Importance Of Photo Editing Tools

ss3As a photographer, I received several questions pertaining to the quality of my images. There are some people who wonder if my images are real or just Photoshopped. I don’t get offended by these questions, I feel happy and honored instead because they took the time to analyze and understand the quality of my images. We all know that the raw pictures from the camera is not enough. It actually doesn’t take the actual color and mood of the subject. Whereas, by using editing tools such as Photoshop or Lightroom, it is easy for us to put a life in the image to make it livelier and realistic. Photography is not just about taking a lot of random images, it’s also about producing high-quality images.

Again, most of the time, DSLR cameras, and other regular camera don’t take the same color, tones, brightness, and mood that I experienced during the shoot. But because of the help of Adobe Lightroom, I can make it realistic to show my viewers on what I actually saw.

Generally, our eyes can perceive a greater range of colors and tones than our DSLR cameras. As we all know, the lens of our eyes is capable of filtering 20 or more lights. But the lens of most cameras can only perceive half of it. For example, I am seeing a greater view of the sand, sunset, and the beach, however, my camera can only capture half of the color tone of the sunset and the sky. In order for me to produce great sets of images, I need Lightroom to help me make it more outstanding and eye-catching image.

Lightroom contains a lot of features that can be of great help in our editing process. There are a lot of online tutorials on how to edit seascapes in Lightroom. These articles can help you improve your skills in editing seascapes themed images. But whatever you desire, I still believe that you should explore both the features of your camera and Lightroom to know which tones to adjust.

Moreover, owning and producing the best set of images is all about using the best photo editing tool. The real magic of having good quality images happens not only inside the camera but also with Lightroom. Make sure to use it appropriately as you can.

How To Create Lightroom Presets?

There are a lot of things that you can do inside the Lightroom interface. In fact, you can save a lot of time by making new and personalized Lightroom Presets to use on your images. In addition, Lightroom 5 presets are reusable and modifiable.

As an amateur photographer, I needed Lightroom to help me edit all the images that I took from the field. As much as I want to use Photoshop, I don’t have enough time to edit the image manually. With Lightroom, I don’t need to spend longer hours just to modify images. In this article, I decided to give a brief yet informative tutorial on how to create Lightroom presets.

Before creating presets, you need to start the process by choosing images that you want to edit and include in the preset collections. Open it in the develop module in Lightroom, set all the settings to default or zero if you want. You don’t need to worry anything since Lightroom is a non-destructive tool which preserves the original setting of the file.

How To Create Lightroom Presets?

To create presets, go to the develop module panel located on the left side of the interface and click the “create new preset” icon with the plus sign. This will bring you to a new window that allows you to create customized presets. The next thing to do after you’re done with the preset is to label the preset, select a folder on the library module and press the create button to save the new preset.

How To Apply Presets upon Importing Images?

To apply the preset you have just created, open the import window and set the develop settings to the presets. When you’re done importing the images, it is now up to you which photos you edit using the preset you created. Always remember that Lightroom presets can be applied to one or more images.

Hopefully, this tutorial has given you some ideas on how to create wonderful presets using Lightroom. This will not only help you save time and effort, it will also give you more time to capture new images.

Re-Organizing Your Lightroom Presets

ph4Lightroom is one of the best design software editing packages for photographers. It has a dedicated folder where presets are stored and which is “creatively” named “Develop Presets”.

Lightroom comes with a selection of Develop Presets, and you can create presets as many as you want. You can re-organize your Lightroom 6 presets in different ways if you just duplicate them.

Before you started re-organizing your presets, I strongly recommend that you make sure you backup your original presets.

To back up your presets, below are the steps on how to do it:

First, open Lightroom – > Go to the Develop Module – > Right click of one of your presets – > Select “Show in Explorer” – > then, the stored folder where the preset are will open up – > Select the “Develop Presets” folder – > Right click and choose copy – > Now, paste the folder on your hard drive to back it up.

After your preset are backed up, you can now finally re-organize your presets within Lightroom by dragging presets into new folders you create.

