Did you ever wonder why some images give you that feeling of being in the scene instead of just viewing it? There are many different techniques for achieving this in your own photography, but one very simple trick is to add a slight vignette to your image. For most images, this creates a sense of being close and of intimacy. It draws the eyes of the viewers into the image, and it can simplify your photos. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to simply add a vignette in Lightroom and create that depth and closeness in your own images.
Lightroom 6 & CC have been released earlier this year. The software has been improved a lot over earlier versions, and in this video course by French photographer and photography instructor Serge Ramelli, you will learn everything there is to learn about the standard in photo management and photo editing software. Serge takes you on a complete tour through Lightroom showing you each module. He also demonstrates the newer features with some sample workflows. If you are new to Lightroom and trying to learn what it can do and how to do things quickly, this course is for you.
You probably know the Vibrance and Saturation sliders that let you control colors in Lightroom. These controls do a great job of equalizing the colors throughout the image (Vibrance) and controlling the overall saturation. But what if you need to work only on a narrow range of colors and not the entire image? In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to use the controls in Lightroom's Color tab to correct the Hue, Saturation and Lightness of different colors.
Over the years, different software solutions for creating an HDR image from a set of source exposures have emerged. First, it was Photomatix and other dedicated software tools that where mainly used. In parallel, people always used to do manual blending for more subtle results. Then HDR was added to Photoshop and with Lightroom CC/6, it was finally possible to merge your source exposures directly in Lightroom. In this article, you will get an overview of the most commonly used methods and techniques. They are quite diverse and can be used to achieve different types of results, ranging from a classical colorful, detail-rich HDR look to very subtle and natural looking images.
Sometimes you shoot a scene that you think has great light, but when you're back home, you're disappointed with the result. The intensity and color of the lights does not match your expectations. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to to intensify and shape those lights in post-processing using Lightroom. We will work with the Radial Filter tool to bring splashes of light into those regions where you want to have them.
Fighting noise in your images is one of the most common task during post-processing. But it's also a very challenging thing to do because with every bit of noise reduction, you lose details in your image that you need to get back somehow. So, it's a fine balance between noise reduction on the one side and sharpening on the other side. Both are necessary and both can easily be overdone. In this excerpt of my Personal Workflow for Lightroom course, I will show you how I am applying noise reduction to images that are somewhat noisy.
I know this is crazy and I shouldn't really do it, but I'm going to do it anyway. As a personal bonus for those of you who purchase the upcoming Complete Photography Bundle through the link http://frb.li/5dd, I have something very special. I will give away my yet to be released Personal Workflow Video Courses for Lightroom and Photoshop to you... for free!
In this tutorial, I will show you how to fade a local adjustment in and out in Lightroom without the need for a plugin. The software gives you the ability to change the strength of a local adjustment simply by moving your your mouse - a trick that most people do not know. Your editing work will get faster and much more powerful.
If you have acquired some preset collections, it may not be easy to find the right preset for a given image. Usually, you will start at the top of the preset list and try each one. If you do this by pure intuition, you may quickly decide in favor of one preset, ignoring the rest of the list and then perhaps make some adjustments. However, if you are more systematic, you will want to optimize the outcome of this entire process and find the best preset for a given image. But how do you keep track of the good ones, and how do you narrow them down to find the one you like the most? If you are after the best preset for a particular image, you need an approach for culling the list of presets and reducing it to the best candidates. In this article, I will show you my favorite method for doing this. It involves creating a number of virtual copies of your image and applying the best candidate presets to them. This way, you can compare the candidates side-by-side and choose the one you really like best.
For a long time, I have dismissed the concept of using other people's presets in any image editing software. Originally, presets where intended to allow you to keep track of your own edits, and not as one-click shortcuts to copy someone else's style. That's simply not how image editing works. Finding the best adjustments for any given image is a complex task, and it heavily depends on the nature of the image. Applying a tailor-made set of adjustments to another image - maybe even an image by another photographer - is essentially a random process: Maybe you're lucky enough to find one that looks nice on your images. But more often than not, it's not a fit! That's why I think the 'industry' revolving around selling preset packages that seemingly allow you to edit a photo with a single click, is deeply flawed. But having said that, there are a number of ways in which presets can be very useful beyond merely keeping track of your edits. This is especially true for Lightroom, which has a very sophisticated ecosystem of presets. If you use those features in a clever way, they can really super-charge your post-processing work. In this post, I will give you 6 tips on how to achieve this.
