Speed up Lightroom for timelapse editing – Time Lapse Photography Article

In this article I will explain how you can speed up Lightroom for timelapse editing.With the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom a very frustrating and time consuming bug has crept into the software.The ‘copy/paste settings’ or ‘synchronise settings’ action now takes minutes instead of seconds.This article explores a different workflow to increase your efficiency when editing timelapse sequences.I realise that this technically isn’t speeding up Lightroom however I worded it that way for SEO purposes so that more people would…

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How to Simulate Long Exposure using Stacked Image Averaging – Photography Article

Silky water effects, streaked clouds, motion-smoothed with an ethereal look; long exposure photography seems to be in vogue as photographers discover the looks that can be created. There are multiple ways to achieve this. The most basic is to buy a standard neutral-density photography filter which cuts the light, allowing you to use long shutter speeds without overexposing your shot. You can achieve exposures minutes long, especially when using 10-stop ND filters like the Lee Big Stopper or even the 15-stop Super Stopper. I…

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Issue 53 of Lightroom Magazine Is Now Available – Photography Article

Posted By Chris Main on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Featured, KelbyOne, Lightroom Ecosystem, Lightroom Magazine, Photography | Issue 53 of Lightroom Magazine is now available for KelbyOne members on the KelbyOne site and the KelbyOne Mags app for iOS and Android.In this issue, Rick Sammon shares his favorite tips and tricks for capturing amazing horse photographs, plus a look at the latest Lightroom updates, making great beach shots, working with Develop presets, using Stack Modes and smart objects in Photoshop to create abstract art,…

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August 2019 Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and ACR Update – Photography Article

Posted By Rob Sylvan on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Featured, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Updates, New Features, News | The August 2019 update for Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw, and the cloud-based Lightroom has been released. Check the Creative Cloud application manager or the app store on your device for the update. With this release, Adobe continues to include performance related improvements as well as new features, new camera and lens support, and bug fixes. Let’s dive into…

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Adobe Updates Lightroom with GPU Accelerated Editing – Photography Article

Adobe has officially released their August Photography update for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, which is focused on “performance and improving your workflow.” The update adds several little improvements, but the most intriguing update is the addition of GPU Accelerated Editing. To say Adobe Lightroom Classic CC has been plagued by slow performance is an understatement. It’s a constant complaint from Lightroom users that has pushed many photographers to at least try alternatives like Capture One Pro. Major performance updates,…

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Global and Local Luminance Masking in Lightroom – Photography Article

I have often wanted to carry out global adjustments in Lightroom which target specific luminosity values in an image. Lately, I have discovered a way of achieving this. It is not as precise as, for instance, luminosity masking or blend-if masking in Photoshop, but yet it has the power to give an image that extra punch many of us are looking for in our editing.This is the straight-out-of-camera version of the image we will be working with, shot in July…

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$6,700 iMac Pro vs $5,700 PC – Photography Article

Pye Jirsa over at SLR Lounge recently published a Mac vs PC comparison that answers an important question for photographers: which is better for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, a powerful iMac Pro or an equivalent custom-built PC? It’s important to note that this is not a straight-up Mac vs PC “shootout” that takes every variable into account vis-a-vis operating system, upgradability, etc. It’s just meant to pit a very powerful Apple computer against a very powerful custom built PC and…

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Here’s How Your Histograms Should Look – Photography Article

One question I often get from my photography students is: “What the heck is that graph?” I often enjoy teaching photography even more than creating it, but explaining concepts like the histogram is one of the tougher parts of teaching photography. Perhaps this little graph has been haunting you for some time, popping up here and there in your camera or sitting quietly in the corner of your Lightroom workspace. Or you might already be familiar with the histogram, but…

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How Loupedeck+ Fixes Some of Lightrooms Biggest Failures – Photography Article

While Lightroom remains one of the most popular options for processing raw files, it is far from perfect. Thankfully, where Lightroom fails, the Loupedeck+ picks up the slack. I could easily list a handful of ways to improve Lightroom, but these fixes have been brought up over and over and Adobe has still not taken any action. So it’s easy to assume that fixes and updates are not going to be coming soon. Thankfully, some of the biggest features I…

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9 Single-Key Lightroom Shortcuts I Use Every Day – Photography Article

