Speed Up Photo Viewing in Lightroom with 1:1 Previews

Ask any photographer their least-favorite thing about Adobe Lightroom, and they will most likely tell you it’s the application’s speed. There are a few tricks to help optimize the responsiveness of Lightroom, and this minute-long Lightroom coffee break video focuses on generating 1:1 previews. This is one you may know already, but if you don’t, it can drastically improve your experience when flicking through your catalog. By generating 1:1 previews when you import your photos, Lightroom will do the legwork up-front to create full-resolution previews of your imported images instead of loading them only when you view the image. Lightroom’s
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Harnessing the Power of Auto-Stacking in Lightroom

Auto-stacking in Lightroom can quickly organize a huge set of images in to more manageable ‘stacks’, which are small groups of images grouped according to their capture time. This 6-minute video from photographer Anthony Morganti shows how you can use the feature to speed up your workflow. Auto-stacking is especially useful when you are taking burst images, like Morganti in his wildlife photography example. Normally this will result in a huge grid or filmstrip of near-identical images, which is difficult to deal with. By stacking them, you can reduce the size of the grid and quickly see which images were
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Why to Shoot 2,300 Photos Even if You Only Need 3

What’s the point in shooting thousands of frames when your client only wants a few? In this 10-minute video from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan shares his entire process during a shoot and why he takes thousands of different shots. If you’ve been commissioned on a shoot, it’s unlikely that your client wants to publish the thousands of images you may take. But by doing so you provide ample choice for the perfect shot that correctly fits their taste and style. During a product shoot with a case used for transporting fishing equipment, Morgan shot 2,300 photos for
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4 Common Photo Composition Errors and How to Fix Them

When it comes to composition “rules”, it’s important to understand the concepts so that you have them in the back of your mind while shooting. You’re not going to jail if you break them, but you will likely end up with a better image if you follow them! This 6-minute video from photographer Evan Ranft runs through 4 common composition mistakes that photographers make, and how to avoid them. Ranft has created before and after images to go along with his tips so that you can see the impact that the mistakes have on the image. The 4 mistakes
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Why Every Photographer Should Own a Macro ‘Swiss Army’ Lens

The biggest misconception with macro lenses is in the name, photographer Peter McKinnon says. In this 3-minute video, he explains why a macro lens should be in every photographer’s kit bag. The thing is, macro lenses aren’t just for macro photography. They definitely excel at that use case, and McKinnon recommends that everyone shoots at least one snowflake with a macro lens, but they are useful for so much more. McKinnon uses the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM and the non-IS non-L version, which is significantly cheaper ($899 vs $599, respectively). While macro lenses can be a
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4 Lessons in Creativity for Photographers

Creativity in any discipline is about finding new and original ideas. When they strike, creative thoughts seem to appear out of nowhere — light bulb moments. Sometimes it seems like creativity is something intangible that we can’t control. But are there ways you can nurture your own creativity? How can we better create the conditions for those moments of inspiration to strike? In her 17-minute TED talk above, radio host Julie Burstein, an expert in creative thought, offers insight into how creativity grows out of everyday experiences. Her stories revolve around various creative disciplines, but her key four ‘lessons’ are
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A Look at How HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Lights Black Actors so Well

Here’s a 2-minute video that offers a look at how the HBO series ‘Insecure’ makes its black actors look so good on camera. What is it that makes everyone “pop” so much on screen? “When I was in film school, no one ever talked about lighting nonwhite people,” Insecure’s Director of Photography, Ava Berkofsky, tells Mic. “There are all these general rules about lighting people of color, like throw green light or amber light at them. It’s weird. “The way I approach dark skin tone technically is all about the skin [being] reflective. I make sure the make-up artist uses
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Using LAB Color in Photoshop to Add Color and Punch to Photos

The LAB color space is particularly useful for boosting colors and definition in images due to the way it handles colors when compared to RGB and CMYK. Rather than describing how colors should appear on a screen or in print, LAB is designed to approximate human vision. Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE shows in this video how this color space can be utilized in Photoshop to easily improve your images. LAB splits the colors of your image in to 3 channels: Lightness, and A and B for the red-green axis and blue-yellow axis respectively. These channels can be targeted in
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Using LAB Color in Photoshop to Add Color and Punch to Photos

The LAB color space is particularly useful for boosting colors and definition in images due to the way it handles colors when compared to RGB and CMYK. Rather than describing how colors should appear on a screen or in print, LAB is designed to approximate human vision. Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE shows in this video how this color space can be utilized in Photoshop to easily improve your images. LAB splits the colors of your image in to 3 channels: Lightness, and A and B for the red-green axis and blue-yellow axis respectively. These channels can be targeted in
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Using LAB Color in Photoshop to Add Color and Punch to Photos

The LAB color space is particularly useful for boosting colors and definition in images due to the way it handles colors when compared to RGB and CMYK. Rather than describing how colors should appear on a screen or in print, LAB is designed to approximate human vision. Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE shows in this video how this color space can be utilized in Photoshop to easily improve your images. LAB splits the colors of your image in to 3 channels: Lightness, and A and B for the red-green axis and blue-yellow axis respectively. These channels can be targeted in
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I Shot a Hurricane Irma Photo That Went Viral, and I Wasn’t Paid a Dime

My name is Michael Sechler, and I’m a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. I recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… and I wasn’t paid a dime. Here’s why. Firstly, I’d like to say that although I am not a professional photographer, I am definitely an enthusiast and somewhat familiar with things like usage rights. A few days ago, a few friends and I were doing some last minute preparations for Hurricane Irma. While we were out, we noticed some objects out in the bay where the
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5 Dos and Don’ts When Shooting With Models

Photographing a human subject successfully has a lot to do with making a connection, making sure your model is feeling comfortable, and being respectful. In this 10-minute video, photographer Manny Ortiz teams up with his wife Diana (who is a model herself) to talk about the do’s and don’ts of working with models.

