HDR Merge in Lightroom: First Thoughts

HDR merge in Lightroom

One of the headline features in Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC is HDR merge.

In older versions of Lightroom the only way to merge two or more images together to create a high dynamic range (HDR) photo is to export the task to Photoshop or a plug-in.

In Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC you can do it from right within Lightroom. But are there any advantages to this method? After a little experimentation I believe there are.

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Learning to See in Black and White

Learning to see in black & white

Of all the compositional skills that photographers need to develop, the ability to see in black and white is one of the most important, even if you only work in colour.

Why is this? The reason is that colour is so powerful that it often becomes the dominant element. It becomes hard to see past it to the underlying elements that make a successful photo, such as tonal contrast, shape, line and texture.

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Debunking the Rule of Thirds

Debunking the rule of thirds

In my ebook Mastering Composition I was careful not to criticise the rule of thirds too much as I’ve received criticism for that in the past. It’s a surprisingly emotional issue and I don’t understand why some people (hopefully a minority) get so worked up about it.

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Mastering Composition: A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing

Mastering Composition ebook by Andrew S. Gibson

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My latest ebook is released today.

A few years ago I decided to become more conscious about the composition of my images. I’ve always had a good eye for a photo, and the ability to compose according to feel. But I realised that I could make my make my images more interesting if I could deepen my understanding of composition. I set about reading and learning more about design and the result was Beyond Thirds, a short ebook about photographic composition released by Craft & Vision.

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Lightroom 6 & Lightroom CC Launched

Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC new features

Yesterday was a big day for Lightroom users as Adobe announced the launch of the latest version of Lightroom. There are some headline features, the biggest of these probably being the ability to create HDR images and panoramas in Lightroom. Face recognition will also be welcomed by many photographers. Plus there are lots of smaller updates to make the software run faster, improve your workflow and give you some additional options in the Develop module.

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Video Tutorial: Environmental Portrait in Lightroom

Portrait processing in Lightroom

The other week I posted some photos from a shoot I did recently with artist Chris Meek. This week I thought I’d show you how I processed one of the portraits in Lightroom. It’s an interesting photo to look at because it looked very different by the time I had finished than it did at the start.

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Photographer Interview: Andrew Mulvey

Black & white photo by Andrew Mulvey

Andrew Mulvey is an Australian photographer who works predominantly in black and white. He’s a practitioner of the relatively new field of long exposure photography, and also likes to work in the square format. He has some beautiful work, and I’m sure you’ll love his photos. He gives some interesting insights into his creative process and his approach to composition in the interview which I know you’ll enjoy.

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Recent Work – Chris Meek

Chris Meek at work portrait

At the end of February we spent three days in Raglan, a town on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Raglan is a small community situated close to some very highly rated surf beaches. Not surprisingly it attracts a lot of surfers, and is also home to artists and craftsmen who have settled in the area and built their businesses.

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How to Protect Your Camera Gear and Register it with Lenstag

Lenstag camera gear theft prevention

I’ve never lost any camera equipment or had it stolen but for those of you that have suffered this unfortunate event it must be horrible. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to reduce the risk of camera theft. It’s also possible to register your gear with a service called Lenstag to maximise the chance of recovery if you are the victim of a robbery.

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Perfect Inspiration

Pefect black & white video tutorial

A few weeks ago OnOne Software asked me to create a video for its Perfect Inspiration series. The video shows you Perfect Black & White, part of Perfect Photo Suite 9, in action. If you’d like to learn more about Perfect Photo Suite 9 you can do so by clicking the link. Meanwhile, enjoy the video.

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