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Lightroom Video: The Ultimate Trick for Working With Skies

Lightroom Video: The Ultimate Trick for Working With Skies
Lightroom Video: The Ultimate Trick for Working With Skies Home » Lightroom Videos » Lightroom Video: The Ultimate Trick for Working With Skies Posted By Matt K on Sep 20, 2013 | 12 comments One of Lightroom’s best features for working with skies in your photos is the Graduated Filter. You may also like - Day 13 of "Lightroom Only" Month (A Cloudy Day) Lightroom Presets - Focal Point for Portraits and Landscapes Presets - Landscape Graduated Filters Author: Matt K Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. Share This Post On 12 Comments Jan September 20, 2013 Neat trick, thanks Mat! Trackbacks/Pingbacks Graduated Filter – Matt’s tip | - [...] Submit a Comment Your email address will not be published. You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""><abbr title=""><acronym title=""><b><blockquote cite=""><cite><code><del datetime=""><em><i><q cite=""><strike><strong> Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Search Related:  LightroomEDICIÓNLIghtroom

The Ultimate Lightroom Keyboard Shortcut Tool Over on GitHub (a popular place for sharing code, and projects), just posted a web-based Lightroom Shortcut app. I have to say it’s pretty cool as a learning tool. Basically, you can load up any module in Lightroom, set your keyboard style (Mac, PC), and it’ll show you exactly what keys are used for each feature. Plus, it even has a Search feature at the bottom which works really well. I typed in the word “Pick” and it came up with any place the word “pick” was used as a shortcut in Lightroom. Heck, I even learned a keyboard shortcut I didn’t know while doing it. Another feature I stumbled on while trying to take a screen capture is that if you press a modifier key (like Command, Control, Shift, etc…), the keyboard automatically changes to show you what keys do with that modifier key selected. Anyway, it’s free.

10 Quick and Easy Lightroom Tricks Every User Should Know Phototuts+ author Ivaylo Gerchev recently published a series of in-depth tutorials aimed at taking you from beginner to pro in Lightroom in only one week. Today we're following that up with a few quick and easy Lightroom tricks that you can quickly add to your workflow whether you're just picking up the app or have been using it for years. The tips and tricks below will help you accomplish everything from navigating around the app better to smoothing out skin wrinkles. If you've been using Photoshop for a few years, then you know very well that there are two or more ways to go about nearly every task. The app is so incredibly huge and powerful that your workflow has a wide range of flexibility. The result is that no two Photoshoppers work quite the same way. Lightroom is exactly the same and features many seemingly redundant tools and processes for improving your photos. On bright, sunny days, you'd think it would be easy to shoot beautiful blue skies. The default overlay is shown below.

Using Lightroom Brushes to Soften Skin One really powerful part of Lightroom is the brushes feature. Brushes give you the ability to effect only a part of the image by brushing on a mask that you can apply effects to. This is just like creating masks in Photoshop. There are tons of uses for brushes in lightroom from dodging and burning to local color adjustments. Today I am going to talk about using Lightroom Brushes to Soften Skin. Intro to using Brushes in Lightroom Lightroom Brushes Video TutorialFree Lightroom Brush Presets For everyone who wants to do a little retouching to a portrait here is a common request that I get from many clients during family portraits. Once you click on that you will see a menu appear below the brush with some settings like Exposure, Brightness, etc… There are also some presets that are included with Lightroom. When you mouse over the subjects face you will see two circles to indicate your brush size.

Lightroom Secrets | All Things Lightroom! LR/Enfuse - Blend Multiple Exposures Together in Adobe Lightroom LR/Enfuse is a Lightroom plugin that allows you to blend multiple exposures together directly from within Lightroom by using the open source Enfuse application. With LR/Enfuse you can: Blend images of different exposures together in order to create a natural looking image with a greater dynamic range. Blend a series of images where the focus point is difference in order to create an image with a greater depth of field - this is a common approach when creating a macro image. Blend a series of images for night photography image stacking in order to create an image with a longer exposure than is possible with a single frame. With LR/Enfuse, simply select the images that need blending together and choose "Blend exposures using LR/Enfuse..." from the 'Plug-in Extras' menu. LR/Enfuse on the web LR/Enfuse is used by people all over the world. Interior Example These four images of the Basilique of Lyon (France) were taken on a tripod, using different shutter speeds to vary the exposure.

High Dynamic Range Software and Techniques | Wayne Grundy's PhotoTech Blog Digital cameras have a come a long way in the past ten years, and now a RAW file from a full frame camera can have a 12 stop exposure range. (Though it is in reality actually rather more difficult to extract the full range). There are many situations when this will not be enough, resulting in blown highlights and shadows dominated by noise. Recently I have been carrying out an extensive test of Photomatix against various competitors that use the “Enfuse” open source algorithms to fuse multi-exposure images to give a more natural look than the classic “HDR”. Before I start I should state that my interest here is to obtain a natural exposure – as close as possible to the original optimum exposure – but with the highlight and shadow detail from the lighter and darker exposures “added in” in a way that looks completely realistic. The products I tested were Photomatix - (From $39 to $119) Bracketeer – ($30) Bracketeer. LREnfuse

Why Lightroom Users Should Seriously Consider Adding Photoshop Elements To Their Workflow | The Photo Geek Most Lightroom users find themselves occasionally needing to step outside of its non-destructive workflow and use a “pixel pushing” (i.e. destructive) editor to finish processing a photo. The obvious choice for that task is Photoshop. But do you really need all that power if 99% of your work has already been done in Lightroom? Unless you are a full time photographer the answer is likely no. Its large enough in the US, but internationally the price difference between Photoshop Elements and Photoshop is remarkable. Photoshop vs Photoshop Elements A recent post at Lightroom Secrets compared the features of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements to help users understand the incremental benefit of buying the full version. The importance of many of these features diminishes when you are using Lightroom as your primary editor and only dipping into Photoshop every now and then. Bottom line? Improved Photoshop Elements Integration With Lightroom Where Do I Sign?

