Lightroom Quick Tip: Adding Color Labels to Folders and Collections

This is one that might have snuck by you as it was added in a recent update — first for Folders and the for Collections, but it’s the ability to add a color label, which helps you quickly identify folders or collections. For example, any collections that I’m currently working on, I tag in Yellow, so they stand out. Here how’s to tag yours: Just right-click directly on the Collection Set, Collection (or Folder) and from the pop-up menu that appears, go under “Add Color Label to Collection” and choose your color, as shown above. That’s all there is to it. Hope you found that helpful. I’m at the airport on my way to Dallas… I’ve got my seminar in Arlington tomorrow, and then I’m shooting an air show in Ft. Worth on Friday. Looking forward to seeing everybody out there. Have a great Wednesday (and don’t forget to catch Erik on The Grid today at 4pm). 🙂 -Scott P.S. My seminar comes to Richmond, Virginia on Monday. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. Tickets here.

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Lightroom Classic Help Desk Roundup

I love my job answering Lightroom related questions for KelbyOne as it has allowed me to learn far more about the program than I ever would have just using it for my own photography. One of the big lesson’s I’ve learned from being exposed to so many different photographer’s workflows is that there are a lot of right ways to do things (meaning many roads can lead to the same destination) and a lot of things we all stumble over at some point. My hope in sharing these little roundups is that perhaps we can all learn from each other and avoid some of these common pitfalls. The Grid Icon is Missing The Toolbar that appears under the main workspace in each module contains a number of icons representing useful tools relative to the module you are in. Sometimes the Toolbar itself goes missing, but that’s as easy as pressing the T key to show it again or hide it to give more screen real estate to your photos. However, sometimes the Toolbar itself is showing, but that certain tool we’re looking for has gone missing. The first thing to remember is that depending on what module (and what view within the Library module) you are in, some tools just aren’t available, so switching modules may make the tool you are looking for available. For example, the Painter tool will only show in Grid view of the Library module, and not any other view. If you are in the right module and the tool you want is still not showing, click that white disclosure triangle at the far-right side of the Toolbar and click on all the tools you want to see (and hide any you don’t). The icons for the different Library module views are all included in View Modes. I Only See Raw Files and not the Associated JPGs This happens to a lot of people who are both new to Lightroom Classic and new to shooting in raw. A common (and useful) way to transition from shooting only JPG to shooting only raw is to set your camera to raw+JPG and have both options at your disposal until you are comfortable with editing raw. However, by default Lightroom Classic hides JPG files when they have the same file name as an accompanying raw file in the folder or memory card you are importing. This is an easy preference setting to overlook because why would you ever go looking for it? If you’d like to see the raw file and the JPG file side-by-side in Lightroom Classic, just head over to Lightroom Classic > Preferences > General (PC: look under the Edit menu for Preferences), and check the Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos box. From that point forward, you will see both file types on all subsequent imports. If you’ve already imported a folder full of both raw+JPG files, and you want to be able to see those JPGs too, then you just need to synchronize the folder to make the JPGs visible. Right-click the folder (in the Folders panel) containing the files, and choose Synchronize Folder from the contextual menu. You can opt to show the import dialog or not, and Lightroom Classic will import the JPGs as separate files. Repeat that process on any other folders containing previously imported raw+JPG files. Hope those little tips help you move forward without slowing down.

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Lightroom in 60-Seconds: Getting Rid of Bad Photos Fast!

