Thursday, 25 July 2013

Masterclasses for Processing & Editing Photos in Lightroom

Masterclasses for Processing & Editing Photos in Lightroom

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Masterclasses for Processing & Editing Photos in Lightroom

Posted: 24 Jul 2013 04:41 PM PDT

Final Reminder: Only 1 day left! in the deal on the new: Lightroom 4&5 Presets Bundle

In just a few short years, Adobe Lightroom has gone from being a new addition to the world of RAW image file converters to a powerhouse that has become the preferred catalog management and post-processing tool of an ever increasing number of photographers. In this video provided to us by B&H, an all-star panel consisting of Julieanne Kost, Katrin Eismann, and Scott Kelby walks you through how to use various new features (for those of you reading this by email, the masterclass videos can be seen here):

While the functions of Lightroom are spread across several modules, the two most important ones to master are the Library module (for sorting and classification) and the Develop module (for applying image edits). In this tutorial, photographer and educator Tim Grey takes us through Lightroom’s Develop module and presents a nice overview of how to utilize it to optimize any image:

More specifically, Tim shows us how to use the tools contained within the module to achieve the following:

  • Adjusting white balance to ensure accurate color
  • Achieving optimal tonal range and contrast
  • Maximizing detail and presence
  • Creating attractive black and white conversions
  • Employing creative effects using split toning
  • Cropping and rotation
  • Applying local adjustments
  • Sending images to Photoshop for additional optimizations

While the tutorial employs Lightroom 4, most of the teaching points are applicable to Lightroom 5 or to much earlier versions of Lightroom. The biggest difference lies in the tone controls which underwent a substantial overhaul from version 3 to version 4.

Here is yet another tutorial with more quick and useful tips to get the most out of the new Lightroom:

Although the first video has a minor audio issue, these masterclasses contain a huge amount of reference material that should prove ideal for beginners with little or no experience using Lightroom while still being very informative for even seasoned users to learn a trick or two.

New Lightroom Presets Deal Ending Soon:

Professional photographer James Brandon spent the last few years developing 80 presets included in this wide-ranging bundle designed for various photography genres and post-processing needs. We were able to arrange a 30% discount for our readers which expires in 1 day! Simply use the discount code picturecorrect at checkout.

Found here: Lightroom 4&5 Preset Bundle Deal

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Massive Walrus Naps on Submarine Hatch

Posted: 24 Jul 2013 02:43 PM PDT

Always bring a camera. These words of advice are repeated by photographers everywhere who know the best scenes always seem to unfold when you leave your camera at home.

In the case of today’s interesting photo of the day, the photographer and the person pictured seem to have been trapped above water, with plenty of time for picture-taking, while others may or may not be stuck inside the pictured vessel. As evidenced by the image, a walrus decided to take a siesta atop this Russian submarine. And its cozy bed just happened to be the submarine’s hatch. Were other crew members knocking at the door from below sea level? Either way, I’m sure this photographer was glad to have a camera:

walrus sleeping on submarine

Walrus Naps on Russian Submarine Hatch (Click to See Full Size, Imgur)

Surprisingly, what appears to be a rare event is actually a common occurrence. Opportunistic sea mammals taking breaks atop submarines seem to be the frequent subjects of photographs. Some of the comments from naval officers on this have been hilarious:

“I hate how there was always one of them that wouldn’t get the $*&% off when you needed to get to the MBT vents or something.”

“The mental picture of a bunch of submariners trying to shoo a sea-lion off their billion dollar doomsday vehicle to perform routine maintenance is quite amusing to me. :P”

“Well we’d normally have several back there, and you’d run at them swinging something, and they’d all clear off. But there’d almost always be one alpha one that just wouldn’t f’ing leave and someone would have to get more brave/creative.”

walrus on top of submarine

Walrus Rides on Top of Submarine

sea lions sit on submarine

Sea Lions Atop Submarine (Via Joe McNally)

So, next time you’re tempted to leave your camera behind, bring it with you. You just never know when opportunity will knock. Or perhaps when you’ll need to do some knocking…

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Headshot Portrait Lighting on a Budget

Posted: 24 Jul 2013 01:44 PM PDT

Chances are, no matter what your specialty is, you’ve been asked to photograph headshots. Professionals from many industries use these images to brand themselves or simply to introduce themselves to others. Headshots are also increasingly popular on social networks and dating sites.

Even if you don’t have a studio setup that seems conducive to headshots, you can seize these income opportunities by using equipment you already own. Pye of Lin and Jirsa shows how his studio makes use of its everyday gear to create Peter Hurley-style headshots (for those of you reading this by email, the video tutorial can be seen here):

The square lighting look that defines Hurley’s style consists of using four constant lights placed in a square configuration. The camera shoots right through the center of the setup. In the above video, the same look was captured using one light source along with three reflectors.

In this case, the main light source coming from directly above the subject was an Einstein with parabolic modifier, because it’s what this studio had handy. A strobe shot through an umbrella would work similarly–there’s no need to buy anything extra.

With the primary light source in place over the subject, the silver side of one Westcott 40-inch 5-in-1 reflector was placed to the right of the subject and another to the left. A third reflector, held by the model, filled in the face from below.


To add a bit of a kick, Pye placed an additional strobe behind the subject’s head. This light is optional, but it creates a pleasant halo of light that sets the model off from the background.

Using a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II lens, the photographer successfully shot the high-quality portraits that headshot clients are after:




If you have a strobe, an umbrella, and reflectors, you’re on your way to taking some impressive headshot portraits for potential clients. Don’t let your lack of specialized equipment stop you from stepping outside of your photography niche.

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Our Pale Blue Dot as Seen from Saturn

Posted: 24 Jul 2013 11:32 AM PDT

Typically, we like to photograph things up close. The closer we can get, the more detail we can capture and the more interesting the subject becomes. But there are times when you have to step back from your subject in order to gain a little perspective. In the case of this real photograph captured by NASA, they decided to step way back, over 898 million miles back. Even though their subject, the earth, appears only as a small blue dot, the image is stunning as it shows the earth in the same frame as Saturn and its rings:

earth saturn space photography nasa rings

“This is only the third time ever that Earth has been imaged from the outer solar system” (click to see larger size)

The Cassini orbiter, the craft that took this image, was constructed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is a division of the California Institute of Technology and is in charge of the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. In this photo, the Cassini orbiter appears to be very close to Saturn. In reality, it is about 753,000 miles away. Just to give you an idea of how large Saturn truly is, each pixel in this image covers 43 miles of the planet’s surface. Now that’s a large planet.

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