Lightroom Guide - EP1 Setup for Success

NOTE: Patreon Supporters ($3 and up/month) get FREE Access to this video and future videos. This would be a great time to become a supporter.This is part 1 of a series of Lightroom videos that will guide users of all levels and experience with the task of managing their photos using Adobe Lightroom.In this video, Toby provides you with a detailed, step-by-step description of how to create a catalog, where to store your catalog, how import photos from any media (including your hard drive) how to create an organization scheme for your photos to help you find them in the future, and how to use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow.With the purchase of the video, you'll also be able to download and print your own keyboard shortcut cheat-sheet to help you through this first lesson. $2.50 gets you:

  • 1 hour of instruction separated by chapters for easy navigation
  • Access to the PhotoRec Lightroom Support Group - get your questions answered!
  • Future proof, buyers will have FREE access to updated Lightroom 6 content

Table of Contents:

  • Brief intro to Lightroom
  • Installation of Lightroom
  • Creating a catalog or catalogs
  • Recommended Organization
  • Importing Image from Camera/Card
  • Importing Existing Images
  • Library Interface
  • Efficiently Navigating Lightroom
  • Overview of Lightroom Preferences

8 Episodes total in series with additional bonus content.  Purchasers of the content now will get free access to the updated Lightroom 6 Guide when released.Length: 56 minutesInstructor: Toby GelstonSoftware Required: Current version of LightroomAdditional Gear Suggested: NoneBuy Now[product sku="lightroomEP1Setup"]

Lightroom 6 - April 21st???

Creative Cloud Photography Plan. All-New Photoshop CC Plus Lightroom desktop and mobile. Just $9.99/ Will we see Lightroom 6 announced tomorrow, April 21st?Lightroom 6 links have been leaked online in several locations. It looks like it will still be sold as a standalone program and has a few new features, one I find quite surprising!Episode 1-7 of our Lightroom Guide is out and for a limited time just $2.49 -Anyone purchasing the guide now will have free access to the updated Lightroom 6 videos when released.  More informationLightroom 6 New features in Lightroom 6

  • Face Recognition- Quickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces. //I am quite surprised and did not think Adobe would include this, it feels very much like a consumer feature but that does support the idea that Adobe wants that market as well as the professional market.

  • Merge to HDR- Create realistic or surreal images from high-contrast scenes. By merging HDR, you can easily combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image. //We will be able to combine images in Lightroom to create HDR- previously this required 3rd party plugins or trips outside Lightroom.

  • Fusion panoramas- Realize XXL ultradétaillés panoramas. Photomerge technology lets you merge multiple images, including raw files, to create panoramas out of the ordinary. //Sounds like the photomerge tool in Photoshop. I don't know if the "fusion" at the beginning makes it better, probably just marketing speak. "Hey Joe, what should we call the new panorama feature?" "Ummm Panorama tool?" "No that is boring, let's stick a word on the front that is really fancy for merge. . ."  Additional note- this is all translated from french, it is possible that they won't use the word fusion.  I will be sad :)

  • Performance gains- Import and refine your photos in record time. Lightroom leverages compatible graphics process to get you better performance, especially when you edit your images in the Develop module.  //VERY WELCOME FEATURE. Lightroom is great but there are many little catching points that slow you down at times and I am hopeful we will see some real speed gains here.I have highlighted the portion here that points to where those gains are likely to come from.

  • Sophisticated video slideshows- Create stunning slideshows combining still images, movies and music, and supplement them with pan and zoom effects, for example. //Sounds great - there is a slideshow module in Lightroom 5 but this looks to take it up a level or two with pan and zooms. After the Fusion Panramas I am surprised they only went with the word "sophisticated". 