The 5 Dos

Here are Manny’s 5 tips on what you should be doing when you’re working with a model: 1. Give Positive Feedback Your attitude is going to be reflected in your model, so remember to give positive feedback even if things aren’t going well for
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What I’ve Learned from Shooting at Night on the Alps

The night has fallen. I am alone, on top of a mountain, at an altitude of 3,000 meters (~1.86miles). Fog is floating along through the valleys below, illuminated by the pale light of the moon. For a moment I feel like I’ve landed on a distant planet, lost in space. It’s a privilege to be here, a refreshment of the soul. Now, in total silence, far from everything, I can start thinking about taking some photos. The above is a common scenario for night time photo sessions of mine. I’ve practiced night photography for years now, and I can
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How to Use a Bathroom as a Softbox For Beautifully Lit Portraits

Need to take portraits and don’t have access to a lighting kit? No worries – this 4-minute video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens will show you how you can turn a bathroom – or any room for that matter – into a softbox to create beautiful soft light. As Morgan explains, a softbox is essentially just a way to diffuse light coming through a controlled opening in order to reduce harsh shadowing. A typical softbox would be attached to a powered light source, but a window opening can do the job in a pinch. Morgan sets up
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10 Tips On Using Extreme Wide Angle Lenses for Landscape Photography

As a landscape photographer, I love extreme wide angle lenses. I use my 16-35mm for 90% of my photos and I mostly use it at 16mm. When I give lectures about photography, I often hear people saying they have trouble with using extreme wide angle uses just because they are “so wide”. But these lenses require a different approach than your kit lens to get the most out of them. Here are 10 tips on how to use/start using an extreme wide angle lens for landscape photography:

#1. Observe Through the Camera

When first starting out with wide angle lenses,
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How to Add Creative Lighting to Plain Backdrops Using a DIY Cucoloris

This short 2-minute video from photographer Svitlana Vronska demonstrates some clever lighting tricks you can use to add some creative flair to your images with an otherwise uninteresting backdrop. The budget setup makes use of lighting gear, some black and white board from a dollar store, and an X-Acto knife to create some interesting shadow patterns.
Svitlana mimics light flowing through blinds by cutting strips out of the board and positioning it in front of her lighting setup, allowing shadows to be cast across her model. This type of device is called a cucoloris. Even if you don’t have a
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How Landscape Photographer Thomas Heaton Packs for an Overnight Trip

Are you planning an outdoor landscape photo adventure? This video from landscape photographer Thomas Heaton will give you some ideas on how to optimize your pack. It’s a 12-minute look through the gear he’s settled on for his camping photo trips. As any landscape photographer knows, the gear you bring with you and what you choose to leave behind can make a big difference to your both your success and your enjoyment of your time spent outdoors. Heaton has spent plenty of time in the outdoors and experienced plenty of success, so he must be getting something right. Apart from
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3 Lightroom Tricks That Will Change How You Edit Photos

Lightroom is a fairly straightforward and simple piece of software to get your head around. But, like anything, there are always shortcuts and tricks you can use to improve and streamline your workflow. In this 6-minute video from Travis Transient, try out these 3 top tips for making Lightroom life flow more smoothly. Here’s a quick rundown of the tricks discussed (watch the video above to see how they’re done and what they do):

1. Accurate Brush Strokes

Masking and selecting areas using Lightroom’s brush tools can be a little tricky to get absolutely perfect over edges. But just
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Tips for Shooting Mountaineering at High Altitudes

I recently dipped my toe for the first time in the world of alpinism, also known as mountaineering. I took part in a course teaching basic alpinism skills, and at the same time shot photos of the course for Mountain Network, the agency that organized it. I’d prepared for this assignment by reading up on how to shoot photos in this unique environment. Some of the tips I’d found on the Internet came in handy, but I also learned some things I hadn’t read about before, which I thought I’d share here.

Be Fit as Hell

Climbing mountains is
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How to Easily Turn Your Signature into a Photo Watermark in Photoshop

Here’s a simple way to create a digital watermark using your signature that you can use as a Photoshop brush. This 5-minute video from Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE shows you the steps needed using just a paper, pencil, and a smartphone. To write your signature, Colin recommends using a nice soft pencil to create thick lines with texture. You’ll need a clean white piece of paper to write on, which will make the signature easier to extract in Photoshop. Next, you’ll need to take a photo or scan of the signature. A smartphone works fine for this purpose, but if
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