6 of Lightroom's Hidden Treasures A Post By: Navan Viswa Lightroom is very popular for post-processing lately. In this article I will go over a few of Lightroom’s hidden treasures. See if you use these, or maybe you have some others you can share with us in the comments section. 1. Virtual Copy In Lightroom’s develop module you can have any number of something called Virtual copies. Virtual copies are not a copy of the original image, but a set of instructions copied from the original file, to which further instructions are added. To create a new virtual copy Click Ctrl + ‘ on PC (Command + ‘ on Mac) OR right click the image thumbnail and choose “Create Virtual Copy” In essence it is different instructional files acting on one single original image, to produce different images as per the different processing strategies you apply (you then need to export each to create separate final files). This screen shot from filmstrip shows the Virtual Copies. 2. 3. This screen shot shows the original file without Smart Preview 4. 5.

10 Lightroom shortcuts & clickables you don’t know about Although it looks simplistic at first glance, Lightroom is such a powerfully deep editing program. There are layers upon layers of powerful options and almost endless editing capabilities. There are even plug-ins out there (like this one) for editing with layers in Lightroom just like you do in Photoshop. You can get the most out of your experience with LR by learning some of the keyboard shortcuts and clickables which you may not already know exist. {Keyboard shortcuts} Before/After - To toggle back and forth between your before and after while you’re editing, hit the \ {backspace} key. {Clickables} I love editing in Lightroom. {Further Reading} 10 Objects you Didn’t Know could be Dragged, Clicked or Opened in LightroomLightroom 3 shortcut cheat sheet {PDF}

Lightroom > Develop Module > 4 - White Balance Section Look in the upper-right corner of Lightroom, and make sure you're in the Develop module. We're now going to look at the White Balance section of the Basic panel. Basic Panel: White Balance Section Review White Balance To review the topic, go to White Balance. Preset Menu You can adjust the white balance by using presets on the menu to the right of WB. The choices for non-raw file formats are limited, as these files have been already processed by the camera. White Balance Selector White Balance Selector You can adjust the white balance by using the White Balance Selector tool. Click on the tool. As you move the cursor, look for an area with the least amount of color. That's an area that should be gray, but isn't perfectly gray. There are two "helps." Help #1 - Loupe The Loupe, a window, travels next to the cursor. The view in the Loupe is a magnification of the area under the cursor. Click when: • The pixels have the least amount of color. • The RGB values, at the bottom, are similar. Help #2 - Preview

5 Practical Lightroom Tips for Newbies One of Lightroom’s most important assets is also its Achilles Heel. It is such a powerful program that many of its useful features can take a long time to discover, and are often hidden beneath a blanket of keyboard shortcuts and obscure menus. When I first started learning Lightroom I was already a longtime user of Apple’s image processing program Aperture, and for a while after making the switch I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. With so many menus, buttons, and sliders at my fingertips I thought there was no way I would ever be able to make sense of them all. Adjusting the RAW file to arrive at this final image took a while, but was a lot easier thanks to some simple tips and tricks described below. That being said, here are five of the most practical, useful features that I use on a daily basis. 1. You might also be aware that you can create your own presets by adjusting any of the Develop parameters and then choosing New Preset from the Edit menu. 2. 3. 4.

Julieanne Kost's Blog I’m excited to announce that Lightroom mobile now includes the ability to capture raw, high dynamic range (HDR) images! In the Lightroom mobile app, tap the camera icon and then choose HDR from the drop down at the bottom of the screen. Lightroom mobile automatically analyzes the scene to determine the appropriate spread of exposure values over three shots (most other apps only average two exposures). Then, Lightroom automatically aligns, de-ghosts, and tone maps the image, creating a 16-bit floating point DNG file which can then be edited as desired. The resulting DNG file offers a much larger dynamic range than a singe raw file while maintaining all other advantages of a raw file such as higher bit-depth per color, lack of JPEG compression, and the ability to address white balance after capture with no loss of information! Note: for iOS users, the HDR mode requires a device that can capture in DNG such as an iPhone 6, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, iPhone SE, or iPad Pro 9.7″.

Discussing FAQ - read before posting your question in Adobe Lightroom ambient troutmask says: Sharpening This is © Godfrey DiGiorgi and is posted here because it is the best explanation of Lightroom and sharpening I have come acrossSharpening (one of the biggest misnomers in digital image processing, IMO) should be looked upon as having three separate components, or phases, or contexts. - Digital capture sensors typically have an antialiasing filter in front of the sensor which help to eliminate moire artifacts as edges come into conjunction at the resolution of the photosite array. Input sharpening is the operation of setting edge boundary contrasts to recover the perception of resolution to reduce this problem. - In the course of rendering an image, there are times when it is valuable to decrease the perceptual sharpness in some areas relative to other areas, and increase the perceptual sharpness in some areas relative to other areas, in order to guide the viewers' eyes to what and where you want their attention focused. This is called Creative sharpening.