Part 3: ‘Mistical’ Welcome to part 3 of an 8-part series on Lightroom presets and how they work. To go with this I’ve created 8 free Lightroom presets you can download right now. Click here for a Dropbox link to the presets. You don’t need to have a Dropbox account – just click the ‘Download’ button at […]
Lightroom reviews, tips and tutorials
Lightroom is Adobe's all-in-one photo organizing, RAW processing and editing tool. It can be used on its own or alongside Photoshop, which is designed for more complex editing and illustration work.
You can only get Lightroom as part of Adobe's various subscription plans. The Adobe Photography Plan page explains these in more detail.
There are now two versions of Lightroom, which makes things more complicated. Lightroom Classic CC is the more powerful 'traditional' version which use images stored locally on your computer. Lightroom CC is a newer, slimmed-down version that uses cloud-based storage where all your images are available everywhere. This Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC comparison explains the key differences.
It’s very easy to lose extreme shadow or highlight detail when you’re shooting high-contrast scenes, and that’s one of the reasons for shooting raw files – they contain additional highlight detail, especially, that you may be able to bring out during processing. Shadow and highlight recovery is not always possible, but I usually reckon that […]
The Lightroom HDR tools built in are good in their way, but will only get you so far. Yes, you can boost the shadows, reduce the highlights, add some Clarity and Dehaze and maybe a graduated filter for the sky, but you can end up doing a lot of work only getting half way to the […]
Part 1: ‘Densia’ Welcome to part 1 of an 8-part series on Lightroom editing presets and how they work. To go with this I’ve created 8 image presets you can download right now. Click here for a Dropbox link to the presets. You don’t need to have a Dropbox account – just click the ‘Download’ button […]
A lot of us are still getting used to the idea of subscription-based software, but one of the strongest reasons for choosing Lightroom Classic CC over Lightroom 6 (the ‘perpetual licence’ version) is its integration with Adobe’s Creative Cloud. You can manage photos on your laptop, add to them via a browser, edit them on […]
Lightroom Classic has some powerful image enhancement tools, as fans will know, and the ability to apply and store editing presets. But as well as creating your own, you can get presets from all sorts of different places and they’re really easy to install – and here’s how you do it. 01 Free presets from […]
Adobe has announced a series of bug fixes and support for new cameras in both versions of Lightroom. Bug fixes include changes to the Panorama Merge feature: If you fix sensor spots in one image, this should now be carried across to all of them The Boundary Warp feature has been improved, where Lightroom fills […]
Boundary Warp is a new feature in Lightroom Classic CC 2015.4, and if you subscribe to Adobe’s Photography Plan you may have downloaded this update without paying it much attention. But Boundary Warp adds a useful new function to Lightroom’s Panorama Merge feature that lets you keep more of the image area. Normally, the panorama […]
Amongst the new features introduced with Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom 6 was the ability to merge panoramas from a series of overlapping frames, without the need for Photoshop. But is it as good at merging images? Let’s see. Panoramas are easy to shoot. A tripod is good, but not essential. The main thing you […]
With Lightroom Classic CC/Lightroom 6, Adobe introduced a new Lightroom Dehaze tool. This is designed to boost contrast in hazy-looking images, usually landscapes, where distant objects look washed out. Actually, though, it works in all sort of pictures – but how? Essentially, Lightroom Dehaze is a kind of localised contrast tool, boosting contrast in areas […]