In all honesty, I only use single-key shortcuts as opposed to multi-key for the simple reason that I can’t remember much beyond a single keystroke. I thought about printing every shortcut and hanging it on my office wall for reference, but that would defeat the purpose of using shortcuts in the first place as I’d have to spend additional time scanning the printout to locate what I’m looking for. In the 12-minute video above, I discuss the 9 single key…

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The Problem With Presets | Fstoppers – Photography Article

Retouching is an essential part of the photography process. A photo does not get published without some finishing applied in post production. Automation tools such as presets and actions help speed up this process, but there is a danger in using them. This article discusses the problem with presets. I use automation tools everyday in my workflow. I have an action that converts my Profoto, 16 bit tiff file into three different file formats in different folders. I use actions…

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Editing with Lightroom Desktop (and a Book Giveaway!) – Photography Article

Posted By Rob Sylvan on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Cloud-based Lightroom, Develop, Featured, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Ecosystem, Lightroom Only | This post is following up from last week’s look at the cloud-based Lightroom desktop app. Today I want to explore the editing workflow to see how similar, yet different it is from Lightroom Classic. I’m also super excited to announce that the update to my Lightroom Classic for Dummies book is finally out! To celebrate I’ve got two copies…

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Why I Don’t Use Global Sliders in Lightroom – Photography Article

When you use Lightroom, do you edit globally or locally? Many (possibly most) people use the global editing sliders liberally when processing an image. But landscape photographer Thomas Heaton‘s most recent video makes a good case for using mostly local adjustments and leaving those global sliders alone. In a video released this past weekend, Heaton shows his viewers how his Lightroom workflow has slowly but surely evolved to include only two or three global adjustments in total. Instead, he recommends…

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Three More Things Capture One Can Do That Lightroom Can’t: Luma Curve, Sessions, and Process Recipes – Photography Article

This is the second in this series of posts highlighting some of the differentiators between Capture One and Lightroom. As with the first, if you’re reading this, the likelihood is that you are or were recently a Lightroom user and are curious about a better software solution with which to treat your images. “Better,” of course, is somewhat subjective overall, but less so with specific features, and though that quest to find the best software is not necessarily an easy one,…

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How to Edit Fireworks Photos Creatively – Photography Article

I hope you had a chance to read my previous article, “Eight Tips for Better Fireworks Photos” before going out to make your fireworks images and found that helpful.  If so, you should have some good shots to work with here.  If not, these techniques will still work for you if you have some other good fireworks photos.  Either way, let’s see if I can teach you how to do the basic editing on your fireworks images. Then, how to…

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Taking a Closer Look at the Cloud-based Lightroom for Desktop App – Photography Article

Posted By Rob Sylvan on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in Cloud-based Lightroom, Featured, Import, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Ecosystem, Lightroom Mobile | If you haven’t checked out the cloud-based version of Lightroom for Mac and Windows recently, it might be worth taking another look. Before going any further, you may want to read through my blog post on the May 2019 updates to Lightroom to better understand the most recent name change Adobe has made to its Lightroom family of applications…

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The Art of Portraits: Telling a Story with Gavin Hoey – Photography Article

When you move beyond the technique of capturing people with appropriate lighting, while maintaining a flattering expression and pose for the subject, what should you be adding or recreating in your imagery next? The development and implementation of a story is where I believe the value of a portrait moves beyond just its aesthetic. Gavin Hoey builds on a concept from the Great Depression with the gangsters of the time in a Bonnie and Clyde styled secret portrait challenge.  Hoey begins…

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Capture One Tips: Three Beginner Tips for a Faster and More Efficient Workflow – Photography Article

Capture One is one of those programs that, once learned, is hard to do without, but due to the common experience of learning post-processing software within an Adobe ecosystem, anything different like Capture One can appear less intuitive or more challenging, even if it isn’t.  If you’re reading this, the likelihood is that you’re a new Capture One user or someone who is considering becoming one and like most people are perhaps a little intimidated or overwhelmed at learning new software.…

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Five Things Capture One Can Do That Lightroom Can’t – Photography Article

If you’re reading this, the likelihood is that you are currently or were recently a Lightroom user and are looking for better software with which to treat your images. That quest to find the best software is not necessarily an easy one, but it is necessary. While you may change camera bodies, lenses, lights, locations, and styles, the one constant that touches all of your images is the software used to develop them.  Capture One is multifaceted image processing and asset management software.…

