The key to gorgeous black and white images often lies in the small details: making sure there is sufficient range of lights and darks, ensuring skin doesn’t look dull, and making sure our subject doesn’t fade into the background. Paying attention to these details can help us ensure our image has the impact that we want. Believe it or not, color actually matters a lot in black and white conversions. Here, I cover some little-known but simple Lightroom tricks that will help you polish and perfect your black and white conversions. (…)
The primary challenge photographers face in creating a realistic experience for their audience is the limitation of a two dimensional medium. In order for a photograph, or any two dimensional art, to appear realistic, the viewer must appreciate a sense of depth. Think back to the magic of elementary school art class when you first appreciated the difference between a house drawn with merely a square and a triangle versus the same house with the addition of converging parallel lines.(…)
Everyone knows how important it is to back up your photos, but if you work in Lightroom, it’s just as important to back up your catalogs, too.
Your image files are the photographs that are imported into Lightroom that you intend to organize and edit while the Catalog acts like a database recording any and all metadata and adjustment changes and settings applied to those images. It is important to back up your images so that you never lose the image files that are saved on your hard drive and it is equally important to backup your catalog so you never lose the changes you made to those images.(…)
I love color. I love it. I love color in my home and in my wardrobe and in artwork and I love it every single time I look up at the sky to see the sunset. I LOVE color. Love it.(…)
My first love has always been children’s literature. As a child (long before the video age) I would spend hours immersing myself in new worlds… pouring over the beautiful illustrations in books and memorizing every last detail on the page.
Today, when I create an image of my own, I try to pay the same amount of attention to every last detail included in my frame as I did to those amazing illustrations and allow myself to be swept away into a new world.(…)
Those that know me or follow along with my art know that expressing myself through dramatic black and white images is how I speak straight from my heart. Today I’m going to walk you through how I edited one of my favorite flower images. I captured this gorgeous peony one cloudy morning while visiting one of my favorite gardens.(…)
Over the years, I have gone through many editing phases and trends. In the past few years though, I have realized the importance of a beautifully clean edit. Not only does it make the image timeless, but it also truly enhances the image instead of distracting or overpowering the natural beauty of the photo.(…)
Light lovers, gather around! Don’t you just love dreamy, hazy backlit images? I do, it’s one of my favorites! Angling the camera toward the sun about a half an hour before it sets lets in so much yummy light . Often in this case, images can be a bit too flooded with light, causing important detail and vibrance to wash away. In processing these images, my primary goal is to add back richness in the tones with blacks. Usually my hazy SOOCs are peachy and creamy, which is lovely, but a bit washed out. It’s not as simple as adjusting white balance and contrast in the LR panel. Rather, I do a series of steps in LR with Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks and the HSL panel to accomplish a deeply toned final image.(…)
If you’ve never played with the HSL panel in Lightroom, you are missing out on quite a powerful tool!
Jennifer Dell has already written a great article on the power of the HSL and Color panel, but today I wanted to talk about using the HSL panel just in reference to skin tones. This video will show you my basic edit, plus you will learn how to tweak the HSL panel to get glowing skin and get rid of pesky green shadows in just a couple of clicks. Watch the video to learn more, and let me know if you have any questions!(…)
I am quite drawn to bright, vivid, colorful photos. I think of children and their love of color and wonder. They are naturally bright and happy and I love to portray that in my photos (since I mostly photograph children).
Ninety-nine percent of my workflow is done in Lightroom, so I’ll show you how I edit a photo, step by step in Lightroom (5.6).(…)
Editing is such a crucial, final step in allowing your vision to come through. For me, Adobe Lightroom is my choice for post processing, mainly because it’s so darn easy to use.
For this before and after, I’m going to show you how I took an image of my daughter playing in the sprinkler, from color to black and white using only Lightroom.
A little bit about this image before we get started. I was drawn to this image because it just(…)
Often, before I ever pick up my camera, I know how I will process the resulting image, and this image here is an example of that.
My daughter was playing outside this summer and came to the door covered head to toe in dirt and grime. Before I let her come in for a shower, I grabbed my camera and had her sit in front of my open garage just inside the shade so that the sunlight would light her, but(…)
One of my very favorite and often used tools in Adobe’s Lightroom editing program is the clone tool.
I love how it can very quickly clean up my images and add a bit of polish. The clone tool is found in the develop module in LR, just under the histogram and above the basic panel. It looks like a circle with a small arrow extending to the right of it.
It takes a little bit of practice and use to understand the(…)
I think most people that use Lightroom are familiar with presets used for editing in the develop module, but did you know that there are also export presets?
Export presets allow you to save settings that you use frequently to size your photos. I know that I upload my photos to various websites for display and for printing purposes, and all of these have different optimal settings. It’s hard to remember how my image needs to be sized for all the(…)
Editing photos is a funny process.
Each one of us could take an image into Lightroom or Photoshop and we would each come up with a different end result. That individual vision of an image – for shooting or for editing – is part of what makes us special as photographers.
When I first started out, editing was an exciting and creative process. Unfortunately, I got a little too excited and creative – as I discovered the heady thrill of actions at(…)
The brush tool is one of the most powerful tools in Lightroom.
Today, I am going to show you four ways to smooth skin.
My son has agreed to let us use his image. I think it is really helpful to see the results on a teenage boy because natural results are so important to them. I did not remove any blemishes prior to adding the skin smoothing. The results will be more effective with a little use of the healing brush,(…)
Lightroom is the perfect program to use when you want to experiment and try new things. I like to save new presets all the time, but I don’t always want them all in my Lightroom Develop module at once. I like to keep a Dropbox (or similar, synced storage program) folder of my presets and then I can install what I want, when I want, and still know that I have everything tucked away for safe keeping.
It is also handy(…)
Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom are the gold standard programs in photo editing and they are great for image management too. I often get asked which program I like better and sometimes it is like comparing apples to oranges. They do have some overlap though, so I want to take you through a few of the pros and cons so you can find the primary program for you. I say primary, because both programs are great to have, but you may be(…)
Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Jessica Nelson sharing what she loves!
jessica nelson’s favorite things
1. My L Lenses: I love these two lenses and the diversity they give me. First my 24-70. This was my first L lens and while(…)
The print module in Lightroom can be used to create collages for Facebook cover images. It’s another way to stay all in one program and speed up your workflow. You can use it to create FB cover pages from a single image, or arrange into your own creative collage. In other words, no need to take images over to Photoshop!
The first step is to choose your image(s) in the library mode:
I like to make a quick collection (press b when(…)