Lightroom Performance – Preferences & Catalog Settings

In addition to optimizing the computer, you can optimize your Lightroom preferences and catalog settings for best performance.

 

Lightroom Updates

Lightroom is usually updated every 2-4 months, and these updates frequently include performance improvements as well, so it’s worth staying up to date.

If you have a CC subscription, open the CC app to check for updates. If a new update has been released but isn’t available in your CC app, click the cog icon and select Check for App Updates. If you have a perpetual (standalone) license, go to Help menu > Updates.

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Occasionally, an update introduces new bugs that aren’t spotted before release, so it’s also worth knowing how to roll back, just in case you do run into problems. If you’re not completely comfortable with this process, you may be safer to wait until the update has been available for a few days, just in case any serious new bugs surface. Keep an eye on my What’s New blog posts for the latest news.

 

Optimize the Catalog

Over the course of time, with many imports and deletions, the data in Lightroom’s catalog can become fragmented and spread across the whole database, making Lightroom jump around to  find the information it needs. The File menu > Optimize Catalog command “tidies up” and sorts it all back into the right order, bringing it back up to speed.

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It’s worth running the catalog optimization whenever you’ve made significant database changes, such as removing or importing a large number of photos, or any time you feel that Lightroom has slowed down. There’s also a checkbox in the Back Up Catalog dialog to automatically run the optimization each time you back up your catalog, which saves you having to remember.

 

Enable Graphics Processor checkbox

We’ve already discussed the GPU in the last couple of posts. As a reminder, if you’re using a standard resolution screen, you probably want to turn it off. If you’re using a 4K or 5K screen, you probably want it turned on. If you’re using a smaller retina/HiDPI screen (e.g. a MacBook Pro), try it on and off and see which you prefer. The checkbox is found under Edit menu (Windows) / Lightroom menu (Mac) > Preferences > Performance.

 

Auto-write XMP off

By default, all of the work you do in Lightroom, such as adding keywords or Develop edits, is stored as text instructions in the Lightroom catalog. If you need to make the metadata available to other programs, such as Bridge or Camera Raw, you need to store it in/with the files using a metadata format called XMP. Some users also use XMP as an additional (but incomplete) backup of edits.

If you frequently edit your photos in other software such as Bridge, writing changes automatically saves you having to remember to do so. However, it can have a notable impact on performance, especially if the photos are stored on a slower drive. To check and change your auto write preference, go to Edit menu (Windows) / Lightroom menu (Mac) > Catalog Settings > Metadata tab > Automatically Write Changes Into XMP. If you choose to turn auto-write off, you can manually write to XMP at any time by selecting the photos in Grid view and selecting Metadata menu > Write Metadata to Files.

 

Render the Best Previews & Cache Settings for Your Needs

Finally, Lightroom uses a number of different types of previews and caches, and it’s worth gaining a basic understanding so you can optimize the settings for your own workflow. We’ll discuss this in the next post in the series.

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SING TO THE TUNE OF “I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” (BY BING CROSBY)

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To wrap up this Christmas week, please join my yearly tradition of me being “lame” as I sing the following — to the tune of Bing Crosby’s “I’ll be home for Christmas:” 

“I’m laming out for the Holidays
You can count on it.
There won’t be posts, or any news
It’s a present just for me. 

Christmas Eve will find me
Far away from this blog.
But I’ll be back again next week
I’m off to watch TV”

That’s right folks, I am totally “laming out” (laming rhymes with flaming) and kicking back and relaxing with the family. I’m not working, blogging, breathing, eating, posting; there’s no Grid episode next week; just joyous rest, relaxation, and the sounds of distorted guitar played up load between football games.

So, take a brief moment to soak in all the wonder and magic that is a stock image with text I added in Photoshop, and then let’s not think about any of this until next week. Deal? Deal!

Here’s wishing you and your family a safe, happy, healthy holiday and all the joy His season can bring. :)

Merry Christmas!

-Scott and the crew here at KelbyOne

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It’s New Class Thursday!

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Travel Photography: A Photographer’s Guide To Venice with Scott Kelby and Larry Becker
Consider this your very own photographer-friendly guide on where to go for the best photographs of Venice, Italy. Join Scott Kelby and Larry Becker as Scott shares his favorite locations to shoot, along with the kind of veteran traveler tips that will help you capture images that you’ll be delighted to bring back home. Timing is everything, so you’ll not only learn where to go, but what times will yield the best chances for great photographs. This is strictly a travel guide for photographers (including a downloadable PDF), so there’s no Photoshop or Lightroom involved, just the kind of information that will aid you on your photographic journey and inspire you to get out there and shoot.

In Case You Missed It
Join Scott Kelby as he shows you his strategies for travel photography on location in Paris, France! All along the way Scott shares his very best tips and techniques for planning, preparing, and getting the most out of your next travel adventure. Come along and watch the entire process of shooting in a variety of locations in this class then meet back up in part 2, Editing Your Travel Photos with Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Sing to the Tune of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

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To get you ready for Christmas (and by you, I mean me), please join with me and sing this next part (sing it out loud if you’re really in the Christmas spirit) to the tune of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee.

Laming out, on Christmas Week…
at the Lightroom Killer Tips Blog.
Here is something that you won’t see
Any tips or Lightroom stuff.

I’m taking off, the rest of the week…
To let the Christmas Spirit ring.
Later I’ll have some pumpkin pie
and not do any posting.

You will get a sentimental feeling
When you see… 
This same stinkin’ graphic all week long
Come back next week, and please stay strong.

Laming out, on Christmas Week…
But I’ll be back before the end of the year.
So thanks for giving me a few days off
I hope I get…some…cool…new… gear!

I wish you and your family a safe, happy and wonderful Holiday filled with all the joys His season can bring.

Merry Christmas to all…and to all there’s no blog! 😉

Best,

-Scott

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It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Kristina Sherk!

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Top Four Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Miss Kristina’s New Class

Ok everyone, it’s slowly counting down to the Holidays and one of the things on my wish list, is TIME! At this point in the year, it’s that one elusive thing that slips away through our fingers that there never seems to be enough of. Well – this mysterious thing called time isn’t just in high demand during the holidays, but always. So, when it comes to my method of teaching Photoshop and Lightroom… if the technique doesn’t save you time, then I’m not interested in teaching it.

Tip #1: TIME
As you can imagine, my new KelbyOne class does just that. Saves. You. TIME. So many people out there think it’s not possible to retouch portraits solely in Adobe Lightroom, so they take each and every portrait they shoot into Photoshop and create layers upon layers of adjustments to fix a few problem areas on a face. To all of you, I suggest you watch my brand-spankin-new class on Retouching Portraits in Lightroom, and then come back to me if you still feel the same way. Even the classes intro has time saving value! Just listen to what this user got out of just watching the intro: “Thanks so much for an excellent set of lessons on Lightroom portrait retouching. What sets you and this class apart and above others is the intro sessions on preparing and setting the stage. I’ve been struggling with LR performance and you solved my angst in mere seconds.” – Doug Stringer

Tip #2: KILL OVER FIVE BIRDS WITH ONE STONE
Ok, so this tip may need a little explaining… But what I mean is… Let’s say you want to make five changes to the iris of your model. So – let’s hypothetically think about how we would do that in Photoshop verses Lightroom. In Photoshop, you would have to create five different adjustment layers in order to make those changes.

1) Color Balance (make eyes more blue)

2) Saturation (make eyes more colorful)

3) Contrast (make highlights and shadows in iris more intense)

4) Sharpen (bring out detail from iris)

5) Curves (make iris brighter)

6) Place all adjustment layers in their own group, and paint the mask in where the effects are meant to be seen.

 

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Gosh – I’m exhausted just typing all of that out! That would easily take a Photoshop newbie at least 10 minutes to do. Now… let’s think about what we would have to do to achieve the same effect in Lightroom.

1) Click on the Local Adjustment brush

2) Drag Temperature, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness and Exposure Sliders to the desired levels.

3) Paint ONE Stroke on each eye.

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And PRESTO! You’re done! I made the same 5 changes to the iris in under 30 seconds (yes – I timed myself), with one tool! This one hypothetical scenario saved the average user nine minutes and 30 seconds! And to take this concept one step further, think about how many photos you retouch per day and you’ll immediately see the time saving benefits of this new way of thinking!

Tip #3: SYNCING IS YOUR FRIEND
Come again, now? Yes – syncing facial portrait retouching is now possible in Lightroom CC & 6! This works on portraits where the model is in similar positions. So to accomplish this tip, you’ll need to paint in a change using Lightroom’s local adjustment brush, and then select both the image you’re working on, plus the next similar image in the batch. When you sync settings between images, make sure you tick the checkbox next to the word “Brush” under the Local Adjustments section of the sync window. And here’s your super-user tip: If the change doesn’t completely line up with the new image, then click the adjustment brush pinpoint on the new file, and then drag it to re-align the adjustment with the new image! Did I just hear someone’s brain explode? Because mine did, when I first found out that little tip-nugget. Check out Lesson 11 for more on this tip.

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Tip #4 FREE IS KING
If you’ve seen any of my other KelbyOne classes, then you know that you never leave a SharkPixel class without some sort of beneficial downloadable freebie! And this class is no exception! Stick around to the end of my class, and you’ll be rewarded with some amazing downloadable brushes to kick start your Lightroom portrait retouching!

Happy Holidays… and happy retouching!

You can see more of Kristina’s work at KristinaSherk.com and SharkPixel.com, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

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I Accidentally Learned a Camera Raw Cropping Tip and I Want to Share It With You

I had to call a few friends on this one, and make sure that what I thought I came across was right (and I wasn’t just doing the wrong way all this time, and I just finally figured out the “right way”). Everybody I called was doing it the same way I was, and they all dug the tip (and none of them knew of it), so I’m sharing it with you here today. Watch the quick video below:

Two things: 

(1) I hope you found that helpful
(2) I hope I haven’t been doing it wrong all along, and there’s some other way to automatically select the whole image for cropping.

Here’s the trailer I didn’t have two weeks ago
It’s for my “Just One Flash” class – can you give it a quick look?

Hey, did you notice that the image I used in the tutorial at the top, is the same person as you see here in the one flash class? Both shots are from that “Just One Flash” class, and you can watch it right now (if you’re not a KelbyOne member, take the 10-day free trial and start watching it immediately).

Here’s the link to the class:

Hope you all have a rockin’ Tuesday! :)

Best,

-Scott

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Quick Tip on Using Lightroom’s Target Adjustment Tool

It’s time for another Lightroom Coffee Break with Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde. This time, in just 44-seconds, he shows you how and why you’d want to use Lightroom’s Targeted Adjustment Tool.

Pretty handy tool, and one I use myself quite a bit. 🙂

Want a perfect last-minute Christmas gift?
Get the Lightroom-using, Photoshop-loving, Photography shooting, Creative person on your Holiday Gift List a KelbyOne Annual Gift Membership (now available).

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Here’s the link to give an Annual KelbyOne Gift Membership (they are delivered immediately via email). 🙂

Hope you have a happy Tuesday, and that the holidays are treating you awesomely!

Best,

-Scott

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Why not organize photos into folders by topic?

Having decided where to store your photos in the previous post, you now need to decide how to organize them.

Before you used photo management software, such as Lightroom, you may have organized your photos into folders by subject, so why not carry on doing that? The main reason… a file can only be in one folder at a time, so if you divide your photos up by topic, how do you decide where a photo should go?*

For example, if you have a photo of John and Susan, should it go in the John folder or the Susan folder? Perhaps you duplicate in both folders, but then, what happens when you have a larger group of people? Do you duplicate the photo in all of their folders too, rapidly filling your hard drive and making it difficult to track? And if you duplicate the photo in multiple folders, when you come to edit that photo, do you have to update all of the copies too?

Folders work best as storage buckets rather than organizing tools. If you keep a single copy of each photo in a folder (plus backups elsewhere, of course!), then you can use keywords, collections and other metadata to group and find the photos easily.

Using metadata as your organizational tool, the photo of John and Susan would be stored in a single 2016/12 folder, but it would show up when you searched for photos of John, Susan, or even photos shot at a wedding.

We’ll come back to how to organize using metadata, but first, next week, we’ll discuss the building blocks of an organized folder structure that is scalable, easy to back up, consistent and doesn’t create unnecessary duplication.

* There are some workflows which can benefit from storing in folders by topic, but these still stick to the best practices of digital asset management. We’ll discuss these exceptions in next week’s post.

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Want to Give Someone An Awesome Holiday Gift? KelbyOne Gift Memberships Are Here!

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That graphic above pretty well explains it (and it’s a pretty sweet deal, too at $30 off).

