If you want to add a dark and brooding sky to your black and white photos then a graduated filter is the obvious way to do it. As long as the sky still has a full range of tones, i.e. it's not burned out to a solid white anywhere, you can practically do what you like with it. Here's an example. This picture is already quite rich and contrasty, but it would be nice to add … [Read more...] about Improve your compositions with two graduated filters not one
Adobe is the software giant that dominates the whole creative software market place, so it's lucky that it also produces two of the most popular photo editing apps on the market: Lightroom and Photoshop. But these are famous (or infamous) not just for their standard-setting approach to professional photo management and editing, but also because of Adobe's decision to swap to a subscription plan for its software.
With careful use of levels and curves adjustments you can rescue even the faintest and most faded artworks and restore both saturation and contrast. Levels and curves are two of the most basic adjustment tools in any image-editing program, but there’s often confusion about which to use and when, and it often appears as if they overlap in what they do. But some programs … [Read more...] about Restore faded art using levels and curves
Modern lenses are pretty good at creating even illumination across the frame, and if there is some corner shading (vignetting) you can use software to eliminate it. However, sometimes vignetting is good! Especially if you can control it creatively to improve your picture’s composition and contrast. This image below has all the ingredients for a great picture – a terrific … [Read more...] about Add depth and drama with a vignette effect
Back in the days of film, a ‘straight’ black and white print was only a stepping stone. A properly finished print was almost always enhanced with some skilled ‘dodging and burning’. Dodging and burning is a classic technique in black and white, where certain areas of a print are held back (dodged) under the enlarger to make them lighter and others are given extra exposure … [Read more...] about Rediscover dodging and burning in black and white
If you organise your photos by folders and find this perfectly satisfactory, then you can use any number of different programs to keep your images organised. Adobe Bridge is a good starting point as an image browser if you already have Photoshop, and ON1 Photo RAW and Alien Skin Exposure are two examples of all-in-one programs that have image browser tools built in. But … [Read more...] about Best image browser and cataloguing software
Lightroom for mobile has steadily evolved from a portable way to check out pictures in your Lightroom catalog into a powerful and useful sidekick for the desktop app, and the new Android and iOS versions make it more powerful still. Version 3.0 for Android brings a redesigned, faster and more efficient app that’s a better match for the Android operating system. Version 2.8.0 … [Read more...] about Adobe Lightroom for mobile update July 2017
Adobe has released a simultaneous Camera Raw 9.12 update Lightroom CC 2015.12 update, as well as Lightroom 6.12. It brings support for new camera RAW files, new lens profiles and new camera colour profiles. Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom use the same RAW processing engine, which is why they’re updated at the same time. Lightroom CC 2015 review Lightroom … [Read more...] about Adobe Camera Raw 9.12 and Lightroom update
Adobe is continually updating Lightroom CC with bug fixes, new camera and lens profiles and, sometimes, new features. This is where you'll find a list of the latest Lightroom CC updates and what they include. Lightroom CC/Photography plan trial version and offers Lightroom update tips Bug fixes and new lens profiles are excluded: see the Adobe Blogs Lightroom … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC updates
Virtual Copies are really useful. They let you try out a whole load of different processing variations on a single image without having to create new files, saving time and disk space in the process and keeping all your adjustments 'editable'. But there are drawbacks too. One this that none of your edits are visible outside of your Lightroom catalog. Like all non-destructive … [Read more...] about How many Virtual Copies do you have in Lightroom?
If you never thought you'd need to pay attention to the Lightroom noise reduction settings, you might need to think again. Like a lot of photographers I shoot RAW files on the assumption I'm going to get better image quality by processing the images myself rather than leaving it to the in-camera JPEG processing. That's fine in theory, but if you're in the habit of shooting both … [Read more...] about Lightroom noise reduction and why you need it