Lightroom Develop presets can be a rich source of information about other photographers’ processing style, and you can learn a lot about editing your images from analyzing someone else's presets. To do so, you need a technique for reverse-engineering a preset. That is, you need a way of looking at the different components of a given preset individually to understand which settings actually make them work the way they do. In this article, you will learn a simple but effective technique for doing this. Lightroom’s ability to turn on and off each section in the Develop settings will help you dissect a preset and possibly use only certain parts of it in your work.
Sometimes when you post-process an image, you may notice that some more interesting lighting would have really improved the scene and made the photo more interesting. But, of course, now its too late as the photo has already been taken. Is it really? As I will show you in this video tutorial, there are some simple techniques that let you add lighting effects in Lightroom. We will be using the local adjustment tools to create splashes of light that look as if they where actually part of the scene when you created the original photograph.
This is a 3-shot panorama of the interior of Solitude Palace just outside of Stuttgart, Germany. The source photos were shot just after sunset which created this nice golden glow because the interior was lit only by the lamps that you see in the image. Some of the lighting effects were also added in Lightroom during the post-processing stage. I will publish a tutorial on this type of re-lighting soon.
For my upcoming book 'Unleash the Power of Lightroom Presets', I am taking kind of an unusual approach. Typically, authors and publishers keep all the content of their books secret until they are actually published. Giving people access to an unfinished book without charging for it seems the most crazy thing to do. It is scary on so many levels. Yet, that's exactly what I am doing!
Lightroom can be a tremendously powerful tool for managing large volumes of images effectively and efficiently. Actually, that's one of the things that separates it from Photoshop. But to really benefit from this management power, you need to learn some things first, and ideally, you should learn them before you delve into working with Lightroom. In this video by Tim Grey, you will learn 15 important tips that will make your life a lot easier today and in the years coming.
Solitude Palace is a beautiful place just outside of Stuttgart, Germany that has become one of the recreational attractions. It's a great vantage point to view across the Württemberg lowlands. The palace has been built in the 18th century as a hunting lodge and summer residence. This is actually one shot from an entire bracketing series shot for an HDR image, but I decided to use only one of the frames to demonstrate the power of the Easy Preset System.
If you are into landscape photography, the subjects and the creative possibilities are endless. How do you shoot the different scenes in order to end up with the image you have in your head? What are the shooting techniques and the tools? And last but not means least, how do you process your images to give them their final look? Wouldn't it be awesome if you could just go out with a world-class landscape photographer and watch every step? Wouldn't it be great to watch over her shoulder when she post-processes those images on the computer to pick up all those little tricks? This eBook and video series by Nicole S. Young gives you exactly that: A deep insight into how it's done and what the right tools and techniques are to make your landscape photos really stand out.
I have always been a bit skeptical about using presets in any image editing software. A preset always produces vastly different results when applied to different photos. So, purchasing and using presets is always a bit of a lottery. You go through dozens and dozens of them and, maybe you find one that you like, maybe not. But having said that, I can fully understand that people use presets to speed up their work, and I think at least in theory, the idea of using presets is great. That's why I have created the Easy Preset System (EPS) for Lightroom that allows you to use presets in a more educated way. Check out the video below to find out what the Easy Preset System for Lightroom is all about.
Many photographers use either Photoshop or they use Lightroom. But since Adobe offeres their photography plan that gives you Photoshop and Lightroom together for an attractive monthly fee, the number of photographers who own both programs is growing. In the featured video tutorial below, Colin Smith from Photoshop CAFE shows you how the two programs integrate beautifully with each other and how they complement each other.
Black & white photography is about much more than just taking the colors out of your images. In this post, I am reviewing Serge Ramelli's "The Art of Black & White with Lightroom" video tutorial. In his tutorial, Serge shows a number of different black & white techniques using different photos. He shows you how to use the different tools available in Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro to turn different color photos into great black & white images. If you want to learn black & white photography with all its facets, you have to check out this tutorial.