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Making Manual Adjustments in Lightroom's Lens Correction Panel

Making Manual Adjustments in Lightroom's Lens Correction Panel

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Because of your (the photographer) position to the subject, and sometimes the lens you are using, the captured image can have its perspective skewed. You can fix this by making manual adjustments in the the Lens Correction panel in Lightroom 4 and 5 or the Transform tool in Lightroom 6 and CC. Last spring Tammy recorded an awesome video, below, showing how to use the "Manual" feature in the Lens Correction panel (before the Transform tools were pulled out of the Lens Correction panel) to bring one side of an image closer, so that it matches the opposite side. I have...

Adding Light to Shadowed Eyes in Lightroom

Adding Light to Shadowed Eyes in Lightroom

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Sometimes when capturing a photograph, the subjects eyes can be shadowed because there wasn't enough reflective surfaces bouncing light back to her or his face. Or, the image overall isn't exposed enough, making the eyes even darker. The easiest fix for this, honestly, is in camera, by slowing down the shutter speed, or increasing the ISO, or opening up the aperture more. Also, using a reflector or something white in front of the subject will reflect light back onto her or him.  Once the image is taken, though, we have to do what we can to make it the best...

Simple Color Pop in Lightroom

Simple Color Pop in Lightroom

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I have done many, many Lightroom webinars and online workshops, and one of the most common questions I was asked was how to make colors in a picture "pop." It is a fairly simple process in Lightroom, one you can do yourself with individual tweaks, or with the help of a preset. Honestly the hardest thing about adding color to make the image pop is to not overdue it - which is an easy thing to do. Let's get started.... Below is an untouched image that is precious but has a bit of haze and is quite dull. The image...

Three Time Saving Tricks Using Lightroom Snapshots

Three Time Saving Tricks Using Lightroom Snapshots

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UNDERSTANDING SNAPSHOTS Snapshots are this ingenious little feature in Lightroom, which is unfortunately often overlooked and unused, which allows you to kind of bookmark an editing moment-in-time so you can quickly and easily get back to it, either to continue editing, or to use as your primary edit. After explaining the basics of snapshots, I'll share the three cool things you can do with snapshots: You can update a snapshot should you make a few addition tweaks. You can use it for comparison purposes, either comparing the edit to the original image or comparing two different edits to see which one...

Are Lightroom Presets Cheating?

Are Lightroom Presets Cheating?

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I saw this come up in a conversation in the Pretty Presets Facebook Group the other day.  It isn't the first time I have seen this conversation happen.  So let's address it clearly! Are Lightroom Presets Cheating? Absolutely NOT!  What they are is efficient editing!  If you knew a shorter way to divide two numbers would you still copy out the long division each time? Lightroom presets are shortcuts like a calculator is a shortcut.  They save time like a calculator or a computer save an accountant time.  The same result can still be done one slider at a time....

2 Tips For Your Folders and Keywords in Lightroom

2 Tips For Your Folders and Keywords in Lightroom

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If you are anything like me and you easily forget when and where you saved a set of photos, you may benefit from a little extra organizational control in Lightroom. While I am a big fan of folders and key-wording, both in Lightroom and on my hard drives, having subfolders and keywords within keywords helps me keep track of everything more easily than saving everything to large, general-themed folders. In this tutorial, we will look at how to quickly add subfolders in Lightroom, and how to add a keyword within an already existing keyword.  SUBFOLDERS Let's start with subfolders. First, make...

5 Ways to Add PUNCH to Your Photos in Lightroom

5 Ways to Add PUNCH to Your Photos in Lightroom

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RAW files come out of the camera a little flat and lackluster.  Adding a little bit of "punch" or "pop" to your photos is something that almost all RAW photos need.  Here are the top 5 ways to get your images looking bright and lovely in a just a few clicks! Add Contrast One of the easiest ways to add a little more life to your photo is to increase the contrast. Most RAW files have very low contrast so an increase in contrast is in order. The Contrast slider can be found in the Basic Panel just below the...

4 Steps to Picture Perfect Skin in Lightroom

4 Steps to Picture Perfect Skin in Lightroom

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We all want to look our best in our portraits. As a woman and a photographer, one of the important parts of my photo is my skin. I want my skin to look beautiful and possibly have a few less wrinkles or acne than I have in real life.  I don't want to look like someone else, just the best version of myself that I can.   If you are wondering how you can help your clients/portrait images have picture perfect skin in Lightroom, just watch the video or follow the few steps outlined below. Exposure One of the most important parts...

Use the Clone Tool to Correct Blurry Eyes

Use the Clone Tool to Correct Blurry Eyes

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It happens to every photographer, hobbyist and profession alike, when we capture a wonderful image to only find later in post processing that one of the eyes is "soft" (i.e. a little out of focus). If the eye or eyes are only a little tiny bit soft, that can usually be saved via a Lightroom brush - I recommend the Perfect Portrait brushes), but if they are really soft a brush won't solve the problem. What can we do? In the first year or two of using Lightroom, I would take images like this one to Photoshop to fix. However over...

Three Import Settings That Will Save You Time Later

Three Import Settings That Will Save You Time Later

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When I first starting using Lightroom several years ago, the main mistake I made was not understanding how important the import was. One of my missions at Pretty Presets, through the live webinars, the Lightroom Lab workshop, and the blog tutorials, is to educate new Lightroom users on the awesomeness of the Library and of file management, which includes the import process. All that said, here are three simple settings you should change (or check to make sure you have selected) today and why they will make importing and accessing your images easier the next time you import. Import Options in...

Work on Images Offline with Smart Previews

Work on Images Offline with Smart Previews

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Lightroom was designed to easily manage thousands of images, but should we be housing thousands of images on our computer hard drives? Most users do not have the space and eventually must move images from their internal drive to an external drive. Some users, like me, cannot even temporarily house the images on their internal drive because they simply don't have the space. Almost every single image I import has to go to an external drive rather than only my internal drive. What is the point to all this? Well, why it matters is because where the images are housed...

Creating an Exciting Silhouette Sky in Lightroom

Creating an Exciting Silhouette Sky in Lightroom

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Silhouettes are beautiful photos to create with clients.  A dark subject set against a beautiful sky is a stunning image!  (If you need to know how to photograph a silhouette, click over to this post!) But what happens when the sky isn't as exciting as you want?  Can that be helped in Lightroom? It certainly can.  Watch this video to learn how to enhance a silhouette sky in Lightroom or follow the steps below the video. Disclaimer:  This isn't going to work if your sky is totally blown out and there is no information to work with and add color...