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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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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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When Panels, Modules, Tools and More Go Missing in Lightroom

I get a fair number of emails from frantic users who have lost some critical part of the Lightroom interface. In this video I show you how to find missing panels, tools, and more.  Watch the video to learn not only how to find what you have lost, but also how to hide what you don’t need. For those of you who need to just get to what you are looking for, below is what I cover and where you can find it in the video: Find your missing Lightroom: module (0:30) panel (0:50) panel strip / filmstrip (1:30) toolbar (1:52) library filter bar (2:15) tool in toolbar (2:43) hidden settings in panel (3:06) grid view photo information (3:42) loupe [...more]

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How to Upgrade to Lightroom 5

You have taken the plunge and bought Lightroom 5. In the video below, I show you how to upgrade. I discuss how you can find your old catalog if necessary, how to ensure that your new Lightroom 5 catalog is named appropriately and that your presets come along, and how to remove  your old catalog and software. This video has been UPDATED to include the scenario where Lightroom does not prompt you to upgrade your old catalog. For higher quality video, hit Play, then click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. (For those of you more experienced users wondering why in this video I have users who store their presets with their catalog rename their [...more]

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Lightroom 4 Book Tutorial: Changing and Refining Page Layouts

In this Lightroom video tutorial, I’ll show you how to change and refine your page layouts. After an overview of page layout options, you’ll learn how to choose a page layout and refine it with cell padding, add two page spreads, and select and change layouts of multiple pages at once. I then cover flagging layouts as favorites (for easy access, and to use in Auto Layout) and copying and pasting layouts. For those not familiar with the Book module in Lightroom 4, it allows you to design and order photo books from Blurb.com, and to create PDFs and JPEGs to share electronically or to print. When I don’t have time to write new tutorials for you, I find sharing [...more]

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Lightroom 4 Book Module Tutorial: Basic Skills

I haven’t written many tutorials about Lightroom 4′s Book module on this blog, so I thought I’d share a video tutorial on some basic  skills: swapping and replacing photos,  usage badges,  adding more photos to your book collection, removing photos,  selecting and moving one or more pages, adding and removing pages, zooming a photo to fill, and a discussion of resolution.  This is the 5th of 14 videos (3 hours) on the Book module from my Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output series. For better quality, once you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD. Find out more about Lightroom 4 Producing Great Output here.

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Video Tutorial: Using Lightroom’s Print Module to Create Cool Custom Photo Layouts

My favorite layout style in Lightroom’s Print module is the Custom Package, which allows us to layout multiple photos on the page. These can be laid out on top of each other, they can overlap, text can be added, etc..  Here are a couple examples — a tryptic that I designed to print, and a collage that I started working on, sized for my computer monitor to use as a desktop background: My video series available for sale on DVD or by download, Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output, consists of almost 12 hours of training on 55 videos, on everything you need to know to make great prints, photo books, slideshows and web galleries — including not just “the how-to” [...more]

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Video: Overview of Lightroom’s Output Modules – Book, Slideshow, Web and Print

In this video tutorial, I give you an overview of Lightroom’s output modules, to give you an idea of what you can do with each. This is video #2 in my 12 hour series of 55 videos, Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output (A Workshop on Video) , available on DVD or by download. The series goes into detail on how to use each of the output modules, and also covers critical output concepts, such as monitor calibration and other color management topics, size and resolution, output sharpening, and much more. For higher quality, after you click on the Play button, click on the sprocket wheel symbol in the bottom right and choose 720 HD. Read more about Producing Great Output [...more]

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Now Available — Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output – A Workshop on Video

I’m very happy to announce that I have finished this new video tutorial series, on producing great output with Lightroom 4!  For those of you who have been waiting, I appreciate your patience.  My goal with this series is not only to teach you the how-to of the Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules, but also to give you a strong foundation in output concepts that are critical to your success in producing high quality consistent output. Lightroom 4: Producing Great Output Almost  12 hours of training on 55 videos, for Mac and PC (and iPad compatible!) Section                                                 # Videos              Duration (h:m) Introduction                                               2                                    0:13 Output Concepts                                       9                                    2:28 Getting Started                                          2                                    0:22 Book                                                         14 [...more]

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Video Tutorial: Overview of Developing a Photo in Lightroom 4

In this video, I develop a photo, using many of Lightroom’s Develop module tools. This video is part of my Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond series, and is intended as an introduction to, or overview of, developing. In it, I use the crop tool; Basic, HSL, Effects, and Detail panels; and the adjustment brush. If you have a good internet connection, once you start the video, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom left to increase the quality to 720p. (Even then, the quality isn’t up to my standards, but it is the best I can do with YouTube.)   Other videos from the Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond series (all of these tutorials below also happen to apply [...more]

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