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for another installment in my new video series called “Lightroom in 60-Seconds.” This one’s on tagging ‘Rejects’ (photos that are just plain bad, out of focus, or otherwise messed up) and making them all go away, really fast, and all at once. Here ‘tis: NOTE: I normally do this reject tagging as soon as I import the images into Lightroom (before I put any images of these images into a Collection or Collection set). So, when you delete them at this stage it deletes the actual image from both Lightroom and from your computer or hard drive as well. If you do this after you’ve put your images into a Collection, it will just remove the Rejected photos from your current Collection. A quick way to remove them permanently is to go to the Catalog panel and click on “All Photographs” then choose Delete Rejected Photos, and it will remove them from everywhere (LR, and your hard drive). Hope you found that helpful. Have a rockin’ Tuesday, everybody! -Scott

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How to Email or Text an Image from Lightroom Mobile

Here’s a question a friend texted me last week; he asked how he can email a photo from Lightroom mobile, so I thought I’d share the answer here today. Here goes: STEP ONE: Go to Lightroom on your mobile device and tap on the collection (errr, I mean ‘Album’ —  that’s what it’s called on mobile) that has the image you want to share to see the images inside that album (these are iPhone shots I took from went I took my son to see KISS and Def Leppard in concert. Really great show, and we had really good seats just by total luck). STEP TWO: Tap on the thumbnail of image you want to share and it shows up large on screen, and then up in the top right corner, tapthe Share button (shown circled above in red). STEP THREE: This brings up a list of options that are actually beyond just sharing (which makes it interesting that they chose the Share icon to represent things like Editing the image in a different app, or saving the image to your camera roll, but that’s for another day. For now, tap the “Share” button (shown circled in red above) again. (Yes, you have to tap Share twice: once on the previous screen and then once here on this screen). STEP FOUR: This brings up an image size dialog where you choose which size you want to share this image at — a smaller 2000+ pixel size (on the long edge), or the full resolution image. Tap on whichever you’d like. STEP FIVE: Once you choose your sharing size, up pops your phone’s choices for where you can share this image (text, email, dropbox, etc.). That’s all there is to it. Hope you found that helpful. Don’t forget tomorrow — my next “Lightroom in 60-Seconds” video tip. I started this new series last Tuesday, and now every Tuesday I’m posting one of these video tips. Hope you’ll stop by and check it out tomorrow. Today’s the last today to enter the Worldwide Photo Walk Photo Competition. If you participated in the annual Worldwide Photo Walk, today’s the deadline to enter the photo contest. We have some pretty incredible prizes this year (thanks to Canon and Adobe and B&H Photo and Platypod and Skylum and more), so go enter right now. Have a great Monday, everybody! -Scott P.S. I’m in Richmond on week from today with my new “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar, and this Thursday I’m in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, so come out and spend the day with me. We have hundreds of photographers already signed up, so don’t be the only one to miss out. Also, coming to Atlanta next month. Looking forward to seeing everybody. Tickets and info here.

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Moving Your Lightroom Classic Edits From Your Laptop to Your Home Computer

