Last Monday, I talked about my digital workflow. There is another tip I should mention about how I deal with photos in Lightroom: Import presets.
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Tip of the Week
After a bit longer than 5 months of Tips of the week, I think it's time for a recap. Some of them gets buried with time. Here they are by categories.
Another quick but useful Adobe Lightroom preset this week. You can apply a Develop Preset when importing files into Lightroom.
If I do something repeatedly on a computer, I always try to automate it. That is what computers are for. Lightroom is great for retouching and there are ways to automate repetitive tasks
People tell me I am lucky because my dog and cat are always posing for me. I have one advice for them: make your own luck. Roxy seems to always listen to me. Even my cat Mya looks to behave like a dog and sit pretty for me. My secret? Read this post ;)
Here is a quick tip for shooting portrait. It is especially useful to make overweight people look better.
When you shoot still frames, you want them to usually be tack sharp. For that purpose, we set a fast shutter speed to prevent motion blur. In video, you want that little blur in the image.
Using a polarizer in studio can cut your retouching time.
The 180° rule is simple. When you film a scene, you draw a straight line that you can't cross with any of the cameras.
With that title, you are probably thinking about filters, flash transmitters and those kind of accessories. Well, that's not what I want to cover today. It is more a "Be ready for anything" kit.
We all love big round bokeh balls of light. There is an easy way to change their shape. All you need is some black cardboard.
A quick tip to speed up your editing process.
Following on last week's rule of thirds, here is a tip for Lightroom users. When you use the Crop and Straighten Tool in Adobe Lightroom, you can display an Overlay. It displays lines over your image to help you crop it.
The rule of thirds is a composition guide far older than photography. Painters were using it. It is one of the basic composition rule. I know that all rules are meant to be broken, but to do that consciously, you have to learn them first.
Christmas is coming way too fast. Your better half is a photographer and you are trying to find something for him/her? Here are a few suggestions.
I like the soft natural light from a large window. The quality of the light is great, and it also sets a nice mood. Here is a tip when you can't shoot near a window.
Ever heard of the TAT? Ever wondered what that little circle that looks like a target was?
You don't need to spend any money to have some handy reflectors. All you need is cardboard and a tape. Take two white cardboard, foamcores or any other white thing that is somewhat thick and tape them together.
I'm a keyboard guy. I like to be fast when I edit and process my photos. Here are a few Lightroom shortcuts that I use in my workflow.
Tip to get smoother panning shots in video