For a Limited Time, Watch My “Developing Photos in Lightroom” Webinar Recording

In this recorded webinar I work several photos, showing you many of Lightroom’s editing tools. I also show how to copy your work from one photo to others, how to create and apply presets, and how to set new default develop settings. This recording is from 2014 and I used Lightroom 5 in it, but everything I show is applicable to CC and 6 (and most everything is applicable to Lightroom 4 as well.) Note that in this webinar I briefly mention the Lightroom 5 version of my workshops on video. They are now updated for CC and 6. If you wish to, you may use the webinar15 discount code provided in the webinar. Enter your email address below to […more]

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A Small and Yet Big Mistake Adobe Made with Lightroom and How You Can Fix It in under a Minute

If I had a dollar for every Lightroom user who doesn’t understand where Lightroom put their photos, for every user who has deleted the photos they found in Pictures because they thought Lightroom had its own copy in a database somewhere, and for every user who has question marks on their folders and “missing file” warnings in the Develop module because they thought that the only way to reorganize was to go out to Finder or Explorer, I would be retired and just writing this blog for fun.  And yet it didn’t have to be this way – I think there would be far fewer tears (albeit still some) if Adobe had made one small change to default behavior in the Folders panel. (Don’t […more]

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Where Can I Get Lens Profiles for My Olympus, Fuji, or Other Mirrorless or Compact Camera?

If you have ever tried to find a lens profile in the Lens Corrections panel for lenses for an Olympus, Sony, Fuji, or other mirrorless or compact camera, you know that there are none available. That said, you don’t have to create a custom lens profile.  Photographs from these cameras are too distorted to use without corrections applied, so Lightroom applies these corrections automatically rather than giving you the choice of whether to apply them or not.  If you are using Lightroom 6 or CC and you leave “Enable Profile Corrections” unchecked, you’ll see a message at the bottom of the Lens Corrections panel stating, “Built-in Lens Profile applied.” Note that this message will not appear if you check “Enable Profile Corrections” or […more]

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Getting Great Editing Results in Lightroom

On April 1st I published a 90-second video on how to turn boring photos into stunning photos. It was in fact  a (hopefully entertaining) April Fool’s Day joke. If anyone tells you that they can teach you in 90 seconds how to turn boring photos into stunning photos, you should be skeptical! In all seriousness, the most important step to getting the most out of your photos with Lightroom is to master the Basic panel. In the 20 minute video below I go through several examples to teach you all aspects of this most important panel in the Develop module. This video is one of the 76 in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series. With the purchase of […more]

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Lightroom Video Tutorial: Quickly Crop Many Photos to the Same Aspect Ratio

Sometimes when you’re preparing your photos for output, whether for print or for your website, you need all of them to be the same aspect ratio, such as 8×10, 5×7 or square. In my latest video tutorial below, learn how to crop them all to the same aspect ratio quickly.   In a nutshell: In Grid view in the Library module, select all your photos and use the Quick Develop panel to set the crop ratio Select your first photo and type R to jump to the crop tool in the Develop module Refine the crop to your liking Hold down the Ctl/Cmd key as you hit the right arrow key to jump to the next photo and do the […more]

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Now’s The Time to Create Your 2016 Copyright 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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