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The Photographers Toolbox – Lightroom Keyboard Tips

13. September 2011

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The Photographers Toolbox – Lightroom Keyboard Tips

Lightroom is all about good, organized workflow practices that are easy and efficient to use. Whether you’re a working photographer faced with the task of selecting and editing from thousands of photos before a deadline or an enthusiastic amateur wanting to maximize shooting time, Lightroom offers a few useful ways to speed things up. Of […]

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Lightroom Slideshows – learning what matters

7. July 2011

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Lightroom Slideshows – learning what matters

One of Lightroom’s lesser used features is the Slideshow module. If you’re like the vast majority of Lightroom users, you probably spend most of your time in the Library and Develop modules, perhaps occasionally going into the Print module. The Slideshow module is often overlooked which is a pity because it has a number of […]

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Setting Your Settings – Tuning Lightroom – Part 3 of 3

15. June 2011

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Setting Your Settings – Tuning Lightroom – Part 3 of 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we have covered most of the options presented to us in the Lightroom Preferences Dialog. Today, we will look at the Interface tab of Lightroom Preferences and take a look at Catalog Settings as well. So let us jump right in. Open up the Lightroom Preferences […]

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Borders, and Frames, and Text! Oh my! – Pimping the Lightroom Print Module

7. June 2011

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Borders, and Frames, and Text! Oh my! – Pimping the Lightroom Print Module

Regular Lightroom users and readers of X-Equals are probably aware that with the introduction of custom picture packages in Lightroom 3, photographers gained additional tools for outputting their photographs whether destined for the printer or as a JPEG file. A lesser known feature of the Print module is the ability to add a simple frame […]

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Setting Your Settings – Tuning Lightroom – Part 2 of 3

19. May 2011

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Setting Your Settings – Tuning Lightroom – Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of Setting Your Settings – Tuning Lightroom, we covered the General and Presets tabs of the Lightroom Preferences dialog. Today we are going to look at the External Editing and File Handling tabs. Some of you have been asking how to get more performance out of Lightroom; today we will see how […]

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Setting Your Settings – Tuning Lightroom – Part 1 of 3

10. May 2011

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Setting Your Settings – Tuning Lightroom – Part 1 of 3

Do you ever have the feeling Lightroom just isn’t working fast enough for you, or that its behavior is not exactly what you desire it to be? It can be frustrating when Lightroom slows to a crawl as you are editing tons of photos and the good news is that you can improve some things. […]

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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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