Here’s the link to get an Annual KelbyOne Gift Membership for the Lightroom using, Photoshop loving, Photography shooting, Creative person on your Holiday Gift List. :)

Oh, yeah, and then there’s this…

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In case you missed this last week — KelbyOne Annual Members are getting a free awesome gift from us every day just because we super-dig our annual members, and if you get someone a gift certificate, they’ll get all the cool stuff we keep adding to our KelbyOne Creative Toolkit, too!

So far (we’re only a few days in — it runs until Christmas eve), here’s the cool, creative gifts we’ve given our annual members so far:

Dec 13th: Our 2016 Photoshop 100-HotTips Guide
Dec 14th: My Nik ColorEfex Pro Architectural Recipes
Dec 15th: Scott’s Lightroom Print Templates
Dec 16th: Lightroom and Camera Raw Keyboard Shortcut Guide
Dec 17th: Special Bonus Issue: The Best of Photoshop User Magazine 
Dec 18th: Your choice of ANY ebook from Rocky Nook Publishing, FREE! (they’re the folks that publish my “How Do I Do that in Lightroom?” Book, and my “How Do I Do That In Photoshop?” books, but you get to choose any ebook from their entire library).
Today: More cool stuff!
Our “12-days of Christmas” keeps on going until December 24th! Plus, we’ll be adding more goodies to your toolkit all year long (pretty sweet, right?).
OK, lots of fun holiday stuff fer ya – hope you have a great Monday, and we’ll see ya back here tomorrow. :)
Best,
-Scott

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Getting “Photoshop-like” Guides in Lightroom

This is a quick, handy-little feature that was added in a Lightroom CC update and if you didn’t know it was there, you might miss it altogether. Check out the short video below. 🙂

Hope you found that helpful

Hey, since I know you’re in to photography…
I want to invite you to check out my new online course that just came out last week, it’s called “10 Things Every Photographer Needs to Know On Their Camera” – check out the official trailer below.

Here’s the link if you want to watch the class right now.

Have a great Monday, and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow for Ben Warde’s “Lightroom Coffee Break.”

Best,

-Scott

 

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How Many Images Can You Have in One Lightroom Catalog and Have It Still Perform Well?

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Last week when we were hosting our live KelbyOne member Q&A webcast about my Simplified Lightroom Image Management (SLIM) System online course, one of our viewers asked that question, and I was stumped.

So, I went to my friends at Adobe and asked that same question. I knew that “back in the day” (when Lightroom first shipped around 10-years ago), catalogs could start to get sluggish when they hit around 50,000 or 60,000 images, but I also know that since then Adobe has made great advancements in the backend of Lightroom and that catalogs could now be really big, but I was never sure “how big” and if there was a number where even Adobe would say, “OK, that’s too much.”

Here’s what I learned:
You can put an insane amount of images in your catalog. In fact, Adobe knows of users that have single Lightroom catalogs with literally millions of images, including one that has over six million images and it still runs like a champ, so I guess at this point nobody knows exactly what the limit is (or if there even is one), but we know this — the roof isn’t six million. 🙂

There are a lot of things that determine how zippy Lightroom is, so it’s possible to have a much smaller catalog that still feels sluggish, because there are so many things  that affect Lightroom’s performance, including your hardware configuration (everything from how much RAW you have, to how fast the hard drive is that you’ve got your catalog installed on, and there’s graphics cards issues, and workflow issues, and well…you get the idea).

How to tune Lightroom for peak performance
Here’s a link to a really eye-opening article from Adobe , on how to set your system, and Lightroom, to run its fastest on your particular system. I have to tell you, there were definitely some things in there that I did not know when it comes to tuning your system. Well worth the read (and thanks to Adobe’s Jeff Tranberry for turning me on to this info, and letting me share it with you).

Hope you found that helpful, and here’s wishing you a zippy Lightroom weekend!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re looking for a fun Lightroom course to watch this weekend, check out my class named after this very site — Lightroom Killer Tips. Here’s the link.

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It’s New Class Thursday!

Top 10 Things Every Photographer Should Know About Their Camera with Scott Kelby
If you are new to DSLR photography, then this class is for you. Join Scott Kelby as he takes you through the ten most important things every photographer should know about their camera. We all want to get great images, and taking the time to get to know the ten or so most important features on our cameras can really help keep our photos sharp, clean, well exposed, and showing the right colors whether we’re shooting moving subjects or still landscapes. This class may be named the top ten, but Scott manages to pack a whole lot more into each lesson, providing a firm foundation for getting the most out of every tip and technique.

In Case You Missed It
In Exploring Digital Photography, Rick Sammon shares the slide presentation he gives around the country and around the world. It includes his best photographs and best tips and his best jokes! For each and every slide, you get a cool tip, either photography or Photoshop. See Rick in action from the comfort of your own home!

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How to use Lightroom Mobile’s Built-in Camera (and why it’s so awesome!)

Hi Gang – greetings from Dallas, Texas this morning (here for my seminar today). I came across this awesome little video from Adobe’s own Lightroom Evangelist Julieanne Kost, and it’s all about the new built-in camera app inside Lightroom mobile for IOS (iPhone and iPad both). Once you see what it can do (including shooting in RAW), it’ll make you never want to use the Apple camera app again. Very cool stuff!

Big high five to Julieanne for uncovering all that RAW, pro-mode shooting goodness!

My 12-days of Christmas has begun!
If you’re an annual KelbyOne member, make sure you check out my post about the awesome goodies we’re giving annual members every day for the next 12-days. You’ll be really surprised at some of the awesomeness we have planned (thanks in part, to some of our awesome partners).

Here’s the link to my post (and there’s a video with 5 Photoshop layers tips from me there, too). 🙂

Have a great Wednesday everybody!

Best,

-Scott 

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It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Chris Hershman!

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A Guide To Becoming A Filmmaker Using DSLR Cameras:
Helping Photographers Transition Into Filmmaking

I’m like most filmmakers who started off using HDSLR cameras to shoot video. However I started off passionately pursing a career in photographer and toyed around with my new camera’s video settings and then BOOM! A video career began. 

A common story I hear from creative folks in my circle is that they just got a new camera and it shoots video, so they’re looking for ways to learn how to break into making money through booking video gigs. 

Little backstory on myself and how I got into video and where it took me… I purchased a Nikon that had video capabilities. It was never my intention to break into video, but I thought it would be a great thing to learn. Thought maybe I could offer video services in addition to my photography and double the amount I made. That’s exactly what happened, and it took me further than I could have ever imagined. 

I first began filming bands performing live in studios. Being a musician myself, I gravitated toward my personal interest, music and live performance. I suggest finding a way to film the things you enjoy most. If you’re into cooking, start with some cooking videos. If you want to film documentaries, grab a close friend who has a story you want to help them share with the world. Start small, knock something out and get that first project done and under your belt. 

After dabbling in video with bands, I decided to take video more seriously and grow it as large as I possibly could. Fast forward a few years, I linked up with Chicago Music Exchange and spent three years building their video channel. During that time I created over 400 videos for the independent music store. It grew the business from $3M a year to over $12M in sales a year, and we won the Chicago Crain’s business award for best use of Social Media to grow a company. The owner of the music store went onto create a platform called Reverb.com that allows musicians to buy sell and trade their used instruments online. We began with the same techniques with social media and integrated video to get the company up and running and had the same results. Reverb.com just won Music INC Magazine’s “Best Company of 2016.”

The point being that video provided a lucrative career for me and proved to be a necessary tool in the growth of these two striving companies. I’m so glad I picked up video and put that in my arsenal of creative skills. I think if you’re remotely interested in learning video, you can most definitely grow your company and expand your story telling capabilities.

I’d like to note that it was very important for me to continually focus on photography while growing my eye for motion. The two are very complimentary to each other. If you’ve got a knack for photography, it’ll be even easier to make the transition into video.

SHORTCUTS TO BREAKING INTO VIDEO

Let’s start with the basics. You’ve got a camera that shoots video. These tips should help you set your camera to the proper video settings. 

Switch your camera to “Live Mode.”

Select manual mode on your camera. 

Set Your Frame Rate, or Frames Per Second (FPS)
Your options here are 24, 30, or 60. This is a different setting than your shutter speed, which we’ll talk about next.

Quick Breakdown of each FPS:

  • 24FPS will give you that classic Cinematic look. Just about every large motion picture is filmed in this format. This is the most natural and relaxing way for the eye to see motion pictures. 
  • 30FPS would be for needing a little extra clarity. Perhaps you are showing off some products or doing a talking head interview and prefer the look.
  • 60FPS is going to allow you to slow your footage in post-editing by 50% and give you a clean slow motion effect.

Select Your Shutter Speed
The rule of thumb here is to double your shutter as closely as you can depending on what you set your FPS. So for instance if your FPS is set to 24FPS, you’ll set your shutter to 1/50 of a second. For 30FPS it’ll be 1/60 of a sec and if you choose 60FPS you’ll need to set your shutter to 1/125 of a sec.

Most cameras will allow you to crank your shutter up as high as your camera shoots like 1/8000. However you really want to stick to these guidelines to get the proper look for your video. 

*Pro tip – When you shoot outdoors it may be temping to increase your shutter speed, but make sure to raise your f-stop, not shutter. If your image is still blown out and far too bright, consider purchasing a Neutral Density Filter. The toughest part at the beginning is using your video in super bright conditions, because you need to shoot at 1/50 of a second outdoors which is hard to do, especially if you want have a shallow depth-of-field look to your video.

Setting Your White Balance
Quick tip is if you’re outdoors, set your Kelvin manually to 5600K. That’ll be good rule of thumb for shooting anything in Daylight. If you’re indoors, start with 3200K. This cooler setting with compensate for the warmer light that is emitted by indoor lighting fixtures (aka Tungsten light). 

These can vary depending on the lighting in your space, but start there and make small corrections up or down depending on the skin tone you’re looking to achieve. 

Using Multiple Cameras
For shooting multiple cameras, it’s absolutely imperative to set all your cameras to the same settings on each of your cameras. Factory reset all your cameras and start over with all of your settings. You never know when you’re borrowing a buddies camera or if you had rented an extra body, if someone tweaked some settings in other modes like Color Profiles and what not. 

For most people that’s the extent of the manual settings you need to know in order to start using your camera in manual video mode.

Advanced Video Settings
Color profiles are commonly found in your cameras shooting menu. I suggest using your “Standard” setting if you’re using your camera for the first few times. Once you’ve mastered the basics and want to experiment with different “Looks” then head to your camera’s menu and try the different Color Profiles available to you. The mode most cinematographers will choose is “Flat” or “Neutral.” This setting lowers the contrast in your camera and allows for more highlights to be captured without blowing them out. In addition it raises your shadows, allowing for more details to be captured in the darker areas of your scene. 

The main reason for selecting this setting would be for doing additional color correcting in the post-editing process. This mode give you the most flexibility in your post-process. Imagine this being similar to shooting a JPEG vs RAW. The RAW captures more details and allows for more editing capabilities. HOWEVER, don’t mistake this for being RAW video. There are cameras out there that literally capture RAW video and you’re looking at a whole different ball game with those cameras. 

The RAW capture cameras are RED, Black Magic and ARRI Alexa, to name a few. These are cinema cameras and don’t belong to the DSLR family. However, using these high-end cinema cameras is most definitely the direction you want to look forward to when expanding your career in large scale commercial work or feature length films.

Choosing The Right Lens
Being that I was a portrait photographer, shooting shallow depth-of-field video was my first priority and venture into filmmaking. I wanted to make my videos appear much like my photographs. A nice blown out background looks very cinematic, but when your subject is moving around the scene, it can be very challenging to keep your image in focus. 

When shooting video I rarely shoot wide open apertures like f/1.4. I typically stay between f/2.8 and f/4. This is going to help you keep your subject in focus and allow you more wiggle room to keep your subject nice and sharp. So when beginning, it may be tempting to use your portrait prime lenses, but keep those lenses reserved for nice b-roll or when your camera is on a tripod shooting a talking head interview, where there is little to no motion in your scene. 

*Pro-tip – There are lenses with built-in stabilizers in them. These are the lenses I gravitate toward when wanting a nice clean professional look. Here is a simple way of knowing if a lens has a stabilizer built-in. For Nikon it will be labeled as “VR” which stands for Vibration Reduction, and for Canon they label it as “IS” for Image Stabilization. Same thing, just named differently by brand. This is a major help in the field, especially when you’re putting your camera in motion.

Stabilizing Your Camera
The first mistake most beginners make is hand holding your camera for video, myself included. In order to take video seriously and get a proper look to your video, you’ll need to attach it to something to keep it far more stable than your hands. You don’t want every film you make looking like a Blair Witch film. Below are a few basic options. 

