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.
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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.
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.
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
The most useful key in Lightroom: Alt (or Option on the Mac)
Do you want to know how to speed up your editing process?
Another Lightroom import tip this week. Do you know you can backup your photos while importing them? Having multiple backups of your photos is one of the most important thing, especially for one-time events like a wedding. When I come back from a wedding, I can't sleep at night if I don't have three copies of my images. You never know when something can go wrong so be prepared and backup.
One quick way to do it is from the import panel in Lightroom. On the right side of the panel, under File Handling, click on Make a Second Copy To. It is a good idea to select an external drive for the destination. Once the import is complete, you have one copy in your computer and one copy on an external drive that you can bring with you and leave out of the house/office. Before erasing my cards, I will have a third copy of the files somewhere else.
How to define a Metada Preset and use it on Import in Lightroom
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