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5 Jun

Become a Master of Dodging and Burning in Lightroom

Dodging and burning is a technique as old as time - or at least as old as dark room photography. Dodging and burning refers to the addition (burning) or subtraction (dodging) of light to a certain area of a photo. Traditionally, this was done by using your hand or a piece of cardboard to block a specific part of an image while it was being exposed in the dark room under an enlarger. It’s a technique we still use today with digital photography, but programs like Lightroom and Photoshop make the process much easier and more exact. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to master the dodge and burn tools in Lightroom to give your portraits a more finished, contoured...
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15 May

How To Edit The Perfect Backlit Portrait in Photoshop

There's nothing better for portrait photography than that low, soft light of the late afternoon. That sweet Golden Hour is every photographer's best friend, and should be taken advantage of as much as possible whenever you're planning on a portrait shoot. Look up the Golden Hour for the date and location, or simply plan on shooting in the last few hours before the sun sets. When shooting, placing your subject directly in front of that low light to create a dreamy backlit effect. You'll never shoot portraits the same again. Start by opening your photo in Photoshop. If you shot in RAW, you can edit the following steps in Camera Raw. If not, carry on! Create a new adjustment layer and select Curves. My photo...
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1 May

How To Edit Low-Light Photos In Lightroom

One of the first techniques we learn as photographers is how to expose an image. We practice finding the midtones of any given scene and adjusting our ISO, shutter speed and aperture to match. We pride ourselves on getting a perfect exposure on the first try, without any post processing adjustments. But sometimes, a perfectly exposed image isn't as perfect as it might seem. Especially if you're shooting outside when the sun is bright, a perfectly exposed picture can sometimes result in a loss of detail. The texture of clouds can get blown out, leaving you with a barren, bright white spot in your image where a beautiful and detailed sky used to be. Or worse, a portrait of someone with very pale skin can...
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18 Apr

Perfect Drone Images with Lightroom’s Histogram Tool

In this tutorial, we will show you how to maximize the Histogram tool located on the top right of your Lightroom screen to fully encapsulate your image's true potential. The histogram in essence tells you where your edits should be made when it comes to exposure, contrast, etc. It will outline where certain details are lost and how to recover them. We'll break down the tutorial into five categories: Clipping/Shadows Exposure Contrast Tones Luminance/Saturation Clipping/Shadows To check for clipping, we click the Show Shadow Clipping and Show Highlight Clipping triangular icons on the top left and right. In the photo below, we see a very small portion of red showing that there is no shadow clipping, but a little highlight clipping. Since it...
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