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Emulating Film in Lightroom

28. April 2011

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Emulating Film in Lightroom

Making Emulation Presets When we at X-equals release Lightroom presets, be it for sale or free, we strive to provide the highest quality presets with the greatest level of functionality possible. To this extent, I have created a step by step process to emulate the look of any given camera and film combination, allowing for […]

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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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Pro Styled – Herb Ritts

16. March 2011

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Pro Styled – Herb Ritts

Welcome to the first edition of Pro Styled, a new feature here on X-Equals that will take a look at some of the photographic greats. We will give you a brief biography on each of our subjects, links to their work, and tips for shooting in a similar style. Of course we are going to […]

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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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XeL – Reimagine Lightroom Presets

10. January 2011

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XeL – Reimagine Lightroom Presets

A while back, we presented a concept of using presets as a creative platform, a series of tools that can be used together to increase productivity and creativity. Since that time, all of our presets have been developed with the platform paradigm in mind. This has inevitably led us to the next evolution in X-Equals […]

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In Memoriam – Kodachrome (1935 – 2010)

6. January 2011

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In Memoriam – Kodachrome (1935 – 2010)

In the final week of 2010, the photography world lost something very important … Kodachrome. To many, this seems like a minor loss, many of us only shoot digital, while many of us still using film have moved on to more modern and readily available film stocks. Kodachrome was a pain to shoot of late, […]

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iPhone Photography and Lightroom

14. December 2010

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iPhone Photography and Lightroom

It has been said that the best camera you have is the one you have with you. There is some truth to that statement, but I have never felt it 100%. Until recently, that is. Just over a month ago I finally took the plunge and picked up an iPhone 4. I spent quite a […]

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Lightroom 3 Publish Services – Demystified

1. December 2010

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Lightroom 3 Publish Services – Demystified

Of all the new features that were introduced with  Lightroom 3, Publish Services may be the most overlooked. With social media and photo sharing being an important part of a photographer’s toolbox these days, taking the time to become familiar with Publish Services is well worth it. At it’s simplest, Publish Services provides you with […]

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