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19 Jun

Create a Stunning Black and White Image in Lightroom

The digital age of photography is all about color, but there’s no denying the beautiful simplicity of black and white. You don’t need to shoot film or set your digital camera to black and white in order to achieve bold, desaturated images. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to take a color image and turn it into a striking black and white picture in Lightroom. This effect works best with landscapes or images that already have strong contrast and clean lines, as well as portraits if you're going for a more serious, moody tone.  Start by opening a color image in Lightroom. At the top of the editing box, click Black and White to remove the saturation from the picture. If you’re...
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22 May

How To Make A Nature Scene Pop In Lightroom

Spring has finally sprung, which means it's time for flower picking, camping trips and long walks through the woods. For photographers, spring means it's finally the season for nature photography. But sometimes a nature scene doesn't show up on camera like it does in real life. Whether the colors or the lighting situation of a nature scene aren't ideal for photos, we often need the help of post processing to make nature pics really pop. Start by opening your photo in Lightroom. First we want to bring some detail back into the highlights and shadows. Decrease the Highlights slider and increase the Shadows slider until your image has a flat, even look. Hold down the Alt key and increase the Whites slider until whites start to...
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6 Apr

Drone Photography Post-Production Basics

Turn your drone shots into stunning professional landscape photos. Highlights, saturation, and exposure all play a major role in transforming a standard photo into an photo with a wow-factor. Here's how to do it in Adobe Lightroom. We take a very standard aerial image of the cityscape of San Francisco. The first aspect of the photo that we want to immediately address is the crooked horizon line. We use the Crop Overlay tool to bring up the gridlines and straighten the horizon line. Now we can shift our focus to color correction. We ideally want to increase the Temperature of the photo since we are shooting for a summertime feel. We then increase the Exposure to bring out the natural colors and lighten the overall image for...
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13 Feb

Why Ultra High ISO Makes All The Difference

Dropping thousands of dollars on a camera with ultra high ISO capabilities (we’re talking ISO 100,000 or above) is frankly overkill for many types of photography -- portraits are best captured with natural light, wildlife photography is really only possible during the day and fashion photography happens mainly in the studio. But there is one scenario in which an ultra high ISO can make the difference between a decent image and an outstanding one - and that’s when it comes to long exposure nighttime photography. Shooting at night introduces a world of difficulties that photographers don’t face during the day. Not only does nighttime shooting require an entire set of equipment not necessary in the sun - from tripods to cable releases to...
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23 Jan

Drawing The Eye In: How To Create Clear Focal Points In Your Photos

Have you ever looked a photograph and your eye was immediately drawn to one part of it? The rest of the photo seems to drift away, relegated to mise en scene. But you don't mind.  The photo is stunning - striking even - and you can't take your eyes off of it. This sensation happens when a photographer is able to create a strong focal point. Focal points are crucial in any kind of photography, from landscapes to portraits. Most often defined as, "the thing that makes a photo unique," a focal point is basically where a photographer directs the eye of the viewer. Photographers use all sorts of techniques to show you their point of view. Here are a few you...
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14 Jun

How to Edit Stunning Sunset Photos in Lightroom

Everyone loves a good sunset picture, but they don't always turn out the way you want them to on . The colors can often look washed out and less vibrant than they do in real life, with the details getting lost in the shadows and highlights. Luckily, this can be fixed with a few easy tricks in post processing! Below is a guide on how to get the most out of your sunset shots in Adobe Lightroom. First, open your photo in Lightroom and start by turning down the highlights and bumping up the shadows to bring more of the detail back into it. Be careful not to overdo it too much; you want to make sure you still have true black...
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12 May

Shooting the Sun: 5 Techniques for Manipulating Light

Lighting plays a crucial role in photography. It can draw attention to or away from a subject, and sets the tone of a photo. As photographers, we compose pictures around the light. And unless we’re in a photo studio surrounded by portable electronic mini-suns, we have to work with what Mother Nature doles out. It can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five simple techniques for manipulating the sun in photos. 1. Sunburst Creating a sunburst is a great way to incorporate light into photos, especially on cloudless days when the sun is high in the sky. Sunbursts can add an element of interest to landscapes, portraits and detail shots. Creating the effect is easy — it’s all...
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