What feature are you most excited about? What features would you still like to see? Leave a comment below or on the facebook post-Want to jump on the Lightroom Bandwagon? Purchase Creative Cloud today ($9.99/mo)and you will automatically receive the upgrade to Lightroom 6 when released.[yop_poll id="1"]The full product description is below (Translated from French)Product Overview Lightroom 6Master your digital photography workflowRanking, optimization and sharing - Lightroom together in one fast, intuitive application all tools dedicated to digital photography.Bring out the best of each photoTest your ideas freely with non-destructive tools - your original pictures remain intact. Lightroom lets you optimize every pixel of your photos, they were taken with a professional digital SLR camera or mobile phone.Key features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6Environment nondestructiveUnleash your creativity in a nondestructive editing environment that allows you to test your ideas freely. The originals remain intact and you can easily cancel your edits or save multiple versions of a cliché.Advanced conversion feature black and whiteMonitor closely the tonal qualities so essential to the black and white photos. Combine precisely the information of eight color layers in the grayscale conversion.Development predefined settingsSave time by instantly applying the desired effect to your images.Just save develop settings as a preset and apply them to other photos in a click. If Lightroom includes dozens of presets, thousands more are offered by third parties.Face RecognitionQuickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces.Sophisticated Healing BrushGet best pictures with one touch. Set the brush size and move it according to specific plots. Unwanted items and other imperfections, including irregular shapes son type, magically disappear.Upright (Vertically)Straighten skewed images with a single click. The Upright tool (Vertically) analyzes the image and detects horizontal or vertical lines inclined. It can even recover images without horizon.Merge to HDRCreate realistic or surreal images from high-contrast scenes. By merging HDR, you can easily combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image.Fusion panoramasRealize XXL ultradétaillés panoramas. Photomerge technology lets you merge multiple images, including raw files, to create panoramas out of the ordinary.Performance gainsImport and refine your photos in record time. Lightroom leverages compatible graphics process to get you better performance, especially when you edit your images in the Develop module.Sophisticated video slideshowsCreate stunning slideshows combining still images, movies and music, and supplement them with pan and zoom effects, for example.Optimized web galleriesPresent your work in the most elegant web galleries, more attractive and interactive. The new models of HTML5 compatible galleries are supported by many browsers and mobile devices work stations.Integration of online sharingEasily publish images on social networks and sites for such as Facebook and Flickr. On some sites, you can even view the online comments on your images directly from Lightroom Library.Creating photo booksCreate beautiful photo books. Lightroom includes a large number of user-friendly catalog templates that you can now customize. Load them then printing a few clicks. 

Cheap Photoshop Alternative - Affinity Beta

Affinity has announced a photoshop alternative that costs just $50 and is currently in beta and FREE.

Photoshop and Lightroom present a powerful combination that provides most photographers with everything they need for post processing. However, with Adobe's switch to a subscription based model for Photoshop, some photographers have been looking for alternatives. Personally I think 9.99/mo Lightroom/Photoshop is an excellent deal but I do appreciate that for some the idea of renting software doesn't sit well. There are alternatives - Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator (mac only), GIMP and now Affinity. Affinity is currently in beta and 100% free! Affinity seems to be a strong Photoshop alternative with very friendly RAW editing built-in (similar to Lightroom). I know Photoshop is very capable of working with RAW files but dislike the floating window and I miss my Lightroom panels. Affinity is much more similar to Lightroom in the panel and RAW editing respect.  The program is a serious Beta - meaning it is still missing some functionality and could be a bit buggier than you expect.  Once out of Beta the program will sell for $50 on the Mac Store. No word on a Windows version.  The signup for the Beta program takes just a second and automatically sends you a link to download the program. Sign up here.Affinity's Announcement VideoAffinity Photo Beta Has Landed from MacAffinity on Vimeo

Some of the features of Affinity Photo Beta

The New Document dialog feels fresh and smart.  Types of new documents include web, as shown, print, print(press-ready), photo and devices(resolutions optimized for popular mobile screen resolutions)Screenshot 2015-02-11 10.02.00 You have several different workspace options, Affinity calls these PersonasAffinity PersonasThe Develop Persona provides you with Lightroom-like panels for working with RAW images.  At this time you can ONLY work with RAW files in the Develop Persona.RAW File loaded into the Develop PersonaScreenshot 2015-02-11 10.10.18A closer look at all the panels available in the Develop PersonaaffinitypanelsFeature rich and capable, very similar to the develop module in Lightroom My Thoughts on the Affinity Beta - I Like:

  • $50 for a program that feels feature packed and all updates for two years will be free
  • Immediately the user interface felt comfortable and at the same time less annoying than Photoshop
  • All the tools I use in Photoshop are here and seem to work well- clone stamp, healing brush etc.

I Dislikes:

  • No integration with Lightroom. It is very easy for me to take a photo from Lightroom to Photoshop and back. I can also do this with the Nik system from Google but there doesn't seem to be an easy way to get an edited image from Lightroom into this program without exporting from LR?

The signup for the Beta program takes just a second and automatically sends you a link to download the program. Sign up here.