Tripod – There is one major over looked difference between a tripod for photography and for video. The difference is for video you need to use a Fluid Video Head. This is the mechanism you camera attaches to on the very top your tripod. For photography, they focus on tilting your camera up and down and panning left and right, but its not meant to move smoothly. However the fluid video head allows you to move your camera in a smooth motion in all directions. This will be a necessary tool for shooting clean professional looking video. 

Monopod – This is one legged stand that you can attach your camera to that allows you to pick up with ease and be very mobile. The trick here is attach a fluid video head to help keep everything smooth in your image. These stands collapse very small and are great for traveling and taking up very little space. 

Shoulder Rig – Rigs like these vary in size and price. Some can tuck under your arm or against your chest, or of course, over your shoulder. This rig gives you full range of mobility and is an excellent option versus hand-holding your camera. Shoulder rigs greatly increase your ability to hold your camera still and provide excellent stability. 

Slider – A slider is a simple track that you can attach your camera to that gives you smooth motion from left to right. To increase the motion capabilities, add a fluid video head and you’ve a great setup for putting your camera in motion and keeping your image stable. 

Dolly – A dolly is much larger version of a slider. A board with wheels can glide across rails giving you the ability to move your camera left and right with many more feet of travel. I prefer using 12ft length of dolly track. You can set your fluid head tripod on top of this platform and add very simple, but professional looking movement to your video. 

Jib/Crane – Like all of these tools, they can come in many ranges of build and size, same for jibs. A jib is a projected arm that you attach to your camera and raise your camera up and down with large sweeping movements. Smaller jibs can be as simple as an attachment on your tripod, and others are so large they require hours of set up and balancing. This is a great way to get some unbelievable elevated shots. They offer a look in motion that the previous tools simply do not offer. These are tricky to navigate the larger in size, so its preferred to find someone who is a dedicated jib operator for larger productions. 

Gimbals – By definition, gimbals are pivoted supports that allow the rotation of an object about a single axis. There are several popular gimbals on the market but the one most commonly know is called a Ronin. A Ronin is a camera stabilization system designed to give the operator close to the freedom of unencumbered handheld shooting but without the hand-shake.  This system is fantastic for shots less than 3 minutes in length before needing to rest. Any longer and your arms may turn to jello and your risk dropping your camera. There are add-ons you can add to help hold the gimbal in place, but they become pretty cumbersome and may require advance knowledge of the tool. In that case, you may just want to hire some to run a Steadicam, which is a handheld gimbal that works completely on balance of your camera and does not offer any mechanical assistance.

Audio 
We can’t talk about making videos without talking about capturing sound. There are built-in mics on most DSLR cameras. However, I suggest finding a higher quality way of capturing sound. This subject can get very complex and in-depth, but I’ll try to keep it simple and as basic as possible for jumping into video for the first time.

On Camera Shotgun Microphones – Most cameras offer a mic input jack. This is perfect for plugging in a DSLR shotgun mic that attached to the hot shoe. This allows your directional microphone to be recorded on the same video file when recording and does not require any additional syncing of audio and video in post production.  

Handheld Recorder – There are a few popular models such as the Zoom H4n that offer nice stereo built-in microphones along with several inputs to attach other mics via XLR microphone cable. This option will require you to sync your audio to your video in post production. 

*Pro tip – To make syncing of audio and video easier in post-production, be sure to hit record on your recorder and your camera, then use a clap within the frame of your video and near and loud enough to be picked up by your audio recording device. Then in post production you have a visual cue to match to your audible que. If your camera’s built-in mic is recording audio and picks up the clap as well, you can sync in most editing software using the audio signal from the video. The software will examine both the audio from your camera and separate audio device and sync the two clips automatically. This is a huge time saver. On the flip side, if something happens where the audio on your camera wasn’t recording or loud enough, you still have the visual cue from the clap recorded on video.

Storage
You’re making large resolution video and not pictures now, so you’ll need a storage device other than your internal computer hard-drive. It’s time to invest in external hard-drives. My preference for storing and editing video is LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 hard-drives. They come in several memory sizes, but 1TB or 2TB should be good for beginning. You can work your way up to a 60TB hard-drive that allow you to edit RAW video with ease. But for now, just grab one of those fun orange hard-drives and take your storage with you. With these drives you don’t need to plug any external power sully into a wall, and it’s fast enough to allow all your video files to live on your external drive while being edited on your computer. Without externals, you risk filling up your computers internal memory and slowing your machine down to a snail’s pace. Buy a drive.

Editing
Let’s focus on two editing software options. Both come with trial versions, so give it 30 days and figure out which you prefer. 

Final Cut Pro X – This system runs great and is an easy transition for those who may have dabbled with iMovie in your early stages of editing or prefer to use Apple based programs. This is what I prefer, but only because I’ve had many years of practice and experience with this particular platform. 

Adobe Premiere Pro – If you currently use Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Photoshop and Lightroom, then Premiere Pro is waiting for you to download a trial version within seconds. This may be a great option for you is you’re familiar with the Adobe programs.

Both of these accomplish the same task, it just comes down to personal preference. 

Exporting
One of the most common questions comes down to the exporting process. When your video is done and ready to be sent off into the world to be seen, you have to select a format or “Codec” to export your video file. It’s safe to say that if you export your file as “H.264” it’ll be widely accepted on most online video platforms and play on most any device. It’s the industry standard.

Wrap Up
When shooting stills and video, the camera may be the same, but the approach has to be different. The biggest difference comes down to the settings and tools you use to create video vs still photography. Use this quick guide to set your camera up and get shooting. The most important thing is to try, so get out there, film something small and build on that experience. Use one camera at first, then try using two cameras and editing between the two. Move on to putting your camera in motion and focus on building on to what you last learned from your previous video. Keep elevating your level of production and stay innovative. The world is waiting to see what you come up with!

You can see more of Chris’s work at ChrisHershman.com, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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My “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaways Start Today! (Plus “5 Quick Layers Tips” Video)

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If you’re an Annual KelbyOne member, things are going to get seriously awesome for the next 12 days because every day from now until Christmas, as our way of celebrating the Holidays (and celebrating you being our annual member), we are going to give away something very cool every day, starting at 12:00 Noon ET today.

We’re talking presets, templates, plug-ins, even books!

Q. OK, who gets these free gifts?
A. Anyone who has an ‘Annual KelbyOne Membership’ plan.

Q. So annual members get cool free things (like Lightroom presets, and ebooks, and stuff)?
A. Oh, yeah — a whole bunch of fun stuff (some of it is really incredible, thanks to our partners). 

Q. How do we get this stuff?
A. Go to your member Dashboard; click on Toolkit, and new stuff will just appear every single day until Christmas.

Q. Cool! What’s the first thing we get?
A.Well, Timmy, it’s a our new Photoshop 100 Hot Tips Guide!

Q. Really? That is awesome! Do I get another gift tomorrow?
A. Yup. I think tomorrow’s is a set of my own custom Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4 Recipes.

Q. How about the day after that?
A. Still yes. Every day. For 12 days straight. Cool free stuff for annual members every day. 

Q. Ya know, nobody does stuff like this for 12 straight days, right?
A. It’s a love thing (5 pts. if you recognized that references to a song by The Whispers. Ain’t no school like the old school!). 

Q. I love KelbyOne!
A. We love you right back! (but that’s not a question — more of a statement really)

Q. I love you less since you just publicly corrected me.
A. It doesn’t change the way we feel about you. Love, nothing but love. Well, love and a slight bit of sentence structure correction, but really pretty minimal amounts.

Q. What if I’m not a member? Can I join and get this stuff?
A. Yup, and we have a special new member deal during these 12-days — just $169 (that’s $30 off our regular annual membership, Coupon Code: 12days169 ). Here’s the link. 

Q. That’s more than your CyberWeek deal.
A. It’s not CyberWeek any more. Now it’s just “week.” 

Q. So, I get more for less?
A. That is correct. 

Q. You’re not a cable company are you?
A. Ummm. No. 

Q. Maybe you should buy a Cable Company?
A. It costs a lot to buy a cable company, and then everybody hates you all the time. 

Q. Good point. Just keep doing your thing. 
A. Okay. 

Q. So are you doing this just for these 12-days?
A. Nope. we’re starting it now, but we’ll be adding new gifts to our annual member’s toolkits all year long. 

Q. How cool is that! You guys rock.
A. [blush]

Q. OK, can we get to the “5 Quick Layers Tips” video now?
A. Sure, but I’ve really enjoyed our time together. 

Q. Me, too.
A. I know. You had me at “Q.”

Here ya go:

I’m on my way to Dallas today – hope to meet some of you tomorrow at my seminar in Arlington. :)

Happy Holidays,

-Scott

P.S. Even though I’m out of town, “The Grid” is still on for tomorrow — Larry Becker is hosting and we have the crew from MacPhun plug-ins on showing off their brand new plug-in “Luminar.” 

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How The Auto-Advance Feature Can Speed Your Sorting

Happy Tuesday, everybody – and if it’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for another Lightroom Coffee Break with Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde. This 60-second video is on why the Auto-Advance feature is so helpful when it comes to sorting your images.

Looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you here in Dallas tomorrow at my seminar. Hope you all have a great day, and we’ll catch ya back here tomorrow. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

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Lightroom Film Noir “Light Coming Through The Shades” Trick

Happy Monday ya’ll, and #rolltide!

Today we’re doing a Lightroom trick that mimics the look of light streaming though some window shades and falling on your subject. Amazingly easy to do, and you have a lot of control over the final effect. Check it out:

Hope you found that helpful! I’m off to Dallas tomorrow for my seminar there on Wednesday (not too late to come out and spend the day with me if you can).

Here’s wishing you an awesome week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re looking for a Lightroom course to watch tonight, check out my class called “7 Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs to Know.” Here’s the link.  

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10 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me When I Started in Photography

Larry Becker was my guest this week on The Grid, and he was just awesome with some really great tips throughout. We cover a lot in this episode, and there’s lot of great comments, questions, and I think you’ll really enjoy it (the episode is above – you can play the episode and just listen to the audio in the background).

Hope that starts off your Monday right!

I’m off to Dallas tomorrow for my seminar there in Arlington on Wednesday. If you want to join me, and few other hundred photographers, it’s not too late (here’s the link).

Have a great Monday!

Best,

-Scott

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It’s a Lightroom Love Fest!

Lot’s of Lightroom stuff to share with you today, but let’s start with Lightroom Magazine news! :)

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“Lightroom Magazine” has been “a magazine within a magazine” as its own section inside Photoshop User magazine (the official magazine publishing 10-times a year for KelbyOne members), but Lightroom has become such a big thing, that we felt it needed to be its own separate stand-alone magazine, and well…now it is!

This gives us the opportunity to expand our Lightroom coverage going forward (like adding new columns from Lightroom gurus Martin Evening, and Serge Ramelli), and to include photography related articles and features. Both of these magazines are created exclusively for KelbyOne members, if you are one, you’ll now receive both magazinse now as part of your membership (basically, you’ll be getting a new magazine, either Photoshop User or Lightroom Magazine, every few weeks).

Back Issues are here, too!
Also (this is huge!), we are putting an archive of the past year’s Lightroom Magazine on the KelbyOne member site, so you can easily access any issues you’ve missed. We’ve done the same for Photoshop User magazine back issues issues as well — we have back issues now available online going back to January of 2014. You’ll find these on the magazine link on your member dashboard (and if you’re not a member already, why the heck not? Here’s the link to join now!)

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The new issue of Photoshop User is here!
You might have already caught my Holiday Gear Guide here on the blog, but there’s a TON of awesome stuff in the issue (available right now from your KelbyOne members dashboard).

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Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile for IOS Updates
By now you’re probably heard about yesterday’s launch of new updates for Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile for IOS (with a whole new editing User Interface for the iPhone version -seen above), but if you missed any of that, I covered them both over at LightroomKillerTips.com

> Here’s what’s new in Lightroom CC

> Here’s what’s new in Lightroom Mobile for iPhone

Sharpening and Noise Reduction in Lightroom Mobile
These were actually released in the last update, but now you can actually find them. Here’s the link to my article today about how to take advantage of these previously kinda hidden features.

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Oh, but there’s more Lightroom love today….

What to learn something seriously awesome in Lightroom this weekend?
Pro retoucher Kristi Sherk’s new course on “Portrait Retouching in Lightroom” is getting such rave reviewers from our members — it’s a big hit! Watch the official trailer above, and then this weekend, make it point to catch her class. You will absolutely LOVE what you learn about Lightroom brushes in this class.  Here’s the link to Kristi’s course.

