Just like Photoshop, Lightroom also has plenty of shortcuts that can be super-useful, speed up your editing process and make it easier. Photographer Toma Bonciu shares seven of these shortcuts and tips, and I’m sure you’ll embrace them instantly. If you’re a newbie, you’ll definitely find this handy. And if you’ve been using Lightroom for a while – well, you may still find something to surprise you (I know I did).
If it happens to you to see a photo and wish you could recreate the look, you will find this website really handy. Piotr Chmolowski has launched Pixel Peeper, a website that reads EXIF data from JPG image and instantly shows what process was used for editing in Lightroom, as well as the camera settings. We chatted with Piotr about his project and the plans for the future, and it seems there will be a lot more useful stuff for photographers on this website.
Even if you plan to alter or grade your footage afterwards, having an accurate and consistent starting point makes your life much easier. Getting perfect white balance without a grey card, Expodisc, ColorChecker or fancy colour meter can be tricky, though. But it’s not impossible.
This video from Blake Rudis at f64 Academy walks us through a simple 3 step process to get perfect white balance in Adobe Camera Raw. While a neutral source in your shot can make this process much faster, this technique is still very quick and easy.
When you’re editing photos, you probably use presets from time to time. But do you think you use them too much? I have stumbled upon an interesting video from photographer Hans Rosemond which could affect your view on presets.
(Over)using them today may seem fun, easy and as a huge time saver. But what will happen ten years from now? Can your heavy reliance on presets eventually cost you your job?
Anyone who has ever taken self-portraits will know the exhausting little jig that goes from in front of the camera lens, and around to check the screen on the back.
I’m pretty sure they now have this merry little dance down as fitness routine in your local gym, they call it the selfie workout! I joke, but anyone who has been dressed in full costume, running back and forth in a warm room. Wiping the sweat from their brow, and jumping back again before the timer runs out, will know my pain. The image above was created through this very technique.
I recently decided to purchase a tether cable from Amazon, not only would it help with self-portraits. But it would also be very handy to have whilst shooting models, who don’t have to squint to see themselves on a small screen on the back of my camera. My program of choice for this………Lightroom! Now before I hear a harmonic cry of ‘you should be using Capture One’ bellowing over the hilltops. Let me fill you in on my experience of tethering through Adobe’s image processor and organizer. And you too will find taking self-portraits like this easier….
Do you have your favorite settings you like to use on most of the photos? It would be convenient to have them as a default setting, and in Lightroom it’s possible with quite simple commands. In this short video, you will learn how to create custom default settings in Lightroom. It’s easy as 1-2-3!
When you need to select the best images to edit and send to the client, it can be quite a boring task. When you get home from a photo shoot and have hundreds of images to choose from, it really takes up a lot of your time. This is when Lightroom’s Survey Mode comes to the rescue. In this video, Scott Kelby shows you one way of using Survey Mode to quickly choose your best images and move on to editing.
One of the few advantages to using your camera manufacturer’s software is that they often show which autofocus point was being used when the shot was taken. There is already a plugin which adds this capability to Lightroom, but it hasn’t been updated since 2014. So, much of the today’s camera lineup is not supported.
With the author MIA, frustrated Redditor Joshua Musselwhite (AKA Whizzle) decided to write his own from scratch. As an underwater photographer, it was valuable information for him to have. So, he felt something needed to be done to support newer bodies. Joshua’s plugin is completely free, and at the moment it supports the Nikon D7200 and D800. He’s made the entire thing open source on GitHub, though. So, anybody can add new cameras as they wish.
When you are out shooting, you can sometimes end up with plenty of photos that vary significantly in exposure. Adobe Lightroom published a short video tutorial on their YouTube channel to help photographers match exposure on multiple photos. The tutorial lasts as short as 60 seconds, yet it gives you a useful tip that will help you save a lot of time when editing photos.
One of the ongoing pain points of being a photographer is the time we spend editing. Don’t get me wrong, I love turning a flat image into something breathtaking, but it does take a while to get through a batch of 1000+ photos from a wedding or concert.
Combine that with the volume of events we cover, and editing quickly becomes a chore instead of being enjoyable. If you’re a busy photographer, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Today, I’d like to show you how you can drastically speed up your photo editing in Lightroom using anchor photos. [Read more…]