Nov 232014
Lightroom Workshop on Video Black Friday Sale

Right now enjoy the guaranteed lowest prices of the year on all my Lightroom video training! For less than the cost of filling your gas tank, you can finally understand and truly master Lightroom, so that you can enjoy and get the most out of your photography!

Through Monday, December 1, save 25%- 50% off all of my Lightroom 3, 4, and 5 Workshops on Video!

This includes my Lightroom 5 The Fundamentals & Beyond, Producing Great Output, and Master 5’s New Features (25%-40% off), as well as my Lightroom 3 and Lightroom 4 Workshops on Video (40%-50% off.) For beginners and experienced users, 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond
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Lightroom 5: Producing Great Output

Lightroom 5: Producing Great Output
57 videos, 12+ hours of training

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Master Lightroom’s output modules

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Nov 182014

Lightroom-5.7Lightroom 5.7 was released tonight. For those of you waiting for support for the Canon 7D Mark II, the Nikon D750, and other new cameras, as well as those of you with the Nikon D4S and D810 waiting for tethering support, this will be great news.

For the rest of us, there are bug fixes, new lens profiles, a built-in plug-in for importing iPhoto and Aperture libraries, and a new collaboration feature – this last one is available only to Creative Cloud subscribers. As before, the collaboration feature allows you to share collections of photos with clients and friends online, but now this is easier to do. Viewers can also comment and like your photos with this feedback syncing back to Lightroom desktop, where you can read, respond to, and manage the comments and likes.

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Nov 122014
Free Lightroom Webinar Getting and Staying Organized in Lightroom

In case you missed it, now through November 24, you can watch the recording of my October webinar, on getting and staying organized in Lightroom.

Getting and staying organized in Lightroom is critical to being able to enjoy and work efficiently with your photo library. In this webinar I discuss what role folder structure should play in this, how to decide on a folder structure that works for you and how to import new photos into this, reorganizing your photos and folders using Lightroom’s Folders panel, resolving “missing” folders and photos, using keywords, collections and mapping, searching for your photos and more. I also tackle the question of how many catalogs you should use, discuss a plugin that can help you find duplicates, and more. Length: 75 minutes.

Note that I am not currently running the product sale mentioned in the webinar, but Black Friday is around the corner!

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Nov 052014

Charles Needle Impressionistic PhotographyI generally don’t review photography books on this blog, but I am making an exception to let you know about a book I have really enjoyed from Charles Needle, Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush. If you’re in a creative lull, or want to add more creative techniques to your repertoire that you can use in any light and that can turn ordinary compositions into beautiful art, you’ll love this book.

After covering equipment, Charles encourages you to play and experiment as he covers step by step how to shoot Multiple-Exposure Monets (a term he coined), Long-Exposure Slap Zoom, Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage, Composite Montage and many more techniques. Those that require multiple exposures can be produced in-camera with a DSLR that shoots multiple exposure images, or together with a free Photoshop script. He also shares some several creative iPhone apps he uses to create multiple exposure montages, painterly effects and more. You’ll be inspired by his beautiful examples (which include Christmas tree lights, if you need some seasonal inspiration!)

Charles Needle Impressionistic Photography

Multiple Exposure Monet, Soft-Glow Montage, Multiple Exposure Rotate and Zoom

Click here to find out more about and order Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush.

I have had the privilege of teaching a workshop with Charles and he is an excellent and inspiring teacher. If you enjoy his book, check out his in-person workshops as well.

Oct 032014

Adobe DNG ConverterAdobe has announced the immediate availability of the release candidate of Camera Raw 8.7 and an update to the DNG Converter – both are available at The DNG converter in particular can be useful for Lightroom users who have purchased one of the new cameras below – until support for these cameras is available in Lightroom, you can use it to convert your raw files to Adobe’s DNG raw format, which you can then import into Lightroom.

  • Casio EX-100PRO
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Leaf Credo 50
  • Leica V
  • Lux (Typ 114)
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1S
  • Sony ILCE-5100
  • Sony ILCE-QX1

Read more about the Camera Raw 8.7 release, which also contains new lens profiles and bug fixes. These changes are not available for Lightroom, so they most likely won’t be of interest to most Lightroom users (unless you also use Camera Raw through Photoshop.)


Sep 232014

Lightroom Focus PointWith this free Lightroom plugin from Chris Reimold, we can view our in-camera focus points in Lightroom 5!  According to Chris it works for all Nikon DSLR cameras and post-2002 Canon EOS DSLR cameras. It reads your camera focus metadata (focus points, distance, mode, etc), and displays the results in a separate window that opens.

Click here to learn more about and download the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin.  You’ll find that installation and using the plug-in are straightforward, and instructions are given on the site (as well as a full list of cameras supported, in the FAQ.) It works only in Lightroom 5, but a version for Lightroom 4 and earlier versions is in the works.

The plugin is a great learning tool. In the photo below you’ll see that I made a classic focusing error – I focused on the dog’s nose rather than one of his eyes. Since I was shooting at f5.0 and zoomed in, I didn’t have enough depth of field for the eyes to also be in focus.

Lightroom Focus Point Plugin

At this point the plugin is a beta – so in return for their generosity in offering this for free, I would suggest sending comments about your experience and suggestions for improvements to the  developers on the contact form on their website.

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