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.(…)
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.(…)
After years of shooting kids, my own included, I have fallen in love with the composite image. I feel like it’s so hard to get everyone EXACTLY how I want them in one shot when I am working with young children. Because of the certainty that kids will be kids, I learned to master the composite image and know that I will always end up with at least one great portrait. (…)
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.(…)
There are two things that I am obsessed with…light and shadows. I strive to seek out light each and everyday and in finding the light I often find shadows. This way of shooting is what made me fall in love with classic, deep black and white conversions. I love how converting an image this way gives you so much tonal range. The eye isn’t just looking at black and white but the many, many shades of gray in between. Here are the steps I take to get a classic conversion. (…)
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.(…)
Hi there, everyone! I wanted to take some time to show you how I processed one of my new favorite images.
I took these with my Lensbaby Edge 80, but in one of the images, I chopped off the bottom part of the frame but had the focus on my son where I wanted it, and in the frame where I had the bottom intact, I missed the focus on my son. In this video I’ll show you how I combined the two images to get the composition I wanted as well as show you all the steps I took in ACR and Photoshop to achieve the vision I had for the mood and feel of this image. I hope you enjoy!(…)
For many photographers, a reflector is a great tool to use for bouncing and manipulating light. Often times, depending on the location and the subject, a reflector would really be very beneficial. For example, if it’s completely overcast, it’s a great way to introduce light to your subject. Also, it’s another way to enhance skin. I am, however, one of those photographers that notoriously forget my reflector. I love using it, but sometimes, I just forget it, or I use too long of a lens (like my 135mm lens) that I can’t hold my reflector and shoot at the same time.(…)
When it comes to editing your photos, there are endless possibilities. There’s the obvious options like black and white or color and Photoshop or Lightroom but the choices go far beyond that. With numerous tools and tricks in editing software, the options are endless.
Today we have asked 7 photographers to share a video of them editing so you can learn some new techniques. Enjoy and make sure you bookmark this page so you can come back and reference it again :)(…)
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!(…)
Learning a few basic Photoshop tools can make a big impact on your photography post production process. If opening Photoshop makes your heart beat a little faster or induces cold sweats, then this list is for you! Here are some of the most crucial terms and tools for photographers to get started in Photoshop.(…)
I love doing before and after videos, but sometimes I get bored looking at my own work over and over. So for this video, I decided to chose an image from a fellow Clickin Mom to edit instead!
I love this adorable shot from Montreal portrait photographer Anda Panciuk. This sweet moment seems so girly and typical of childhood, and I love the way she’s lost in the moment playing with her skirt. In ACR, I increased exposure and contrast, straightened the image and warmed up the white balance. Then in Photoshop I cropped, blew out the windows completely, added contrast and added a few subtle tones to enhance an already beautiful image. Watch the video to see the steps I took to achieve this look!(…)
The thought of installing and using Photoshop actions may seem difficult but it’s actually pretty easy. In the video below, I will quickly show you two different ways to install your actions (I used The Organic Set actions from Marissa Gifford) and then customize them to your liking. Remember, you can do more than just hit play and be done; you can adjust all those wonderful layers to tweak the actions to beautifully enhance your images to complete your vision.(…)
Coffee with a friend. An hour absorbed in a great book. Sitting behind a glowing screen editing images. Which of these is not like the other?
In this video tutorial, I want to show how easy and quick a clean edit can be. Whether you’re a working pro or a happy hobbyist (or some combination of the two, like me!), there’s really no reason to trade living your life for hours sitting at the computer to post-process your images.(…)
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).(…)
Some images strictly call for color, and some you can’t imagine in anything but black and white!The kind of black and white depends on you and your style as a photographer. I like to call my black and whites, “Clean with Depth.” I vary rarely create a deep, moody black and white, I like my images to be light, airy, but with contrast. You’ll also see a different side of the coin when I create black and whites with a matte overlay in the video below.(…)
Here are two simple Lightroom edits using my new “Authentic Set” available in the Clickin Moms Store.
Here is my original photo I imported into Lightroom as a RAW file.
1. Import photo.
2. Tweak white balance. You can either tweak by eye, or use the eye dropper. Move the dropper around until you find the most correct white balance to start with. You can see the change of white balance in preview module (top left corner).
3. Tweak exposure. I liked the exposure(…)
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(…)