Just open the “Lightroom” – > Go to the Develop Module – >Right click one of your presets – > Select “Show in Explorer” – > then, the stored folder where the preset are will open up – > go back to the Lightroom and close it down – > Move one step back in the hierarchy and begin to rearrange your presets.

Now, when you reopen Lightroom, the presets will be re-organized just the way you want.

With a little thought and planning, you will be able to organize your Lightroom presets for more efficiency.

Yepey! You can now re-organize your Lightroom 6 presets. Enjoy and have fun of it.

Would You Use Lightroom Bundled Presets?

Pre3I’ve been using adobe lightroom and presets for quite some time now, and just few weeks ago, I opted to update the list of my preset collections by creating new presets. But because I only have limited time to make new ones, I decided to look for new and exciting free and paid lightroom preset bundles.

Like most products, lightroom presets has their own advantages and disadvantages.  Putting on presets on images is the easiest way to distinguish if it suits better on the photo or not. Free and paid bundled presets can help you save more time and effort. If you are busy with some other things but needs to finish some lightroom task, downloading presets is the best choice.

However, there are still some bundled presets that are not worth to download and buy since the effects are not useful. These badly created set of presets can create more mistakes. It is best to double the check the work of others before deciding to download. Make sure that the adjustments, controls, and other important things are well created. Lightroom experts said that the best lightroom presets adjust only important and specific sliders.

Installing lightroom preset

There are two ways to install presets in lightroom from a single collection or folder; automatic and manual method, but I recommend automatic since it is fast and easy to install. If you are about to install a lot of presets, manual method is for you. You can check more lightroom 6 presets here.

Previews and Application of Presets

If you want to view your downloaded preset, make sure to roll over the curser to the Preset panel and a navigator preview will show you the latest setting and update of your presets. This allows you to find your preferred presets easily.

Upgrading Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5

This is a very quick guide to upgrade your Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5, if you’re considering moving up to the latest and greatest version of Lightroom.  If you are afraid about upgrading, this guide or steps might help you to go through the process. Watch the video below and learn how to install lightroom:

Step 1. Back up and save all your existing catalogs

Before you upgrade, it is always a good idea to make a complete backup process of the entire system before undertaking any major software change.

Along with making a reliable backup, I need you to take this opportunity to save all your metadata down to the file level too before upgrading.  In case that there is a disaster, and all of your data has been saved down, then recovery is easy. But if your current metadata has not been saved down to the file level and disaster strikes, then life gets miserable.

LR21Step 2. Download and Install Lightroom 5 Application

Download the Lightroom 5 Upgrade installer package, and after downloading, it’s time to allow the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 installer. During the installing process, you must agree the legalese of the Adobe’s End User Licensing Agreement, and you may need to give the installer permission to add new information to your hard drive. If the installer ask for guidance be sure that you install the Lightroom 5 application onto your internal hard drive.

Step 3. Upgrade your old version Lightroom to the new version Lightroom 5

Once your new software has been successfully installed, you see the Lightroom 5 icon on your desktop. You must ignore the icon for now because clicking it does not guarantee that the right Catalog gets upgraded. I toughly suggest tracking down your Lightroom Catalog at the operating system level and using the right click > open with> adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 method instead.

Your Lightroom 5 will begin working on a copy of your existing Lightroom Catalog once you cite the upgrade process.  If you’re using the right click trick on your existing Catalog, then the program will convert a copy for use with the new Lightroom 5 Catalog format. And if you’ll going to skip this step, then you might upgrade the wrong Catalog or worse scenario might end up creating a blank Lightroom 5 database. Once the Catalog upgrade process is complete you can go back and manually delete your older Lightroom.

Step 4.  Make sure that all images are visible and available

Write down the total number of photographs in your upgraded catalog, then close LR5 and open LR4. You must look the total number of images in LR4 and make sure the numbers are match. Open again the LR5 and then go through some random images and open up 100% views to make sure that the images are all there.

Step 5. Back up everything again

If the upgrade process worked properly then you should have all of your old information plus the exciting new tools that Lightroom 5 brings to the game. Take this opportunity to make another complete system backup at this point so that they are ready if disaster strikes.

