How to Remove Spots and Objects and Retouch Portraits in Lightroom

Lightroom’s spot removal tool with its incorporated advanced healing brush is great for getting rid of spots and some objects, as well as for retouching tasks such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and softening skin. Watch the two video tutorials that Adobe asked me to make last year on how to use this tool.  In the first video, learn how to get rid of sensor dust or annoying objects in your composition, and learn the difference between healing and cloning. In the second, learn how to use the visualize spots feature so you don’t miss hard-to-see spots, do a quick portrait touch-up, and see how to go to Photoshop for advanced retouching.  Click on the image below to go to the Adobe video tutorial […more]


Where to Find the Lightroom 6 Upgrade Product

For those of you who prefer to continue with the stand-alone perpetual-license version of Lightroom rather than the Lightroom CC subscription, and want to upgrade to Lightroom 6 from any earlier version, I’ll show you in this article how to find the Lightroom 6 upgrade on Yes, it is difficult to find – Adobe would prefer you purchase the subscription, but nonetheless they are still offering both options. (If you don’t like Adobe’s tactics, please don’t shoot the messenger.) Before you purchase, I would recommend reading my article, Which Should I Buy, Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6? How to Find the Lightroom 6 Upgrade 1.  Click on this link to go to the Adobe Product page. 2.  Scroll […more]


Find and Eliminate Duplicate Photos in Lightroom

In this video, I show you how I use Jim Keier’s great Lightroom Duplicate Finder plugin to find and eliminate duplicate photos. I show you my workflow, give you tips and tricks along the way, and I show you the Lightroom skills you need to get the most from the tool. For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Table of Contents: 0:00 Introduction 1:07 How to First Back Up Your Catalog 2:06 Running Duplicate Finder 3:05 The Duplicates Smart Collections 5:30 Deleting Duplicates Directly from Folders 6:22 Flagging Duplicates for Deletion 9:48 Filtering to See Just Your Flagged Photos, Deleting Jim Keier’s manual with installation instructions, and full […more]


Mac Users: Why Your Basic and Other Panels Go Missing More Often in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 has brought a surge of reports from users that one or more of their panels have gone missing – most often the Basic panel (white balance, exposure and other tone adjustments, clarity, saturation and vibrance). Now that I have switched to a Mac, I finally understand why this surge is occurring – there’s a bug affecting Mac users. By design, you can right-click on almost any panel header, and then select a panel in that strip to hide it: However, with Lightroom 5 on Macs, right-clicking anywhere in a panel brings up this dialog. I encountered this when using my touchpad, where I have set my preferences to use a double-tap to signify right-clicking. I was adjusting exposure […more]


View Your Focus Points with This Free Lightroom Plugin

With this free Lightroom plugin from Chris Reimold, we can view our in-camera focus points in Lightroom 5!  According to Chris it works for all Nikon DSLR cameras and post-2002 Canon EOS DSLR cameras. It reads your camera focus metadata (focus points, distance, mode, etc), and displays the results in a separate window that opens. Click here to learn more about and download the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin.  You’ll find that installation and using the plug-in are straightforward, and instructions are given on the site (as well as a full list of cameras supported, in the FAQ.) It works only in Lightroom 5, but a version for Lightroom 4 and earlier versions is in the works. The plugin is […more]

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