Dropbox & Desktop Wallpaper/Screensave- An Awesome Free Present

They say the best presents in life are free- This use of dropbox is certainly an awesome present that won't cost you anything and will bring your relatives (especially the parents and grandparents) joy throughout year.   It involves setting up two dropbox accounts, one for you and one for the relative and setting the desktop wallpaper or screensaver to pull images from a folder inside your dropbox that you have shared with the relative. This allows you to drop images into this folder at anytime that will automatically show in their screensaver or as desktop wallpaper. You need:A dropbox account for you (free - sign up here)A dropbox account for a relative/friend (free)Access to the relatives computer (visiting for the holidays?)A pile of images - You should size these about 2400 pixels longSteps:

  1. Start a dropbox account for you or use your existing one.
  2. Create a folder in your Dropbox called "shared_wallpaper"
  3. Put your images in the folder
  4. Share the folder with your relative/friend
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  5. From their account accept the share - they will now have the folder "shared_wallpaper" on their computer.  The folders are synced - anything you put in your folder will appear in their folder. They do have the ability to delete files and add their own unless you are a pro level user. At that level you can set view only.
  6. Set their desktop wallpaper(rotate image every X minutes) to use the contents of the folder OR set their screensaver to use the contents of the folder.
    • OSX:OSX Desktop Wallpaper can be set to pull from any folder and rotate at X intervals.
    • Windows:Windows allows you to pull from a folder (press browse) and set an interval for rotation too.
  7. Add a few photos to the folder through the year and they will automatically get used in the wallpaper/screensaver.

 Do you have a favorite Dropbox use or hack? Love to hear it - share in the comments here or on my facebook page: Bonus - You can even use the folder for your android wallpaper via the App Muzei and Dropzei. I don't know of a iOS option, if you do feel free to share in the comments or on my Facebook page

Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Update - Now Available

Scroll down for download linksScreenshot 2014-11-19 07.47.17New features

  • Support for the ability to add or read feedback provided on Lightroom web.
  • Ability to import images from Apple Aperture and Apple iPhoto libraries into Lightroom.
  • Fixes for bugs introduced in earlier versions of Lightroom 5.
  • Camera support for additional new lenses and cameras.

Lightroom 5.7 includes support for new cameras including

  • Nikon D750
  • Canon 7D Mark II
  • Canon G7 X
  • Powershot SX60HS
  • Sony A5100
  • Iphone 6 and 6 Plus

A handful of new lenses

  • Canon & Nikon Mounts of EF Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 ZE
  • SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014
  • Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Voigtlander SL 40mm f/2 Ultron ASPH
  • Voigtlander SL 40mm f/2 Ultron ASPH close-up Lens
  • Nikon AF-S 20mm f/1.8G ED
  • Nikon AF-S 400mm f2.8E FL ED VR

Lightroom 5.7 is a free update for existing Lightroom 5 users. New customers can download Lightroom as a 30-day free trial, or as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscriptions that start at $9.99 per month for the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which comes with Photoshop, Lightroom mobile and more.Adobe is also running a Black Friday promotion for Creative Cloud Complete, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, access to Adobe's cloud, the ProSite portfolio website, Typekit desktop and web fonts and 20 GB of cloud storage for $39.99 per month or $15.99 per month for students and teachers. The promotional period ends Nov. 28.Want to know more about Lightroom? Watch my FREE Lightroom Video Tutorials Adobe.comDownload Lightroom 5.7 from AdobeMac – –

Lightroom Plugin- Focus Points

I am often asked about reviewing focus points in Lightroom, until now it hasn't been possible. Canon's own DIgital Photo Professional (DPP) does provide the feature but in general DPP doesn't provide nearly the power or efficiency that Lightroom provides.Chris Reimold has created a FREE plugin that now allows you to see focus point information.Download link for be useful for diagnosing focusing issues or satisfying your curiosity.Screenshot 2014-09-20 11.45.20Screenshot 2014-09-20 11.45.00Screenshot 2014-09-20 11.44.27 A reminder that Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom Combo is just $9.99/mo.  Giving you access to the full featuresd, always up to date tools a photographer needs.

$9.99 for Photoshop/Lightroom - Announcements from Adobe.

