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Exposure Matching In Lightroom

At my last NYC Lightroom Meetup at Tekserve we had Worldwide Adobe Evangelist, Terry White as our guest speaker. Easy going, clear and honest (tells it like it is), Terry breezed through two hours of Lightroom tips and tricks, and answering questions on the fly without missing a beat. Terry knows Lightroom like no one else I’ve ever met. Everyone had a great time. Terry also has a comprehensive YouTube channel Lightroom playlist loaded with

By |2015-03-25T17:18:11+00:00March 25th, 2015|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, How To's|0 Comments

Moving The Focus Point Of The Sony A7 II

Here’s a stumbling block I came across yesterday with a student: moving the focus point of the Sony A7 II. The challenge was trying to interpret the vague descriptions in a thin user manual. It was nearly impossible. Why are the features hidden and undocumented? I have no idea.

Sony A7 II Control WheelIn this case, attempting to move the focus point (the rectangle you see in the viewfinder or LCD that tells you where your camera is focusing) with the Control Wheel (the way it works with both Nikon and Canon) was bringing up the Display, ISO

By |2015-03-18T17:07:24+00:00March 18th, 2015|Digital Photography, Sony|2 Comments

A Lightroom Tethering Tip For Nikon Users

At last night’s special NYC Lightroom Meetup we had Adobe Evangelist Terry White as our guest speaker. He presented a Lightroom tethering tip for Nikon users that I really appreciated – he discovered that Lightroom slows Nikons to a crawl when tethering if it has a memory card in it with lots of captures. It’s going to look like no camera is connected…

Lightroom No Camera Detected It looks like there is no camera, but Lightroom is actually very busy reviewing all

By |2015-03-11T10:09:54+00:00March 11th, 2015|Adobe Lightroom Classic, How To's, Nikon|18 Comments

Radial Filter and Post Crop Vignetting in Lightroom

Here’s a subtle, yet simple approach to gently pull your subject of interest visually forward while maintaining an “honest” result that doesn’t look manipulated using the Radial Filter and Post Crop Vignetting in Lightroom.

When I think about what I’m going to do in Lightroom before I start working, I discover details I hadn’t noticed when I shot the picture in the first place. Doing this contributes to how I grow and see as a photographer and, in this video I demonstrate how to mark up a photo to note the changes I want to make before actually starting work in the Develop Module.

Resetting Lightroom Sliders and Switches

Working in the Lightroom 5 Develop Module can often be an involved “give and take” process of trial and error.

To speed your Lightroom workflow along it’s good to know how to reset Panel and Adjustment sliders quickly to their default settings or their zero positions. As simple as this sounds, it’s an effective time saving method of undoing settings, as well as using the “on/off” Panel switches to view before and after of any work you may have done in a particular Develop or Adjustment Panel.

By |2014-12-18T10:12:01+00:00December 18th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, How To's, YouTube|Comments Off on Resetting Lightroom Sliders and Switches

Using The Radial Filter For Snapshots

A little while back I wrote about the Radial Filter being backwards and the importance of having the Invert Mask check box selected before starting any work.

Otherwise the effect of your slider changes will appear outside of the ellipse you make instead of INSIDE. So, before you do any work using the Radial Gradient, please remember to check the Invert Mask check box. Thanks! (Note! I call the Radial Filter the Radial Gradient Tool, simply because that’s what it is, a circular filter with a graduated (feathered) effect from 100% to 0%.

By |2014-11-05T09:17:02+00:00November 5th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, Video, YouTube|0 Comments

First NYC Lightroom Meetup Group Scheduled

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On November 5th, the first NYC Lightroom Meetup Group will be held from 6-8PM at Tekserve (closed as of August 2016 and no longer in business), located at 119 West 23rd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue. Scheduled guest for this Lightroom Meetup is Eric Wessman, 30 year veteran travel photographer and Adobe Lightroom Expert.

Tekserve Logo Tekserve, New York’s only Premium Apple service provider

Sign up  http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Lightroom-Meetup/ for this Meetup

By |2014-10-30T17:19:30+00:00October 30th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom, Events, MeetUp|0 Comments

Creating A Target Collection in Lightroom

Here’s a little known feature of Lightroom: The Target Collection.

As explained in my earlier post, making a Quick Collection and saving it as a Collection is an effective way to manage your photos without moving them from any of their original folders.

The following description of  a Target Collection may (“may” is an understatement for sure) sound confusing.

A Target Collection is when you assign the Quick Collection’s attributes to any Collection folder that you’ve made or saved. It’s a simple right-click away (or Control Click or two-fingered

By |2014-10-16T09:55:54+00:00October 16th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Library, Video, YouTube|0 Comments

Lightroom Guy Is Now An Adobe Certified Expert!

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After waffling for a year, I finally took the challenge to demonstrate my Lightroom skills by taking the Adobe certification exam.

I studied hard making sure I knew all the little minutia that I heard Adobe put in their tests. Sure, I was ready, but on the day of the test, at the testing site, they took away my phone, ipad, backpack, even my keys before they let me into the testing room (yes, it’s on a computer). I was waiting for them to ask me to take

By |2014-10-04T09:30:04+00:00October 4th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom, News|0 Comments