Let’s wrap up with a tip on dealing with Clipping in Lightroom
This is a video tip (above) I did for my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.com (I post four-days a week there). The tip above is short, sweet, but shows you how to deal with something we have to deal with in our photography, and Lightroom makes it’s easy. :)

OK, that’s a lotta Lightroom Love for one day!
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, full of Lightroom and eggnog, and we’ll catch ya next week. :)

Best,

-Scott

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Sharpening in is Lightroom Mobile. Noise Reduction, too! They’re Just Kinda Hidden.

Sharping and Noise Reduction — they’re both been in Lightroom Mobile since the last big update, but they were so hidden that even I didn’t realize they were there until this update when I saw the “Sharpening” icon from Photoshop once I clicked on the Selective tools, and thanks to the new User Interface in yesterday’s update — I now saw it.

Other people are writing about this like it was just released, too — I had to go ask Adobe directly, and they confirmed that it had been in there since the last update. I searched the Web and still couldn’t find anything on it…until yesterday. Anyway, it’s not hidden anymore. Here’s how it works:

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When you enter Edit mode, and click on the Selective tools (on the far left), you’ll notice the Triangle icon on the right (shown circled here in red). Tap on that, and out pop the Noise reduction slider and the Sharpness slider.

These only work with Selective Edits
Drag out an oval, and you can sharpen within that oval area. Want to sharpen a whole lot of the image? Make that oval really big.

Or, try this:

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Above: L: Use the Selective Edits gradient mask; drag it from the left side to the right side. Basically 1/2 your photo is sharpened. Center: Tap and hold on the center point of the gradient and choose Duplicate Selection. R: Use your finger to rotate this duplicated gradient mask 180° so now the other side is sharpened. This is not a perfect. But…ya know. It’s kinda close.  

So, these things are there, and we can use them as a workaround to what we really want, which is (of course), just regular ol’ sharpening and noise reduction on a global level, and I imagine one day we’ll have that, but until then…this is at least some sharpening and some noise reduction, so I’m happy. Well, happier. 😉

Hope you all have a great weekend. I’ve got a cool Photoshop thingy for you on Monday, so hope to see you then.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Thanks to all the KelbyOne members around the world who tuned in to my live Q&A on my “Simplified Lightroom Image Management” System Webinar yesterday. You guys, rock! 🙂

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Lightroom CC Gets An Update Today, Too!

You gotta love a day when both Lightroom Mobile and regular good ol’ Lightroom get an update. While the Mobile update was pretty significant (but it’s just for iPhone users at this point), the Lightroom Desktop update is…shall we say…a bit more modest (and that’s being kind).

There are two main new features:

(1) Some things are now faster (sweet!). According to Adobe, “…You should notice improvements in image editing responsiveness when background tasks (such as Preview Generation) are running, moving files between folders, running catalog backups.”

(2)  The ability to choose any image as a “Reference Image” (an image that you need to post process to look like a another image). Then, you can open an unprocessed image right beside it, so you can edit this photo live while using the other photo as a reference. This will make more sense when you see it (below).

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Above: On the left is our Reference photo, and the right is the photo I want to look like the one on the left. To enter this mode, go to the Develop Module and click on the Reference button down in the toolbar across the bottom (it’s has two big “Rs” on it). Now you can drag and drop any photo into the left side of the window to become your “Reference Photo” and then you can just choose an image (or a series of images) to appear one-by-one on the right side, which is the “Active” side so changes you make now are reflected live to the image on the right.

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Above: While looking at the image on the left (the reference photo), I was able to edit the image on the right to pretty closely match its overall look. That’s how it works. It doesn’t do any of the editing process for you — it just makes the process easier because you no longer have to toggle back/forth between two images.

Quite honestly, I’ll probably find this feature more helpful for when I see an image with really cool post processing on the Internet, and I want to figure out “how they did that…” so, I would download it and make that my reference photo. Then I can take one of my images as the Active image beside it, and try and match the editing on my image to the reference image I download.

There are a few more enhancements overall:

> If you have a 4K or 5K monitor, you can now accurately zoom to fit, or zoom to fill the entire screen (the old version didn’t completely fill the window in Loupe view).

> You can Export a Collection set as its own separate catalog.

> Smart Collections now have the ability to filter by images that have Snapshots associated with them.

New Camera support and Tethering Support for the Canon 5D Mark IV, too!
16 new cameras and smart phones now supported (see the link below to Adobe’s official post for a listing)

So, a rather modest update overall for Lightroom on the Desktop, but I’ll happily take new features whenever Adobe has them ready (and one day…yes one day…hopefully before I’m in my late 70s, Adobe will release an update that lets the thumbnails render as fast as Photo Mechanics thumbnail and full screen preview does. I’ve talked to countless people at Adobe about this feature request, including everyone from executives to custodial staff, and yet still they load as slowly as a sloth that someone has poured molasses over as the sloth walks uphill on a thick sanddune. Still, my hope flickers in the night on that one…one day…it will happen. Ah, one can dream, can’t they?).

Here’s the link to Adobe’s official post on the release.

Hope you all have a great Thursday (also known as “Double Launch Thursday” for Lightroom lovers everywhere).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. In 2-hours and 45 minutes from now (4pm ET) I’m doing a LIVE Webcast for KelbyOne members who watched my “Simplified Lightroom Image Management” (SLIM) System course at KelbyOne, and Questions about making the move (stuff about hard drive,s and catalog locations, and well…anything). Here’s the link (and see you live at 4pm).

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It’s New Class Thursday!

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Just One Flash with Scott Kelby
You cannot believe all the stuff you can do with just one flash! Join Scott Kelby as he starts from scratch and covers everything you need to know to get the kind of images you’ve always dreamed of when using your flash. You’ve got to love your flash, and in this class Scott shares all the things he’s learned over time to teach you the settings you’ll use, how to control your flash wirelessly, how to diffuse the light, and how to do it all without breaking the bank. This class contains three live shoots that demonstrate how to put all of these concepts and equipment to work for you, both indoors and out. Your flash is a great instrument, and with the right settings, the right accessories, and the right attitude you can fall in love. Keep an eye out for this class to be published today!

In Case You Missed It
Learn why the Canon 600EX-RT is a quantum leap forward in speedlite technology! Join Michael Corsentino, a portrait and fashion photographer based in Florida, as he takes a deep dive into the Canon 600EX-RT speedlite system. He’ll get you up and running with the key features and functions that will enable you to get the most out of this flash. In this class you’ll learn about the key buttons and dials, how and why to use the different exposure modes, the importance of shooting with the flash off the camera, how to take advantage of high speed sync, and so much more. All throughout the class Michael shares his insights, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of your flash and enable you to create the images you’ve been dying to create.

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Breaking News: Major New Lightroom Mobile Update: New UI, Powerful New Camera App, Other New Stuff!

Adobe just  released a major new update to Lightroom Mobile for iPhone Users (not available for the iPad version quite yet). Lots of nice new additions but the star of the show is new User Interface that I believe is a HUGE move in the right direction. The new UI addresses one of my long-standing pet-peeves about the old Lightroom Mobile, which was it took at least twice if not three times as many clicks (OK, taps) in Mobile to do the same thing we do on Lightroom desktop in just one click. This new interface cures that, and I’m thrilled to see it there.

I’ll tell you the rest in the captions (there are new features, too — not just a few interface) (below):

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Above: The new interface is much more “Lightroom-like” (well, if you ask me), and controls are grouped together. When you enter editing mode, now you can just grab a slider and go. In the older version you had to tap a tile; then a slider appeared; then you dragged the slider. Sometimes, you even had to scroll first; then tap a tile, then drag a slider. This is much faster, with lots lets taps. I dig it!  🙂

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Above: I like the way Adobe has grouped common controls together, like putting all the color sliders in one place (and the white balance eyedropper right there with ’em). I also prefer to work in this wide mode much more now. It really “feels” like Lightroom now. 

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Above: I know a lot of folks have wanted a way to add captions, titles, and other Metadata info (heck, just to see the metadata info), and now there is a Info window (seen here) that lets you do access all this stuff. 

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Above: The in-app camera got a BIG boost, and now you can pretty much control all the aspects of the camera in a new “PRO” mode (everything from f/stop, shutter speed (shown here), and ISO. This is a pretty substantial jump, and I really like what Adobe’s done here. 

Plus, using the app with one hand has gotten significantly easier with this redesigned UI. Yes, it will take you a few minutes to get used to the new interface, but I’ve been using it a while now, and let me tell you, once you do — you’ll wonder how we used the old one at all. Hats off to the Lightroom Mobile team on constantly evolving and improving the App. I can’t believe how far it’s come in such a short time.

This iPhone-only update is available right now in the App Store. 🙂

You can read more at Adobe’s Official Lightroom blog. 

One more thing…
At 4pm ET today I’m doing a LIVE Webcast for KelbyOne members only, where I’m doing a live Q&A for people who watched my “Simplified Lightroom Image Management” (SLIM) System course at KelbyOne. If you’re a member (and you’ve watched the class) you’re invited. Here’s the link (and see you live at 4pm).

Best,

-Scott

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It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Francesca Hughes!

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A massive hello from the UK and thank you to both Scott & Brad for allowing me to write this week’s guest blog.

When thinking about the topic to write for this blog, I instantly wanted to write about the retouching industry. Having been working as a retoucher for nearly 5 years I’ve noticed that it isn’t talked about enough. Retouching is a very specialist field within the photography industry. Unless you are lucky enough to live in major cities like London or New York, the jobs are very few and far between. That’s why it’s important to understand and be absolutely committed to your decision to be a retoucher.

So what does it take to be a retoucher?

Know Your Software

This may be pretty obvious, but you must know Photoshop. 90% of major studios use Photoshop, and the other 10% use Lightroom. These may be smaller outlets or perhaps working for a freelance photographer. It’s good to know Lightroom, but the majority of the time you will be using Photoshop. Photoshop gives you more control and allows you to do a lot more to your images.

You may think, “Well I use Lightroom so I’ll be fine with that.” For your own photography that might be fine, but working in a studio environment may be a lot different. It also depends on what retouching industry you’re going into. If you want to work for a powerhouse who creates editorial and fashion content for a major brand, Photoshop is essential. If you work for a photographer who shoots weddings or family portraiture, they may only need minor tweaks made, which could be done in Lightroom.

If you’re thinking about going into retouching, it’s good practise to do your research and find what styles of images you enjoy, to determine what software is essential for you. However, I would always say learn Photoshop as much as you can.

Which follows on to my next quick point, learn Photoshop every single day. Be a sponge and take in as many courses, tips and tutorials as you can.  [I would highly recommend KelbyOne for classes, and a cheeky plug to my own tutorials for quick Photoshop tips].

It’s always important to continually develop yourself and learn new things which can help your workflow and make things easier and more efficient for you. Learn from books, videos, magazines and even learn from your favourite Photographers and Retouchers. Be smart.

Be Proactive

Don’t let the work come to you. If you’re just starting out in your retouching journey, the best thing you can do is retouch your own images. Take photographs of everything; portraits, landscapes, architecture, food, products,  sports, pets, anything. You’ll learn very quickly that some genres of photography require a lot more retouch but it will help you gain the experience and knowledge of what each images requires in terms of retouching. Portraits of models will take a lot longer than a shot of a pet for example. This not only will allow you to understand the tools but will help you figure out how long it’s taking you. I elaborate on time management further into this post.

If you don’t own a camera or you feel you don’t have the experience to take your own images, why not ask a fellow Photographer if you can borrow their images to retouch for your own personal use. You could even use forums like Model Mayhem where Photographers upload their own images for creatives to practice on for their own personal portfolio. It’s a great way of getting experience on professional images. Being proactive is an essential trait to have for a Retoucher.

Network and collaborate on creative projects. Find a Photographer to bounce ideas off and produce a project; something fun for the Photographer, something fun for you. They’ll be able to shoot the product or portrait and you can retouch the image. It’s a great way of building a portfolio with a set of images that involve your own ideas. Get yourself out there.

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Patience is Essential

Using Photoshop can be super frustrating; you’ll run into issues you may not be able to figure out, or come across an image that’s going to need hours of work. So my next tip is have patience. Retouching can be a very long winded process, but, you’ll find that once you finish the image, you’ll feel very proud and happy with the end result. This is something that most retouchers love about retouching. Seeing the process from start to finish and knowing that they’ll have a wonderful piece of work at the end of it.

Patience is key when working with Photoshop. It may take several hours to complete one image, so it’s about getting through it and enjoying the journey. You may run into technical issues along the way, whether it’s something you can’t achieve or don’t know how to do. Retouching will give you problems that you have to solve.

