Tip of the Week

Lightroom’s Awesome Painter Tool

Better organize and edit images with that strange little spray paint can
By William Sawalich
One day you'll look at your screen while Lightroom is in Library mode, and you’ll think to yourself, “Why is there a can of spray paint at the bottom of the preview pane?” Lightroom’s spray paint can isn’t for painting pictures in Develop mode. It’s actually very useful when it…

Fighting Chromatic Aberration

Color Fringing: What causes it, how to avoid it, and how to fix it when it appears
By William Sawalich
I use good glass. Still, sometimes chromatic aberration rears its ugly head. Even with quality lenses, sometimes I see color fringing at the edges of my subjects. And sometimes it’s obnoxiously bright! So how can I keep it from appearing, and can I fix it when it does? - First,…

Tips For Natural Posing

A handful of helpful hints to make posed portraits look a little less formal
By William Sawalich
What’s that you say? You don’t like the look of posed portraits? You prefer your subjects to look natural and spontaneous? Well that’s great. But did you know that posing still plays a big role in natural and spontaneous portraiture? Some people naturally fall into comfortable and attractive poses. Other…

The Revert Workaround

How to use Photoshop’s “start over” command without actually starting over
By William Sawalich
One of my most often-used Photoshop tools is called Revert. Found under the File menu, the Revert command might be thought of as the “throw it all out and start over” tool. That’s how it’s usually used, anyway. Revert discards every edit you’ve made, every last one, since the file…

The Develop Module’s “Solo Mode”

Clean up your interface and streamline your workflow with this simple setting
By William Sawalich
One of my favorite things about Lightroom is that it’s a one-stop shop for organizing and editing images. I use the program’s Library mode to sort, edit, keyword and generally organize my image files from all of my assignment work and personal photography. Then I simply click over into Develop…

The Best Lights For Matching Ambience

Easily match ambient light, from tungsten to daylight, with a bi-color LED
By William Sawalich
In recent years, more and more of my portrait clients have shied away from formal, studio-style poses and lighting, preferring instead a natural, realistic appearance. That means more often I’m working with ambient light—be it daylight, window light, or tungsten-lit interiors—and augmenting it with my own source. In the old…
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