I get questions all the time about my workflow, and in this tutorial I’m answering some specific questions I got related to some recent bird photos I posted on my Flickr photostream. Some other photographers had been with me and struggled to capture images in the same location and time. In addition to the workflow I present in this video, I’ll add some additional tips
As you may have noticed, Adobe has just released Lightroom 5.4, along with the new Lightroom Mobile for iPad. Lightroom mobile extends your workflow beyond the desktop, and onto your iPad, where you can review, rate and even edit your images, and have the changes synchronized automatically back to your main catalog.
Lightroom uses the Creative Cloud storage services as the hub for this synchronization, and as a result, you must be a member of one of the subscription services for this to work, including any of the Creative Cloud plans, or the Photoshop Photography Program. The iPad app is completely free, so this is just another benefit of the Creative Cloud subscription.
Lightroom 5 brings with it a great new feature in Smart Previews. Combine the capabilities of Smart Previews (the ability to develop and export your images based on the relatively small file size of the Smart Preview) together with the convenience and decreasing cost of cloud storage systems (such as DropBox or Google Drive) and you have some interesting ways of creating a portable, no-hassle catalog solution.
My main Lightroom catalog is on a desktop Windows machine in my home studio, but I travel with a MacBook Pro, and use the laptop computer for working with Lightroom on the road. In this video, I’ll discuss the way I merge photos from my remote shoots back into my main Lightroom catalog.
In order to do this, I use Lightroom’s “Export as Catalog” and “Import from another Catalog” features to transfer and merge my two separate catalogs into one.
Keep in mind that this is one of a number of possible strategies, but it is the one that works for me.
When it comes to editing skin tones, Adobe Photoshop has always reigned supreme. Lightroom could change the white balance and even alter the Hue, Saturation and Luminance values, but this is often not accurate enough to render great skin tones.
This changed with the introduction of RGB curves in Lightroom 4, allowing us to change the values of Red, Green & Blue at a specific tonal range of the image. How this changes things will be explained below, but suffice to say it makes for much nicer skin tones without the need to export to photoshop.
In this tutorial we’ll have a look at metadata and how to control what information you share when uploading your photos to the net or sharing then with clients.
Metadata is information that’s collected at various points along the process of image creation. It’s invisibly added to your photos by your camera, computer and by you if you so choose. The type of information it contains varies but can include what brand of camera you used, the lens zoom length, camera mode used, exposure information and even serial numbers of your gear.
Post processing in Photoshop adds more information such as which version of Photoshop you used and when it was edited.
In this video I take a look at a brand new feature to ACR 8 and Lightroom 5. With just one click ACR will correct the vertical and horizontal perspectives of your image.
This works great for all kinds of images but especially architecture, with this feature your buildings will no longer “lean backwards”.
Many existing users of Adobe software were a little disgruntled by the move to Creative Cloud earlier in the year. Many of our readers were among them citing that, if you only use a couple of products then Creative Cloud seemed a little like paying for an over expensive sledgehammer to crack a nut.
Adobe seemed to listen and answered queries as best they could at the time. To their credit, they also contacted TipSquirrel.com to see if we were ok fielding the questions and accusations that were cropping up in our comments and Facebook feed.
Adobe last night announced that their solution to the problem, The Photoshop Photography Program has gone live, and should, hopefully, appease existing customers that would like Photoshop CC.
Lightroom has the capability to work with 32 bit images. This allows you to use all the familiar Lightroom Develop Module controls for adjusting and enhancing your high dynamic range (HDR) merged images. The results are natural and realistic, and it’s a pleasure to work with the full range of adjustment controls and tools with which we’re so familiar right within Lightroom.
With all the cloud backup solutions available today, you have access to lots of free online storage. Be it Dropbox, SpiderOak, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Skydrive… you have access to many gigabytes of storage in the cloud. Why not use some of it to back up your Lightroom catalog? It’s easy, and it’s a good way to keep your backup.
There are various places within Lightroom where you can rename files – during import, during export, and within the Library module. But, in each case, Lightroom offers a Filename Template with a powerful editor. Understanding the capabilities of the Filename templates is the key to unlocking tremendous flexibility in renaming your image files.