I think Lightroom Classic CC just got FASTER not SLOWER. Can I actually start using it again?Adobe’s August 2019 updates brought a number of new features and improvements to Lightroom Classic CC, including Accelerated image-editing with GPU support, the ability to organize collections with color labels, support for new cameras and lenses, and other enhancements such as PNG … [Read more...] about Did Lightroom Classic CC just get faster?
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Histograms just show you what’s happening in your images, they’re not there to tell you what to do.But there’s an old adage from the days of film photography that you should still be able to see some detail in the darkest and brightest parts of your pictures, and that’s carried through into digital photography.This is the job of the histogram. It shows you whether the … [Read more...] about Histograms aren’t sacred: shadows and highlights CAN be clipped
Montacute House is an Elizabethan mansion in the South West of England. I was there on a pretty dull and overcast day, but I thought the way the sky was reflected in the windows, the texture of the stone facade and the overhanging branches might make an effective composition, even though the image straight from the camera didn’t look interesting at all.Here’s a … [Read more...] about Montacute House in moody monochrome with split toning
Levels adjustments are are pretty basic and straightforward way of maximising the tonal range of your pictures. You move the white and black point sliders to line up with the brightest and darkest parts of the picture, and that’s it – you've got maximum tonal range and contrast.Curves are more complex because they enable you to adjust the brightness and contrast within … [Read more...] about Levels vs curves vs luma curves: ways to adjust contrast in photos
Does your landscape need a sunset? Would your cityscape look better with a dramatic sky? Normally, you’d have to resort to Photoshop or another image-editor which supports image layers and masks and then add one in manually, but the new AI Sky Replacement tool in Luminar 4 will do it all for you (don't worry, it's not compulsory).• Take a look at the Luminar 4 teaser … [Read more...] about Coming soon: how the Luminar 4 AI Sky Replacement tool can change your skies
Welcome to the second part of this occasional series on composition in photography. Whether you consider it a science, an art or a craft, composition is central to creating pictures with balance and dynamism.Part 1 kicked off with a couple of basic concepts – shapes and lines – and their role in composition. There are lots of other ‘rules’ of composition, but too often you … [Read more...] about Composition in photography: recognising and handling shapes
Verdict: 9/10Luminar Flex is the latest version of the ‘old’ Luminar, and a terrific standalone photo editor and plug-in. It doesn’t have the built-in digital asset management (DAM) of its Luminar 3 stablemate, but it integrates much better with an established workflow. If you don't like the bundled Looks, you can always create your own or download more. In every other … [Read more...] about Luminar Flex 1.1 review
You can do a lot with filters in Luminar. If you've been using it for a while, you'll know you can combine any number of different filters and filter settings to achieve a practically infinite range of effects. But did you know you can use the same filter twice?So why would you want to do that? Well, sometimes a filter is just about perfect, but doesn't go quite far enough. … [Read more...] about How to double-up on filters in Luminar and get twice the effect
There was a time when the correct Instagram size was square, and that was it. In fact, Instagram is probably responsible all on its own for the resurgence of interest in the square format (which I love, by the way). Now, though, you can also post rectangular images, though if these are too wide, Instagram will still crop off the edges. This means you still need to make sure … [Read more...] about Instagram image size still matters: non-square photos may not fit
We’d like to think that white balance is a science, right? And that the Temperature and Tint values that form the basis of white balance adjustments are universal constants that we can expect to be consistent across all software applications?That’s not how it is. If you’ve ever suspected that different RAW converters interpret white balance settings differently, here’s the … [Read more...] about 3 RAW converters, 3 different white balance settings!