First, who won the Playpod Ultra from yesterday’s giveaway? Congratulations to John Wilkinson— you are our winner, and we’ll be contacting you directly to get your shipping info. Thanks to everybody who entered or left a kind comment. If you didn’t win, but want a Platypod, head over to their site and pick one up. Also, I just shared my favorite shots from my recent workshop in rural China Hope you’ll have a chance to check them out: here’s the link. And, if you participated in the Worldwide Photo Walk last week, Monday is the deadline to enter the photo contest The prizes this year are pretty amazing (including a Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera with a 24-105mm lens, and the Adobe Creative Suite, and a B&H Gift Card, a whole bunch more!). Even the finalist prizes are crazy good, so make sure you enter your best shot from the walk. Hey, ya never know, right? Now let’s hit that Laptop to Desktop Tutorial: If you travel with your laptop (like I do), you want to be able to sort and edit on that laptop, but then when you get back home, you want to have all those edits and sorting to somehow move those images and edits over to Lightroom on your main home computer. This process is way easier than you might think, and on Monday one of our readers here asked how it’s done since they were struggling with it, so today I’ll take you step-by-step through the process (again, much easier than you’d think). Here goes: STEP ONE: Once you’ve finished sorting and editing your images on your laptop, right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on your Collection or in my case, Collection Set and from the pop-up menu that appears, choose “Export this Collection Set as a Catalog” as shown above (of course, if you clicked on a Collection, rather than a Collection Set, it would read “Export this Collection as a Catalog” instead. If you work in Folders, rather than Collections, it would say “Export this Folder…”. STEP TWO: This brings up a dialog box asking you where you want to save this newly exported catalog. I would plug-in an external hard drive at this point and save this exported catalog to that hard drive. If you don’t have an external hard drive, you could save it to Dropbox or iCloud or a cloud-based storage service instead. At the bottom of the window are checkboxes for some options and the most important one being “Export negative files.” Turn that on! By turning on that checkbox, it includes a copy of your actual images, which is important — otherwise, all you’d be moving over to your home computer would be thumbnail previews. You want the RAW (or JPEG) files to be copied over to your home computer as well. Now click the Export Catalog button (as shown here). STEP THREE: Here’s a look inside the folder that was created when you exported that Collection Set as a Catalog. It’s the Preview file, the Catalog file itself, and a folder named “Pictures” with all the Images that were in that Collection Set you edited on your laptop. These are all saved to your external hard drive (or cloud service if you chose to go that route instead). STEP FOUR: Now eject that external hard drive from your laptop and plug it into your home computer (in my case, it’s an iMac). Then go under Lightroom’s File Menu and choose Import from Another Catalog (as shown here). STEP FIVE: This brings up a standard “open” dialog, so navigate your way to have that folder on your external hard drive with your exported catalog. Now choose that Catalog file (not the previews; not the Pictures folder; the one that ends with the file extension .lrcat), and open that catalog. That brings up the Import window and the important thing to do here is to go to the File Handling pop-up menu (seen above). Choose ‘Copy new photos to a new location and import’ then click the Choose button right below that and choose where you want these images from your laptop to be stored (in my case, they are photos from China so they’d go inside my Travel Folder on y Drobo. Now click the Import button and you’re done. Your images will copy to wherever you chose, and this Collection Set (or Collection or Folder depending on what you chose) will now appear in your Collections panel (or Folder panel), just as if you had created it there from the start, and all the sorting and editing you did on your laptop will still be intact. NOTE: If instead of a hard drive, you used Dropbox or iCloud or whatever; the process is the same; just choose to import the catalog from Dropbox or iCloud, etc., instead of from your External Hard Drive. UPDATE: Rudi left such a great comment this morning, that I wanted to add it to the post. He wrote: “And sometimes after you created the catalog for your desktop and for some reason you edited (or have to) again on your laptop you can can just make again a catalog with only the metadata and development settings so you can update your desktop catalog with any changes.” He’s spot on — you don’t have to copy the same photos over again — just that one time. From then on, you can turn off the “Export Negative Files” checkbox and just move the catalog and previews file. There ya have it. Basically, you’re just exporting a collection from your laptop and then reimporting it on your home computer, and it adds it there as if you created it there in the first place. I hope you found that helpful, and hopefully we’ll see ya back here on Monday as our Lightroom love-fest continues. 🙂 -Scott

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I’m Giving Away a Platypod Ultra Today!

Well, I’m picking the winner today, and announcing the winner here tomorrow. All you have to do is leave a comment below (you can just say hi, or whatever), and you’re entered. If you’re wondering “What’s a Platypod?” it’s an awesome camera support, like a tripod but without legs, so security guards don’t freak out when you use one (well, that’s one big benefit). It also allows you to easily put your camera in places where a tripod would fit, or if you just want a really interest low or high perspective. It’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum; it’s light and strong as heck, but it literally fits in your shirt pocket. These things have become a sensation, and I take mine everywhere! Anyway, I hope you win! This contest is open to everyone, everywhere (if you win, we’ll ship it wherever), so good luck to everybody! Leave a comment below and you’re entered. Hey, ya never know, right? Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll drop by back tomorrow — I’ve got a Lightroom tip and I’m hoping to post a link to my shots from my trip to rural China. Have a great Thursday, everybody! -Scott P.S. If you live in the Dallas area or Richmond, I’ll be there next week with My “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. Come out and spend the day with me. Tickets and info here.

