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The First Three Things to Learn in Lightroom

NOTE: This article pertains to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Version 5 is also available, and the steps will be similar though may not match exactly. Lightroom is a very powerful tool for viewing, organizing, retouching and sharing your photos. At first glance, it may seem that the program is too complex to be mastered quickly. […]

Tone Adjustments in Lightroom

NOTE: This article pertains to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Version 5 is also available, and the steps will be similar though may not match exactly. “Tone” refers to the presence and quality of the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks contained within the photo. This is related to, but different than, “exposure” which refers to how […]

Create an Ethereal Landscape

Creating a “soft glamour glow” is a popular Photoshop technique for portraiture. When applied to a landscape photograph, the same technique adds a sense of the ethereal and the fanciful. For this tutorial I will be using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Here is the original photograph, taken in the red mountains of Sedona, Arizona. (Click any […]

BMP Greatest Hits – My Lightroom Workflow

I will be traveling this week, heading back to my childhood home because of an illness in the family. In the meantime, I will be posting three of the most-visited articles on our site. Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week! ———- By Tiffany Joyce, originally posted 12/29/2011 A few folks have sent messages, asking […]

Create A Custom Preset In Lightroom 4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 comes with a bunch of great presets, and I find myself using a combination of four of them fairly often. I decided to create a custom preset that incorporates all four presets, so I can apply the effects with a single click. For a lot of my landscape photos, I like […]

Clarity vs. Sharpening in Lightroom

One of the last steps that we perform in post-processing is sharpening our photos. I find myself to be a greater fan of “clarity” when post-processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (or Lightroom 3), and apply it with a more liberal hand than I apply sharpening. But what is the difference between clarity and sharpening? […]

Why HDR?

By Steve Russell Of course, HDR has been around for a number of years. In fact, the concept, although not in its present form, has been around since the middle of the 19th century. Until the digital photography age began in earnest in the 1990′s the only methods available to achieve an expanded dynamic range […]

How to Shoot Black & White with Digital Cameras, Part 2

By Steve Russell In my previous article about shooting in black & white I talked mainly about shooting (saving images) in Camera RAW and then converting them to B&W. As a follow-up to that article, today I’m also going to include an image that was shot or saved in JPEG and compare it to a […]

How to Shoot Black & White with Digital Cameras

By Steve Russell Most of the time, I much prefer color images over Black & White images. After all, I see in color and the world around me is in color, not B&W. There are times, however, when an image is impactful because it’s in B&W and not color. For example this image captured by […]

Composition – Rule of Thirds

By Steve Russell It’s important to be very knowledgeable about the technical aspects of your camera. Otherwise you won’t know the best way to maximize your camera’s capabilities to capture the best images you can. This is true regardless of the make or model of your camera. Unfortunately, being an expert in all of the […]