You may ask yourself, “How am I going to achieve this?” Use your problem solving skills to figure out the easiest and most efficient way of resolving the issue. If you’re not sure, ask. There are plenty of people around the world who’ll be able to help you with your problem. Once you know how to solve it, you can use that same technique in the future. Eventually you’ll build up a toolbox of knowledge and be able to solve similar issues in the future.

Another great tip is to walk away. If you’re getting stuck with an image or you’ve spent too long on it, come away from it and return to it the following day. You’ll be surprised how much this can help. You’ll have a fresh look on the image and spot things you may have missed or figure out how to solve an issue. If you’re up against the clock, ask someone for feedback. With a fresh pair of eyes, they’ll be able to see any issues and you’ll be able to fix anything within enough time of your deadline.

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Be Committed

Dedication is definitely needed when going into the retouching industry. Depending on the kinds of images you’ll be retouching, the industry can get quite monotonous. Especially if you’re working on the same shots day in day out. You have to be committed to the craft and really want it.

Be prepared for images that could potentially consume your time, especially if they take 2-3 hours. Being committed and persistent with the images will be very rewarding, especially when you see your finished pieces on the web or in print. Having the passion for retouching is essential if you want to succeed in the industry. If you get more and more retouching experience under your belt, the commitment will soon show.

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Manage your Time

When you start in the retouching industry, you’ll soon figure out that managing your time is essential. You’ll find that some clients’ work will require a 10-minute clean up whilst others may require 2 hours retouch. It’s all about good time keeping and constantly watching the clock; especially when deadlines need to be met. Products and ecommerce, for example, can require anything from 2 to 10 mins per shot (depending on the specification and brief of the job). Portraits and high end fashion may require hours of attention, especially if they are being shot on high end cameras or they have been shot for print. Attention to detail is key here but it’s important to always remember your timings. Most studios are very fast paced, but you’ll pick up speed as you get used to their processes and practises.

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Have fun.

By all means, this isn’t an extensive list of the skills and traits that a retoucher must have, but perhaps some of the most important to succeed in the industry. Don’t feel put off by these either; most traits can be learnt, especially the most important trait – learning Photoshop.

My last point, is to simply have fun. Whether you’re just starting out or are thinking of joining the retouching industry, always enjoy what you do. Whether it’s retouching a product shot for web or retouching a billboard for a major fashion label; do your best and enjoy every second.

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Get creative, educate yourself, pick up your speed, solve problems, be patient, manage your time, collaborate, have fun.

Thank you for reading!
– Fran Hughes

You can see more of Fran’s work at FrancescaHughes.com and follow her on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

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It’s Here! My 11th Annual “Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide”

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Welcome to another magical collection of awesome gear that’s simply too gonzo to live without for another minute but, at the same time, will give you perfect gift ideas for the gonzo photographer on your Holiday Gift list.

Before we get to the list, just remember: The holidays are about giving (who is giving you what, and how much, so you can post pictures of it on social media). So don’t be shy: Act like a millennial, even if you’re actually old enough to still be a fan of Roosevelt.

NOTE: You can download a PDF version of the gear guide (complete with links to stuff), right here. This is the full version with the layout that appears in the new issue of Photoshop User magazine.

As is my sacred Gonzo tradition, I’m breaking things into three distinct categories:

  1. Stocking Stuffers: But you can use these as actual holiday gifts if you’re not that crazy about the person.
  1. Great Value Gear: Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.
  1. Cha-ching! Stuff you buy for the surgeon/Wall Street banker/rap mogul on your Holiday gift list. This is the stuff that makes them burst into spontaneous tears of joy. Well, at least I would.

Okay, folks, hang on to any loose body parts; here we go!

STOCKING STUFFERS: 

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The ProMaster Clamper Junior
This is a really clever, very sturdy mini-tripod, but what makes it unique is that it has a clamp built in to two of the legs, so you can clamp it on a railing. It’s small, lightweight, but tough.

$44.95 at Amazon

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Topaz Adjust (Photoshop and/or Lightroom Plug-in)
Probably Topaz’s most-popular plug-in (for Photoshop or Lightroom), it’s great for creating a wide range of special effects, and it comes with loads of presets, so all your holiday gift receiver has to do is click on presets until he sees one that looks good, and click OK. Of course, he can tweak away to his heart’s content, but by that time, he’ll already be basking in the glow of your generosity for getting this for him in the first place.

Price: $49.99 (at B&H Photo)

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A Year of Backblaze Unlimited Backup
There’s more than a reasonable chance that the photographers on your gift list don’t have an offsite backup of their all-important image library, but don’t worry: You can get them one for just $5 a month for unlimited storage. The whole process is automated, and best of all, they can back up external drives. They’ll totally dig this, and one day, if catastrophe strikes and they need to retrieve all their images from this backup, they’ll never forget you! It could be, literally, the ultimate gift.

Price: $5/month; $50/1 year; or $95/2 years (Direct)

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Westcott 30″ 1-Stop Diffuser
Put this diffuser between your subject and the sun, and you’ll turn that harsh nasty light into beautiful gorgeous light and it’s only $14.17, which is a crazy low price to pay for beautiful light. Plus, it’s collapsible and folds down to one- third its size, and the whole thing looks like it cost three times the price. It’s all good.

Price: $14.17 (at B&H Photo)

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Some Cool Books
If they’re into sports, they’ll love You Will Never Get in the Game by Jimmy Cribbs (the story of Atlanta Falcon’s team photographer). Price: $34.95 (direct)

Or how about Photo Adventures for Kids by Anne-Laure Jacquart, which is a really great photo project book to get kids interested in learning about photography. Very well done! Price: $11.57 (from Amazon)

Hey, they just might like my brand-new book, The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2017 Release). Price: $46.74 (from Amazon)

Or if you want to splurge just a little, get them either of these gorgeous coffee-table style photo books:

AIR by Vincent LaForet (breathtakingly beautiful aerial shots): Price: $59.95 (from Amazon)

Paris by Serge Ramelli: (the city of romance in black and white) Price: $75.00 (from Amazon)


GREAT VALUE GEAR:
Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.

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Westcott 26″ RapidBox Octa Softbox for Flash
These pop-up softboxes are just brilliantly designed: They open and close like an umbrella. This particular one is actually a pop-up beauty dish, and it’s awesome! I think it’s the best designed and most durable collapsible I’ve ever seen, and it fits in such a small, lightweight, soft-sided case that you won’t believe it could even fit. I would call this “ultra portable,” to say the least. Designed to work with your off-camera flash, it comes with a well-made hot-shoe bracket, so you’re ready to go in 60 seconds. I’m a big fan of these, and Westcott now also makes 10×24″ strip bank versions. (I have two of them!) They’re worth every penny.

Price: $169.90 (at B&H Photo)

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Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 Sling Camera Bag
A friend turned me on to this small sling bag and I love it on a level you can’t imagine! I took it with me on my last photo trip, and now it’s my travel companion—perfect for carrying a couple of lenses and accessories. You carry it like a backpack, but then you swivel it around in front of you for easy access. So well designed, super-lightweight, and built like a Think Tank bag (amazing quality). They’ll love this.

Price: $84.75 (at B&H Photo)

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Haida 150 Series Filter Holder System
If the photographer on your holiday list shoots landscape, architectural, or travel photography, they’ll love this filter system that lets you take long exposure shots in broad daylight. Really wonderfully designed and built. (I started using these this summer, and I was just so impressed.) And the price (especially for the quality) is really amazing—much lower than the competition’s—plus the case and overall presentation makes them look like you spent way more than you did. Make sure you know which type of lens your photographer friend uses, get the filter holder adapter ring set that fits their landscape lens, then pick up a Haida 150×150 ND 3.0 Optical Glass Filter, which is a 10-stop neutral density filter, to go in the bracket. You’ll feel much love when you give this gift!

Haida 150 Series Filter Holder: Around $150 (at B&H Photo)
Haida 150×150 ND 3.0 Optical Glass Filter: $129 (at B&H Photo)

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Platypod Pro and Pro Max
This new model grew out of a huge Kickstarter campaign because photographers are either looking to put cameras where tripods aren’t allowed or into spaces that are too small or tight for a tripod; or they just want to shoot at really low angles. (I use one for shooting remotes at football games or weddings, where I can place it behind the altar.) The Platypod Pro Max is probably the best solution ever! Built with lightweight but crazy-strong commercial aircraft aluminum, this is such a clever design.

Pro Deluxe Kit (for midsize cameras) Price: $49 (at Platypod)
Pro Max (for larger cameras) Price: $99
(at Platypod)

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Lexar 128 GB JumpDrive C20i Lightning to USB 3.0 Cable with Built-in Flash Drive
Okay, that’s a boring name, but this is a really cool, handy device that does more than you might think. Not only can you transfer up to 128 GB of photos, either from your iPhone or iPad to your computer (or vice versa), it also actually acts as an iPhone or iPad charger. So small and lightweight, but backed with power!

Price: $136.99 (at B&H Photo)

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Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System
Photographers have been dying for an inexpensive, reliable, easy way to shoot directly from their DSLR straight to an iPad or iPhone (also works for Android devices), and Tether Tools totally nailed that with their new Case Air Wireless Tethering System. You can even focus and fire your camera using their app (for iOS or Android). So easy to set up and use, and the price is right. Very cool stuff!

Price: $159.99 (at B&H Photo)

Battery Grip
This is one of those gifts that they’ll love you for forever because it’s so handy and it makes their camera look and feel more like a high-end pro camera, as it gives them a second battery holder and a shutter button for when they’re shooting vertical. The price starts at around $50 for a third-party grip, but if you buy a Nikon brand for a Nikon camera, or Canon brand for Canon, expect to pay at least 2–3 times as much, so give the Vello brand at B&H a serious look. You’ll be a holiday hero for this one!

Starting at $50.00 (at B&H Photo)

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Mpix Premium Panoramic Photo Books
I made my first one of these photo books earlier this year, and I have to say, they scream quality! The thickness of the pages just gives it such an expensive feel (but without an actual expensive price). Your giftees can design their books right on the Mpix site (it’s so simple to create a book; anyone can do it), and they’ll be amazed when their photo book arrives—just beautiful! Either gift them the ability to make one using their images, or make a book of your images and present it as a gift.

Price: Starting at $39.99 (at MPIX)

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B&H Photo Gift Cards
Not sure exactly what to get your photographer friends? Yes you are. Get ’em a B&H Photo Gift Card. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want something from the greatest photo store on earth, plus this way they can get whatever they want (within the limit of how much you put on the card, of course). You can order them direct from the B&H site, and they send a card and a catalog, so it looks pretty substantial.

Price: Starting at $25 (link)

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Macphun Luminar (plug-in for Photoshop and/or Lightroom)
If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s just because it’s brand new. I think this might be the perfect plug-in for people who are just getting into using plug-ins, because: (a) it has lots of presets; (b) it does tons of stuff; (c) it’s very easy to use; and (d) it’s super affordable at $69. It does everything from photo special effects to editing tasks (even editing RAW images); and again, its big strength is lots of presets that create good looks. It’s pretty full-featured photo-editing software on its own, so you’ll see stuff like Layers, Noise Reduction, Curves, and more, but I just use the special effects—of which there are plenty to keep your giftee busy. The downside is that it’s Mac only at this point, so make sure your photographer giftee uses a Mac.

Price: $69 (at MacPhun)

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3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod and AirHed 360
This has become my go-to tripod for travel, because it really packs up small, it’s fairly lightweight, but sturdy as all get-out, and it comes with a really nice ballhead (and a nice ballhead alone can cost more than this entire rig, so that helps make it a great deal). They make an even smaller, lighter travel tripod called the “Leo,” if size and portability is #1 on your list; otherwise, I’d go with the Albert, even though it’s a little heavier, and a little bigger.

Albert: $489.99 (at B&H Photo)
Leo: $349.99 (at B&H Photo)

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Phottix Mitros Flash (and Odin II Wireless Flash Transmitter)
If you want to get the photographer on your gift list a really good quality flash without spending $600, this is what I’d go with. They’re awesome quality flashes, but I have to say it’s the wireless transmitter—the Phottix Odin II Flash Trigger Transmitter, sold separately for around $199 and used for wirelessly controlling one or more flashes—that made me fall in love with this system. It’s like it was designed by a photographer (rather than an engineer). If you’ve seen me out on the road this year, these are the flashes I’ve been using.

Phottix Mitros+ Transceiver Flash: Around $350 (link)
Phottix Odin II Flash Trigger Transmitter: $194.90 (link)


 

CHA-CHING!
Stuff that’s a really good deal for the money, and even though it’s not a lot of money, they’ll still totally dig it.

