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FINDING FOCUS: ON SIMPLICITY (PART 1)

FINDING FOCUS: ON SIMPLICITY (PART 1)

When people come to visit they are often struck by the walls in my house.  The walls aren’t anything truly unique and there’s nothing about them that would draw your attention other than what’s missing from them.

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INSIGHTS: EPISODE 15

INSIGHTS: EPISODE 15

It’s always beneficial to hear other photographers talk about their work.  It’s a great opportunity to get insight into the process and technique behind a photograph or series of photographs.  With that in mind, we’ve created a series of posts that we call Insights.  Please enjoy this latest video in our Insights series.

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SEDONA WORKSHOP: STUDENT WORK

SEDONA WORKSHOP: STUDENT WORK

We just got back from a week in beautiful Sedona.  While it was great to be in such a breathtaking environment, the true reward was being around such a talented group of photographers.  Words can’t express how grateful we are for the experience.  Click on the catalog below and see why!

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INSIGHTS: EPISODE 14

INSIGHTS: EPISODE 14

It’s always beneficial to hear other photographers talk about their work.  It’s a great opportunity to get insight into the process and technique behind a photograph or series of photographs.  With that in mind, we’ve created a series of posts that we call Insights.  Please enjoy this latest video in our Insights series.

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VENICE WORKSHOP: STUDENT WORK

VENICE WORKSHOP: STUDENT WORK

Venice is not the type of city that can be easily summed up in a few short sentences but trying to do so in a few photos is even more difficult.  Fortunately, we’ve just returned our workshop in Venice and we’ve got gorgeous photos from our talented students to do the talking for us.

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INSIGHTS: EPISODE 13

INSIGHTS: EPISODE 13

It’s always beneficial to hear other photographers talk about their work.  It’s a great opportunity to get insight into the process and technique behind a photograph or series of photographs.  With that in mind, we’ve created a series of posts that we call Insights.  Please enjoy this latest video in our Insights series.

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New Lightroom Announcement

New Lightroom Announcement

As some of you may have heard,  last week Adobe announced the successor to Lightroom CC 2015/16.  Its new name is Adobe Photoshop  Lightroom Classic CC.   For short we’re calling it Classic.  The reason the name is important is because of a new version of Lightroom announced at the same time.  This new version is called Lightroom CC.  Confused yet?  The New Lightroom announcement is bound to cause a little bit of confusion so here is brief summary to help you navigate the new versions.

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Lightroom’s Hidden Gems #2

From keyboard shortcuts to menu items, there is a lot of Lightroom’s hidden gems we miss while organizing and enhancing our images. In this new series, I’ll introduce you to (or remind you of) time saving shortcuts, enhancement techniques, and many of the lesser known, but really cool features in Lightroom.

Time Saving Menu Items

When teaching Lightroom, many instructors emphasize the speed of keyboard shortcuts.  I love keyboard shortcuts myself, but if you don’t even know the command exists, they won’t do you much good.  That’s where the menus come in handy. You, know, those old words scrawled across the top of your screen when Lightroom is open!  In the screen shot below, I’ve clicked on the Menu Item Lightroom to reveal the options in the drop down menu.

Get to know your shortcuts

If you’re like me, after clicking on a menu item you quickly scan the drop down ignoring the options while searching for your choice. This rapid reading prohibits us from absorbing the different selections available to us.  After years of using Lightroom, I still come across options I’ve never noticed before. Do yourself a favor. When searching through the menu items, take some time to read the options.  You’ll likely discover many of Lightroom’s hidden gems.

For example:  Under the help menu is the option to show Shortcuts.  If you are in the Library Module the option will be Library Module Shortcuts.  If you are in the Develop Module, it will read Develop Module Shortcuts.

Click on this option to reveal the following screen:

The shortcut treasure trove!  On the left the keyboard shortcut, on the right the command it invokes.  Simply click anywhere in this screen to make it disappear and return to the task at hand.  Remember, not all shortcuts are the same across the different Modules.  Pressing X while in the Library Module has a different effect then pressing X in the Develop Module.

Rename your photos

Another example is renaming your photos.  You won’t find a rename button in the interface, but by clicking on the Menu Item Library, you’ll see you can rename your photos by tapping the F2 key.

 

Selecting images quickly

Hidden in the Edit Menu, there’s a real time saver for selecting images.  Lets say you’ve just keyworded or labeled a group of selected images (as seen below).

Next you want to perform another action but on all of the images that are unselected. Simply go up to Edit>Invert Selection.

 

This will now inverse the selection and allow you to work on the remainder of the images.

Correct your cameras time stamp

Ever take pictures abroad (or just in the next time zone) and notice that your capture time is off?  This is because your camera still thinks it’s at home.  Easy to fix.  Simply select all of the images and choose Metadata>Edit Capture Time.

The resulting box allows you to change the capture time in several ways.  Here I am changing it to reflect an 8 hour time difference.

When you are in rush, stopping to read the menus is a real drag. So carve out a little time for some Lighroom exploration. You may just find that one command that makes it all worthwhile.

For more information on Lightroom, view our 33 part, 5 hour training tutorial!

Student Images from our Venice Workshop

Student Images from our Venice Workshop

Buongiorno from Italia!  Today marks our second full day of our Venice workshop and already our group has found their groove in this city of water.  From our early morning shoot on the Piazza  San Marco to the quiet canals of Dorsoduro our students are creating work that can only be described as Fantastico!  Here’s a quick sample.  

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