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Negative Lab Pro 2.0: C41 Scanning Heaven! – Photography Article

Scanning film has always been a bit of a pain. However, with time comes progress, and Nate over at Negative Lab Pro has been doing some awesome work, making scanning C-41 film using a DSLR or mirrorless easier than ever. However, using Negative Lab Pro with a flatbed scanner has always been a bit lacking. That just changed with Negative Lab Pro 2.0 and an unlikely partner: Vuescan. Now, I know I’ve been vocal about my distaste for Vuescan. I’m just not…

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Portfolio Editing Using Lightroom | Fstoppers – Photography Article

I worked as a travel photographer for 8 years. In this period, I shot hundreds of thousands of images. As this part of my career came to a close, I wanted to have a portfolio of images that represented eight years of commercial travel photography. In this article, I’ll share how I used Lightroom and the Creative Cloud to edit a large body of work into a portfolio. I had two motivations for taking on what turned out to be…

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Capture One Express: Straightforward, Powerful, and Free – Photography Article

What is Capture One Express? Simply put, it’s a totally free and simplified version of the Capture One editing software that still offers the same superior raw handling ability as the Pro version.  There are more versions of Capture One than many people realize, including Capture One Pro, brand-specific versions for Sony and Fujifilm, and Capture One Studio. Since the release of Capture One version 8, users have had the option to either purchase Capture One outright or use a…

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What Version of Lightroom Are You Using? – Photography Article

Posted By Rob Sylvan on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Featured, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom Only | Answering Lightroom Help Desk questions for KelbyOne has gotten more challenging since Adobe dropped the “CC” from the names of all Lightroom products last month. Just about every conversation I have with fellow Lightroom users involves a bit of back and forth out of the gate to ensure we are on the same page about which product they are using.…

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Stop Wasting Your Time and Start Using Lightroom Rating Systems – Photography Article

You use Lightroom to process batches of images because you know how important efficiency is. But if you’re not fully utilizing Lightroom’s available rating (and sorting) options, you’re not running as tight a ship as you could. We are often burdened and overwhelmed by the massive numbers of images that require sorting and editing — even from a single day of shooting. To make matters worse, clients can demand fast turnaround, leaving us up at all hours of the morning…

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Photoshop Versus Lightroom: Which Do You Need More? – Photography Article

“That’s been Photoshopped” is something you hear often but have you ever heard anyone say “that’s been Lightroomed”? Does your answer to that question tell you which form of software is better, or which you need more? Both Lightroom and Photoshop are part of the Adobe suite of editing tools and if you’re like me, you have access to both as part of your Creative Cloud subscription. However, some photographers out there might be looking at only using one. Is…

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Fstoppers Review: NIK Tools Are Back With More Features and a Lower Price – Photography Article

Many of us remember the debut of NIK Tools in 1995. They were a powerful set of plugins for Photoshop that did color adjustments, created lovely black and white images, and could sharpen images and lower noise in them. Just about every photographer I knew snapped them up at $500. Then, a mini-disaster struck. Google bought them out in September 2012, dropped the price to $150, and true to predictions, Google lost interest in them, offered them for free, but there…

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Fixing the Flat Light of a Midday Drone Photo – Aerial Photography Article

While driving across North America in the pickup truck full of drones, my partner Stacy Garlington and I remind ourselves that the journey is more important than the destination. We drive from city to city not to not simply to waste fuel, but to share our passion for drone photography with others. On the road, we use Google Maps to filter out the interstate highways. This forces us to travel the country roads and Main Streets of yesteryear. Creating drone…

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Nikon Z7: get Lightroom to support the Raw-Files! – Time.Lapse Photography Article

Nikon has introduced the new mirrorless Z7 camera, but of course Lightroom does not officially support importing, displaying and developing those raw files yet. Here’s how to get Lightroom to support the Nikon Z7’s raw files. Update (2018-10-09): If you set your Z7’s RAW file settings to 14bit Lossless compression, Lightroom CC Classic 7.5 will recognize your RAW files directly. Update 2 (2018-10-12): Adobe has just released their updated DNG Converter 11.0 which directly supports converting the Raw-files of the…

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