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Impact Venture TTL 600W/s Battery-Powered Monolight Kit
The hot things in lighting right now are these studio strobes you can take on location and, instead of having a separate battery pack, the battery is built right into the light itself, so it’s just the light, on a stand, and that’s it—no cables whatsoever. Of course, the problem has been that they’ve been crazy expensive, which is why I like this Impact version so much: The light, a 32″ hex softbox, the wireless controller, and a spare battery are available as a kit from B&H Photo for just $1,249.95, which is a pretty screaming deal. It has built-in high-speed sync and LED modeling lights. And did I mention the price? It’s less than one-half the competitor’s. Sweet!

Price: $1249.95 (at B&H Photo)

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Canon EOS 5 Mark IV
If the Canon shooter on your holiday list is looking for a new camera body, the 5D Mark IV is perhaps the best all-around camera Canon has ever made. It’s a big upgrade over the industry workhorse Mark III, and just about every single aspect is improved or enhanced on this bad boy. It has more megapixels, better sensor, built-in wireless, built-in GPS, more frames per second, and I could go on and on, but the bottom line is this: It makes better images. If you buy them this body, they’ll follow you around like a puppy for the rest of their lives.

Price: Body only $3,499 (at B&H Photo)

 

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Elinchrom ELC Pro  HD 500s Flash Head
Want something awesome for the studio photographer on your list? These new strobes from Elinchrom are the best I’ve used from them (and they’re known for their quality/value ratio). Great new design, but beyond that, it fires about as fast as you can shoot with virtually no recycling time between shots. And you can do stroboscopic, sequence, and delayed strobe effects easily—these modes are built in. Very consistent, well designed, and a lot of bang for the buck.

Price: $1,049.99 (at B&H Photo)

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Canon EF 16–35mmf 2 8L III USM Lens 
This 16–35mm range is one of my all-time favorites for a super-wide-angle lens, and Canon just released a new updated version of this classic lens that’s sharper than ever. If your photographer giftee shoots landscape, travel, architecture or football (I use it for my remote cameras), he’ll lose his mind if you get him one of these. This is the good stuff!

Price: $2,199 (at B&H Photo)


STUFF FROM US
I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least make mention of some of the cool gifts we have over here at KelbyOne.

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A One-Year KelbyOne Online Education membership
Wanna give them a gift that they’ll remember all year long? How about world-class, online training on everything from Photoshop to Lightroom to photography. It’s $199 for an entire year (with 24/7 access to literally thousands of lessons), or just $19.95 a month. Not only will they love you for it, so will I.

Monthly: $19.95 (at KelbyOne.com)
Annual: $199 (at KelbyOne.com)

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My “How Do I Do That In Photoshop?” and “How Do I Do That In Lightroom?” Book Bundle
I created these two books for people who are already at least somewhat familiar with Photoshop and/or Lightroom and they want reference books they can keep right at their desk, so when they ask themselves, “Isn’t there a way to do that in Lightroom or Photoshop?” they just turn right to the page in the respective book that describes just that one topic. These books have a been a huge hit with readers (the Lightroom book is already in its third printing), and you can get a deal from the publisher on the two-book bundle for only $30.00.

Both eBooks: $20 (from Rocky Nook)
Both Paperbacks: $30 (at Rocky Nook)
Both Print and eBook Bundles: $45 (at Rocky Nook)

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Treat them to the Photoshop World 2017 Conference in Orlando next April
Treat them to the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando Okay, do you want to totally blow them away to the extent that they need a spinal tap? Give them a full conference pass to the Photoshop World Conference in April in Orlando, Florida. It’s a three-day Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography love fest, and they’ll be talking about this gift, what they learned, and the overall experience, for years to come.

If you’re a KelbyOne member, if you buy it for them now, you get $100 off for being a member, and another $100 off with the Early Bird discount, so it’s just $599. (at http://photoshopworld.com)

For everybody else, it’s $699 (but if you buy it now, before the early-bird discount cut-off) it’s still $100 off). (at http://photoshopworld.com)  ■


Well, there ya have it folks. Remember, it’s not how many gifts you get. It’s about how many gifts you get me! ;-)

Happy Holidays!

-Scott

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Time for a Lightroom Coffee Break: Sharpening with the View Mask Feature

It’s Tuesday, that must mean it’s time for a Lightroom Coffee Break, from Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde. It’s only one-minute long, but he shares a really great, somewhat hidden feature that is incredibly useful when it comes to sharpening:

Pretty sweet, right? 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to stop by tomorrow!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Don’t forget, I’m in Dallas, Texas next week with the final stop on my Shoot Like a Pro Tour. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. 

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What’s New in Lightroom CC 2015.8 / 6.8?

Lightroom CC 2015.8 and Lightroom 6.8 have been released today, and there are some great improvements, as well as the normal camera/lens support and bug fixes for everyone. (For the update links, skip to the end of the post.)

 

So what’s new?

Reference View (CC only)

If you’ve ever wished for a Compare view in the Develop module, you’ll love this new Reference View feature. Before I tell you HOW to use it, let’s briefly consider a few reasons you might WANT to use it:

  • Matching photos shot at same time using different cameras.
  • Trying to match a raw file to its in-camera jpeg.
  • Trying to match photos that will be displayed together, perhaps on the wall or in an album.
  • Replicating a “look” of a different photo.
  • A skin tone reference shot (like an old-fashioned Kodak Shirley card).
  • I’m sure you can think of a few more uses!

You may have previously used Locked Secondary Window for the same purpose, but this is more useful if you’re on a single monitor.

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To enable Reference view:

  1. Click the R/A button in the Develop module toolbar or use the shortcut Shift-R.
  2. Drag and drop the reference photo onto the left pane or right-click on thumbnail in Grid view/Filmstrip and select Set as Reference Photo.
  3. Go ahead and edit the active photo as you normally would.
  4. To switch back to normal single image view, click the Loupe icon in the toolbar or press D.

The reference photo disappears when you switch modules, but if you lock the lock icon, it remains selected until you quit Lightroom. The RGB values also show under the Histogram for both the reference (left) and active (right) photo.

Performance Improvements

The developers have been hard at work making “under the hood” improvements for performance including:

  • Background tasks such as preview building are temporarily paused while you’re working in Develop to improve responsiveness.
  • Backup to a NAS is now faster.
  • File/folder move performance has been improved, especially on Windows.

Sync Catalog Disaster Recovery (CC only)

If you’ve ever lost your main Sync catalog, you’ll have discovered that Lightroom 2015.7 or earlier asks you to delete everything from the cloud and start syncing from scratch. This is a problem if you have photos or metadata that haven’t yet synced down to your desktop catalog.

Lightroom 2015.8 allows you to create a new catalog and switch to syncing the empty catalog. This downloads the cloud data to your computer. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s good to see some progress in this area. These are the main warnings:

  • It only manages to link photos with the originals if they haven’t moved since they were first synced. If it can’t match up photos with their originals, “finding missing photos” can be a very long job.
  • It can’t link up with an existing catalog, so if you have backups but they’re out of date, you’re out of luck. You’d have to let it sync to an empty catalog and then attempt to merge the catalogs. Messy!
  • Only specific metadata is sent to the cloud, and the originals are not synced from the desktop.

Frequent catalog backups are still essential. This new rescue option is still a last-resort.

Other improvements include:

  • In the Metadata Filters and Smart Collections, you can now filter for images with snapshots. (CC only.)
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  • You can now right-click on a Collection Set and choose Export as Collection Set as a Catalog, rather than having to select the individual collections.
  • Catalogs larger than 4GB are now zipped again, but they’re too big for macOS to unzip natively, so you’ll need 7-zip or StuffItExpander if you need to restore a backup.

 

New camera support:

  • Canon EOS M5
  • Fujifilm X-A3
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Hasselblad X1D
  • Leica TL
  • Nikon D5600
  • Olympus E-M1 Mark II (preliminary support)
  • Olympus PEN E-PL8
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 (DMC-FZ2000 and DMC-FZH1)
  • Pentax K-70
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Sony Alpha a6500 II (ILCE-6500)
  • Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA-99M2)
  • Sony DSC-RX100 Mark V
  • Click to view the full list of supported cameras

 

Tethering for new cameras:

 

New camera profiles:

  • Canon 5DS – updated lower contrast Adobe Standard v2 profile
  • Canon 5DSR – updated lower contrast Adobe Standard v2 profile

 

New lens profiles:

  • Apple
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6 Plus
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Superfish Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Macro Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Tele Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6s (DNG + JPEG)
    • Moment Wide Lens for iPhone6s Plus (DNG + JPEG)
  • Canon EF
    • SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
    • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
    • SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016
    • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E
    • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E x1.4
    • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022E x2.0
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZE
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18 ZE
    • Zeiss Milvus 2/135 ZE
  • Google
    • Pixel (DNG + JPEG)
    • Pixel XL (DNG + JPEG)
  • Go Pro
    • HERO5 Black (Linear FOV)
    • HERO5 Black (Medium FOV)
    • HERO5 Black (Narrow FOV)
    • HERO5 Black (Wide FOV) (raw + JPEG)
  • Leica M
    • Leica SUMMARON-M 28mm f/5.6
  • Nikon F
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED
    • SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
    • SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
    • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
    • SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016
    • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N
    • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N x1.4
    • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 A022N x2.0
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZF.2
    • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18 ZF.2
    • Zeiss Milvus 2/135 ZF.2
  • Ricoh
    • Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
  • Samsung
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Rear Camera (DNG + JPEG)
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Rear Camera (DNG + JPEG)
  • Sigma
    • SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM A016
    • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A016
    • SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM S016
  • Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles

Further user-created profiles can be downloaded using the Lens Profile Downloader (scroll down slightly, it’s at the end of the Resources section on that link)

 

Bug fixes:

There are loads of bug fixes. Adobe only publishes the bugs reported by users, which this time include:

Import/Tethering

  • Resolved issues when importing from an Apple iPhone or iPad using USB.
  • Video files from Sony cameras were not being imported into Lightroom.
  • iPhone Live photos can now be correctly imported on Windows machines.

Library

Develop

Edit in Photoshop

Slideshow

Map & Web

Export

  • Fixed – Lightroom would show an error dialog when attempting to open an image in Photoshop. Please note that this only occurred on Windows and only when selecting “Open in Photoshop” as a Post­Processing item in the Export dialog.

Preferences & Performance

  • Fixed – Preferences Language value missing on Sierra.
  • Fixed – Some memory leaks.

If you find another bug, click here to report it.

 

How do I update?

To update, go to Help menu > Updates or click the Update button in the CC app. The update servers take a while to push the updates around the world, to avoid crashing the servers, but if you’re in a hurry to update, here are the direct links to the patches: Windows – Mac

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Kristi Sherk’s Awesome “Portrait Retouching in Lightroom CC” Class is Here!

Since we released Kristi’s new “Portrait Retouching in Lightroom CC” class, we’ve been getting a flood of over-the-top comments about how fantastic this new online class is. Kristi totally nailed it, and the stuff she does with Lightroom Brushes and Brush Presets is really just very clever — I think it’s the best class ever on the topic of Lightroom retouching.

Check our the official Trailer below:

Kristi is a gifted trainer and retoucher, and we’re thrilled to have her training here with us at KelbyOne. 🙂

Here’s the link to her course (and if you’re not already a KelbyOne member, you can take the 10-day free trial and watch her entire course for free right now!).

Hope you have a great week this week, and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow for Ben Warde’s Lightroom Coffee Break. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

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Announcing My New “Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers”

It’s been two years since the last major update to my bestselling Photoshop book, and since then, lots has changed — and not just new features in Photoshop CC (and there are plenty of them), but with how I do my Photoshop workflow today, so I went back and reworked the structure and design of the book to reflect how photographers are working today.

I take an update to this book very seriously, as it’s used in colleges and universities all over the world (it’s translated into many different languages) as their classroom text and curriculum. While it took longer than anticipated, it has to be right, and that’s why I am so excited about this new edition – I think it’s the best, most useful version of the book yet.

Here’s the trailer where I explain the book:

Amazon says it will be in stock on Dec. 22nd, but my sources are telling me it will actually be shipping by the end of next week (if not sooner), so if you want to get your copy first, now’s the time to order it.

Here’s the link to preorder it on Amazon

Thanks for letting me share this with you, and if you have any friends that would find a book like this helpful in their Photoshop journey, I hope you’ll share this post with them. :)

Have a great Monday and we’ll catch ya back here tomorrow!

Best,

-Scott

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It’s New Class Thursday!

