If you’re looking to hone your Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile skills, Adobe has launched a new series of bite-sized video tutorials that you might be interested in. The series is called “In a Lightroom Minute,” and it’s made up of 60-second (give or take) tutorials that cover a wide variety of topics.
Those of you familiar with Adobe’s YouTube channels probably recognize this concept. The company has done this before with the Lightroom Coffee Break series and, more recently, with the Photoshop Magic Minute series. In a Lightroom Minute follows in the same vein, sharing helpful tips
When you’re very early in your photography career, getting an agent will seem like a mysterious process. Many photographers feel that signing with an agent will offer the key to their fortunes. When they do sign, some photographers will feel they have finally made it.
Of course, everyone wants to be in a situation where they are offered bigger and better jobs, but I would suggest agents should be seen as a by-product of success rather than the key to it.
Do I really need an agent?
Many photographers think they need an agent way before they actually do. You
In Summer of 2019, while working with Elbow in Manchester, concert photographer Peter Neill had an idea. He decided to try and stitch an epic panorama… with a twist. Instead of using a wide-angle, he would use an 85mm f/1.4 and capture a pano of the stage and the crowd, but with a shallow depth of field.
Typically, when you set about shooting a panorama like this, you’re working with three or four shots captured at a relatively wide focal length. That makes the stitching easier, since there are fewer “seams” to deal with, but it lacks that shallow
Photographer and YouTuber Julia Trotti has put together a helpful tutorial that’ll help you capture more natural looking portraits. In this short BTS video, she shares some of the common posing ‘prompts’ she uses with her subjects to capture a variety of different looks in each session.
Like most good posing tutorials we’ve seen, Trotti’s advice isn’t about researching specific poses and trying to get your model to recreate them. Unless you’re working with a professional fashion model, this will almost always lead to stiff and unnatural looking shots.
Instead, Trotti uses various prompts to create natural movement and (quite
Photographer Demas Rusli has created a helpful tutorial that’ll benefit beginners and pros alike. In just a few minutes, he shows you how to straighten even extremely mis-aligned photos perfectly using both Lightroom and Photoshop.
The video was inspired by Rusli’s background as an architect. He’s been working as an architect for 5 years, and studied architecture for 5 years before that, so after 10 years, vertical and horizontal balance is extremely important to him. Let’s just say he’s no fan of the Dutch angle in his photography.
In this tutorial, Rusli covers two different methods.
Over time, Lightroom may become slow to render thumbnails and scroll through images. Rebuilding all previews may significantly improve performance. It may also significantly reduce the size of your Lightroom catalog. Rebuilding previews also serves as a file integrity check. So what are you waiting for?
Previews in Lightroom are JPEG files that are used for thumbnail viewing. They can also be used for full-size viewing, particularly for offline media. Lightroom makes several (or more) of these previews for each image.
The previews are the largest component of Lightroom catalogs. And while Lightroom tries to manage them cleanly, that’s
The spot removal tool in Lightroom is a fast and simple method to touch up a photo and cleanup imperfections. While not as accurate or full-featured as the various touchup tools in Photoshop, sometimes you only need a simple and fast way to perform a touchup directly from Lightroom.
Using the tool is straightforward. You click on the small brush icon and then will be offered a choice of either Clone or Heal. In most cases, the Heal choice will yield the best results for fast touchup of blemishes. You can also set your Size, Feather, and Opacity preferences.
I look at hundreds of photographs everyday and I’ve noticed that how people take photos is in direct correlation to how they live their day to day lives. This may not sound like a startlingly profound fact but, put simply: your personality can create the biggest barrier to achieving interesting and unique photographs.
It’s not your kit, and it’s not your ability to capture perfect focus. It’s who you are and how you live that you need to examine.
The FTP transfer feature in the Sony α7 Mark III (and other newer Alpha models) doesn’t usually get a lot of attention. Sure, with all the modern technologies and apps, it’s easy to overlook this humble feature. But when it comes to transferring RAW and JPEG files, FTP can really hold its own.
In fact, it has several important advantages:
FTP is a mature, reliable, and well-supported technology.
You can use FTP to transfer photos to a local machine as well as a remote server. And since Sony α7 Mark III supports multiple FTP profiles, you can transfer photos to
The folks over at COOPH have released a “Best of DIY Smartphone Rigs” video that covers some truly wacky ideas. From a DIY ‘gimbal’ to a scary looking spinning rig, there are at least a few ideas here you definitely haven’t tried yet.