A handful of big photo announcements came out of Adobe's presentation on Wednesday. - See all my Adobe related announcement updates yesterday

    1. Lightroom mobile is now available on iPhones (as well as iPads) and allows editing, star rating and flagging of your Lightroom Catalog. Any changes you make to images on any device- phone, tablet, desktop- are synced to all other devices.  I have previously demoed the Lightroom mobile editing. No word or mention of any Android development for these apps.Screenshot 2014-06-18 14.11.44
    2. The $9.99/mo deal is here to stay - You get Photoshop and Lightroom CC - which means as updates happen you get them, along with 2GB of online storage (this is down from the 20GB offered in the more expensive packages) If you are currently paying for the more expensive plan you can downgrade at no penalty.Screenshot 2014-06-19 08.21.46
    3. The focus masking features which we talked about in last week's podcast looks nifty and useful.Screenshot 2014-06-18 13.44.11
    4. Adobe has released a new app for the iPad - Photoshop Mix. Call it an image manipulation tool, not quite an editor though it does offer some neat compositing and layer like abilities.  It is free and is capable of syncing with Lightroom collections as well as your camera roll.  Get Photoshop Mix from iTunes

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    Lightroom 5 - New Feature, Smart Previews, Explained

     6-11-2013-11-55-55-AM-2e97Lightroom 5 came out of beta today and is now available for pre-order from B&H (available by June 13th, download available now)One of the new features is Smart Preview - this nifty features frees laptop owners to keep originals on an external disk but still work with and edit copies when you are on the road and not connected to that drive.  It does this by creating a lossy DNG file that is stored on your laptop, typically they are about 5% of the size of the original images with a maximum dimension of 2500 pixels.  You can star/rate, add keywords and other meta data AND edit in the develop panel. You can even export a file up to 2500 pixels, perfectly large enough for sharing online.    More in the video below.Note about Catalogs- A catalog is a database that tracks the location of photos and information about them, you can have more than one catalog but only one catalog can be open at a time.  I typically have a catalog for each year, starting a new one at the beginning of each year.  Catalogs do not actually store your photos, just the previews and the changes you have applied, along with any metadata.  The actual images are stored in folders on your hard drive or multiple hard drives.

    Editing Raw Files on an iPad (Lightroom lite?)

    Today's on Kelby's Show, Tom Hogarty, a product manager for Adobe demoed a prototype/alpha/may-never-see-the-light-of-day app that provides photographers a way to edit RAW files with many of the develop modules we love in Lightroom and the ability to rate, sort, flag etc. Cool and then. . . all of this would be synced through the cloud to your master library!! That would be awesome. I now imagine myself relaxing, a high resolution tablet on my lap, swiping through photos, rating, pinching to zoom and check focus and quickly dealing with a large number of photos in a smooth, efficient and comfortable manner. I might be getting ahead of myself here - there was no release date and no mention that this was even definitively scheduled as a product that is coming to market.I queued the video to start where they begin discussing the app.In Related News - I get asked all the time for photo editing software options and my answer 90% of the time is Lightroom. It is approachable program though I wouldn't necessarily call it beginner friendly that offers a ton of power, maybe three tons! But there are times that people what a more photoshop like experience and Mac users have an option that was recently update and very affordable, Acorn- Until the end of this month it is being offered for $29, that is a lot easy to swallow than the hundreds Photoshop costs.  There are of course many things Photoshop can do that Acorn can't but I am betting for 90% of you photographers out there, Acorn combined with Lightroom will handle almost all your needs.AcornImageEditorWindow's users feeling left out - I have been playing around with It is browser based but certainly capable and the interface doesn't look all that different from Acorn. And of course since it is browser based it is available to anyone. 

    Lightroom 5 Beta

    Exciting News! It is no secret that I am a big fan of Lightroom and with the release of the Beta of Lightroom 5 we get to take a look at the future of Lightroom.   Check back later tonight for a video tour of these new features.

    New Features in Lightroom 5 Beta

    • Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what's being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.
    • Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.
    • Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer's eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.
    • Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.
    • Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.
    • Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

     Go Get the Lightroom 5 Beta  Note: This will NOT update your current Lightroom Catalog and you should NOT use it as production tool, it is still in beta form.

    Adobe Updates Lightroom 4, Camera Raw - Support for D7100!

    Adobe has released an update for Lightroom -Bug fixes and support for newish cameras.  Rejoice users of the Nikon D7100, no RAW file hacks needed now.Lightroom 4.4 ScreenAdobe released Lightroom 4.4, Camera Raw 7.4 and DNG Converter 7.4 with support and improvements for several cameras including the Nikon D7100!Download links:

     Not sure about Lightroom? Watch my Lightroom Introduction Video