It generally takes about an hour to move from an older version up to the latest version. And the new tools that Lightroom 5 offers are totally worth effort.

The Digital Photography Show #94:Nikon’s Latest and Maybe Greatest – the D700, and more!

July 25, 2008 :On today’s show, Michael and I cover a lot of topics, including:

  • Nikon’s newest DSLR – the full-frame D700.
  • The Yahoo/Getty Deal – and my first contest on Scott’s Photo Blog.
  • A photo service that you may want to think twice about
  • The sexy but mysteriously-priced AniMoto.
  • Listener Matthew Boyle’s 100 Portraits
  • A great-sounding little clip on diffuser – the Puffer.

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The Digital Photography Show #95: What Do Digital Camera Buyers Want, Anyway?

July 25, 2008 :On today’s show, Michael gives me a quiz about what digital camera buyers really want.

We also talk about:

  • China barring “professional cameras” at the Olympics.
  • The new Micro 4/3 standard for digital cameras.
  • A new technology for waterproofing electronics.
  • Nik’s Silver Efex Pro, onOne Software’s FocalPoint, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom II and Apple Aperture.

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The Digital Photography Show #96: OnOne Software’s $500 Giveaway

Today we’re joined by Mike Wong of OnOneSoftware, who gives away a copy of the $499 Plug-In Suite 4. I say “$499″ because that’s what they charge for the bundle; if you bought the plug-ins individually, they’d cost over $1000!

“Suite?” They should call it “sweeeeet!” Cause it is. (“Sweet” instead of “suite.” Get it? Funny, right? That’s the kind of phonetic humor I just can’t do on the show. See what you’re missing?)

Even better, although it’s called the Plug-In Suite 4, it has six great plugs:

  1. Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro for high-quality enlargements,
  2. PhotoTools 1 Professional Edition
  3. Mask Pro 4 for removing backgrounds
  4. PhotoFrame 3.1 Professional Edition for the perfect finishing touch to your photo
  5. PhotoTune 2 for professional quality color correctionz
  6. FocalPoint 1 for adding selective blur and vignettes to your photos.

Schwing!

Be sure to send us an answer to the trivia question we ask on the show by Sept 30, 2008, for a chance to win this fantastic bundle.

Check out Scott’s PhotoBlog for all the other great notes from today’s show.

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The Digital Photography Show #97: Camera Dojo’s Kerry Garrison Explains It All

PLEASE VOTE FOR US IN THE PODCAST AWARDS! There is a change this year – you can only vote one time during the nomination period. So, all we’re asking you to do is surf over here just once and enter our name “The Digital Photography Show” and our address “www.TheDigitalPhotographyShow.” That’s not so bad when you consider the hours…no the days…no the years we labor on your behalf, is it? Smile. So, please take a moment and send us some love. Thanks!

Today we’re joined by Kerry Garrison of CameraDojo, a great resource for digital photography reviews and tutorials.

Kerry talks about – and gives away – a sweet R Strap Camera Strap.

We also discuss Wescott lighting kits and why you should spend more on your lenses than you do on your camera.

Be sure to send us an answer to the trivia question we ask on the show by the date mentioned on the show, for a chance the R Strap Camera Strap.

For the expanded DVD extras show notes, please visit Scott’s Photo Blog.

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Time For A New Beginning

Hi folks, Cameron from TPN here with a sad announcement. Scott and Michael will no longer be hosting TPN’s Digital Photography Show. I’d like to thank them for all of their terrific work on TPN over the last couple of years and wish them both the best for the future. I’m currently auditioning for new hosts for The Digital Photography Show so – if you think you can fill their ample shoes, please drop me a line and let me know what you think why YOU are the best person (or team) to take over one of the world’s most successful podcasts! This could be your chance to make a worldwide name for yourself as someone who is passionate about digital photography. If you want to audition, please email me an mp3 file with your audition. Make it less than 5 minutes long and smaller than 5MB. Good luck!