In this post, I give you some tips on how to build a preset collection and what to avoid when you do. There are no hard rules for this, and everybody does it differently, but you may want to use some best practices to make your new preset collection easy to understand and use.
Lightroom presets are a great way to store the editing work you put into one image and apply it to another, similar image. But when you start creating your own presets, it is easy to create a complete mess as the number and variety of your presets tend to grow quickly. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to organize them properly right from the start to keep everything tidy and useful.
In this video, I'll show you how to reduce the noise only in some of your source photos to target specific areas of your final HDR image.
In these videos, you will learn everything about how to Dodge and Burn in Lightroom by using the adjustment brush.
In this video, I will show you how to correct your images for converging lines in Lightroom while avoiding the common over-corrected look.
Photographing interiors where you don't have control over the lighting can be a bit of a lottery. In this video, I'll show you how to use Lightroom to turn on the lights and change the lighting after the fact as you wish.
In this video tutorial, I will show you how to use Lightroom's Adjustment Brush to adjust a sky even if it partially shines through trees.
In this video, I'll show you how to prepare your source photos in Lightroom before you take them to Photomatix to squeeze out all the dynamic range.
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In this video tutorial, I will show you how to bring paintings in your images (on walls or the ceiling) back to life in Lightroom.
In this video tutorial, I'll be showing you how to use the Adjustment Brush properly to make very precise selective adjustments in your images. You need to know how to use the tool's settings to make the most of it. But with this knowledge, you can take your images to the next level.
In this excerpt from my Ultimate HDR Master Class 2017, I am showing you how to apply the right global adjustments and - more importantly - some clever local adjustments to bring all the glory back into your image.
In this video, you see the entire post-processing work from merging the source photos into HDR images, via the panorama stitching, all the way to the editing stage where I change quite a bit of the lighting in the original scene around to shape the image according to what I had in mind. All of this is shown as time-lapse, 5 x faster than real time.
This is an HDR panorama of the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto - created from 3 exposures series (3 shots each), merged, stitched and edited in Lightroom.
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use Lightroom to create one of the most complex types of images. We’re going to make an HDR panorama by merging and stitching 21 photos to get a single 180° image that has sufficient details in the highlights and shadows.
Lightroom's Develop presets are a great way to speed up and simplify your editing workflow. Presets let you store the develop settings you apply to one image and apply those settings to any other image with a single click. You may be used to applying presets that you acquired from someone else, but how do you create your own presets? In this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of how to start creating Lightroom presets yourself.
In this video, I am showing you a trick that helps you create highly precise masks in Lightroom. The idea is to take a 2-stage approach by first creating a mask that extends beyond the edges of the area you're trying to select. At the second stage, we're going to use the Eraser brush with the Auto Mask feature to get rid of the excess mask areas.
This is probably the mother of all Lightroom image processing courses out there. It covers the raw development process with all its ins and outs in great detail, and it also takes a look at the other modules in Lightroom. It is an impressive 10+ hours long and you will be taken through the processing of 50 images. Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge explains all the tools and lots of nifty techniques for an effective and efficient workflow. Pye is primarily a wedding photographer, but the sample images (included in the course) also include landscapes and portraits. So, in terms of genre, Pye should have you covered.
If you're like me, you are bringing home all kinds of exposure series, panorama sources photos and macro images that you want to combine using focus stacking. Or maybe you like shooting whole sets of image in a street scene to be able to choose the best one later. All these multi-exposure photography techniques can create a complete mess in your Lightroom catalog so that you may not find anything or know which exposures belong to which. Thankfully, Lightroom brings a very effective tools to get rid of this chaos without having to delete any of your images: Stacking. Stacking is a photo management technique by which you group together a number of images that are then displayed as a single stack. So, you may have shoot 1000 images in the field, but when you apply stacking properly, you may only see 100 or them which make your task of organizing them so much more pleasant. In this video, I am showing you how stacking works and how I apply it to my mess... umm... my images. ;)
Blending your photos with a texture can breathe a whole new kind of life into your images. Textures add interesting structure to an image and they turn them into pieces of art that are somewhere between a painting and a photograph. In fact, texturing, when done right, can turn photos into beautiful art that would otherwise have ended up in your trash bin. But as Nicole S. Young explains at the beginning of her book, not all photos lend themselves for being combined with a texture, and not all textures work with a given photo. Moreover, texturing a photo requires more work than just adding two images on top of each other and setting the blending mode in Photoshop. This is a fascinating area of photographic post-processing, and with this book Nicole provides a great guide to anybody who would like to try their hand at these techniques.