Enhancing Local Contrast in Lightroom

Enhancing Local Contrast in Lightroom

In last weeks Blog Tony volunteered me to talk about how to enhance local contrast in Lightroom.  I became really excited.  Its one of my favorite topics.  For so many genres of photography, the taking of the picture is only the first half of the art form.  The second part is realizing your initial vision while processing your image after the fact. Ansel Adams called it pre and post visualization. 

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Lightroom’s Hidden Gems #3

Lightroom’s Hidden Gems #3

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 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.

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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.

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Lightroom’s Hidden Gems

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.

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HDR and Focus Stacking

HDR and Focus Stacking

Sometimes it’s just impossible to capture the scene with just one exposure.  You may have to take multiple exposures to create an HDR blend to overcome the high contrast in the scene.  In other situations you may have to change focus in between shots to achieve maximum depth of field.  Whatever the case, there are situations that require more than one exposure. Back in July I wrote a post on “Focus Stacking to Control Depth of Field”.  In that post I showed you how to capture the exposures out in the field and how to process the images afterwards using Adobe Photoshop.  In books that I have written and videos I’ve recorded  I’ve also demonstrated how to both capture and process images to conquer high contrast situations using the HDR process.  What happens, however when you need to do both HDR and Focus Stacking  in the same scene?  Follow along with the video below to discover how one scene can be transformed when you shoot and process a series of exposures for HDR and a series for FocusingStacking!

 

Creating Compelling B&W Imagery

Creating Compelling B&W Imagery

 

I love Black and White Photography.  It has a sense of gravity, timelessness and an inherent elasticity that allows a believable stretching of reality.  Creating compelling B&W imagery used to be a lengthy drawn out process.  Precise calculations, chemical solutions, paper choices and lots of time in the dark were the norm.  The digital age, however, has ushered in a multitude of methods for effortlessly creating powerful Black & White images.

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