Tag Archives: post processing

how to setup and use lightroom export presets

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(…)

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An Editing Experiment: 2 photographers challenge one another

by Mickie DeVries and Vironica Golden
Vironica and I met while taking the Fine Art and Visual Expression workshop in April of 2013.  I admired her style from the moment I saw it.  Our FAVE group of full participation ladies was quite active during our run, and many of us have kept in touch and supported each other since finishing the class.  Vironica and I have talked through Facebook almost daily since shortly after FAVE ended.  Our conversations started with photography,(…)

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lightroom or photoshop: the pros and cons

by Caroline Jensen

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(…)

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what is monitor calibration

by Winnie Bruce

Just as important as it is to have good cameras, and lenses that will take beautiful photos, there are also other necessities a professional or an avid hobbyist needs to have: a monitor calibrator. After coming home from a shoot, most photographers will almost automatically plug in their camera or card to their computer to view their images. Next to purchasing that monitor or computer, and that editing software that will optimize editing, the next thing to purchase(…)

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embrace the grain

by Emma Wood

It seems as though we spend so much time, effort and money to find the highest definition cameras and the sharpest lenses. We aim for low, or no digital noise (aka electronic noise – usually caused by signal amplification at high ISOs within the camera processing magic). We get the highest resolution of camera we can find and the lowest f-stop capable lenses, so we can shoot at lower ISOs. You may shoot in raw rather than in(…)

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snapshots vs virtual copies

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(…)

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should i get a tablet

by Emily Krbec

Let me start off by saying that I’m in no way an expert on fancy technology. I’m not really a gadget girl, just one happy tablet user! You might hear them called pen tablets or graphics tablets, but I prefer to think of them as super, fantastic photo editing devices that have made my world 10x better! A tablet consists of a flat surface that you “draw” on using a stylus, while your movements translate onto the computer(…)

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content aware fill tool in photoshop

by Frayda Breitowitz
The content aware fill tool in Photoshop is a very sophisticated yet very simple to use tool that has saved me countless hours of time in post production. It was new to Photoshop CS5, so if you’re using CS5 or CS6 and you don’t already use it, prepare to be floored!
Like it’s name suggests, the content aware fill tool fills in a selected area using a complex algorithm of the pixels surrounding it to remove the unwanted area.(…)

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newborn editing

by Bree Franklin
Newborn photography has become hugely popular in the last few years. What we once only saw in the books of Anne Geddes has now become readily available for everyone everywhere. And with newborn photography becoming increasingly popular within the photographic community so come the questions from photographers. How do you keep them asleep? How do you pose them? And biggest of all – how do you edit them?

No fear fellow photographer! I am here to rescue you from(…)

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blending floor and background in PS

by Frayda Breitowitz
Have you ever wondered how to get the nicely blended backgrounds in newborn prop images without having to position your subject 12 feet from your backdrop and shooting at f/1.2? Well, there are always 100 ways to do one thing in Adobe Photoshop, but this is how I blend backgrounds in post.
First, we’re going to blend the main line separating the backdrop from the floor.
1. Open the image in Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS6, but this should work(…)

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4 photoshop elements tools i can’t live without

by Melissa Gibson
I know I’ve mentioned this before and I’m certain you all know this by now, but  I really dig Adobe Photoshop Elements.

If you are a beginner looking for editing software, this is the one for you.  On the other hand, if you are more advanced in your photography journey, this may also be the software for you.  In fact, I know loads of extremely talented photographers who use Elements.  It is an editing program that is highly underrated(…)

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editing before and after

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(…)

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5 things i love to do in adobe lightroom

by Jean Rhim
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(…)

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converting images to black and white in photoshop

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(…)

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adding actions and textures in photoshop

Have you ever wondered how to go about adding actions and textures to your images in photoshop?  Meghan Aileen with The Shoppe is here both sponsoring and writing today’s tutorial.  She is sharing how she uses actions and textures in her photography and make sure to read to the bottom for the fun prize she has for you!

adding actions and textures in photoshop
by Meghan Aileen

Thank you Meghan for sharing your method with us!

