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How to relight an image in Lightroom

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.

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The best way to learn photography? The Arcanum demystified

In this post, I will demystify the Arcanum for you. We will look behind the romantic cover of the “never-ending circle of love” as Trey Ratcliff likes to put it. And we will get to the bottom of the educational concepts and practices. If you are a fantasy junkie (unlike me) you may just skip this article and be perfectly happy to dive right into the experience. But if you need firm facts to back up your decision for spending your money on this form of education, continue reading. I will translate the concepts into our world and show you how and why they work.

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Lightroom 6 & CC – Everything you need to know

So, yesterday was the big day for everyone in the photography community. The new version of Lightroom was finally released. Pages leaked, serves crashed, some people drooled, and others whined. It was a day filled with excitement and emotion – a day on which you may have missed the right information to allow you to take an informed decision about getting the new version. In this post, I am collecting all the latest information in what I hope is an easily digestible format – lots of videos included.

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Lightroom 6 – First Adobe Video Showcases Features

It appears to be certain now that Lightroom 6 will be out today. PCMag.com published an article giving some background information. Apparently, the software will be available in the Creative Cloud as Lightroom CC and as an equivalent stand-alone license under the name Lightroom 6 for $149. Check out the video below to get a glimpse of the new Facial Recognition feature.

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How to create the perfect interior panorama

Creating an interior panorama does not only require great precision when you shoot the source images – it also requires some advanced techniques for stitching and post-processing the final panorama image. The close proximity of the different elements in the interior to your lens and the geometry of most interiors reveal even small mistakes in this process.

In this video tutorial, I will show you how to correct these mistakes by using powerful techniques for transforming and cropping your final image. You will learn how to create perfect interior panoramas – images that you can be proud of. The techniques will even work for single images.

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The Golden Light

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.

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Free-hand Blending in Photoshop

Blending selective adjustments into an image in Photoshop is one of the key skills you need to master. But what are the tools and techniques you need to really control the area and the intensity of an adjustment you blend in?

In this video tutorial, I am going to show you a simple and yet powerful technique to gently blend in any adjustment layer and give it just the right strength. I am going to use a Quick Selection and the Brush tool to brush in a Curves layer in a very controlled way.

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How to shoot high-quality panorama images

Panorama images have something intriguing. They give you a different view of the world around you – a view that does not resemble the way you see a scene with your own eyes or the way a single photograph depicts a scene. But creating a proper panorama is not easy. To avoid visible artifacts in the final image, you need some special equipment, and you need to set it up and use it purposefully.

In this article, I am going to show you the right gear, the procedures for setting it up correctly and the techniques for shooting a high-quality panorama image.

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How (and why) you get my upcoming book FOR FREE!

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!

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My next book: Big surprise coming up tomorrow. Don’t miss it!

I am in the process of finishing the manuscript of my next book Unleash the Power of Lightroom Presets. As a little preview, here is the cover as it will appear on the iPad. The preset features in Lightroom are much more versatile and powerful than most people think. There is a whole framework of different presets that helps you make your work much simpler, faster and more creative. Especially develop presets – when used the right way – can transform the way you are editing your photos in Lightroom. And I will show you how.