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Mastering the Zoom in the Develop Module

Mastering the Zoom in the Develop Module

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  This is going to be a fairly simple and straight-forward tutorial, however many times the simple tips are the most helpful yet often overlooked. When I was first learning Lightroom and I wanted to zoom in on a spot, but couldn't get close enough, it was frustrate me to no end. Over time I learned how to master that feature, so I'm passing what I learned onto you.  Getting Closer When you are editing an image in the Develop module of Lightroom and you need to move in much closer (zoom) to see a particular detail, there are three...

3 Time-Saving Tips with Editing and the Develop Module in Lightroom

3 Time-Saving Tips with Editing and the Develop Module in Lightroom

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3 Time-Saving Tips & the Develop Module We know your time is valuable and are so grateful you took the time to join us.  Let us know if you enjoyed this training.  We're trying to decide if we should continue these into the summer and appreciate your feedback.  Today, Amanda used the Perfect Portrait Retouch and Makeup Brushes and the Pretty Presets Workflow.  THREE TIME SAVING TRICKS USING LIGHTROOM SNAPSHOTS SNAPSHOTS VS. VIRTUAL COPIES: WHEN AND WHY TO USE EACH ONE SYNCING EDITS ON MULTIPLE IMAGES IN LIGHTROOM HISTOGRAMS AND LIGHTROOM SNAPSHOTS, VIRTUAL COPIES, HISTOGRAMS AND NOISE REDUCTION   SUMMER WORKSHOPS:...

How to Use the Slideshow Module

How to Use the Slideshow Module

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Most users of Lightroom really only use two modules: the Library and Develop modules. There is another module which is really fantastic but few people use it - the Slideshow module. The slideshow module was added to Lightroom to allow photographers to easily create slideshow of their images, whether for professional or personal. You can design each slide, add your personal photography branding, add text overlays to express thoughts or memories, and even add audio tracks. Once the slideshows are finished, they can be exported as videos, PDFs, or JPGs. Personally, I have created a few slideshows, and it's a very...

How Often Are You Backing Up Your Pictures

How Often Are You Backing Up Your Pictures

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I'm writing today to share a cautionary tale about a certain woman (who worked as a Photoshop and Lightroom instructor, as well as a photographer on the side) who failed to make sure her images were properly backed up and lost a year's worth of photos. Who is this person? Me, Amanda Padgett, someone who has encouraged hundreds of people over the years to back up their images. The Inexcusable Mistake About four or five years ago I had a super-duper custom PC desktop built. This thing was 16 gb of RAM, 1 terabyte of storage, quad-core, raid 5 array. That last...

How to Create or Remove Lightroom Smart Previews for Existing Images

How to Create or Remove Lightroom Smart Previews for Existing Images

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Last year (wow, time has flown!) we shared about smart previews, what they were, why they were useful, and how to create them when importing images. Today I want to share how to create them for images already in your Lightroom which do not have smart previews AND how to remove them once you don't need them anymore. Identify Images Needing Smart Previews The first thing you want to do is isolate the images without smart previews. Now, if you just started using them last week, then it will be easy to identify those without - just all the other images....

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...