My 5 Favorite Lightroom Sliders

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

My 5 Favorite Lightroom Sliders

Lightroom is a mature, fully featured photo-processing app. It has tools bursting out at the seams, from lens corrections to color corrections and even camera styles and mode emulations. That doesn’t stop you from having some favorites though. These are the ones that I seem to use on every photo that I choose to edit. My five favorite Lightroom sliders So, here are my five favorite Lightroom sliders in no particular order. I’ll use two different photos to walk through but will give other examples as well. Here’s our two starting photos, both raw files that have been exported as JPEG with no settings applied. #1/2 – Shadows/Highlights My first two favorite sliders are used as a pair. The Shadows slider changes luminosity of the darker areas in the photo. The sliders in the Basic panel are all interactive and affect each other, so pushing the Shadows sliders to the right will also affect the darkest part of the photo typically controlled by the Blacks. Because of this, you’ll often need to bring the Blacks slider down a bit to compensate. The first photo with Highlights at -100 and Shadows at +100. Notice how it resembles HDR tone mapping. The Highlights slider affects the brighter parts of the image. I use this most often to bring back detail in these areas. A great trick for underexposed photos is to increase Exposure to brighten the photo, then bring down the Highlights slider to rescue lost highlight detail. Together the Shadow/Highlights pair act as tone mapping controls in Lightroom. By bringing Shadows to +100 and Highlights to -100, you can get a natural look faux HDR photo from a single photo. In fact, the Auto control in Lightroom’s HDR tool sets Shadows to +70 and Highlights to -100 most of the time, which isn’t too far off this cool look. The second photo with our faux HDR settings applied. I’ll generally apply this to any landscape or cityscape as a Lightroom Preset, and then refine it as needed. #3 – Clarity During the development of Lightroom, the Clarity slider was called Punch, which is a great way of describing what it does. Contrast work across the whole image. Clarity, on the other hand, tends to increase or decrease edge contrast on the tones that are neither the darkest nor lightest tones in the photo. Clarity slider set +43. Basic panel settings so far for photo number one. Pushing it to the right intelligently creates more punch in the image, without increasing contrast in the blacks and whites. Clarity +25 On portraits, Clarity is like a grit slider, bringing character to male portraits. Before and after Clarity +52 has been added to this male portrait (right). Moving Clarity to the left softens out those mid-tones. While I’ve seen other mention that it doesn’t affect the colors, I feel that it does add...

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35 Beautiful Fall Photos and Time-Lapse Video

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

35 Beautiful Fall Photos and Time-Lapse Video

With summer coming to an end, we welcome the Fall season with gorgeous transitioning colors, dancing leaves and spectacular photography. Here are 35 beautiful fall photos and an enjoyable time-lapse video. If you want to see more great photos of Autumn we have more here. You can check out Christopher O’Donnell’s tips on how to take great Fall photos here. Falling Autumn Leaves @borchee Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan @FilippoBacci Early morning autumn light near Killington, Vermont. @DenisTangneyJr Lonely tree in the fog @Thomas_Zsebok_Images Autumn leaves in girl hands @teksomolika Country Dirt Road With Autumn Foliage Of A Large Sugar Maple In Vermont, USA @Ron_Thomas View on the mountains with colorful larch trees in autumn @borchee Falling Autumn Leaves @Smileus Autumn on the South Shore Region of Massachusetts @DenisTangneyJr Peaceful landscape on a lake in Ontario Canada Algonquin Park @LeoPatrizi Man enjoying with his dog in a park in autumn day @MilosStankovic Autumn Reflection in Scenic Vermont @DenisTangneyJr Autumn Forest Illuminated by Sunbeams through Fog @AVTG A hiking day in Mont Tremblant National Park, Quebec, Canada @Claudia Prommegger Autumn road in the Quabbin Region of Massachusetts @DenisTangneyJr Autumn aspen tree forest in the San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado @Ron_Thomas Brillaint sunset and Mount Monadnock reflecting on a small pond @DenisTangneyJr Autumn sunset @standret Scenic road with Autumn colors @mrclark321 Autumn Path Along the Lake @borchee Trail through a mysterious dark old forest in Crimea. @den-belitsky Autumn Flowered Porch @klosfoto Path Through The Colorful Autumn Forest @borchee Autumn mountain with lake @marcduf Stream in the Forest at autumn @DieterMeyrl Beautiful mountain river in Ontario, Canada @Leonardo Patrizi Road winds through autumn forest, Slovakia @rusm Mt. Fuji in autumn @prasit_chansareekorn Panorama of Colorful Autumn Leaves on Wooden Background @jastrijebphoto Autumn on Cape Cod @DenisTangneyJr Yosemite Merced River el Capitan Panorama @uschools Forest in November @gilaxia Dawn at Maroon Bells With Autumn Aspen Trees and Maroon Lake @Ron_Thomas Waterfall at mountain river in autumn forest @den-belitsky Autumn Foliage Reflecting in a New England Pond @KenCanning Autumn in my Mountains from Gabriele Prato on Vimeo.        Share...

