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Photoshop Panorama PhotomergeI was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a video tutorial for Adobe Adobe Photoshopshowing how to easily combine multiple photos into a panorama using Photoshop’s Photomerge feature (available in Photoshop CSx as well as CC.)  In the video I also give some tips for how to photograph panoramas.

To access the tutorial, go to the Adobe Photoshop panorama help page where you can download my sample images and follow along as you watch the video. If you enjoy the video, please do click on the “Let us know what you think” feedback link on that page to let Adobe know!

Some day I hope that we will be able to make panoramas directly in Lightroom, but at this point it does require Photoshop (or another program.)  In the video I do explain how to select photos in Lightroom and launch Photoshop’s Photomerge feature from there.

Combine Multiple Photos to Create a Panorama with Photoshop's Photomerge Feature

Photoshop Photomerge Panorama


Lightroom-copyright-metadata-presetI recommend adding copyright and contact information to your photos as you import them into Lightroom, so that when you share photos with the outside world, this data automatically tags along with them and people can get in touch with you if they come across your photos and want to use them. For photos already in Lightroom, it’s not too late — you can also add this information in the Library module.
In this video tutorial, I show you how to:

  • Create and update a copyright and contact information “metadata preset”
  • Apply your preset to photos as you import them
  • View copyright and contact information for your photos using the Metadata panel in the Library module
  • Apply your preset to any selected photos in the Library module.

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Sometimes it’s handy to be able to see two or more folders of photos together in Lightroom when you are in Grid View (G) in the Library Module. This is simply a matter of using the Folders panel to select more than one folder. If the folders are all next to each other, click on the first, then Shift-Click on the last. If they are not, click on the first, then Ctrl/Cmd-Click on each of the others.
Thank you for all your support in 2013.
I wish you a creative, healthy and happy 2014!

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Lightroom catch light eyes adjustment brushA small light in your subject’s eyes reflective of the sun or other light source can really add life to your portraits. If these catch lights aren’t there naturally, you can add them using Lightroom.  The technique I show in this video tutorial uses the adjustment brush, with positive Exposure, and sometimes positive Shadows and negative Saturation.

(For best quality, hit Play, and then click on the sprocket wheel (Youtube Sprocket Wheel )in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD.)

Related post: Video Tutorial Lesson on the Adjustment Brush (recorded with Lightroom 3, but still applicable.)


Lightroom 5.3 ReleaseThe Lightroom team has announced the availability of the official release for Lightroom 5.3. This free update to Lightroom 5 contains bug fixes, new camera support, new lens profiles and a few new Develop shortcuts. When you open Lightroom, you should be prompted to update — download the file and double-click on it to run it. If you aren’t prompted to update, go to Help > Check for Updates. To verify that you have indeed installed the update, in the menu bar go to Help. The last option should say “About Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3″.

If you use Photoshop CC, be sure to update to Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 as well.

Lightroom 5.3 Develop Module Tweaks:
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Photoshop CC Black Friday DealUpdate: Adobe has extended this deal through December 31.

Today December 31 is the last day of Adobe’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deal for people who don’t yet own at least Photoshop CS3+ on the Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program, which includes:


  1. Photoshop CC
  2. Lightroom 5 (and updates)
  3. 20GB of online storage
  4. Behance ProSite
  5. Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn
  6. Ongoing updates and upgrades

The deal is for US $9.99/month with a 12-month commitment. For those who don’t mind going with Adobe’s subscription model, this is indeed a great deal!   If you miss this Black Friday / Cyber Monday $9.99 deal, your options are to get Photoshop CC (plus 3-6 above), for $19.99/month, the Complete Cloud, for $49.99/month, or to purchase the old stand-alone version – Photoshop CS6.

If you own Photoshop CS3+, you have through December 31, 2013 to get this $9.99/month price.

Note that while once you subscribe your price guarantee lasts only a year, Adobe has stated that while prices may go up in the future for things like inflation, they do not plan to increase your rate from $9.99 to the regular $19.99 — $9.99 becomes your going rate.

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Lightroom-How-to-Keyword-PhotosDo you spend a lot of time searching through your folders in Lightroom, looking for particular photos? If so, it’s time to add keywords to them — words or phrases that you can then find your photos based on. In this short video tutorial I discuss three easy ways to add keywords:

  • in the Import dialog
  • with the Keywording panel
  • with the Painter tool

For highest quality video, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel (Youtube Sprocket Wheel ) in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD.


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Photoshop CC Black Friday DealWith Adobe’s Current Black Friday sale on Photoshop CC + Lightroom,  I anticipate that a lot of photographers not currently using Photoshop are wondering if they should consider it. I am assuming for the sake of this article that you are already using Lightroom. The question here is, do you need Photoshop too?

