Lightroom Classic Import Improvements

Making the most of Lightroom’s New Raw Default Options and ISO Adaptive Presets
ISO adaptive presets
Last week, we touched on one tremendous new Lightroom tool, but the latest release of Adobe’s awesome image management and RAW processing application includes many new updates, and we want to highlight other favorites. So this week, it’s all about Lightroom Classic Import improvements made to some valuable tools: the RAW Default system and ISO Adaptive... Read more

Using Lightroom’s New Local Hue Adjustment

Selectively modify colors right from Lightroom’s Develop module
Lightroom’s New Local Hue Control
Just a few weeks ago, Adobe introduced several new updates to Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. One of the most powerful tools, particularly for photographers who relish selective control, is Local Hue adjustment. This allows photographers to make everything from subtle tweaks on a portrait subject’s skin tone to wholesale from one color to another—all... Read more

A Hard Drive For Every Need

Three drives for traveling photographers, video shooters and high-capacity backup
As camera makers increase megapixels, file sizes also increase—as do photographers’ processing and storage needs. Add to that the fact that so many photographers are branching out into video and there’s never been more need for fast, high-capacity hard drives that are portable and permanent. But one drive can’t do it all; different needs require... Read more

Creating And Saving Transparent Files

How to save an image with a transparent background
Creating And Saving Transparent Files
Sometimes we want to isolate a subject on a blank background. Whether it’s a portrait or an object, the process of cutting a subject out of the background is often called clipping or a cutout. Whatever you call it, the key is that for true transparency, the image needs to be saved in the correct file type with a truly transparent background. Here... Read more

Understanding Smart Collections In Lightroom

Take sorting and organizing image files to the next level with Smart Collections
Understanding Smart Collections In Lightroom
I’ve long been a fan of Lightroom for its unique ability to provide a one-stop solution for several digital imaging needs. Namely, I use the application to organize, sort and archive my many thousands of image files. In the short term, it’s the place I go to sort images immediately following a shoot. In the long term, it’s the portal through which... Read more

Window Light Still Life

Channel Renaissance masters with beautiful light from a window
Window Light Still Life
If the pandemic shutdown has you at home with more time on your hands, you might find yourself branching out to photograph things around the house. I’ve found myself photographing new things in new ways—tabletop objects, including food, toys and even impromptu still life images. And I’ve done it all, not with strobes or other special lighting... Read more

Macro Photography Adventures Close To Home

Discover a whole new world in your own backyard
Macro Photography Adventures Close To Home
As an increasing number of photographers have surely discovered over the past year, one way to find a whole new world to photograph is to strap on a macro lens and explore the galaxy of close-up nature photography, all without leaving your own backyard. Here are four tips for finding effective macro photography adventures close to home. The Right Gear It... Read more

Portrait Lighting And Posing Techniques

Use your downtime to get great at portrait posing and lighting
portrait lighting and posing techniques
If you’re at home and looking to improve your photography skills during your downtime, why not work on the portrait lighting and posing techniques you can put to use once life gets back to normal? This is a great way to capitalize on a captive audience you may have at home with you—a spouse and kids, for instance, or a hopefully willing roommate.... Read more

How To Use Photoshop’s History Brush

Selectively undo mistakes and fine-tune edits from long ago
Using Photoshop’s History Brush
For years and years, professional photographers and digital artists in the know have promoted the idea of non-destructive image editing through the use of Photoshop tools, such as layers, masks and more. But just as many photographers prefer to go their own way by doing things such as capturing JPEGs instead of RAW and avoiding great tools, such as... Read more

Sony Camera Focus Areas

Make the most of your Sony camera's autofocus capabilities by choosing the right focus zone
Having recently added a Sony mirrorless camera to my kit, it took me a minute to master what turned out to be a very user-friendly autofocus system. Sure, I understood how to choose between manual focus and continuous or single-shot autofocus modes, but I didn’t really capitalize on the powerful autofocus system until I took full advantage of changing... Read more