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).(…)
by Jennifer Nobriga
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(…)
by Mickie DeVries
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(…)
by Elicia Graves
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(…)
by Mickie DeVries
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(…)
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(…)
by Caroline Jensen
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(…)
by Caroline Jensen
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.
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(…)
by Jamie Rubeis
Adobe Lightroom offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to saving various versions of one image which often generates some confusion among its users. So, I wanted to take a moment to offer a little review on Snapshots vs. Virtual Copies.
Snapshots in Lightroom:
If you are familiar with Photoshop, the term Snapshots should be very familiar to you. In fact, Snapshots in Lightroom and Snapshots in Photoshop are very similar in concept. Snapshots keep a record of what your(…)
Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new 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? First up is Elicia Graves sharing what she loves!
elicia graves’ favorite things
1. The mocha at Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley: This little cafe is such a happy place and not only do they use organic, local ingredients,(…)
by Rachel Nielson
In this before and after tutorial, I am going to walk you through how I edited this image start to finish. I love the expression in his eyes and how he is biting his lip just a little bit. Melts my heart, but I am his mama, so I might be slightly biased!
My workflow starts in Adobe Lightroom 4. I import my images and do all of my RAW processing there before importing my photos into Adobe Photoshop(…)
by Carol Swaitkewich
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada or Winterpeg as we are affectionately called. It snows. A lot. It’s also cold. Like REALLY cold. For 5 months of the year we are surrounded by white and ice. If I wanted to take pictures I needed to learn how to shoot in the cold and snow fast!
The 3 main problems I found shooting in the snow are flat lighting, exposure issues, (blown out or grey looking snow), white balance issues(…)
Adobe Lightroom is an amazing tool that can help you make your images better, your workflow faster, and the whole photo editing process more fun. I feel fortunate that I was introduced to it early, months before I even touched Photoshop, because it became the center of my workflow. Not only do I do a great deal of my editing through Lightroom, but Lightroom is also where I organize, sort, and prepare my images for print. Lightroom is not a(…)
We all can use more drama in our lives, right? Especially at home. Who doesn’t like drama at home?
What?!? Am I alone here??
Wait, I think you misunderstood.
I meant dramatic light. You know, darks and lights intersecting with a gorgeous subject placed just so. Just the thought makes me want to grab my camera (and my unwilling kids).
That kind of drama is always good…at least when we’re speaking photographically. All the other kinds, eh, let’s leave it to the Real Housewives. (…)
by Ann Westerman
Lately I have been loving to shoot images specifically for processing in black and white. I love my black and whites to have good tonal range and a lot of contrast. What I mean by good tonal range is I want my image to have deep shadows, a range of mid-tones and some bright highlights and I usually want those bright highlights to fall on my subject. I love for my subject’s face to have shadows, mid-tones and(…)