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Inexpensive & DIY Photography Gear Solutions with Larry Becker
Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, there’s no getting around the fact that photography gear can be expensive. Join our own Larry Becker as he shares all kinds of cool ways you can save money on a wide range of photographic accessories. Larry is always thinking of clever alternatives to conventional gear and do-it-yourself ways to make the things you need at a much lower cost. Sometimes we can save money just by learning from the cautionary tales told by our peers. In this class Larry has gathered up a ton of his favorite tips, tricks, and projects to help you find low cost solutions for things all photographers need and use. By the end of the class you’ll be ready to head out to your local hardware store and start experimenting with your own solutions and alternatives, so that you’ll have more money to spend on the important things.

In Case You Missed It
Don’t forget to check out our class on Transforming Your Home Into A Professional Photography Studio from Rick Sammon!

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We have Our Five Photoshop CC Book Winners

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Okey, Dokey – We have the five winners of my brand new “Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers” (it should be in bookstores in about two weeks). Our winners are:

Grant Black
Karen Spearrin
David Lemieux
Brian Jonas

Michelle Gillmartin

 

Congrats to our winners – my assistant Lynn Miller will be contacting you directly to arrange shipment.
If you didn’t win, you can pre-order your copy today from Amazon and be among the very first to get your copy. Here’s the link.
Thanks to everyone who entered, and here’s wishing you a great weekend! 🙂
Best,
-Scott

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Hacked – are you safe?

securityI understand why big companies don’t like to share that their websites have been hacked. It would be far easier to brush it under the carpet. But if you’ve been following me for some time, you know that I’m always open and honest with you, and this is no exception…

What happened?

In the early hours of Tuesday morning (UK time), my website was hacked. Thanks to one of my security plug-ins, and an email from a reader (thank you Jenny!), I was quickly alerted and I immediately took the site offline to investigate. The site remained down until I was sure it had been fully checked and cleaned by security experts, even though it was during a busy sale period.

During the downtime, I posted updates on social media and personally responded to all of the emails flooding my inbox. As soon as the site was live again, I emailed my entire mailing list (which is run on Mailchimp’s secure server) to explain what had happened. I’m sorry if this worried you, but it was important to check you were safe.

The hacker had replaced the links behind two of the purchase buttons on a book purchase page with links to his own PayPal account. He used PayPal’s own secure servers, so he didn’t have access to any financial details, but he received the payments for the orders. A clever way of “earning” some extra cash! A total of 15 people were affected before I discovered the issue and shut down the site, and I’ve contacted them all personally.

Thank you for your support

It’s always worrying to hear that a site you frequent has been hacked. I’m sorry that this has happened and I’m doing everything in my power to ensure that it’s never repeated.

It’s been an incredibly stressful few days, and I’ve really appreciated the stream of encouraging emails from loyal readers. These emails have kept me going through some very long days and nights, and for that, you have my heartfelt thanks.

What now?

I would be a fool to tell you that the site is 100% secure, because that’s simply not possible in this day and age. If a kid can hack the Pentagon, and banks and large companies are hacked on a daily basis (even if they try to hide it), then nothing is completely safe. What I can do is tell you what I’m doing to make sure you’re as safe as possible…

The things I have always done to make sure you’re safe on my website:

  • No financial details (past or current) pass through or are stored on my website. I can’t even access your financial details. All orders and payments are processed on secure servers run by two very well known companies, who understand website security far better than I ever could:
    • e-Junkie (aka FatFreeCartPro) handles my shopping cart. When you press an Add to Cart button, this is what you should see (desktop then mobile):
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    • If you choose to pay by credit/debit card, the card details are collected on eJunkie’s secure servers before being securely handed over to PayPal for card processing.
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    • If you choose to pay by PayPal, you’re redirected to PayPal’s secure servers.paybypaypal
  • All software is kept up to date, as updates often include fixes for vulnerabilities that have been discovered.
  • All admin/server passwords are long complex passwords and are changed frequently.
  • A number of security plug-ins/services monitor the website, scan it regularly, and watch for any unusual activity.

Further changes I’m making to keep you safe on my website:

Your safety is my top priority, so I’m making some additional improvements:

  • Although no financial/confidential information passes through my websites, both this Lightroom Queen website and Lightroom Forums have moved to SSL connections, as of now. You’ll recognize the http:// has changed to https:// and the lock icon appears in the address bar.
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  • I have upgraded my Sucuri monitoring, to more quickly pick up and defuse any possible threats. Sucuri are industry leaders in website security.
  • The website firewall is also being upgraded.
  • I am reviewing all of my personal cyber security procedures and processes, for both home and work.

Making all of these changes in one go does mean you might find a few bugs over the next few weeks, but this is a worthwhile compromise. I’m working on finding and fixing any bugs, but if you spot anything that doesn’t look quite right, please just let me know.

What you can do to stay safe online

It’s scary to see all of the different ways that hackers can break into websites, and the website itself isn’t the only link in the chain. Most of us are aware of viruses and malware that can be installed on our personal computers. Hackers can also break into our home routers or take advantage of any unsecured connections we may use when we’re away from home, among other things. There are things we can do to help to protect ourselves.

The most obvious improvement is to ensure that we never use the same passwords on multiple sites. If one website gets hacked, which is inevitable in this day and age, then the hackers would have access to the other websites you visit. You don’t have to remember all these different passwords. There are some fantastic password managers available, some of which are free, and they’re safer than post-it notes covering your computer.

For more information on other things you can do to protect yourself online, visit the StaySafeOnline website.

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Want to Get Really Good at Dog Photography? Watch This (it’s free!)

My guest this week on “The Grid” was the most awesome dog photographer anywhere, Kaylee Greer (who, by the way, has the cover shot on the new National Geographic magazine “Nat Geo Wild“). On the episode (you can watch it above), she answers viewer’s questions; shares her techniques for dealing with hard to photograph dogs (and tougher to deal with dog owners), and well…she was just awesome. You will love it and learn a lot (she shares some great tricks, too!).

Kaylee is here at our studio filming another online course for KelbyOne that should be released in about four to six weeks. Her first class was such a huge hit, and she shared everything from lighting to post processing, but she’s got so much more to share, so we were out on location with her today filming her next class and we’re super psyched to be bringing more Kaylee your way.

Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday (well, I sure hope). :)

Best,

-Scott

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How to Deal With Clipping in Lightroom, and…

…why you sometimes see a highlight (clipping) warning in your camera, but then when you open the image in Lightroom, the clipping problem is gone!

They’re both in this short video I did just for you! 🙂

Hope you found that helpful.

Dallas Here I Come!
Well, here I come in two weeks — it’s the final stop on our “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded!” full day seminar. Hope you can out and spend the day with me.

Have a great weekend!

-Scott

P.S. Later today I’ll be posting the five winners from yesterday’s Photoshop CC book giveaway

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It’s New Class Thursday!

Camera Essentials: Nikon D5 with Larry Becker
Get the most out of your Nikon D5! Join Larry Becker as he walks you through the important things you’ll want to know about your new D5. This is not a class for seeing every menu option and obscure function, but instead Larry focuses on the things you need to know to get the camera to do what you want it to do, as if a good friend was showing you how. You’ll learn the basics of navigating the camera, how to access various shooting modes, where to find key settings, and along the way Larry shares a wealth of tips, recommendations, and insights to help you feel like a master user by the end of the class.

In Case You Missed It
Join Mia McCormick as she sits down with Stacy Pearsall and delves into topics that range from how Stacy got started in photography after joining the Air Force at age 17 to the obstacles she had to overcome as a female airman in combat situations, and from what it takes to make tough choices in chaotic situations to the process of transitioning to civilian life after being combat disabled and retired from military service. This interview kicks off our Trailblazer interview series on powerful women in photography; women who have the courage to tell stories about complicated issues, often under extreme and dangerous situations, and who are among the first female professionals to excel in their chosen discipline of photography.

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How To Move Lightroom To Another Computer (and not get burned!)

Hi Gang, and Happy Wednesday! First, I want to give a big thanks and shoutout to all the folks who joined KelbyOne during our Cyber Weekend. It was our biggest Cyber Weekend in years — we smashed our Cyber Day records, so thanks so much for your support, and we’re absolutely delighted to have you on board with us! 🙂

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OK, today’s topic: not getting burned when you move Lightroom to a new computer
I wanted to do this article now that Apple’s new MacBook Pros are shipping, and we’re coming into the Holiday Season where lots of people will be upgrading their computers, laptops and desktops, and I wanted to address one major problem a lot of folks run into when moving Lightroom and their photo library onto their new computer.

That problem is — Lightroom can’t find your photos 

Even though your photos are right there on your new computer, Lightroom has lost track of them.

Exception #1: If you store all your photos on an external drive, rather than directly on your computer, then you sidestep this problem altogether, but unfortunately, not enough people do store their images on external drives, but that’s a problem to tackle another day, but anyway, if you do, you’re off the hook and you can skip this).

Exception #2: If you have a Mac and you used a Time Machine backup or you used the “Migration” feature to move a clone of your old computer (with all its file intact) onto your new computer (or you did something similar on a Windows PC, maybe from a cloud backup), you’re set — everything works like it always did, and you avoided this problem altogether, too.

However, a lot of folks like to start completely from scratch with a new computer, and do new fresh installs of all their applications (so they’re not copying old problems onto their new computer), and then they just move their files over manually, but then Lightroom simply doesn’t see their images.

First, Moving the Lightroom catalog catalog manually to your new computer is easy:

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Just grab your Lightroom folder off your old computer (the one that has your Lightroom catalog, your Previews and any Smart Previews if you use Smart Previews, as seen above) and move it to wherever you want on your new computer. Easy enough.

But here’s where people get stuck, and Lightroom loses track of your photos — everything on the new computer — EVERYTHING has to be named the same, and your photos have to be in the same location on the new computer, that they were on the old computer. For example:

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Above: Here’s the name of your hard drive on your old computer. 

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Above: Here’s the default name of the hard drive on your new computer, and so Lightroom has now lost track of your images. It’s looking for your photos folder (or whatever folder you stored them in) on Scott’s Hard Drive, and if it doesn’t see Scott’s Hard Drive,  Lightroom doesn’t know where they are. 

This is exactly where people get burned. 

If your photos on the old computer were in a folder called “Scott’s Photos” they have to be in a folder called “Scott’s Photos” on the new computer, too. If not, Lightroom doesn’t know where they are. It’s “Path Sensitive.” It’s looking for your photos on the new computer in the same location they were on the old computer. If it doesn’t find them there, it doesn’t know where they are.

Yes, everything is case sensitive, too.

It’s can’t be “Scott’s Hard Drive” on the old computer, and “Scott’s hard drive” on the new one. It’s case sensitive and the names must be exact. That’s why all this works so well if you install from a clone or cloud backup of your old computer — it keeps everything right where it was — it just puts it on the new computer in the exact same order, with all the exact same names, and exact same locations, but that Hard Drive naming thing can still burn ya, so keep an eye out for that.

TIP: If you want to move your photos into a folder that has a different name on your new computer; before you copy your photos over to that new machine, go ahead and change the name of your top level folder now — on your old computer; from right within Lightroom’s Folder Panel. That way, the names will match when you move them over. 

I know all this may seem like a simple thing, or really obvious, but we hear from people all the time who upgraded computers and burned by something simple like a hard drive having a different name, or the main photos folder having an upper case letter where the old one had all lowercase, and it breaks Lightroom’s chain to those images.

Hope you found this helpful. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

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It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring John Brown!

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This is my story, and I’m grateful and excited to be sharing with you all. It isn’t the prettiest tale… but it’s real. So, my name is John Brown, and I’m a photographer in Nashville, Tennessee.

I was born in Würzburg, Germany, and mostly grew up in Mons, Belgium until I was 8 years old. My father served 25 years in the US Army, so my brother and I were fortunate to have such a unique experience growing up. After my dad retired we moved to Shelbyville, Tennessee. Shelbyville is pretty small, and, at least when I was in high school, there wasn’t much art or music around, which is what I’ve always gravitated towards. I didn’t do very well in high school; I believe my GPA was 2.75 or somewhere close. Looking back it makes sense. There wasn’t any creativity, but when there was I thrived and put forth effort.

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After I graduated high school (barely), I went to a small community college called Motlow State, located within a short drive of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. I believe I first majored in Mechanical Engineering because I wanted to build things, but I realized math was not one of my strengths. So I changed to Business Administration the next semester, and I realized math was not one of my strengths… again. My third semester I took a math class, and a guitar theory class, for a whopping total of 4 credit hours. I’m sure my parents were just stuck in a never ending eye roll at the point. But thankfully the next semester I finally took an art class… which completely changed my life.

