Portraits with Ashley

Natural light portrait processed in Lightroom

It’s winter here in Wellington and the weather hasn’t been conducive for portrait photography over the last month or so. I have several portrait projects to pick up again as the weather improves, but this week I’d like to share with you some more photos of Ashley.

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Six Principles of Time Management for Photographers

Time management for photographers

Managing time is essential for photographers. The better you manage your time, the more of it you will have for taking photos, processing Raw files, learning new photography techniques and all the other enjoyable aspects of our hobby.

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Lightroom Project #1: Organise Your Photos

Cozumel, Mexico

This is the first of a series of articles designed to encourage you to use Lightroom more. I’m writing it because I’ve observed that practical projects encourage people to set aside some time and put some of the things they’ve learnt from my articles and books into practice. Follow these exercises and not only will you learn to organise your photos better but your post-processing skills will improve immensely. It should also be a lot of fun!

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The Photographer’s Tools (Getting more out of Lightroom)

Portrait processed in Lightroom

In Mastering Lightroom: Book Four – The Photos (my latest ebook, published last week) I spend some time exploring the idea that photographers need to learn how to create images that fit their creative vision using the tools they have to hand in Lightroom.

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Mastering Lightroom: Book Four – The Photos

Mastering Lightroom Book Four cover

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Mastering Lightroom: Book Four – The Photos is the fourth in a series of five ebooks about Lightroom and is written for everybody everybody who wants to learn how to create beautiful photos in Lightroom. It builds on the lessons learnt in my earlier ebooks and shows you how to use some of Lightroom’s more advanced features to process your images. It contains ten Case Studies, with a detailed explanation of how I processed each one from start to finish. But just as importantly it also explains why, exploring my thought processes from the time I took the photo (yes, composition and light are just as important as post-processing) through to the finished image.

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How to Create the Black & White Matte Look in Lightroom

How to create the black and white matte look in Lightroom

You won’t have to look far to find Lightroom tutorials that state you should have both a pure black and a pure white in your photos (before digital, I was taught the same thing, but applied to black and white prints). The idea that you need at least a little black and white in a photo is not new. The main reason is that they are like anchor points for the eye that make it easier to discern and appreciate all the tones in between.

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Use Lightroom Better with the Amazing Alt/Option Key

Use Lightroom Better with the Amazing Alt/Option Key

Several of Lightroom’s most useful features are hidden, consequently you may be completely unaware of them until someone points them out. One of these is the Alt (PC)/Option (Mac) key. Adobe has given it a lot of functionality, but if you’ve never tried it you’re probably completely unaware of the extra options and shortcuts it adds.

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Alternatives to Photoshop

Alternatives to Photoshop

It’s my belief that Photoshop is becoming less relevant as a photo editing application. It never used to, mainly because there wasn’t a viable alternative (apart from Photoshop Elements). But now things have changed. The price and complexity of Photoshop means there’s a gap in the market for low cost, easy to use photo editing software. Several innovative software companies have worked hard to fill that space, and I’ll look at some of their offerings in this article.

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How to Improve the Speed and Performance of Lightroom

How to increase speed and performance in Lightroom

Lightroom is an amazing program but there will be times when it slows down, most noticeably when rendering previews or if you are running low on space on your primary hard drive. These tips will help you configure Lightroom so it runs as fast as possible on your system.

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Creating Art with Topaz Labs Clean

Topaz Labs Clean review

Topaz Labs Clean is a simple plug-in for removing texture or detail from photos. There’s some irony in this because in black and white photography I am looking for ways to enhance texture and detail. Indeed, it’s the ability of plug-ins like Silver Efex Pro 2 and Black & White Effects 2 to enhance texture in ways that you can’t in Lightroom or Photoshop that make them so appealing and useful. So it’s interesting to see that there is a plug-in that does the opposite. But why would you? There are three main applications:

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Learn how to create beautiful photos in Lightroom with Mastering Lightroom: Book Four – The Photos