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Essential Development: 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 5

Sean McCormack’s Essential Development: 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 5 is out! An update to Sean’s Lightroom 4 e-book, it focuses exclusively on developing photos, and is full of great techniques and tips. For only $7, you receive not only a very generous 130+ page e-book, but also 100 of Sean’s develop presets.  Sean is an Adobe Community Professional and a professional photographer, specializing in headshot, fashion, music and editorial photography. He also does beautiful landscape photography.  I have picked up some great tips and techniques from both the Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5 versions of Sean’s e-book, and I believe most of you will too, regardless of your experience level. It is quite a challenge for an author to [...more]

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Lightroom Questions? Here’s Where to Turn for Answers

I am very happy to report that Victoria Bampton’s exceptional reference book, Adobe Lightroom 5 – The Missing FAQ, is now available!  Victoria is a fellow Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom,  the founder of lightroomforums.net, and one of the most knowledgeable Lightroom experts I know.  She therefore understands what questions Lightroom users have, and has organized her book around these questions. The book is well-written, well-organized, and well-illustrated with hundreds of screenshots and photos, and is full of practical advice about what really matters. You can purchase either the e-book only (includes PDF, Kindle/Mobi & ePub formats), or the e-book together with a black-and-white paperback. I love the e-book format — I can search the [...more]

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Great Lightroom Print Templates — for Free!

Those of you that follow this blog regularly know that I love the Custom Package functionality in Lightroom’s Print module. With this, we can create free-form layouts of multiple photos, and add a bit of text or a logo. You may also know that I don’t emphasize templates and presets in my teaching, because I like to focus on teaching users how to create looks or designs from scratch. However, templates in the output modules and presets in the Develop module can be a great way to save time, and to draw on the creativity and knowledge of others. If you haven’t heard, Jill Levenhagen offers over 100 nicely designed Print module templates for free!  These are sized for screen-based [...more]

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Improving Performance in Lightroom 4

I would recommend that anyone who is at all frustrated with Lightroom 4 running too slowly  check out this very useful new page from Adobe on steps you can take to improve performance.   Some relate to upgrading your hardware (such as 16 GB of RAM and moving your catalog to a solid state drive), but others relate to the order you make adjustments, clearing History, not making adjustments you don’t need, and more. These suggestions have come from customers, and have been shown to be effective.  (Also do check out Adobe’s page on more traditional ways to optimize Lightroom performance.) It’s all of interest to me, and I don’t want to repeat the article here, but just as an example, [...more]

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Great Craft & Vision E-Book Sale on Now!

Many of you know that I am a fan of Craft and Vision, which offers high quality photography e-books at amazing prices.   They have just released  Piet Van den Eynde’s new Lightroom 4 Unmasked – A Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  I am looking forward to reading it. It is over 300 pages, and retails for $20. Now through Tuesday, November 27, at 11:59 PM, you can get $5 off with the discount code LR4FIVE. From my personal perspective, I see books on Lightroom as excellent supplements to my  Lightroom video series training, which (in the two series) provides over 22 hours of lessons, where you can see me do every step, learn from my mistakes, and gain [...more]

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Essential Development E-Book and Presets from Sean McCormack – A Great Resource, for an Amazing Price

Imagine being able to purchase a 120 page e-book full of great Lightroom Develop techniques and tips from talented professional photographer and Lightroom expert, Sean McCormack, along with 85 of his Lightroom presets, for only $6. Once again, Craft & Vision has made the unimaginable real, in this new release from Sean: Essential Development: 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4. (At this link, scroll to the bottom of the page to get the bundle with presets if you prefer this to just the PDF.) There’s no way Sean can cover the entire Develop module comprehensively in 120 pages, so I don’t consider this to be a substitute for the core training you’ll find in my Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals & [...more]

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What to Do If Your Photos Really, Truly Are Gone: Turn to Jeffrey Friedl’s Preview Extractor Plugin

Hopefully most of you will never need this post, because you have an effective backup strategy, that backs up both your Lightroom catalog and your image files. I have written about this in the following posts: Avoiding Lightroom-Generated Headaches and Heart Attacks I Would Cry If I Lost the Work I Did Today: How to Back Up Your Lightroom Photo Library But what if you did not read these, and really do lose your image files? (Perhaps you mistakenly thought that you could delete the original image files because you thought that Lightroom had its own copy, or you did not back up your image files and lost them in a crash.)  If you still have your catalog, meaning that [...more]

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Where to Go for Lightroom Help – the Lightroom Queen Introduces a Member Area and Help Desk

Victoria Bampton, the Lightroom Queen,  author of  Adobe Lightroom 4 – The Missing FAQ,  and one of the most knowledgeable people on Lightroom I know, has introduced a great new Help Desk and Members area. Anyone can be a member. Members get access to a public section of the knowledgebase, containing the most frequently asked questions and other useful information (fully searchable) and access to a ticket system for submitting questions to Victoria. Premium Members also get access to a premium knowledgebase containing her entire book in a searchable format, they get their submitted questions answered first, and access to more features to come. So what’s the cost of a premium membership? For all of this searchable information, priority personal [...more]

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Now Available — Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output – A Workshop on Video

I’m very happy to announce that I have finished this new video tutorial series, on producing great output with Lightroom 4!  For those of you who have been waiting, I appreciate your patience.  My goal with this series is not only to teach you the how-to of the Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules, but also to give you a strong foundation in output concepts that are critical to your success in producing high quality consistent output. Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output Almost  12 hours of training on 55 videos, for Mac and PC (and iPad compatible!) Section                                                 # Videos              Duration (h:m) Introduction                                               2                                    0:13 Output Concepts                                       9                                    2:28 Getting Started                                          2                                    0:22 Book                                                         14 [...more]

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Updating Develop Presets for Lightroom 4

Because Lightroom 4 has different Basic Panel controls than Lightroom 3, if you have created presets in Lightroom 3 that use Basic panel controls, you may  be finding that they don’t look as expected now that you are using them in Lightroom 4.  Sharad Mangalick, one of the Adobe product managers for Lightroom, has written a post on how to update your presets for Lightroom 4, over on the Lightroom Journal. By the way, this is an excellent blog to follow to keep up on Lightroom bug fixes, new releases, and more.

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