine Art Photographer’s Perspective – Photography Article

Photographer, YouTuber, and educator Serge Ramelli must be a glutton for punishment, because his most recent video reveals his opinion on a very controversial question: is retouching cheating? Let’s get the conclusion out of the way first: Ramelli believes that it is not cheating to retouch your images, and in the video above he uses several of his own photographs and a little photo history to illustrate why. Now, it’s easy to write off Ramelli’s point of view since at…

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How I Edit Monochrome Portraits – Photography Article

In this quick guide, I’m going to demonstrate how I edited a particular set of portraits for a magazine. Taken as part of the Face of London Runway 2019 contest, these black and white images were shot in studio and processed with a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. I shot the images in color, so the model had relatively dramatic makeup. The makeup artist used shades of pink that look strange on a male model in color, but really make…

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How to Speed Up Lightroom Without Buying New Hardware in 2019 – Photography Article

If your Lightroom isn’t running quite how it used to, or you think it’s being generally sluggish, here are some recent tips to speed it up without having to dip into your pocket money. I have a complicated relationship with Lightroom. I do like it, but mainly because I didn’t know there were other options when I started using it. I’ve always had reasonably high spec computers as I build them myself, so I’ve never had debilitating performance issues on…

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Five More Useful Things in the Cloud-based Lightroom Mobile App – Photography Article

Posted By Rob Sylvan on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Cloud-based Lightroom, Featured, Lightroom Mobile | My post from last week generated a few questions, so I thought I’d follow up with some answers and some more tips. Exposure Lock When faced with a tricky exposure situation and you want to ensure the camera doesn’t change its exposure settings due to changing light (like on a partly cloudy day) you can frame up your photo, tap on the subject to…

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The Best Lightroom Tool For Improving Composition in Photos – Photography Article

How many times have you returned from what you felt was a productive photography trip only to find that some of the compositions of your favorite images weren’t exactly what you expected? This happens to me rather frequently, but fortunately for us, we have access to one of the best Lightroom tools for improving composition in our photos: the Crop tool! In this 15 minute video, we discuss not only the crop tool but perhaps the greatest aspect related to…

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Speed up Lightroom for timelapse editing – Time.Lapse Photography Article

In this article I will explain how you can speed up Lightroom for timelapse editing. With the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom a very frustrating and time consuming bug has crept into the software. The ‘copy/paste settings’ or ‘synchronise settings’ action now takes minutes instead of seconds. This article explores a different workflow to increase your efficiency when editing timelapse sequences. I realise that this technically isn’t speeding up Lightroom however I worded it that way for SEO purposes so…

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How to Simulate Long Exposure using Stacked Image Averaging – Photography Article

Silky water effects, streaked clouds, motion-smoothed with an ethereal look; long exposure photography seems to be in vogue as photographers discover the looks that can be created. There are multiple ways to achieve this. The most basic is to buy a standard neutral-density photography filter which cuts the light, allowing you to use long shutter speeds without overexposing your shot. You can achieve exposures minutes long, especially when using 10-stop ND filters like the Lee Big Stopper or even the 15-stop Super Stopper. I…

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Issue 53 of Lightroom Magazine Is Now Available – Photography Article

Posted By Chris Main on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Featured, KelbyOne, Lightroom Ecosystem, Lightroom Magazine, Photography | Issue 53 of Lightroom Magazine is now available for KelbyOne members on the KelbyOne site and the KelbyOne Mags app for iOS and Android. In this issue, Rick Sammon shares his favorite tips and tricks for capturing amazing horse photographs, plus a look at the latest Lightroom updates, making great beach shots, working with Develop presets, using Stack Modes and smart objects in Photoshop to create abstract…

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August 2019 Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and ACR Update – Photography Article

Posted By Rob Sylvan on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Featured, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Updates, New Features, News | The August 2019 update for Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw, and the cloud-based Lightroom has been released. Check the Creative Cloud application manager or the app store on your device for the update. With this release, Adobe continues to include performance related improvements as well as new features, new camera and lens support, and bug fixes. Let’s dive into…

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Adobe Updates Lightroom with GPU Accelerated Editing – Photography Article

Adobe has officially released their August Photography update for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, which is focused on “performance and improving your workflow.” The update adds several little improvements, but the most intriguing update is the addition of GPU Accelerated Editing. To say Adobe Lightroom Classic CC has been plagued by slow performance is an understatement. It’s a constant complaint from Lightroom users that has pushed many photographers to at least try alternatives like Capture One Pro. Major performance updates,…

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Global and Local Luminance Masking in Lightroom – Photography Article

I have often wanted to carry out global adjustments in Lightroom which target specific luminosity values in an image. Lately, I have discovered a way of achieving this. It is not as precise as, for instance, luminosity masking or blend-if masking in Photoshop, but yet it has the power to give an image that extra punch many of us are looking for in our editing. This is the straight-out-of-camera version of the image we will be working with, shot in…

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$6,700 iMac Pro vs $5,700 PC – Photography Article

Pye Jirsa over at SLR Lounge recently published a Mac vs PC comparison that answers an important question for photographers: which is better for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, a powerful iMac Pro or an equivalent custom-built PC? It’s important to note that this is not a straight-up Mac vs PC “shootout” that takes every variable into account vis-a-vis operating system, upgradability, etc. It’s just meant to pit a very powerful Apple computer against a very powerful custom built PC and…

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How Loupedeck+ Fixes Some of Lightrooms Biggest Failures – Photography Article

While Lightroom remains one of the most popular options for processing raw files, it is far from perfect. Thankfully, where Lightroom fails, the Loupedeck+ picks up the slack. I could easily list a handful of ways to improve Lightroom, but these fixes have been brought up over and over and Adobe has still not taken any action. So it’s easy to assume that fixes and updates are not going to be coming soon. Thankfully, some of the biggest features I…

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Reduce Distractions and Become a More Efficient Retoucher with These Tips – Photography Article

When it comes to photography, the most time consuming part of the process is the editing. Retouching a beauty photo can take 3 hours with no breaks. Because of this, I’ve been trying to find new ways to be more efficient without cutting corners.Below you will find some of the ways I’ve been able to cut out distractions and become more efficient with my retouching. These tips aren’t just for beauty work, they’re universal tips for all styles of work. Use…

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How to Remove Noise by Stacking Multiple Photos – Photography Article

As a photographer you are probably confronted every now and then with unacceptably high noise levels. This may occur when using extremely high ISO levels, or perhaps when lifting shadows too much in post processing. You can try to reduce noise by one or two sliders in Photoshop, Lightroom, or similar software, or by stacking a couple of photos. Did you know some photographers were deliberately trying to increase the amount of noise in the analog days of photography? Of…

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Comparing Real Film Grain to Adobe Lightroom Film Grain – Photography Article

In my never-ending search for that “special” photographic look that sets me apart from the competition, I recently discovered that overexposing film increases the grain and adds a vintage pictorial look to my images. So I wanted to explore that look further. To that end, I wanted to find out if this film grain can be copied in the digital world using Adobe Lightroom. So I went out and shot a few rolls of film and shot the same images…

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Are Your Photo Editing Habits Impairing Your Creativity? – Photography Article

Loads of photographers enjoy a little light entertainment during the often monotonous process of editing photos. When you’ve got to bang out edits on a 10-hour wedding or work your way through vacation photos, it’s nice to have something playing in the background. However, recent studies suggest that whether you listen to music or podcasts or binge-watch your favorite shows, you might be hindering your creativity.  Marathon editing sessions on a deadline are the worst. Creativity can’t be forced, but until…

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