10 Hidden Lightroom Features That Can Change Your Editing Life

Sometimes we can use software for years without taking the time to dive deeper and unlock its full potential. Here’s a great 12-minute tutorial by photographer Jamie Windsor with 10 hidden Lightroom features that can help your editing and speed up your workflow. Even if you feel like a seasoned Lightroom user, there may be some tips and tricks among these 10 that can help improve your photo editing life. Here’s a quick rundown of the 10 things covered by Windsor: 1. Send clients an online preview (00:11)
2. Better tones with camera calibration (02:23)
3. Change preset strength/opacity (03:17)
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Why Bad Photographers Think They’re Good

Did you know that the worse you are at photography, the more likely it is that you think you’re great at it? It’s a cognitive bias in psychology called the Dunning–Kruger effect. Here’s an inspiring 9-minute video by photographer Jamie Windsor on how you can avoid falling into this common mental trap and actually become a better photographer. In their 1999 study, social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger found that people who have virtually no skill in something often rate themselves as near experts because they simply don’t understand how much they actually still have to learn. “If you’re
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How to Photograph Wildlife from Your Car

Wildlife photographer Chad Barry has captured many gorgeous, award-winning photos of various animals over the course of his career, but there’s one thing viewers probably never realize when looking at his work: a lot of the wildlife images were captured from inside a car. Barry made this 23-minute video sharing how you can do the same. “You can capture some amazing wildlife and bird photos without ever leaving your car,” Barry writes. “In this episode I discuss some of the equipment needed for wildlife photography and bird photography as well as take you out for a drive and photograph waterfowl,
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Why I Use Getty Images to Sell My Photos

By doing a quick calculation, my photos make up 0.002% of the still images available on GettyImages.com. Which means I have 1,600 photos for sale out of about 80,000,000.

How does it all work?

By using a third party like Getty Images to sell my photos, I’m giving up all negotiating power when it comes to how much a photo sells for and to whom. I also only get 20% of that sale. Why would anyone ever want to do this? Because Getty is the largest marketplace when it comes to buying and selling stock photos. You’ve got
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This ‘Secret Code’ Shows if Your Nikon Gear is Refurbished

If you’re ever buying a Nikon camera or lens and the seller tells you they purchased it brand new, there’s a very easy way to see at a glance whether it was actually factory refurbished. Simply glance at the serial number and look for a “secret code.” Photographer Paul Eichengrun writes that Nikon physically marks every piece of equipment that it refurbishes. If your lens, camera, or flash was previously returned to Nikon, examined, and then resold, then it will have two pin prick circular indentations on the sides of the serial number. Here’s what the pin pricks look
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10 Tips to Take Your Landscape Photos to the Next Level

My name is Albert Dros, and I’m a professional landscape photographer from the Netherlands. This article is both for beginners and advanced landscape photographers. I figured I’d list some tips to hopefully give you some inspiration and give you some new options to try out in your landscape photography. In the era of social media, I notice a lot of people just copy photos they see on Facebook or Instagram. This happens to me a lot. I always try to be creative and find ‘new’ angles myself. For some people, getting creative comes naturally, but others will need a bit
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How to Shoot a Landscape at Any Time of Day: Different Qualities of Light

If you’re not sure how to photograph a landscape, one primary factor you should consider is the current position of the sun in the sky. Here’s a fantastic 3.5-minute video by CreativeLive in which National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting shares tips on harnessing different kinds of sunlight. “The essential ingredient in any photograph is light,” Lanting says. “There’s different kinds of light to be aware of.” Here are the different types of natural light Lanting discusses:

How to Shoot Product Photos Using a $10 IKEA MELODI Lamp Shade

Lighting equipment can be expensive, but sometimes you can get great results using makeshift products that won’t put a dent in your wallet. Here’s a 15-minute video from Dustin Dolby of workphlo that looks at how you can shoot high-quality product photos using something as basic as an IKEA MELODI lampshade. This technique allows you to get “consistent materials and background colors” using a modifier that regularly costs just $10. It’s perfect for online storefronts, creating a uniform look between a variety of different products. With a product placed on a white table, the MELODI lampshade is placed over the
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Remove a Stuck Lens Filter by Tapping It Lightly With Your Finger

Here’s a strange photography hack that may sound stupid and unbelievable… but it can actually work: if you have a filter that’s hopelessly stuck to the front of your camera lens, try lightly tapping it with your finger. The Koldunov Brothers show how it’s done in the 1-minute video above. When a filter is frozen to your lens, you may naturally think that more force is what’s needed to free it. Even Canon recommends busting out a hammer and hacksaw for the most stubborn filters. It may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes what you actually need is some gentle coaxing. Try
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How to Recognize Good Light in Street Photography

Here’s an 11-minute video from photographer Sean Tucker that looks at how you can identify “good light” in street photography. As part of a series of videos, Tucker shows how he exposes and composes an image based on the light that is afforded to him. Living in London, UK, Tucker explains that there is plenty of steel and glass in the streets around him. This casts light in various forms and shapes around throughout the day, offering a variety of different textures and patterns. Tucker explains his thought process when looking at a particular scene, showing exactly what he’s looking
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What Should You Charge for Your Pro Photography?