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Be Part Of A Photo Walk Honoring Bill Cunningham In NYC

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Be Part Of A Photo Walk Honoring Bill Cunningham In NYC

One man, Bill Cunningham, could possibly be considered the true denizen of the NYC fashion world. Perhaps no one loved the fashion of NYC more, and was as true an icon in his own right, as anyone could be. Today in New York, Bill is being honored with a photo walk that you can be part of. Bill’s passing early last year sparked an outpouring of emotion from the fashion and photography world, spawned a documentary by filmmaker Mark Bozek, The Times Of Bill (premiering next month), and shown that the man in the blue jacket could be gone but never forgotten. The photo walk is another way to remember and pay homage to the man, put on by someone who knew him well, Wendy Goodman or New York Magazine. The photo walk is open to the public and starts at the Apple Store in Williamsburg on 246 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. It’s a one mile walk led by Goodman, Bozek, and fashion photographer Max Vadukul and is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to shoot how Bill did, capturing the NYC street style with whatever camera you’ve got, even if it’s an iPhone. The catch it it hasn’t been broadly advertised and it starts at 4 today. However, there’s a screening of a clip of the documentary first, so if you arrive by 430 you should be able to do the whole walk, and even if not you can join along the way. It’s sure to be something quite special. Also, if you miss it, you can pay homage by visiting the corner of 57th Street and 5th Ave, that was renamed in his honor, and click away. [REWIND: Bill Cunningham | Iconic Photographer Gone at 87, More Enduring Than The Fashion He Photographed] Source: The Cut        Share...

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How to be Better Prepared for Your Next Photo Shoot

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How to be Better Prepared for Your Next Photo Shoot

Greater success with your event, street, travel or any other genre of photography can depend a lot on how prepared you are before you leave the house and how observant you are at the location you are making pictures. Here are some tips to help you be better prepared for your next photo shoot. A participant in the annual Chiang Mai Flower Parade enjoys having her photo taken. I’ve based this article on street and event photography so I can use my photos to illustrate specific situations. Planning Planning your photography session in advance can make it a much more rewarding experience. You don’t necessarily need to start making spreadsheets and contingency preparations if you’re going out to photograph a local farmers market or craft fair. But a little groundwork can make times you are out with your camera significantly more enjoyable. Having some prior knowledge of your subject, the location, and the type of activity that happens there (if any) will increase the opportunities you have to capture better photos. Even the way you dress and the footwear you choose can potentially have an influence on your photos. Certainly, the amount and type of camera equipment you choose to carry will have an effect on the outcome of your photography excursion. Girls talking before a parade starts. For example Performers rest prior to the start of a Chinese New Year parade. Before heading out to photograph the Chinese New Year Parade I checked so I knew the starting time, location, and the route it would take. I arrived at least an hour early for some behind the scenes moments when the morning light was rich. Some prior knowledge of the type of subjects and activity I would encounter enabled me to anticipate the flow of action. So I was able to capture the dragon as it moved through the streets and received cash gifts from locals in its mouth. A woman places money in the mouth of a Chinese New Year dragon during a street parade in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Prepare yourself too I was wearing a good pair of sports shoes as I knew I would need to run at times to keep ahead of the parade. With many parades and festivals in south east Asia, there are often few restrictions for photographers assertive and considerate enough to just go with the flow of things. I traveled light, without an abundance of camera gear. There’s always a choice between carrying more and having it weigh you down and making your movements more difficult and not having the right lens with you. I typically prefer to take two lenses so I have one on the camera and the other in a small belt bag. This way I am free to move and can often get closer to the action than if I was weighted down with a shoulder...

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A Free & Fast HEIC to JPEG File Converter From Beamr | Bookmark This One

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

A Free & Fast HEIC to JPEG File Converter From Beamr | Bookmark This One

Leave it to Apple to turn industries on their heads, making huge changes and expecting the world to follow along. With their newest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, released yesterday, images and video are getting a space-saving reboot in the form of High Efficiency Image Format files (.HEIC). As this file type is being thrust upon an ill-prepared world, the files will need to be converted to a commonly used file type for most uses outside of the iOS ecosystem, and what is more widely used than a JPEG? While iOS 11 will offer inbuilt solutions, there is a desktop option that JPEGmini users will appreciate, as well as those that have been eager to try out JPEGmini’s capabilities but have not made the purchase. That option is a website – http://heictojpg.com – where .HEIC images can be uploaded and will be converted for free using JPEGmini’s superb, quality-retaining compression. [REWIND:] JPEGMINI REDUCES FILE SIZE BY UP TO 5X WITH NO PERCEIVABLE REDUCTION IN QUALITY This is a great option for those who take their mobile photography seriously and don’t trust an automatic in-phone conversion to do right by their photographs. In a sense, JPEGmini and .HEIC are kind of made for each other. Each promises smaller files without compromising on image quality, and with heictojpg.com, the two work together to keep your files’ quality at its utmost while delivering a smaller footprint. For more in-depth information on .HEIC files as well as other important and noteworthy new features in iOS 11, hop over this post. What do you think? Are you eager for a new, more compact era in digital image files, or do you think Apple has made a blunder?        Share...

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Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop

There are several ways to change colors of objects in Photoshop, and plenty of different objects you may want to change: clothes, hair color, light color, furniture and so on. Nathaniel Dodson from Tutvid has created a fantastic video that shows you five techniques for changing the color of different objects. You can choose the […] The post Here are 5 ways to change the color of anything in Photoshop appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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