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Using Collections in Your Lightroom Desktop / Mobile Workflow

As I mentioned in my video introducing Lightroom 5.4 and Lightroom mobile for the iPad, we can sync collections of photos to our iPad, not folders. For those of you not that familiar with collections, I have created this video tutorial to show you how you can create a collection to sync a shoot of photos to your iPad. I also show that once you have done your iPad work (assigning pick and reject flags, and perhaps preliminary Develop work) and the work has synced back to Lightroom desktop, you can delete the collection (if you no longer want to see it on your iPad). For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom [...more]

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“Developing Photos in Lightroom” Webinar Recording Available for a Limited Time

The recording from my March “Developing Photos in Lightroom” webinar is now available to view for free! It will be available for one week, through Thursday, April 3 only. By popular demand, I have extended how long this webinar will be available! Watch as I develop photos in Lightroom in this free webinar. Learn how to get beautiful results by mastering the most important panel in Lightroom’s Develop module – the Basic panel. I’ll then work several photos from start to finish, sharing my approach to decision making when developing, and demonstrating many of the powerful tools available to you, such as the HSL panel, healing brush, adjustment brush and radial filter tool. (Note that at this point the recording [...more]

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How to Safely Rename Your Lightroom Catalog

Many of you have Lightroom 5 catalogs with filenames such as “Lightroom 4 Catalog-2-2″. While Lightroom doesn’t care what the catalog is named, I of course find it less confusing that the filename reflect what it actually is. In this short video tutorial, I’ll show you how to safely rename your Lightroom catalog and the associated Previews file. You’ll also learn in this video how to move your catalog. For best quality, hit Play, and then click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom left and choose 720 HD from the Quality dropdown. Related Posts: About Your Images and The Lightroom Catalog

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Creating a Faux-HDR Look in Lightroom and Saving It As a Preset

Sometimes it’s fun to take photos a little over the edge. In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a bit of a faux-HDR effect in the Develop module in Lightroom, adding a lot of light into the shadows of your photos, and punching up color and edge definition, using Basic panel settings, the Graduated Filter tool, and the HSL panel. Whether you like this effect or you create a different effect, I then show you how to copy your settings to other photos to test out the effect you have created, and finally, how to save your settings as a preset so that you can apply them to other photos at any time.

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How to Use Pick and Reject Flags to Sort Through a Photo Shoot in Lightroom

Lightroom comes with three tools to help you mark photos as you sort through them — pick and reject flags, rating stars (1-5) and color labels. If you talk with 10 different photographers, they may have 10 different ways to use these tools. I use pick and reject flags for a first pass to identify keepers and rejects, and then rating stars to identify my best photos. (I reserve color labels for short term projects, or to flag for needed editing in Photoshop.) In this article, I’ll explain: How to assign pick and reject flags How to see just your picks, rejects or unflagged photos How to delete rejects. How to Assign Pick and Reject Flags Start by selecting the [...more]

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Photoshop: How to Combine Photos into a Panorama using Photomerge

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a video tutorial for Adobe showing 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 [...more]

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Don’t Forget to Create Your 2014 Lightroom Copyright and Contact Information Preset!

I 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 [...more]

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Lightroom Quick Tip: How to View Photos from More Than One Folder

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! Related Post: Must See Video Tutorial: Using the Folders Panel to Reorganize and Manage Your Photos and Folders

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Three Easy Ways to Add Keywords to Photos in Lightroom

Do 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 ( ) in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD.   Related Posts: Video Tutorial: How to Find Your Photos in Lightroom (based on keywords and more) Organize Your Lightroom Keywords into Keyword Hierarchies Shortcuts for Adding Keywords in Lightroom Don’t Forget [...more]

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10+ Reasons Lightroom Users May Want to Subscribe to Photoshop CC

With 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 [...more]

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