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The Best and Easiest Way to Master Lightroom 5

I am honored to announce that my Lightroom 5 Workshops on Video (The Fundamentals & Beyond and Producing Great Output) have been named by Fred Eckert of PhotoSource International as the “best and easiest way to master Lightroom 5″, along with Victoria Bampton’s Lightroom 5: The Missing FAQ.  Here’s a quote from his review: [Laura's Lightroom workshops on video are] superb and a great value. Laura Shoe is a natural as a teacher with a gift for anticipating all likely questions and the ability to deliver explanations in a pleasant-to-listen-to, precise, easy-to-follow manner. The lessons are well thought out, well organized and flawlessly executed. They’re the next best thing to having a great expert at your side. It’s so easy [...more]

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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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Craft & Vision’s Photograph Magazine

I have to confess that I don’t read many photography magazines. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, it’s simply that I don’t often have the mental bandwidth for them. Whether this is due to age (I’m not telling) or just information overload, I find that I have to be selective in what I pick up. Nevertheless when I heard about  Craft & Vision’s new magazine, Photograph – A Digital Quarterly Magazine for Creative Photographers, I was eager to check it out  because my experiences with Craft & Vision’s publications have been very positive. The magazine is available for download as a PDF and costs $8 (or $6 an issue with a subscription). The current issue (#2) has 122 pages [...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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Black and White Film Is Not Dead!

To be honest, I don’t download a lot of presets from the internet.   I personally have limited mental bandwidth for add-ons, and there are so many out there that they can be hard to sift through.  However, I agree that done right, they can add great value.  It can be very efficient to use a good creative preset or set of presets, since I can get 90% of the way towards making a photo look great with just one or a handful of clicks in one panel rather than having to sift through all of Lightroom’s Develop sliders, plus I can get cool looks that I never would have thought of creating myself. Occasionally I hear about some presets [...more]

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Craft & Vision Has Really Done It This Time!

I am a fan of Craft & Vision e-books — great information and inspiration for photographers, quality writing and book design, and incredibly low prices — $5 each!   But now Craft & Vision has gone and released an even cheaper e-book — in fact a FREE e-book.  And it isn’t just a fluff piece, it is quality content.  It is 11 Ways to Improve Your Photography, edited by David DuChemin.  There are chapters by 8 different  well known and excellent photographers, designed to give you ideas and insights into improving your photographic vision and skills. Click here to visit Craft And Vision.

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A Hands on Look at Adobe Carousel

Adobe recently announced the upcoming release of this new software to manage images across devices via the cloud. Their initial target audience is point-and-shoot jpeg shooters, but it will almost certainly grow to include raw support, Lightroom integration, etc… As the first version is only available for the Mac (Windows to follow in 2012), I can’t actually get my hands on it to review it, but Rob Sylvan over at Lightroomers has a nice article on Carousel with his impressions so far, and some good perspective for those of us wondering how it might fit into our photo lives today.

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Book Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: The Missing FAQ

Victoria Bampton, a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen,  has just recently released her Missing FAQ book updated for Lightroom 3.    She is an administrator and Lightroom Guru on lightroomforums.net, and is one of the most knowledgeable Lightroom users and troubleshooters I know — if I don’t know the answer to a question myself, I often turn to Victoria or this forum. As a forum moderator, Victoria understands  the questions and issues users face.  

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Photoshop CS5 Videos from Mark Johnson

For 10 days starting today, talented Photoshop instructor Mark Johnson presents videos on new features in Photoshop CS5. See today’s excellent video on content aware fill and content aware spot healing. If you can’t tune in each day to watch the video for freee, you can buy the whole set of 10 videos for $9.95 — a great deal. Click HERE to watch.

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