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Print More Photos Continued

Following on from last week’s post where we gathered photos for printing, and potentially cropped them as needed, we’re ready to start printing. The Print Module Lightroom Classic’s Print module is built with a variety of different print jobs in mind. If you expand the Layout Style panel, you can see there are three different styles. Each style is intended for a different type of printing job. Single Image / Contact sheet is great when printing a single photo at a specific size (or a batch of photos at that size) or for printing a variety of different photos at all the same size on a page (think a grid of photo cells with the same dimensions, like a contact sheet). Picture Package is for printing the same photo at a variety of sizes (think a package of school photos containing a single pose at different sizes). Custom Package allows you to print any number of different photos at different sizes with a lot of customization in the layout (this can be useful for maximizing the space on a single sheet of paper, or for creating poster-like layout). When it comes to simply churning out the prints, my go-to style is Single Image / Contact sheet. This way I can configure the size of the paper I’m using, then create a layout of one or more photo cells, and send it off to my locally connected printer. My best advice for printing large amounts of photos at the same size is to use pre-cut paper at that size, so you don’t have to spend time cutting them out. If you do need to cut your prints, investing in a rolling trimmer will give you precision results. In my case I buy big packs of 4 x 6 paper to have on hand for these kinds of jobs. Lightroom Classic comes pre-loaded with a variety of print templates in the Template Browser. These templates can contain settings for everything from layout style to printer profile, and creating custom templates can be real timesavers. My advice is to skip the pre-loaded templates for now, and see how easy it is to start from scratch (clicking some of the pre-loaded templates can change your paper size, so be mindful of that). I also suggest starting by expanding the Guides panel and checking all of the boxes to enable all the visual indicators designed to help you with your layout. The Ruler is especially helpful to confirm the paper size matches your intention. Note, there is an option under the View menu to display an Info Overlay over the canvas area showing the paper size and printer, which I find useful to ensure nothing changes. Creating a Print Job Here’s how to set up to print a batch of 4 x 6’s (but the same steps would work for any print size): Step One: Choose the Single Image / Contact Sheet layout style. Step Two: Click the Page Setup button to access the printer driver. In the Page Setup dialog (PC: Print Setup), choose your printer, the paper size and the orientation of your print. This is where we encounter some operating system differences. On Mac, I can choose a 4 x 6 paper size that includes a borderless option. Click Ok to return to Lightroom. One PC, first choose the 4 x 6 paper size, then click the Source drop-down menu and choose the Borderless option (you can also find a Borderless checkbox under Properties, which seems to do the same). Click Ok to return to Lightroom Classic. If you don’t choose a borderless option you will not be able to zero out the margins back in Lightroom Classic. Lightroom Classic takes its orders from the settings you dial into the printer driver. Step Three: Expand the Image Settings panel and check the boxes for Zoom to Fill and Rotate to Fit. Even though we’ve cropped previously, I keep Zoom to Fill checked to ensure the photo fills the cell I create. Rotate to Fit allows me to include portrait and landscape oriented photos in the same batch, and ensure they are rotated to fit the cell correctly. Step Four: Expand the Layout panel, and zero out the margins. Set the Rows and Columns to 1, and set the cell size to 4in x 6in.   At this point you should see the first photo in your collection filling the page in the main area of the Print module. If you are unable to zero out the margins, make sure you’ve selected the borderless option back in Step Two. Note, it is worth setting the Use menu in the Toolbar to Selected Photos to ensure you only print the photos you manually select (as opposed to the entire Filmstrip). Step Five: Expand the Print Job panel, and set the Print Resolution (fine to leave it at the default, or enter a value of your choice). Print Sharpening is optional, but I default to Standard for most prints. Step Six: Choose your Color Management path. In a perfect world, choosing Managed by Printer or selecting a specific printer profile (to put Lightroom in charge of color management) should produce equally good results. However, your mileage may vary. My suggestion would be to give your printer a chance by leaving it set to Managed by Printer, and see how it does. If you like the result, then you are good to go. If you choose Managed by Printer in Lightroom Classic, then you have to ensure that color adjustment is ON in the printer driver. On my Epson printer, when Managed by Printer is on, my Color setting in the Print Settings (PC: Properties) dialog is active. The alternative is to choose the specific profile for your printer/paper combo via the Profile drop-down menu in the Print Job panel in Lightroom Classic. This puts Lightroom in charge of color management, and when this is the case the color adjustment setting in the printer driver […]

