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]


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, 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]


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]


New FREE Photography E-Book from Craft & Vision

Just a quick heads up that Craft & Vision has a new e-book out – and it is free! It is 45 pages, with articles by 6 authors, with 9 unique ways to improve your photography. I haven’t read it myself yet, but based on my prior experience with Craft & Vision books, it is worth much more than you will pay. Click here to check out Craft & Vision 2: More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs.


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]


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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