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Showcase Your Best Photos with a Lightroom Smart Collection

Hope you all had a great new year, and welcome to 2016!

I use Smart Collections in Adobe Lightroom to create a dynamically updated virtual folder of my favorite shots from the past year, which I can then triage down to my best ones. The trick is to use Attribute tags in Lightroom (Flags, Stars, and Labels) and then set up a Smart Collection. Here’s how I do it:

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Dodging and Burning Digital Photos

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Dodging and burning techniques have been around for over a hundred years. While you may think of these techniques as a method of adjusting and balancing tones, they also serve a more distinct purpose: enhancing and diminishing areas of interest in an image. Psychologically, your eye will be drawn towards bright, colorful areas in an image and away from dark, dull areas. With modern digital processing tools, we can take a 21st century approach to dodging and burning. Here’s a short video on how to accomplish this using Adobe Lightroom.

For a complete tutorial on using brushes in Adobe Lightroom, check out Lightroom: Mastering Brushes & Gradients (video workshop) 

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Upcoming Online Photography Classes

Explore the art of digital monochrome, October 30th

Explore the art of digital monochrome, October 30th

I’ve scheduled several online classes for the coming weeks. I hope you can join me online. Participants will be able to ask questions and will receive a printable PDF notes package to go along with the presentation. My classes are open to photographers of all levels who wish to expand their understanding of digital photography and post-processing. Registration is through Meetup.com

Upcoming Classes

Mastering Monochrome with Silver Efex Pro 2:
October 30th 12-2pm US Mountain Time

Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced photographers who wish to explore how to create fine-art quality monochrome images using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in for Photoshop/Lightroom

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Creating Realistic HDR Images with Lightroom CC:
November 5th 12-2pm US Mountain Time

Recommended for:  Photographers of all levels who use Lightroom CC and wish to create natural HDR images

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Image Management with Lightroom:
November 7th, 9am-noon US Mountain Time

Recommended for: Photographers of all levels who wish to learn more about how to manage and organize images in Adobe Lightroom.

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How to Sharpen Images with Lightroom:
November 13th, 12-2pm US Mountain Time

Recommended for: Photographers of all levels who wish to learn how to get the best possible image sharpness using Adobe Lightroom

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Lightroom CC Update: Dehaze Goes Local

Apply the Dehaze effect locally with brush and gradient tools in LR CC 2015.2 and ACR 9.2
Apply the Dehaze effect locally with brush and gradient tools in LR CC 2015.2 and ACR 9.2

Adobe rolled out updates to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC early today. In addition to new camera/lens profiles, this update adds local Dehaze adjustments to the Develop Module (and ACR 9.2). You can now apply the Dehaze effects locally with brush and gradient tools.

I really like the Dehaze effect; it’s similar to clarity but the contrast adjustment isn’t quite as intense. You can also use it in the negative direction to create the appearance of fog/haze. It’s a tool that is particularly well-suited for enhancing night sky images of the Milky Way.

Adobe has also modified the Import dialog in LR, something I will investigate shortly. In the meantime, enjoy the new features. Note: the Dehaze feature is only available in Lightroom CC 2015 and will not appear in Lightroom 6.

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Sensor Plane #18: New Nikkors and Adobe CC 2015

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In this episode of The Sensor Plane photography podcast, I discuss what I’ve been up to over the summer, including recaps of workshops in South Dakota and Colorado. I also discuss the new Nikkor lens announcements to include the 24 f/1.8, 24-70 f/2.8 VR, and 200-500 f/5.6 VR.

Lastly I talk about some new improvements to Lightroom CC, including a cool new adjustment tool called the Dehaze slider.

Listen to the audio-only version of this episode here (25MB mp3 format)

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