Figuring out how much to charge clients is a struggle shared by many photographers, particularly if you’re trying live off the fruits of your craft. In this 30-minute episode of their Picture This Podcast, photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup spend half an hour discussing this topic and sharing advice. “It’s REALLY hard to decide what to charge for your professional photography business,” the Northrups write. “We dig deep into different portrait photography pricing models, discuss the benefits of both low and high price points, and show you how to calculate what you need to make a real living wage
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This Photographer Deleted His Social Media with 1.5 Million Followers

Professional landscape photographer Dave Morrow had thriving social media accounts with over 1.5 million followers. Last year, he decided to delete those accounts and give up his huge followings there. The decision changed his life and photography. You can hear his story and reflections on this in the 11-minute video above. Morrow spends 9 months out of each year living out of his van and traveling the wildness on foot for an “endless” photography trip. With a background in aerospace engineering, he’s constantly performing experiments on himself in order to optimize his life and work. In 2017, he had
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I’m Thinking About What Sara Said

I had the great privilege of tagging along with photographer Eric Kim for Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai back in 2014 and 2016. GPP is an annual event: the region’s biggest and only photography festival, bringing the world’s best photographers and instructors to Dubai to share their knowledge and experience with the professional and amateur photography community in the Middle East and Africa. I’ve been humbled to learn bits and pieces from an unbelievable roster of GPP teachers. Because Eric is one of the instructors and I’m his glorified help, I have had access to many of the instructors –
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Find Best Barcelona Spots Suggested by Locals

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Would you like to explore a city and skip most of the typical touristic places so you do not end up having paella in Las Ramblas for example? Would you be willing to waste your precious time going straight to Sagrada Familia without buying the tickets online in the right website if you could avoid it? 

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Where to Shoot Cherry Blossoms in Japan: A Practical Photo Guide

Japan goes into a frenzy each spring as millions of locals and tourists gather to catch a glimpse of the elusive cherry blossom. Simply known as sakura, the petals come and go like the wind, representing the ethereal beauty of life. Those who have visited this wonderful country will tell you all about their hospitality, culinary prowess, and ancient traditions, but the experience remains incomplete until you witness the cherry blossom with your own eyes.
Kyoto/Okazaki Canal – The calm water of the Okazaki Canal, reflecting the sun rising upon Kyoto’s Higashiyama with bursting sakura on both sides, is one
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7 Tips and Tricks for Nikon Cameras

Photographer Steve Perry‘s most popular video ever was his “7 Useful Camera Tricks for Nikon Shooters.” Now he’s back again with 7 more camera tricks that can help improve your shooting style and workflow. Here’s a rundown of the 7 tips (watch the video for more a closer look at each one):

Tip #1: Save Your Settings

Many Nikon cameras allow you to save your camera settings. There’s a “Save/Load Settings” option in the menu system. Save your main camera settings to your memory card and then load them again whenever needed (e.g. after sending in
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7 Simple Composition Tips to Improve Your Landscape Photos

Landscape photographer Nigel Danson made this helpful 20-minute video in which he shares 7 simple composition tips that you can use to instantly improve your landscape photos. “Composition is often the area of photography that people struggle with,” Danson writes. “So I have broken down how I go about composing an image into 7 simple areas. These simple tips and tricks will help you take better landscape photos and aim to demystify the art of composition.” Here’s a rundown of the 7 tips covered by Danson (watch the video to hear him elaborate on them while showing examples from
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How to Shoot and Edit Beer Can Photos

Here’s a 6-minute video from Andrew Mikhaylov that looks at how you can easily shoot beer can photos using 4 light sources for that signatory reflection on the can. First off, the most important thing is to make sure your beer can is completely straight from the point of view of your camera. If it’s not, this is really tricky to fix in post. Mikhaylov uses two sheets of white cardboard, held using grips on stands, to create highlights on the can. He then takes a test shot, continually tweaking the light source until he’s happy with the reflection he’s
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Wedding Photographer Posing Guide: Poses That Work

Do you often struggle when posing newlyweds, not knowing what to do next? Shooting under pressure, you then ask the couple to kiss while neglecting their body positioning, posture, hand movement and facial expression. The ingredients to a good portrait include: quality of light, composition, exposure and a flattering pose. To not properly pose your client is similar to missing a key ingredient in your meal. Something just doesn’t taste (look) right.
When glued together, you no longer see the facial elements (eyes, nose, lips). All you see is the back of someone’s head covering the other person’s face. Time
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