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The art professor was this incredibly talented, quirky, and underpaid genius. I remember him stressing the importance of composition over almost anything else. That really stuck with me. I finished out my 2 year associate degree in art, and transferred to MTSU nearby as an art/music double major, with no idea what I wanted to do afterward. I loved to draw, and play guitar, drums, and sing. But there still wasn’t really a niche standing out to me yet. At the same time, I was a 21 year old college kid that didn’t know anything about anything. Life was really good. I had just moved out on my own for the first time, and I was going to a big college with interesting classes and lots of new people (and girls) to interact with. Life was good. And then… it wasn’t.

Half way through my first semester at MTSU, in fall of 2007, my mom attempted suicide. At the time I thought it was my fault, because I was the youngest son and I had moved out. I wouldn’t learn till later that the truth was something much different. Basically my mom had a migraine for about a year straight, and was actively going to a couple of doctors about it. After some months of not figuring out the cause, they gradually put my mom on a dozen or so prescriptions. And all these drugs literally drove my mom crazy to the point that she tried to take her own life. I thank God every day for having parents that love each other like mine. My dad is the the reason my mom is still around. And just so you know, she’s doing very well now.

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I flunked out of school and ended up moving back home. I got a job at a sweet woman’s gift shop down the street, who I’m certain took pity on me. I felt like a failure. I had no direction, no goals in mind, no idea what to do with my life. So of all things, my escape from this small town was truck driving. I became a full blown truck driver.

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I traveled the country driving an 18-wheeler, hauling HAZMAT (hazardous material), steel, brake calipers, dry foods… basically anything you could imagine. I was only 22. It was super weird… but it was a much needed adventure, time to think, and a confidence boost. I saw a lot of things good and bad. I witnessed terrible accidents, drugs, sex trafficking, violence… it was an eye opening experience.

I drove full time for about 15 months and finally decided it wasn’t for me. I moved to Nashville two days later, and I was hired as a valet at a high end hotel downtown. Because, hey, “If I can drive a semi, I can park your damn Mercedes.” (Literally the cockiest thing I’ve ever said in my life… to the guy that hired me.) A few months after I’d started working there, luck brought me a camera from the lost and found. I had never used one before, but I just thought it was the coolest thing ever to play with. This was six years ago, and the camera was a Nikon D80.

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So this is the part where I feel like most people would maybe gloss over things, or just skip parts because it’s not flattering, or that it’s career suicide to be this open… because what I’m about to share isn’t at all something I’m proud of… but I’m just going to be completely honest with you, because I think it’s important, so here we go. (I used way too many commas and I don’t care.)

I worked at this hotel for nearly 3 years, and I worked my a** off. And you know where it got me? Nowhere. I worked 60+ hours a week valeting, working third shift on Saturday nights, and also at one point shooting the photography and managing social media for this place. I was paying rent, but not making enough to save much. I also wasn’t feeling appreciated. At the same time I felt lots of pressure from family to start figuring out my future by either finding a career or going back to school. I needed to be responsible, and have a savings account, health insurance, 401k, a retirement plan, because I want to have a home and a family one day right?

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I’m not quite sure when this started, but I developed an anger problem. I would lash out at people I was close to. Including my own brother, who’s the nicest guy I know. My boss. And at my worst, my own girlfriends. This went on for a few years. The height of which was when during an argument about something I don’t even remember… let’s just say it was something as dumb and trivial as the weather. Yes, during an argument about “the weather,” I shoved my girlfriend of one year, who I loved, on the floor in her own bedroom. I’d never done anything like that before. I instantly realized that this wasn’t because I was “hangry.” We had just had dinner together. This was something real. I stepped towards her to help her off the ground, and she jumped back with this expression of terror. She was literally afraid for her life, because of me. It’s something I will never forget. And as I write this all these years later, it still makes me feel emotional.

The next day I called my pastor and had coffee with him. He chewed me out in the most loving way possible, if that makes any sense at all. And he looked me in the eye and asked me if I’d consider counseling. I instantly remembered back to the time my mom was sick, and I thought it was my fault, and I wasn’t doing well. I’d lost weight, I couldn’t focus on anything, and I wasn’t taking care of myself. At the time I was covered under my parents’ with health insurance, but I didn’t want to bother my dad. I didn’t want to add to his problems. MTSU probably had a free clinic or some sort of resources available as well, but I was too embarrassed to speak about it to anyone on campus. So I got online and tried to find other resources. I remember calling this number and speaking with a very kind woman who had no options available without insurance, or an amount of money I couldn’t pay. She got emotional on the phone with me. I’ll never forget it. So when I heard the word, “counseling,” I just said “yes.” Because I realized I had needed counseling since 2007.

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The next week I went to anger counseling with this awesome guy. One of the first things he said to me was that even though he was 50 something years old, he’d been thinking about taking a break from his current work and going to art school. Just because he wanted to. So needless to say we got along well. Over the next few weeks I learned a lot about myself. I realized how miserable I was, how unhealthy I was, how my anger was stemming from things that had nothing to do with anyone except myself. One big reason being that I’m this people loving, extroverted, creative person, but my life was not that at all. So gradually over the next few months, anger left my life for good.

(By the way if you’ve made it this far… I commend you and thank you for your patience. So now… I’ll just cut to the part that matters most.)

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Photography grew into something more than a hobby. I quit the hotel and had a variety of jobs afterward, from selling cars to serving tables. Along the way I started pursuing photography more seriously, and ended up with a job at a documentary company. One amazing perk of working there was that I was able to shoot with their secondary camera, which was a 5D Mark II. I worked there for 10 months, and over that time I was able to make my first website, build up a portfolio, and start charging for my work. In August of 2014, I was at the office, and I found out that a very dear friend of mine had been murdered. She was 25 years old. And she had just hired me to make gesture drawings at her sister’s wedding.

A week after that a friend from high school died of cancer.

A month or so later, a family friend died of cancer.

By the end of 2015 I’d lost 10 people, friends and family, that I loved and cared about. Including my first cousin who was in her early 30’s, and my grandmother who was 85.

Around the time my cousin passed, I was no longer working at the documentary company. Which meant no more access to a 5D Mark II. Which meant no more camera because I’d given mine away. At my cousin’s funeral of all places, I was having a conversation with a family friend, whose brother was one of the 10 people I’d lost, asking him for business advice. He then offered me an opportunity I never would have imagined… a business loan.

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I came to the realization that I could literally die any day. It could be tomorrow, or when I’m 85. I had just witnessed over the last year and a half how fragile life really was. So I accepted. With no client work ahead of me. No business plan. Fully accepting that I may very well have to sleep in my pickup truck with my camera, and I was completely okay with it. After two weeks of getting my gear, I went to Chicago for 22 days. I took the above photo while I was there, and it ended up going viral in the millions of shares and likes. You can find it on Alicia Keys’, Amy Schumer’s, and even Adriana Lima’s Instagram pages. Which is awesome and super random. (Alicia… let’s do lunch.)

It’s been a year and a half… and I’ve had three nights since May 27th, 2015 where I’ve nearly had to sleep in my truck. Even with such little financial stability at times, something always pops up, and I keep moving forward.

I have a personal project in the works. I’m learning and growing as an artist, and a person. And I’ve never been as happy as I am now. I work 80 hours a week so I don’t have to work 40. And honestly it’s the best decision I ever made. This has been quite the adventure, and it’s incredible to be doing something that makes my friends, family, and parents feel proud. It’s the best feeling in the world.

I’m sorry this has been long, and crazy, and not necessarily fun or flattering… but this is my life. If there’s anything I’d love to pass to you, it’s that life is fragile, short, and way too valuable to live miserably. I encourage you all to seek out things bigger than yourselves, to think of others when the opportunity arises, and not to wait for loved ones to pass before you realize what’s truly important. No matter who you are, no matter your religion, political views, identity, race, or nationality, we can grow every day, we can learn every day, and above all we can love every day. I hope you all are well, and I wish you the very best. Cheers.

-John Brown

You can see more of John’s work at JohnBrown.photography, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Lightroom Coffee Break Tip: Easily Update Local Adjustments with Multiple Sliders

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It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for another awesome installment of Adobe’s own Ben Warde, and his one-minute “Lightroom Coffee Break” tips:

Sweet, right? Ben rocks!

We’re Extending Our “Cyber Monday Deal” for 24-hours
If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for our best deals of the year, you’ve got a few extra hours to take advantage of them.

> $50.00 off on a KelbyOne annual membership [so it’s just $149] and/or…

> A whopping $300 off a Photoshop World 2017 Conference Pass (April 20-22nd, 2017, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida).

Here’s the link

Thanks for stoppin’ in, and we’ll catch you here tomorrow for more Lightroom Love!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Dog photographer extraordinaire, wonderful educator, and just an absolutely delightful person all around, Kaylee Greer, is my guest tomorrow on “The Grid” (my weekly talkshow for photographers) at 4pm ET. Hope you can join us.  

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A Pretty Slick Lightroom Shallow Depth of Field Trick

Howdy everybody. A few quick things to share with you (including a really slick Lightroom trick), but before we get to that stuff, just wanted to mention that in case you didn’t get to take advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, we’ve extended the deal for 24-hours. You have ’till midnight tonight and then they’re gone. Here’s the link to take advantage of our best prices of the year.

(Note: it’s $50.oo off a KelbyOne one year membership and $300 off a Photoshop World 2017 Full Conference pass).

OK, onto my tip: I did this tip on Friday over at my other blog (lightroomkillertips.com), and I wanted to share it with you all here. It’s a quick, easy trick for creating a shallow depth-of-field effect right within Lightroom. It looks pretty good, and it’s super simple, and I even tossed in a couple of extra Lightroom tips, too! (check it out below):

Tomorrow it’s gonna be a GOOOOOD episode of “The Grid”
Dog photographer extraordinaire, wonderful educator, and just an absolutely delightful person all around, Kaylee Greer, is my guest tomorrow on “The Grid” (my weekly talkshow for photographers) at 4pm ET. Hope you can join us.

Hope you all have a great Tuesday (that’s a thing, right?).

Best,

-Scott

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Our Cyber Monday Deals PLUS Our new “10 Minute Screamin’ Deals” at the Top of Every Hour!

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OK guys — today, Cyber Monday, is your last chance to get our absolute best prices of the year on KelbyOne annual memberships, and Photoshop World 2017 Conference passes. Here’s the deals:

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NOTE: These deals END TONIGHT at 12:00 am midnight ET

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PROGRAMING NOTE: Today, starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 4:00 pm, at the top of every hour we’re doing a LIVE 10-minute screaming deal Webcast where we convinced one of our partners to offer an insane discount but just for 10-minutes (and ONLY 10-minutes). Some stuff is incredibly cheap. Some stuff (can’t tip the hats on which ones) are simply free (that’s right — they’re giving their product away for 10 minutes), but you’ve got to watch to get the code. Here’s the details:

Who: Join Larry Becker LIVE from our studios
What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 10-minutes TOTAL!
Where: Here’s the link
When: Today starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 4pm.
Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!

Of course, our deals are running all day today, too, so for goodness sake don’t forget about those!

OK, that’s the Cyber Monday scoop! The deals are here, but only for today!

Hope you have a great start to your week, everybody! :)

Best,

-Scott

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Cyber Monday Deals, including My Lightroom Presets Pack

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Get our lowest KelbyOne membership price of the year
Today in the US is “Cyber Monday” our online shopping version of “Black Friday” and today more people become KelbyOne members, or renew their memberships, than any other day of the year (of course, it’s because not only do we offer our lowest price of the year – just $149 – you also get two bonus bundles of awesome stuff from us, including cool Lightroom and Photoshop stuff, like presets, actions, brushes, and more).

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PLUS when you join KelbyOne, as a Cyber Monday bonus, you get my first-ever Lightroom Presets Pack — 20 of my own Lightroom Presets — free just for joining (a $99 value).

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One more thing…
We always try something cool every Cyber Monday, and here’s what we’ve got cooked up for today: starting at 10AM EST to see some of the hottest deals in the industry, but these deals are just good for 10-MINUTES. That’s it. (they are that good!).

The deals will be announced at the top of every hour until 4PM. Each hour Larry Becker will demo a product from one of our partners like Westcott, B&H, Corel, RockyNook and more. Then for 10 minutes only that hot item will go on a screaming sale. In order to get the discount code you must be tuned in live!

Here’s the link – (remember, this starts at 10:00 am EST today, and runs until 4pm, every hour at the top of the hour).

That’s it for today. Hope yours is a good one, and if you’re planning on joining KelbyOne today — welcome aboard. We are very glad to have you with us! 🙂

Best,

-Scott

 

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