Free Webinar October 11: Getting and Staying Organized in Lightroom!

Join me Saturday, October 11, for my next free Lightroom Webinar! Getting and staying organized in Lightroom is critical to being able to enjoy and work efficiently with your photo library. In this webinar I’ll discuss what role folder structure should play in this, how to decide on a folder structure that works for you and how to import new photos into this, reorganizing your photos and folders using Lightroom’s Folders panel, resolving “missing” folders and photos, using keywords, collections and mapping, searching for your photos and more. I’ll also tackle the question of how many catalogs you should use, discuss a plugin that can help you find duplicates, and more. 90 minutes. When: Saturday, October 11 at 12 pm [...more]
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Never Lose Access to Lightroom!

Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Program subscription for $9.99/month is a great deal in my opinion, based on what you get: Always up-to-date versions of Lightroom and Photoshop (no need to pay more to upgrade to Lightroom’s next major upgrade when it comes out!) Syncing to Lightroom mobile for the iPad and iPhone (and Android sometime this year) 2 GB of cloud storage A Behance.net pro account However, potential subscribers and users of Lightroom have had a major concern – if you stopped paying, you could lose access not only to Lightroom, but also to your Lightroom catalog – which contains all the work you have ever done on your photos. Well, no more! Starting with Lightroom 5.5, if your subscription [...more]

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Adobe Releases Creative Cloud 2014 With Photoshop CC and More

Today in a live event Adobe announced the release of new versions of Photoshop CC and 13 other CC desktop apps, plus  Lightroom 5.5 (discussed in another blog post.) Photoshop CC 2014 new features of particular interest to photographers: Focus Mask, which allows automatic selection of in-focus objects. New motion blur filters in the Blur Gallery (with live preview): – Spin blur: cusomize an oval or circular motion blur – Path blur: create motion blurs along user defined paths Improvements to Content Aware Features to allow for better color blending In addition there are many design-related enhancements, such as smarter smart guides, new text features, improved layer comps and smart object enhancements, as well as other smaller changes. Note that [...more]

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Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.4 along with Lightroom Mobile and Web View!

Adobe announced today the release  of Lightroom 5.4, which in addition to the typical bug fixes, new camera support and new lens profiles, includes an exciting new feature — the ability to easily sync collections of photos to your iPad, where you can work on them and then have your work automatically sync back to Lightroom on your desktop. You can also view your synced collections of photos on private pages on the web at lightroom.adobe.com, and share them with others by providing them with the collection URL. On your iPad, using the new Lightroom mobile app available from the iPad App Store, at this point you can view your photos, flag them, do some basic develop work, play slideshows [...more]

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Free Webinar March 1: Developing Photos in Lightroom

Join me Saturday, March 1, 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. When: [UPDATE: Ended] Saturday, March 1, 12 pm Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles/Seattle) / 2 pm CST / 3 pm EST / 8 pm GMT. 60-90 minutes. Mobile Devices: You may also watch the webinar on your mobile device with the Adobe Connect app from [...more]

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How to Add Catch Lights to Eyes Using Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush

A small light in your subject’s eyes reflective of the sun or other light source can really add life to your portraits. If these catch lights aren’t there naturally, you can add them using Lightroom.  The technique I show in this video tutorial uses the adjustment brush, with positive Exposure, and sometimes positive Shadows and negative Saturation. (For best quality, hit Play, and then click on the sprocket wheel ( )in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD.) Related post: Video Tutorial Lesson on the Adjustment Brush (recorded with Lightroom 3, but still applicable.)

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