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I’m Launching a New Tuesday Series Today: Lightroom in 60-Seconds

Picking up where the awesome Benjamin Warde left off, I’m launching a new video tip series today I’m calling “Lightroom in 60-Seconds.” Just short, helpful little tips that make working in Lightroom faster and more fun. This new series will air here every Tuesday. Here’s the first one: Hope you found that helpful. I’ve got a pretty cool Webcast planned for today This afternoon I’m doing a live Webcast about my trip to China and the challenges of travel photography, gear choices, shooting in remote locations, and more (including some post processing). It’s at 2:00 PM ET tomorrow – if you’re a KelbyOne member; come join us – I’ll be taking your questions and comments live on the air. Have a great, Lightroom tippy Tuesday! 🙂 Cheers, -Scott

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Three Reasons Why I Don’t Organize My Photos By Date in Lightroom

After I shared the basics of my organizational workflow in Lightroom last Friday, I had a question in the comments section that I thought I might answer today. The question was: “I’m still old-fashioned – I use folders that have file name with the date and description of whatever I’m shooting. Do you ever have trouble finding anything? I think I’d go bonkers if I didn’t use a date system!” I don’t organize by date for three main reasons: I actually used to organize by date when I first started using Lightroom, but organizing by date requires you to remember, to some extent, when you shot all your photos. I have 12 years of photos in Lightroom — I can’t remember whether I went to Spain in 2011 or 2012. I can’t remember if it was April, or May or June. It relies too much on my memory, and I spent a lot of time searching through folders and finding out I was searching in the wrong one. When I organize by name, finding my photos is so simple. When I want to find my trip to Spain, I go under Travel and there it is; Spain. If I’ve been to Spain more than once, I would name the 2nd one with something that might separate it from the first trip. For example, my first trip would be named “Spain.” The 2nd trip might be “Spain with the kids” (see above). A third might be “Spain” (third trip)” or even “Spain 2017” but either way: when I look in my Travel Collection Set, I would easily find all three Spain trips in order alphabetically. Easy peasy. I don’t count on my memory to find my Spain trip; just simple organization using plain-English descriptive names. When I was shooting football, I would organize by Season at the Collection Set top level, so I would have a Collection Set named “Football” and then inside of that I’d have 2014, 2015 and so on, but inside of each of those Collection Sets, there would be no dates. Just Bucs vs. Raiders, Cowboys vs. Eagles, and so on. The 2nd reason might be even more compelling 2. I don’t have to organize by date, because Lightroom is already doing it for me, automatically behind the scenes, so if I ever want to organize my photos by date…well…they already are. So, me naming everything by date is redundant to what Lightroom is already doing for me. Here’s how to see your images sorted by date. STEP ONE: To see your images sorted by date (and even by the day of the week), start by going to the Catalog panel and click on ‘All Photographs” (as shown above) so you’re viewing your entire catalog. STEP TWO: Next, go to the Library Module; press the Backslash key ( \ ) which brings up the Library filter. The first column shows Date and there they all — every image in your entire library, sorted by year, month, day, and even day of the week. This is all happening automatically without any input from me. Actually, maybe the third reason… The third reason is that with my collection sets, collections and even the files themselves named with simple descriptive names, I don’t have to do any keywording. None. Zero. I don’t do any keywording whatsover and I can find the images I want in just seconds. I got a whole segment of my life back when I stopped keywording and I haven’t looked back. Hope that helps. Note: There’s no reason to be defensive in the comments if you organize by date — if you feel it’s working for you, and you’re happy with it; there’s no reason for you to change. I’m just showing you how I organize my images using descriptive names, and the reasons why I do. It may not be right for you, especially if you’re a loser. (Oh come on, that was pretty funny, right?). Just kidding (of course). Have a great week everybody! -Scott P.S. Speaking of Dallas (well, I did mention the Cowboys), I’ll be right next to the Cowboys stadium in Arlington in just a few weeks for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar. Nearly 200 photographers are already signed up — come on out and spend the day with me. Tickets and more details here.

