There are several ways to convert your images to black and white in Photoshop and Lightroom, and to edit their final look. But Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE suggests a method that you may not have tried before. In this quick tutorial, he’ll show you how to use the Color Temperature slider to edit your black and white photos.
When you are taking a photo, it’s always good to achieve as much as you can in-camera. However, we’re not always in the position to do it, and sour photos often call for at least a little enhancement in post. In this video, Jamie Windsor suggests six things that will raise this post-processing part to a higher level and help you make the best of your photos.
When editing your photos, one of the important things to know is when to stop. But while you know that too much editing will ruin your images rather than enhance them, the question remains: when do you know that you’ve gone overboard? In this video, Mark Denney talks about editing landscape photos and shares with you five signs that will tell you when editing has become over-editing.
In the final part of this series, I am giving you my configuration for the Behringer X-Touch Mini that I’ve shown you in the previous part. Of course, everyone has different workflows and the biggest advantage of generic MIDI controllers is that you can personalize all functions. So have a look at my configuration, play around with it and then change it to your needs.
One of the biggest challenges, when trying to use a MIDI controller with Lightroom is to find a controller that works well for Lightroom. As already said in the first part of this series, MIDI controllers are optimized for sound production, not for photo editing.
So when you start you will face a chicken-egg problem: You do not know yet how well it works and which parameters can work best for editing, while you do not have a controller yet to try it out.
Editing images with Software like Lightroom typically involves changing parameters like exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, and so on for more than 90% of your work. These parameters are controlled using sliders that you have to drag with your Mouse – sliders that emulate physical controls.
Why not use such physical controls like sliders or control dials directly? Instead of using the mouse to point to virtual controls and focus on these virtual controls, why not just use a physical control and focus on the effect on the picture while changing the values instead?
Please note that this tutorial is meant for advanced users of Photoshop who are well familiar with layers, masks and luminosity masks.
Occasionally when examining a raw file I get a reasonably clear idea on how I would like the end result to be. In this instance I had an inner picture of trees glowing from the sun, rather dark shadows and a sky with nice color contrast.
In order to achieve this I opted to create two virtual copies in Lightroom from the original raw file. I could alternatively have achieved what I was looking for using Smart Objects, but envisioned that Virtual Copies would be the better option for the image I had in mind.
Over this past year, an increasing trend in photography seems to be finding a viable alternative to Adobe Lightroom. Some have done it to get out from underneath the subscription service while others aren’t pleased with what remains to be inconsistent speed and performance. It seems to be more of the latter than the former, with the Lightroom Catalog largely responsible for the latter.
One of the big draws of Lightroom for many users is its ability to use presets. And there are a million of them out there. Free and paid Lightroom preset packs are everywhere you look these days. But there are very few available for Capture One.
It’s those purchased presets that put a lot of photographers off switching away from Lightroom. They don’t want to feel they’ve wasted their money by no longer using them. But now, a new Lightroom to Capture One preset converter, the imaginatively titled Preset Converter, might make your choice a little bit easier.