Oct 272016
 

Lightroom Overview for BeginnersIn this short video for beginners, I provide a brief introduction to Lightroom. Learn what Lightroom looks like, how it’s organized, and what you can do with it.

This is the second video in my 15 1/2 hour Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series, which will get you off to a great start with Lightroom (and much more), and help you to avoid the painful mistakes that newer users often make.

   
(For best quality, after starting the video click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)


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Oct 062016
 

Transfer Lightroom Work from One Computer to AnotherYou traveled with a laptop and used Lightroom on this laptop to import and work on your photos while you were on the road. Now you’re back home and you’re wondering how to get the photos along with your work (flags, stars, keywords, editing, etc) into your main Lightroom catalog on your desktop computer.


In this video tutorial from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series I show you how to transfer your Lightroom work and your photos.

(For best quality, after clicking on Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose HD. Quality is better in the actual Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond videos.)

Note that this technique isn’t the one to use if you have purchased a new computer and want to get everything transferred over from your old one – read instead Victoria Bampton’s article on moving to a new computer. It’s also not the best technique if you regularly use two computers and don’t mind carrying an external drive – in this case, put your catalog and your photos on the external drive.  (Here’s an article on this approach, but it’s covered more in depth in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series.)


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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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Oct 102015
 

In a post on the Adobe Lightroom Journal blog, Tom Hogarty, Senior Product Manager for photography products, apologized on Friday for the quality of Monday’s Lightroom 6.2 and CC 2015.2 releases. He acknowledges first that it was a mistake to ship the product before resolving the crash bug.

In terms of why they made the Import redesign choices they did, he indicated, “The import experience in Lightroom is daunting.  It’s a step that every customer must successfully take in order to use the product and overwhelming customers with every option in a single screen was not a tenable path forward.  We made decisions on sensible defaults and placed many of the controls behind a settings panel.  At the same time we removed some of our very low usage features to further reduce complexity and improve quality.”

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Nov 182014
 

Lightroom-5.7Lightroom 5.7 was released tonight. For those of you waiting for support for the Canon 7D Mark II, the Nikon D750, and other new cameras, as well as those of you with the Nikon D4S and D810 waiting for tethering support, this will be great news.

For the rest of us, there are bug fixes, new lens profiles, a built-in plug-in for importing iPhoto and Aperture libraries, and a new collaboration feature – this last one is available only to Creative Cloud subscribers. As before, the collaboration feature allows you to share collections of photos with clients and friends online, but now this is easier to do. Viewers can also comment and like your photos with this feedback syncing back to Lightroom desktop, where you can read, respond to, and manage the comments and likes.

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Sep 232014
 

Lightroom Focus PointWith 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 a great learning tool. In the photo below you’ll see that I made a classic focusing error – I focused on the dog’s nose rather than one of his eyes. Since I was shooting at f5.0 and zoomed in, I didn’t have enough depth of field for the eyes to also be in focus.

Lightroom Focus Point Plugin

At this point the plugin is a beta – so in return for their generosity in offering this for free, I would suggest sending comments about your experience and suggestions for improvements to the  developers on the contact form on their website.


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