With portraiture, what you see is not always what you want to get. Even the very best portrait with the perfect model will often need some form of post-production to get it to pop. Today we are going to look at six classic post production techniques to get the most out of your portraits. These techniques are generally similar in Lightroom and Photoshop but in this article we shall concentrate on Lightroom. When using Photoshop it is best to use an adjustment layer or a duplicate layer to preserve the original.
Although originally developed as a image management tool, Adobe’s Lightroom has evolved into a powerful post production application. For many photographers, Lightroom provides all the tools required to make their images pop without ever having to resort to Photoshop. Lightroom’s tools are particularly suited to landscape and urban photographers who want to squeeze every last drop of quality from their images. Today we are going to look at three powerful tweaks that will make your outdoor images sing.
Converting color images to black & white is easy. All it usually takes is a click but when done mindfully, it can take an image from average to awesome. But why convert to black & white in the first place. The reasons are plenty. It adds versatility, eliminates distractions, adds drama and mood and much more. It can also save a potentially boring or distracting image – many times we capture images and the feeling or impact of the subject just doesn’t stand out like it did when we were in the moment. Here are some tips to create impactful b&w images.
As we know, Lightroom has become a very powerful tool not only for image management but also for post production. Amongst the tools available are some excellent ones for the landscape photographers amongst you. Today we are going to take a look at ten of the best. From graduated filter and the adjustment brush to tone curve, these 10 tools will help make your landscape photographs pop. Do check them out.
Modern cameras give us great images without having to do too much to them. Many of us, however, realize that with a little post production we can make our images even better, make them pop to coin a popular phrase. The problem is, that if we are too carefree and slapdash with our techniques, we can easily over process an image, something that may not be apparent until you make a print of it. So what are the signs of over processing and how can we counter them?
Chances are you’re using Lightroom and getting along with it just fine. But, as is the case with nearly any application, there is always some “hidden” or overlooked feature that would certainly be beneficial if only you knew it existed or knew how to use it. So whether you’re a recent Lightroom convert or adoptee just getting acclimated to a new workspace, or a longtime Lightroom user who has simply been content to use the same few tools each time you work, I will show you 5 Lightroom tools that you may want to put to use on a regular basis.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever”, wrote John Keats. A work of art, whether it is a painting or a photograph, can immortalize this beauty we speak of. A portrait, for example. Beautiful looking skin isn’t really as hard to get as you might think. The key thing is in combining the methods and being meticulous about it. In general, the most important thing you should remember is to avoid skin that looks too smooth and has no texture at all.
I think we are in danger of losing something. Something rather important to photography, something that has been around since the early days of photography. That something is technical perfection. At the risk of sounding old, when I was studying photography, the most important thing that was drummed into us, was aiming for technical perfection.
Many people find that even when engaged in something they absolutely love doing, there is sometimes a degree of drudgery involved in one aspect or another, some chore that has to be completed as an inextricable component of an otherwise enjoyable activity. For many a photographer, this unwelcome chore is post-processing. Here are some ideas to help you take some of the stress out of post-processing.
It’s a fact that even the most beautifully composed image will fall apart if it includes a dull, lifeless sky. A great sky, on the other hand, can boost the impact of an image immensely. The problem is that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and she is not always forthcoming about giving us the sky we need. Today we are going to look at some ways to improve your skies using Lightroom.