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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 3 of 4

9. April 2013

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 3 of 4

Welcome to Part 3 of Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom! So far in this series we have looked at the process required to organize (Part 1) and captioning and filtering your images (Part 2) to create a simple and easy to navigate Lightroom catalog. In this tutorial, Part 3 of the series, we […]

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Embracing the Shadows with X-Equals XeL

1. April 2013

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Embracing the Shadows with X-Equals XeL

I’ve been shooting jazz concerts for a while now, and lately I’ve been thinking about what makes a concert shot iconic. In many cases, the viewer of  a particular concert photo will have no idea who the artist is, so one way to keep the viewer interested is to express a mood – an atmosphere […]

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 2 of 4

5. March 2013

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 2 of 4

In the Part 1 of this 4 part series, we had an in depth look at how to import your images from your camera into your Lightroom catalog. We looked at how by applying presets and folder structures we could start to create an easy to navigate image storage solution. In this second part of […]

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 1 of 4

7. February 2013

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Importing and Backing Up Images in Lightroom – Part 1 of 4

This is the first installment of a 4 part series of blog posts where we will be looking at taking your images through the Lightroom 4 workflow. In this first part of the series we will be looking at how to use the Import Controls in Lightroom 4 to organize your images and create back-ups. […]

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Grab your Toga, it’s a Link Party!

2. November 2012

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Grab your Toga, it’s a Link Party!

We have a huge repository or photography and workflow related links … and we realized it’s high time we started sharing them! The Best Thing I Ever Did Was Quit Professional Photography The Definitive Guide To Corporate Event Photography Introduction to the Tools of Long Exposure Photography Location Photography: How to Comprehensively Capture a City, […]

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The X-Equals Education Center

17. July 2012

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The X-Equals Education Center

We’re psyched to launch the XeL Education Center! If you’re a new Customer, or a prospective customer trying to get a feel for what XeL is, and how it differs from the abundance of free non-professional Presets out there, this is the place! Simply put, here’s the knowledge bomb on how to take your workflow […]

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Advanced Dodging & Burning

17. July 2012

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Advanced Dodging & Burning

Dodging and burning (or local exposure adjustment) is one of the fastest ways to improve your images, so it’s no wonder we use it a lot around here. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the books, and can do things like: Focus attention on the subject Shape and flatter the subject Increase dynamic range […]

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X-Equals HD Screencast – Installing X-Equals Presets in Lightroom

13. July 2012

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X-Equals HD Screencast – Installing X-Equals Presets in Lightroom

Installing XeL Presets is a snap, and we’ll show you how. For the full HD experience, be sure to play the video at full screen!

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Making the Eyes Pop in Lightroom 4

19. June 2012

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Making the Eyes Pop in Lightroom 4

In the past we’ve covered making the eyes pop in Lightroom 3 using adjustment brushes, but the introduction of Lightroom 4 has made the entire process much faster and less complicated. Now, using the adjustment brush too and new preset, we can achieve the same—maybe better—results than in version 3. Lightroom 4 introduced adjustment brush […]

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Working with the Lightroom 4 Map Module

5. June 2012

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Working with the Lightroom 4 Map Module

There are numerous reasons why you might want to geotag your photographs, and if you give me a couple of minutes, I may be able to think of one. Actually, ‘because you can’ is probably sufficient reason and, anyway, it’s nice to be able to see exactly where a picture that you like was taken […]

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