The video describes six creations in all, each showing various levels of ingenuity (or is it insanity) to create a variety of janky stabilizers and motion control rigs for the smartphone shooter on a budget. Whatever you think of the usefulness of these ideas, you have to give COOPH points for creativity.
As an amateur landscape photographer, opportunities to visit epic locations such as Lofoten, Iceland, or the Scottish highlands are limited. When an opportunity for travel arises, an overly ambitious plan is often drafted in an effort to squeeze every last drop of potential from the trip.
While it’s tempting to shoot as many locations as time allows, this approach yields less in terms of both image-making and enjoyment. It results in end-of-day exhaustion that builds over the period of the trip. Creativity and exhaustion are not easy bedfellows.
My first tip is to make a list of desired locations, prioritize
The filmmakers over at Threefold have created a DIY battery charging board with a very useful twist: it’s portable. And in the video above, they break down exactly how you can build your own version to suit your on-the-go creative needs.
This definitely isn’t the first DIY battery charging board we’ve featured on PetaPixel, but most of the builds we’ve seen in the past are meant to sit permanently in your home studio. The difference with Threefold’s board is that it was built to follow them along from shoot to shoot.
Expert wildlife photographer Steve Perry has created an excellent “crash course” in Bird in Flight photography that he’s sharing for free with all of us. The video covers 10 techniques/tips that “will give you all the basics you need to start filling your memory card with wall-hangers.”
We won’t dive into the specifics here, mostly because he covers a lot in just 18 minutes of rapid-fire delivery, but here’s a quick overview of the 10 topics that Perry dives into. Keep in mind that he goes into far more detail in the full video:
One of the most hotly debated questions for landscape photographers is how to answer the age-old question, “Where did you shoot that?” While the question is simple enough, whether to answer (and how to answer) is an internal question many shooters contend with in the age of Instagram.
Maybe you have your own, personal response. Or maybe you change up depending on the situation. Regardless, when and how to answer the where is something you should spend some time considering.
The first and most obvious way to respond is to just say where you were for the image. And
Robert K Baggs is a Headshot, Portrait, and Commercial photographer from London & Hertfordshire. He’s been published in broadsheets, magazines, and websites globally including the likes of The BBC, National Geographic, and The Telegraph. In addition to this, Robert’s work has been displayed in galleries from New York to Paris.
Like all modern love stories, I found macro photography on the internet. I hadn’t long bought my first camera when I was stunned by the intricacy of insects when observed close up. I hurriedly punched in ‘Amazon’ and began searching for the lenses I’d seen in the EXIF data of
The comic (or is it sadistic…) minds over at DPReview TV have put together a lens cleaning guide that somehow manages to be three things at once: informative, comical, and extremely painful to watch.
In classic DPRTV fashion, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake recently took a bunch of broken lenses and used them to show the best, and the worst, ways to go about cleaning the front of your lens. And while we should note that there are multiple run-ins with a dremel, Niccolls and Drake actually do manage to cover some important points.
Photographer Kim Farrelly has had a hard time getting a capture card to use with his Fuji X-T3. They’re all either sold out, or being re-sold at an insane markup. So he figured out a hack that allows him to get a high-def feed from his camera using just a USB cable.
This particular hack is specifically to MacOS (there are many similar tutorials already out there for PC users), though it shouldn’t be limited to Fuji cameras. It works in two broad steps: first, you remove the “signature authorization” required by Zoom to recognize the camera as a webcam;
Every year, blog network Spotted by Locals asks their locals in 80 cities to choose their favorite blogs. As in the last few years, Barcelona Photoblog was included in the list of “Best Barcelona blogs” for this year!
Portrait and headshot photographer Ivan Weiss recently created a helpful tutorial that walks you through his entire portrait editing process in the popular Adobe alternative Affinity Photo. If you’ve been wanting to give Affinity a shot, this is a phenomenal resource.
Alongside Capture One Pro, ON1, and a few others, Serif’s Affinity Photo has become a go-to for photographers who want to escape the Adobe subscription yoke. It’s a “fully-loaded photo editor” for Mac, Windows, and iOS that delivers a lot of bang for your buck at just $25 for a perpetual license (usually $50). You get RAW editing, a
Thank you to everyone who read the recent article about my short animations, and to all of the people who reached out to ask me for a tutorial. Since so many people were curious, I decided to put together a tutorial where I take you along for the ride while I create one of the animations from the original article.
To follow along, you’ll need some basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, but this is really just intended as a starting point for anyone who wants to try their hand at basic animation. There are a lot