This Must-Know Tool in Lightroom Targets Specific Areas of an Image

How to use Range Masks in Lightroom
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Being able to tweak specific areas of a photo without affecting the rest of the image is the key to a successful edit. For instance, if you want to darken a bright sky in a landscape photo, you don’t really want to darken the trees below it. The result would be a photo that’s too dim overall. Many photographers who are just getting their... Read more

The 5 Worst Portrait Retouching Mistakes

Less is more when it comes to editing portraits
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We all make mistakes when it comes to editing our photos, but some mistakes are worse than others. This is particularly true when it comes to retouching portraits. Retouch touch your portraits correctly and it will bring out the best in your subject and make you look like a pro. Go overboard (or awry) with your retouching in Photoshop, Lightroom or... Read more

3 Easy Ways to Edit Gorgeous Portraits in Lightroom

Shooting a portrait is only half the battle. Here's how to improve them in post
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Shooting a portrait can be only half the battle. Oftentimes, photos of people need to be edited with care during post-processing to bring out the true beauty of the subject. In those cases, many photographers turn to Photoshop or Lightroom to edit their portraits. But both of Adobe’s premier photography programs are incredibly complex and if you’re... Read more

Learn the Basics of Lightroom 2021 with this Free Tutorial

If you want to edit photos like a pro but you're still a beginner, here's a great way to start learning more
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If you want to edit your photos like a pro but you’re still a beginner, check out this comprehensive and easy free tutorial on the basics of Lightroom 2021. Led by pro photographer David Manning, the below 25-minute video is an excellent introduction to many of key editing tools in Lightroom. “I’ve been shooting for 13 years professionally... Read more

Watch These 60-Second Videos with Easy Lightroom Tips & Tricks

Lightroom Coffee Break playlist on YouTube will help you learn the basics in no time
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Digital Photo readers can’t seem to get enough of Lightroom tips, tricks and tutorials. Recently, we shared a story titled “Lightroom 101: 3 Post-Processing Tips to Make Your Photos Pop” and it proved be one of our most popular of last month. Now here’s another great resource: an awesome YouTube playlist with dozens of 60-second... Read more

Lightroom 101: 3 Post-Processing Tips to Make Your Photos Pop

Lightroom Ambassadors discuss how to develop a unique editing style
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(Editor’s Note: Pei Ketron is Product Marketing Manager of Photography at Adobe.) When getting started in photography, one of the most intimidating aspects can be post-processing. We spend a lot of time on the Adobe Photography team seeking ways to make editing tools and the post-processing workflow feel less intimidating to beginners via tutorials... Read more

6 Beginner Editing Mistakes to Avoid for Landscape Photos

For some beginners, shooting the images is only half the battle
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For some beginner landscape photographers, shooting the images is only half the battle. The time spent editing the photos afterwards during post-processing can often make or break a shot. And if you’re a novice who makes the editing mistakes landscape pro Mark Denney describes in the below tutorial, there’s a good chance you’re more... Read more

How to Remove Backdrop Wrinkles in Photoshop

Smooth creased backdrops and fix stray hairs using this simple method
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If you’ve just started shooting portraits in the studio, one thing you’ve likely encountered are backdrops that don’t always stay flat. It’s almost inevitable you’ll capture a few portraits you love only to later realize the backdrop had a distracting crease or wrinkle in it. Or even more aggravating, an unflattering stray... Read more

JPEG vs RAW: Image File Formats Explained

Which of these two types of image files is right for your photography?
(Editor’s Note: This story on JPEG vs RAW file formats is by photographer Patrick McNair. You can find out more about him on his website. He has previously written about the basics of White Balance for Digital Photo.) When you take a photo, the image is converted into a file which is stored on a digital memory card (usually an SD card) that you... Read more

100 Handy Photography Tips for Beginners

Free 30-minute tutorial gives you all the basics to go out and shoot
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The weekend’s almost here, so here are some great suggestions to help you go out and improve your photo skills. In the video at the bottom of this post, photographer Mike Smith shares 100 handy photo tips for beginners (or for any photographer who wants to brush up on photography fundamentals). “When I first started out, it was back in the... Read more