Meghan Aileen
website | facebook
Designer and Photographer Meghan Aileen(…)

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cmteam all access pass | a cm breakout session

Every once in awhile, the CMteam groups together in order to bring our members and followers a really special offering! Today, we are thrilled to present to you an amazing breakout session- CMteam Breakouts: All Access Pass. With your registration fee of $50 you will receive access to 5 separate mini sessions, all at the same time. A total of over 150 pages of PDF information, along with several videos and the opportunity to ask questions of each presenter in(…)

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macros | color vs black and white

by Emma Wood
Being a black and white lover and having it be my passion, you may think that the decision would be an easy one.  However, nature provides us with such an abundant color palette, such fantastic, gorgeous tones in so many variations that it’s not always as easy a decision for me as you might think.

So how do I choose?   I usually have an idea of what I’m going to do, or whether I will convert to black(…)

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photoshop friday | adding a warm summer glow

by Leah Cook
1. I’ve made basic edits to this image in ACR including adjusting white balance, tweak exposure, and recover a bit of the white shirt.  After pulling it into Photoshop, I corrected some yellow-green color casts and that was it!

2. Next I created a Selective Color layer and switched it to the neutrals box.  Here I’ve decreased the magenta to -2 which helps add a little warmth.  I haven’t touched the Cyan value, but that one can also be(…)

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how to photograph and process silhouettes

by Courtney Keim
My absolute favorite thing to incorporate into a photo session is the silhouette.  Most people think it’s so tough to create one but in fact, it’s rather simplistic.

There are many different ways you can create and process a silhouette and some of the time it’s a personal preference not only in your style and how you photograph it but also in the post processing.  I’m a fan of a bright background, a little sun flare, and a total(…)

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cmpro | picture plays we love

There are so many different ways to process an image and no one way is the “right” way. While all of our CMpros are extremely talented, they all have a very unique and distinct style. Who wouldn’t love to see the many different plays that they would have on a single image?!  We sure do!
cmpro | picture plays we love
This week our image comes from member Sabra/mamabegood:

our cmpro edits:
Margie Mobley, Arizona
I went into camera raw, pumped up the exposure a(…)

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lightroom 3 vs lightroom 4

by Lynne Rigby
The switch from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 4 can be daunting to any loyal Lightroom user.  The loss of fill light and brightness is a scary prospect when it’s part of your workflow.  The good news is that if you’ve never used Lightroom, the controls are much more intuitive and the best part is that they’re all more precise than previous versions of Lightroom.

Here’s a very underexposed shot. Lightroom 4’s default import with everything zeroed out, as opposed(…)

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ask a cmpro | how long does it take you to edit

It’s time for another edition of our bi-weekly series “Ask a CMpro” in which we give our CMpros one question and they dish.  Their answers alone are always inspiring and this week we asked them “How long does it take you to edit a typical session? Did it take you long to develop a good workflow to help with your editing times?”

*image/screenshot courtesy of Courtney Keim
Courtney Keim, New Jersey
A typical session editing time can take me anywhere from less than an(…)

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tutorial | processing black and white images

by Amy Beth McMaster

I get asked a lot how I do my black and whites. And honestly I have a few presets I made that I use so I rarely have to do it manually very often. I’d love to share my methods with you all. I have a huge soft spot for black and white photographs. They are so timeless. A colorless image, if done right forces the observer to really see WHAT is going on in the image.(…)

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Full Portrait Retouching in Lightroom

by Sarah Wilkerson
As much as we all want to feel beautiful in photographs, for most photographers, the goal is to make a subject look as she would on her very best day — not unrecognizable. It’s tempting to go heavy in Photoshop, with its powerful tools for creating flawless skin and a little nip/tuck here and there. Plus, let’s be honest, it’s fun! I adore glamour/fashion retouching, and if you’re shooting models or clients who expect full-on photographic transformations, by(…)

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photoshop fifteenth: split toning

Last fall we introduced a new creativity series at CM called “Photoshop Fifteenth” spearheaded by Sarah Wilkerson.  Posted on the fifteenth of every month this series may include any combination of exercises that ask you to get creative in Photoshop. It may include simple Picture Plays, Compositing, Photo Manipulation, Retouching, Tutorial-based-Exercises, Photoshop Games, and more!   It has been so inspiring watching what our members have come up with that I’m going to start sharing this series on the blog as(…)

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