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How I Organize & Sort My Images in Lightroom

Hi, Gang. I’m back from my photography workshop China (what an incredible time we had), and while I was there, one thing I was asked about a lot by the student was basic organization. So, today I thought I’d go through the basics of how I organize my images in Lightroom when I’m traveling on the road. This simple organization scheme works for either Lightroom Classic or Lightroom (cloud version); it just that some of the names for the same things are different (don’t get me started), but I’ll tell you when they differ and what they’re called in each. Here we go: STEP ONE: My first step is to import the images from my SD card to my external hard drive (I don’t store my images on my laptop — it’ll run out of space before you know it, so I carry a very small 500-GB Samsung Portable SSD drive with me on the road – that’s it above). It’s super lightweight and super fast. I love it! $89.99 at B&H Photo. STEP TWO: Once the images are imported into Lightroom, I go to the Collection Panel and from the pop-up menu in the top right corner of the panel, I choose “Create Collection Set” as seen above. [Note: in the Lightroom cloud version you would choose “New Folder” instead, but they are the same thing]. When the dialog appears, I give this new Collection Set a very descriptive name (in this case “China Workshop Trip” and click OK. At this point, you’ve kind of just created an empty holder — there’s nothing in it yet. STEP THREE: You’ll see the images that you just imported in the thumbnail grid of the Library. Select all of these images by pressing Command-A (PC: Ctrl-A), then go back to the Collection panel; click the little plus-sign icon on the top right, but this time choose ‘New Collection’ from the pop-out menu (in Lightroom for cloud, you would choose “New Album” instead). When the New Collection dialog appears, name this new collection “Full Shoot” (as seen here). Make sure the “Include Selected Photos” checkbox is checked (so all the images you just selected will be included in this new collection), and where it says ‘Location,’ turn on the Checkbox for ‘Inside a Collection Set’ then choose the Collection Set you created in the previous step (in my case, it would be “China Workshop Trip.” Click OK, and this Full Shoot collection will now appear inside your “China Workshop Trip” Collection Set (so, it’s a nested collection inside your main Collection Set). STEP FOUR: Now I go through and mark any images that are keepers (ones that are decent enough that I might want to edit them, work on them, etc., but at this point, I’m just quickly going through and looking for one that I think have a chance). I double-click on the first thumbnail so I can see it larger, then I press Shift-Tab to hide all the panel so my image is large on-screen, and there’s nothing else on-screen to distract me during my selection process. If I see a “keeper” I press the letter ‘P’ on my keyboard to mark it as a ‘Pick.’ If it’s not a keeper (a Pick), then I don’t do anything; I just press the right arrow on my keyboard to move to the next image. If I make a mistake (I mark one as a Pick, but then I change my mind), I press the letter ‘U’ on my keyboard to “un-pick-it.” STEP FIVE: Once I’ve quickly gone through the entire shoot, I press Shift-Tab again to bring back all the panels. Next, I go to the Filter menu that appears above the top right of the Filmstrip at the bottom and I click TWICE on the first tiny flag that appears there (the Pick flag filter). NOTE: if you don’t see three flags, and some stars, and color labels; they filters are hidden, so on the far right side of the Filmstrip, click directly on the word “Filter:” the those icons will pop out into place. When you click the leftmost flat (the white pick flag) it turns on the filter so only images you ‘Picked’ (your keepers) are now visible. STEP SIX: Press Command-A (PC: Ctrl-A) to select all your Picks, and then press Command-N on Mac (Ctrl-N on a Windows PC) as this is the keyboard shortcut for creating a New Collection (or New Album on the cloud version). When the New Collection dialog appears, name this new Collection ‘Picks’ and by default, it will save this new collection into your China Workshop Trip Collection set (pretty handy, eh?). So, now you have a Collection Set and inside are two Collections: ‘Full Shoot,’ and ‘Picks.’ STEP SEVEN: Now carefully go through these images (do the technique from earlier where you hide all the panels to see them larger) and when you come across a really good shot — one you think is worth cropping and editing and all that stuff; press the number 5 on your keyboard to mark it as a 5-star image. You’ll see it say “Set rating to 5” right onscreen when you press that number 5. STEP EIGHT: When you’re done picking your “best of the best” shots from your shoot; go back to the top right of the Filmstrip down bottom and turn on the 5-star filter (highlight all five stars) and now in your Picks Collection, all that you will see are your Picks that marked as 5-stars. These are images you’re going to edit and work on to create final images. Press Command-A (PC: Ctrl-A) to select all your 5-star photos, and then press Command-N on Mac (Ctrl-N on a Windows PC) to create a New Collection of nothing but these 5-star images. When the dialog appears, name this collection ‘Selects’ (as seen here), and it will automatically be saved into your China Workshop Trip’ Collection Set. You should now have three Collections […]

