Sep 032016

Free Lightroom Webinar RecordingIn 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.

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May 012016

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 this series you receive all the photos I use in this video and in all of the photo editing videos.


May 272014
In this video tutorial I show you how to easily brighten, whiten, and fix flaws in teeth, using Lightroom’s adjustment brush and spot removal tool. (This video was made with Lightroom 4 or 5, but is applicable to CC and 6 as well.)
For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel. in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

Related Video Tutorial:

Spot Removal and Advanced Healing

Using Lightroom’s Spot Removal Tool / Advanced Healing Brush

Feb 182014
Lightroom HDR effect creating preset withSometimes 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.

Oct 182013

Chromatic aberration sounds technical and beyond the grasp of most of us, but it’s simply color fringing that some lenses create in our photos:

Chromatic Aberration in a Photograph

It can be easily fixed by checking the “Remove Chromatic Aberration” checkbox in the Lens Corrections panel.

Watch this short video for more about chromatic aberration, how to fix it, and how it differs from green and purple fringing.

(For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD).

Related Post:

What’s New in Lightroom 4.1: Starting at 0:45, the video below shows how to remove green and purple fringing using controls that were added in Lightroom 4.1

Oct 112013

lightroom-black-film-borderIt’s easy to create simple black, white or transparent photo borders in Lightroom, using the Effects panel in the Develop module.

The Effects panel is on the right side, towards the bottom of your panels. Set the Style to Paint Overlay, so that highlights don’t show through your border.

1. Black film-style border

Set Amount to -100, Midpoint to 0, Roundness to -100 and Feather to 0.

Lightroom Black Film-Style Border

Classic Black Film-Style Black Border

2. White border

Set Amount to +100, Midpoint to 0, Roundness to -100 and Feather to 0.

Lightroom White Photo Border

White Border: Amount set to +100. (Note that thin black frame is not part of the result.)

3. Wider border

Increase Roundness:

Lightroom Wider Photo Border

Increase Roundness to Widen Border

4. Softer Border

Increase the Feather Setting to soften the border edge:

Lightroom Soft-Edged Border

5. Transparent Border

Set Amount to any value greater than 0 and less than 100:

Adjust Amount Setting to Make Border Transparent

Adjust Amount Setting to Make Border Transparent

Some of you will be excited by this functionality, and some of you will be disappointed that there isn’t more flexibility — for example, to create squared-off corners, colored borders, and multiple borders.  Timothy Armes has written a Lightroom plug-in, LR/Mogrify 2 that allows one to create  more sophisticated borders  as you export copies of your photos:

Lightroom Mogrify Plugin

Alternatively, you could design a layout with borders using the Print module, and print your result to JPEG rather than to your printer. Stay tuned for a future post on easy ways to do this.

Related Posts:

Printing to JPEG

Creating Cool Photo Layouts Using the Print Module


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