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April 30th, 2015

Lightroom 6: First Impressions

Posted By Michael Frye
Swirling mist from Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
After months of rumors, last week Adobe finally released Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC. When I saw the list of new features, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for improvements to Lightroom’s retouching tools, and to the Adjustment Brush. It would be nice to add a curve to only …
 
October 27th, 2013

Photographing Sunbursts

Posted By Michael Frye
Aspens and morning sunlight, Inyo NF, CA, USA
I’ve always felt that the best photographs capture a mood or feeling. It’s easier to convey a mood when the weather gets stormy, but how do you capture a mood on a clear, sunny day? The answer, I think, is to go with it—to emphasize the sun, the blue sky, and the brightness of the …
 
July 31st, 2013

My Latest eBook: Landscapes in Lightroom 5

Posted By Michael Frye
Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide
Here it is! My latest ebook, Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide, is now available. I’m really excited about this new ebook, because I’ve been able to incorporate features that make this more of a hands-on learning experience. First, you can download the original Raw files used as examples in the ebook, and then follow along with each step yourself – just as if you were attending one of my workshops.
 
June 15th, 2012

Lightroom 4: Working With the New Process

Posted By Michael Frye
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(If you’re getting this post through email, click here to view the video.) I realized I forgot to post my second Lightroom 4 video here, so here it is, my second video about the new process in Lightroom 4. In Part One I explained how the new tone controls work; here in Part Two I …
 
April 24th, 2012

Lightroom 4: Working With the New Process

Posted By Michael Frye
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(If you’re getting this post through email, click here to view the video.) Here it is, my second video about the new process in Lightroom 4. In Part One I explained how the new tone controls work; here in Part Two I talk about how to use these new tools to process both low- and …
 
April 13th, 2012

Lightroom 4: The New Tone Controls

Posted By Michael Frye
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(If you’re getting this post through email, click here to view the video.) As I wrote last week, Lightroom 4 represents a big change—the biggest change to Adobe’s Raw processing engine since Adobe Camera Raw was introduced in 2003. They’ve completely revamped the underlying algorithms for all of the tonal controls, and changed the behavior, …
 
March 15th, 2012

Taming the Light: The art and technique of exposure blending

Posted By Joseph Rossbach
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I am often asked about my post processing and the one question that always comes up is, “Did it really look like that”, asked with a good deal of skepticism. And rightly so! In the age of digital capture, and Photoshop it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between what is a photograph and …
 
December 20th, 2011

Photo Critique Series: Re-Processing a Misty Forest Scene

Posted By Michael Frye
Mist
Yes, the critiques are back—finally! This critique features a beautiful forest image called “Mist,” by David Eaton. The photograph was made in an area called The Chase near Birmingham, England. This is my second video critique, and I’ve broken it into two parts. The first video discusses the processing (briefly), light, composition, exposure, and sharpness. …
 
August 25th, 2011

Lightroom HDR

Posted By Michael Frye
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(Click here if you have trouble viewing this video) Can you create HDR images in Lightroom? Yes! Well, sort of. Lightroom only works with one photograph at a time, so you can’t blend different exposures of a scene together. But you can handle some high-contrast scenes in Lightroom, without HDR software or Photoshop, by using Lightroom’s …
 
March 11th, 2011

Lightroom or Photoshop?

Posted By Michael Frye
Lightroom has grown up. I've made 30x40 inch prints from this image using only Lightroom (except for the final print sharpening). Yet Photoshop can still do things that Lightroom can't
“Should I get Lightroom or Photoshop?” This is a question I get asked a lot, usually by people who own Photoshop Elements and are thinking of upgrading to either Lightroom or the full version of Photoshop. Six years ago this was an easy decision, because Lightroom didn’t exist. If you wanted to upgrade from Elements, …