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Three Tips to Blur Water

Here Jason shares three tips to blur water in your composition

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The Exposure Triangle – A Primer

When we look at the elements of composition, the three that everyone constantly considers are shutter speed, aperture settings and ISO (or ASA in the old days of film). These three factors make up something called the Exposure Triangle. Readers of…

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The Smart Phone Versus the SLR?

Lately the internet has been teeming with people fixating on the latest iPhone release, and questions are coming through the woodwork asking the same question over and over. Everyone thinks they are coming up with an original question, just because…

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Pano Testing

A while back I was doing some testing of new software for displaying larger panoramas on the blog here and came across a site called Momento360. Has anyone heard of this company before? I bet there are some truly spectacular…

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Finding Clients…

I don’t often use the blog as a venue for talking about photography business, but recently many colleagues have asked me about how I approach things here, in terms of finding sponsors for contests, giveaways, workshops, and all the content…

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5 Tips for Better Pano Photography

With Apple and Android phones, the ability to take panorama photographs has really changed the landscape (if you’ll pardon the pun 🙂 ) for still photography in this genre. You can get some truly stunning results without the need to…

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How to Hold Your Phone Camera

How you hold your camera is so important, yet so many of us take our camera grip for granted, assuming that we will naturally hold it in the most stable way available.  For some, it does come naturally, but for…

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How to Hold Your P&S Camera

After last week’s picture presentation of how to hold your SLR camera got such an incredible response, many people chimed in via email, asking if I could do a piece on how to hold your Point-and-Shoot camera.  While it’s not hugely different,…

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How to Hold your Camera – The SLR

A while back I was up at Maroon Bells in Colorado, anticipating the peak of the fall colors.  The lake there at the base of the Maroon Bells has become quite an idyllic scene for photographers of all levels to…

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In Loving Memory

5/4/2013 was a sad day…after 12 years together, our family dog Maggie had reached a point where her body is just not able to sustain her anymore. Over the last 9 months we have seen her deteriorate slowly. Her Lab…

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