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How to manage people – without being a JERK

7. April 2011

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How to manage people – without being a JERK

Being proficient with your gear, posing, lighting and people skills are all very important skills of somebody that wants to be a wedding photographer. However, part of being good with people, is being good with groups. Time is one of the most valuable assets while shooting a wedding, if people aren’t doing what you ask […]

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Making the Eyes Pop in Lightroom 3

4. April 2011

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Making the Eyes Pop in Lightroom 3

One of the most alluring parts of a portraits is the eyes. Just like meeting someone face-to-face, you search for the eyes first in a photograph as well. And since that’s where a viewer’s attention is naturally drawn, I say make them command attention. I retouch the eyes in my portraits just enough to give […]

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Lightroom’s Ultimate Plug-in – Photoshop

15. February 2011

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Lightroom’s Ultimate Plug-in – Photoshop

We all know of the litany of plug-ins available to Lightroom. There are export plug-ins, Metadata plug-ins and external editor plug-ins. All of these tools extend the capabilities of Lightroom, allowing more control over your images and pertinent metadata. Many times they can be time saving tools, other times they are veritable life-savers. However, there […]

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Using XeL: Local Adjustment Presets – Tips and Techniques

3. February 2011

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Using XeL: Local Adjustment Presets – Tips and Techniques

So, you got our latest release, XeL: Local Adjustment Presets. You have played around some, seen the effects but now you are figuring out just how to integrate these tools into your workflow. Some of these effects just come off so heavy handed, that some of these presets seem like they would never be of […]

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Shoot for Success – Expose for Lightroom

1. February 2011

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Shoot for Success – Expose for Lightroom

Lightroom and Photoshop, along with the myriad of other photo editing tools at a photographer’s disposal, are all amazing tools. They allow us to manipulate our images in ways never before imaginable or extremely time consuming to perform. These applications allow us to take a good photo and create amazing art from it. However, these […]

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Digital Test Prints with Lightroom – quick, easy, and virtual

17. November 2010

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Digital Test Prints with Lightroom – quick, easy, and virtual

It’s easy to make a print from a digital image using Lightroom’s Print module. It’s not so easy to make a decent print. Any competent darkroom worker appreciates the need to make test prints to get the best from the negative; workers in the Lightroom can take a leaf out of the same book. First, […]

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Time, Time, Time for some Action!

10. November 2010

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Time, Time, Time for some Action!

You know all of Robbie Maddison’s crazy jumps, the Extreme Sports Channel is what you chew on for breakfast and most of your Saturdays are spent on a skateboard. Truth be told, you’re a real action sportsaholic. Meanwhile the photographer inside of you has been screaming for days or months to come out and you’d […]

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Close to Home – Local Adjustments – Part 2 of 2

4. November 2010

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Close to Home – Local Adjustments – Part 2 of 2

In Close to Home – Local Adjustments – Part 1, we discussed Local Adjustment presets and how to get the most out of their use. From that alone we can tell that Local Adjustment presets are a completely different beast than normal Develop Presets. They function differently, are created differently, edited differently and Lightroom handles […]

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Close to Home – Local Adjustments – Part 1 of 2

19. October 2010

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Close to Home – Local Adjustments – Part 1 of 2

The original incarnation of Lightroom was an incredible boon to the photographic world, allowing for non-destructive editing of images. Lightroom 2 then expanded upon the idea and added Local Adjustments to the mix, allowing for simple, non-destructive editing of unique portions of a given image. Of course Lightroom 3 retains these tools, and they are […]

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Bringing it Home – The Lightroom 3 Import Module – Part 2 of 2

8. October 2010

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Bringing it Home – The Lightroom 3 Import Module – Part 2 of 2

Last time we took a look at the new Lightroom 3 Import Module, we merely took a brief survey of the features present in the module. Today we are going to dig a bit deeper and really take a look at how the tools work – hopefully providing some insight into the module’s functions which allow you […]

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