How to Read and Use the Histogram in Lightroom and in Your Camera

Do you know what the histogram is and are you using it in-camera when you shoot and in Lightroom as you edit images?  The histogram is a graph that gives you lots of information about your exposure and tones in your image, and I recommend learning about it and using it both in-camera and in [...]

2019-08-05T12:24:51-07:00August 5th, 2019|0 Comments

What’s New in Lightroom Classic 8.3 (May 2019) – Texture and More

Adobe released Lightroom Classic (CC) version 8.3 today. In addition to bug fixes and new lens profiles, there are two new features - Texture for enhancing or smoothing out detail and Flat Field Correction for correcting for lens shading. Updates for Lightroom (CC) Desktop, iOS and Android were also released - see my Lightroom CC [...]

2019-05-31T09:11:41-07:00May 14th, 2019|20 Comments

Change Default Settings in Lightroom’s Brush and Other Local Adjustment Tools

If you've used Lightroom Classic's adjustment brush (or "brush" in the cloud-based Lightroom), you've probably wondered why it starts out with some sliders not at zero and with a particular brush size, feathering, etc.. In this very short video tutorial I'll show you how to set your own default settings in the brush, graduated filter [...]

2019-05-01T14:54:50-07:00February 26th, 2019|2 Comments

Video Tutorial: How to Use Depth Range Mask in Lightroom Classic CC

If your iPhone 7+, 8+, X, Xs, Xs Max or Xr camera is set to capture depth information, now in Lightroom Classic CC v. 8 use Depth Range Mask within the graduated filter, radial filter and adjustment brush to confine your edits based on distance to the camera. For instructions on how to capture images [...]

2018-10-22T12:46:01-07:00October 15th, 2018|4 Comments

Video Tutorial: Luminance and Color Range Masks in Lightroom Classic CC

A lot of my free video tutorials are buried in "What's New in Lightroom X.X" posts, so I'm going to start bringing them to the surface in separate posts. Up first: Range Mask is an excellent tool for isolating edits that you want to make to a particular color range or range of tones in [...]

2019-08-16T13:26:58-07:00September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Video Tutorial: Fix Distorted Perspective and Level Photos in Lightroom

If you ever photograph buildings or other subjects looking up at them or your camera isn't parallel to them or isn't level, you can benefit from Lightroom's transform tools for correcting perspective and leveling photos. In Lightroom 6 .6+ and Classic, these tools are found in the Transform panel, and include one-click fixes with Upright, Guided [...]

2020-08-18T10:14:50-07:00August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Lightroom Quick Tip: Set New Adjustment Brush Defaults

Have you noticed that when you open the adjustment brush, graduated filter or radial filter, one or more of the sliders is set to a value other than zero? This can be handy if it's a good starting point for your planned work, but otherwise it can be annoying. Read on for how to change this [...]

2018-06-12T14:04:58-07:00April 30th, 2018|10 Comments