Which Should I Buy, Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6?

There Are Two Ways You Can Obtain the New (2015) Version of Lightroom 1. Subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription program, and get “Lightroom CC 2015″. The most cost-effective version for photographers is the CC Photography Program, which includes Lightroom, Photoshop, and unlimited syncing of photos from Lightroom to Lightroom mobile for mobile devices, and to Lightroom web. The cost is $9.99 USD/month, and all future updates are included in the price.  If you already are a CC subscriber, you can download the new Lightroom CC 2015 for free.   I personally think that this plan is a great deal, but I realize that a subscription is not appealing to everyone. Note that you can also subscribe to the Complete Cloud, […more]

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Find and Eliminate Duplicate Photos in Lightroom

In this video, I show you how I use Jim Keier’s great Lightroom Duplicate Finder plugin to find and eliminate duplicate photos. I show you my workflow, give you tips and tricks along the way, and I show you the Lightroom skills you need to get the most from the tool. For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Table of Contents: 0:00 Introduction 1:07 How to First Back Up Your Catalog 2:06 Running Duplicate Finder 3:05 The Duplicates Smart Collections 5:30 Deleting Duplicates Directly from Folders 6:22 Flagging Duplicates for Deletion 9:48 Filtering to See Just Your Flagged Photos, Deleting Jim Keier’s manual with installation instructions, and full […more]

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Creative Inspiration and How-to: Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush

I 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 […more]

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View Your Focus Points with This Free Lightroom Plugin

With 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 […more]

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Don’t Miss Out on My Upcoming Fall Seattle Japanese Gardens Workshop with Charles Needle!

Join Charles Needle and me at the peak of autumn color in Seattle’s beautiful Japanese Garden, October 25-26, 2013 .  In this 2-day workshop, you’ll learn how to capture fall colors in pleasing compositions that evoke the spirit of the Garden, and to bring out the best in your photos using Lightroom’s Develop module. We will gain special early-morning access to the Garden before it opens to the public, from 7:30 am to 10 am on both days with the use of tripods, for a total of six private hours of shooting with your tripod! Charles, a professional garden photographer and workshop leader,  will teach you how to best translate your creative vision into stunning imagery through lectures and lots […more]

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