Tag: lightroom

June 4, 2018 / / Landscapes

Gone are the old days…  Stitching panoramic photos used to be a pain. you’d have to do all kinds of prep on each photo in LIGHTROOM first, then export them as high res files, then create a stack in PHOTOSHOP and merge them…. and it’d probably go wrong at some stage! The panoramic world has moved on Happily, this has all moved on and you can stitch photos in seconds using LIGHTROOM and no other program.  If you start off with 2 photos like these:- TOP PART OF PANORAMIC BOTTOM…

April 6, 2018 / / Blog

Facebook Hates Portrait Professional 17!  The bottom of the internet, where people comment on things with impunity, is full of bile and anger whenever Portrait Professional is mentioned.  Portrait Professional kept popping up on my feed, so decided to try the Demo version – it seemed to be pretty quick and effective IF you didn’t go mad with the sliders. A bit like HDR programs…  So I bought the £49 version – what the hell! Here’s a video of me using Portrait Professional 17…  Here’s a shot of the lovely Emily, taken…

March 5, 2018 / / Landscapes

The bright sky problem… We’ve all done it – had a great scene to shoot but not got the right filters to balance the bright sky and land! We end up with a boring bright sky and really dark foreground – it’s not ideal, but with most camera RAW files you can now fix this quickly in Lightroom. The bright sky solution In a nutshell, you can only do this with files where the sky isn’t totally blown out – there has to be some detail in there or nothing…

January 3, 2018 / / Discussion

Fed up with paying £10/month for Lightroom? Don’t get me wrong, I really like Lightroom – but I’m not a huge fan of paying a tenner each month to use it… I used to like buying something and then being able to use it as long as I liked. The new subscription model Adobe use is fine for businesses, but for many enthusiasts, it’s prohibitive to expect them to pay year on year for something they may use infrequently. What’s the alternative? There are probably many out there – I used…

September 5, 2017 / / Blog

A Very Inky Man in a very cool Leeds street I’ve always loved Dock Street as a portrait location – a classic thin street, cobbles, high mills and a wide variety of looks to be had. So when I met up with Andy for the first time, it was the first location that came to mind. We’d met at Leeds Arena a few weeks before – at a Hacienda Classical gig of all things. The Photography Bit So they were all taken using :- Canon 5D mark 4 – mostly…

March 19, 2017 / / Blog

Learn Spot Colour in Seconds Using Adobe Lightroom Spot Colouring is where you make a black and white photo but leave a part of it coloured. You may see it in wedding photography, and most famously in the film, Schindler’s List – a girl in a red coat dominates one scene. The technique used to involve masks and photoshop – and a certain level of understanding for it to work. However, with a few seconds tweaking, you can create the same effect without opening Photoshop or learning about layers and…

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

Iconic Steam Train Photo Here’s a shot taken from a bridge – in this tutorial I work through a few different controls to eek out detail in the steam and the engine body. The “how to” video https://youtu.be/c0CZRn6ZYkM 

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

Here’s a scene from a cornwall town – it’s been uploaded anonymously so I’ve no idea who’s work it is.  Essentially it was a quick case of brightening up the photo to add a bit of punch – using the GRAD tool.  Before…   After   The Video https://youtu.be/zgQoOuix7rY 

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

A Bavarian Lake Scene Here’s a photo of the stunning Konigsee, part of our 2016 trip to Austria.  It’s taken by our friend Julie Pfeiffer, who came all the way from Milwaukee to join us in Tirol. The shot is from the banks of the lake next to a beautiful church.  Wiki Says…. Situated within the Berchtesgaden Alps in the municipality of Schönau am Königsee, just south of Berchtesgaden and the Austrian city of Salzburg, the Königssee is Germany’s third deepest lake. Located at a Jurassic rift, it was formed…

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

Anonymous Edits Here’s a lovely street scene from what I guess is France – again, I’ve no idea who’s shot this one is, it’s uploaded to DROPBOX with no name attached so I can be totally impartial. A bit like the STIG was on Top Gear. This edit creates a couple of results – one is a muted colour, with warm tones and a vignetted finish The second is a black and white – more contrasting result.  https://youtu.be/pSiubWLkEzU