How to Retouch Portraits in Lightroom with Sleeklens Lightroom Develop Presets

Portraits retouched in Lightroom

Some photographers consider Photoshop an essential tool for retouching portraits, but I take a different approach and believe that most photographers can do all the portrait retouching they need to in Lightroom.

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How to Post Photos to Instagram from Lightroom

Lightroom and instagram

Instagram seems to be growing in popularity for photographers who want to share and promote their work. So, considering all the activity on the social networking site, wouldn’t it be great to upload photos to it directly from Lightroom? Up until recently you couldn’t – one of the quirks of Instagram is that you can only upload images from your mobile device.

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How to Build a Photography Website

Photography website

Photography websites are a wonderful source of inspiration and invaluable self-promotional tools.

With the right website, stock photographers can sell their photos, wedding photographers can display their best work in online portfolios and hobbyists can share their favourite images with the world.

But what if you have no idea how to build a website? Whether you’re a pro with thousands of pounds to spend, or you have a budget of exactly zero, there’s a solution for you.

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12 Reasons Every Photographer Needs a Website or Blog

Andrew S. Gibson photography website

The thought of creating or commissioning a photography website can be daunting if you don’t know much about web design. But before you even begin to think about how, the important question to answer is why. It’s so easy for anybody to have an account on Tumblr, 500px or Flickr that you may be wondering exactly why a photographer would need their own website or blog. So let’s dive in and take a look at some of the benefits a good quality website will bring you.
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How to Use the New Guided Upright Tool and Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom CC

Lightroom Upright Guide tool

Last week Adobe rolled out the latest updates to Lightroom. Lightroom 6 users will see little change apart from bug fixes and new camera support lens profiles (this Adobe article has the full details).

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The Candid Portrait

The Candid Portrait photography ebook

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My newest ebook is published today.

The Candid Portrait: A Photographer’s Guide to Candid Street & Travel Photography is written for everybody who wants to learn how to create better portraits in the street.

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How to Speed Up Your Lightroom Workflow with Photo Mechanic

Photo Mechanic

Last week I looked at various ways in which you can speed up the Lightroom import process. All of them have something in common – no matter which method you use, you still have to wait for Lightroom to build 1:1 previews of your images before you can both view and zoom into them. Even then, Lightroom is not as fast as it could be for viewing your photos.

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How to Save Time When Importing Photos Into Lightroom

How to speed up Lightroom import process

Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations Lightroom users face is the initial process of importing photos from your camera’s memory card. The more photos you need to import, the longer it takes, which can be more than a little annoying when you just want to get on with viewing the photos.

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The One Skill You Need to Succeed at Street & Travel Photography

Street photography, Shanghai, China

Note: This is an extract from my forthcoming ebook, The Candid Portrait. Join my newsletter to be the first to know when it is published (the sign up box is at the top of the column on the right).

In street photography a lot of things are outside your control. When the street is your studio, you have very little say over what is happening in front of your camera. Regardless, the principles of good photography still apply. Strong photos require an interesting subject, beautiful lighting and strong composition.

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Why the Greatest Photographers Pursue Projects

Blacksmith, Spalding

Yesterday I came across a copy of Robert Doisneau’s Portraits of the Artists. It’s a beautiful book, displaying photos from a personal project spanning many decades. The oldest are over 70 years old. Not only do they capture the likeness of the various artists (some well known, like Picasso and Hockney, and others who have been forgotten by all except a few), they show the environments they lived and worked in. Several artists were pictured in various states of squalor in tiny Paris apartments, and it shows just how much living standards have improved in the intervening decades. But this aside, there are a few other things I thought about as I looked through the photos.

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