There is certainly much that you can do in Photoshop that you can’t do in Lightroom. The key questions are, do you need or want to do enough of those things to justify the $19.99/month $9.99/month Photoshop CC price tag, and are you willing and able to invest the time and money to learn this complicated program?

I generally recommend that photographers learn Lightroom’s Develop tools well first, so that you appreciate fully what you can already do with Lightroom. Many people who have used Lightroom for years still haven’t explored or mastered all of its tools. (Of course an excellent way to learn them is with my Lightroom Fundamentals & Beyond video series.)

Amongst serious amateurs and pro’s, usage of Photoshop for photography purposes runs the full spectrum — some are completely satisfied with just using Lightroom (more and more with each new Lightroom release!), some take some percentage to Photoshop to do more complicated work, and others take all their photos to Photoshop to do more complicated work or to use actions they have built or purchased. I personally take about 5% of my straight photographs to Photoshop to do work I can’t do in Lightroom. I also use Photoshop for creative compositing. Let me be clear that if you decide not to add Photoshop to your toolkit, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t serious about your photography — Lightroom is very powerful by itself.

Here are My Top 11 Reasons Why You May Want or Need Photoshop

1. Complicated Object Removal & Movement

Lightroom’s spot removal tool is more powerful than a lot of people think (the second video on this page will teach you how to use it), particularly with the addition in Lightroom 5 of the click-and-drag brush capability, but it still has significant limitations — to cover something up, you have to have a clean source in your image to draw from. Photoshop has “content aware” functionality — it can analyze the area around what you’re removing, and intelligently make up new information to fill the fix area in.

Removing this telephone pole took less than a minute:


You also have more tools available to help you with object removal — the patch tool, for example. Finally, you can copy in elements from another photo to cover up problems — watch my video on swapping eyes and heads to see how.

2. Sophisticated Retouching

The Liquify tool in Photoshop is very popular in retouching, for the big tasks of making people or parts of them thinner or more defined, but also for more subtle work, such as enhancing cheek bones and eyes. Photoshop also allows you to very quickly and more precisely select and make changes to faces and skin, and has many other tools that professional retouchers use as well. (We have all seen the fashion magazine examples — you can go all the way towards this, or make more subtle changes.)

That said, if all you need to do is get rid of some zits, brighten and whiten teeth and the whites of eyes, make the eyes pop with come saturation and clarity, saturate lips, soften skin, and/or reduce the appearance of circles under eyes and wrinkles, all of this can be done in Lightroom, with the spot removal tool and adjustment brush. (Here’s a video tutorial on the adjustment brush.)

Here’s an example of basic retouching with just Lightroom (a bit overdone — retouching oneself can get addicting!):


I would put photo restoration under this category as well — you can do some basic cleanup and color work with Lightroom, but when the going gets tough, you will need a more powerful tool. Continue reading »


Photoshop CC Black Friday DealSeveral months ago Adobe announced the Photoshop Photography deal for owners of Photoshop CS3 or later, through December 31, 2013. Now for Black Friday, today through December 2, 2013, ANYONE can get a subscription for $9.99/month, with an annual plan!  If you have been wanting to get Photoshop, but weren’t up for the $19.99/month regular price for just Photoshop CC, or $49.99/month for the Complete Cloud, now is the time to act!

Here’s what you get:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn
  • Ongoing updates and upgrades

I think this is a great value. I know some folks don’t like the subscription model, in which you lose access to the software when you stop subscribing (though not your files), but this is the only way to purchase new versions of Photoshop. At $9.99/month, it ends up being cheaper than the old stand-alone perpetual license software, even if you didn’t upgrade with every cycle. Photoshop Photography Program

Not sure? You can get a trial version of the Creative Cloud, and play with it for the next 10 days.

Note that contrary to rumors, the software runs from your computer, not from the cloud; your files do not need to be stored in the cloud; and you do not need to be online to use Photoshop and Lightroom. (You must be online periodically — I believe once every 180 days — for verification purposes.)

UPDATE: Here’s a good Q&A on Photoshop CC from Scott Kelby.

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Lightroom 5.3 Release CandidateThe Lightroom team has announced the availability of the release candidate for Lightroom 5.3.  Release candidates are made available before official releases in order to get broader community testing and feedback. This release contain bug fixes, new camera support, new lens profiles and a few new Develop shortcuts.  My general recommendation regarding release candidates is for most people to wait for the official release, unless you have one of the new cameras or need a new lens profile, or unless the bugs that have been fixed are affecting you. With 5.3, there are some important bug fixes, so do review the list below.

This Lightroom 5.3 Release Candidate is a free (early) update to Lightroom 5. It can be downloaded from (Once the file downloads, double-click on it to install the update.)

Lightroom 5.3 RC Develop Module Tweaks: Continue reading »

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