Lightroom Tip – Using the Alt Key for Masking

Applying Masking When working in the Details Panel (Sharpening Section) to apply sharpness to an image I've created, to ensure it is only applied to certain parts of the image (the white areas above) I press the Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) whilst using the Masking Slider. By using the Alt key I can see … Continue reading Lightroom Tip – Using the Alt Key for Masking

Multiple Adjustments – My Quick Way of Doing things. Fan of….#65

Take the above image for instance... say I wanted to change the tone of the steps.  Yes, I could use the local adjustment brush tool.. but one way I've found that is very easy is this. Set all your sliders to 0.  Put a graduated filter outside of the image in Lightroom Next, change the … Continue reading Multiple Adjustments – My Quick Way of Doing things. Fan of….#65

Amazing Clouds by Matt Kloskowski

One photographer who I do follow is Matt Kloskowski on Youtube. Tonight I watched one of his videos about making clouds more amazing in Photoshop. And just like his other videos, I found it a great benefit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5EIk3GwHqw So I thought I would try it out on an image I did for Wordless Wednesday.  And … Continue reading Amazing Clouds by Matt Kloskowski

Photoshop – Saving as a PSD

When working in Photoshop, and adding elements to an image and different layers adjustments, like texture and moon's/skies etc, when saving the image I always save it as a PSD.  I never flatten or merge the layers before saving. I know this method of saving your work creates large file sizes and eats up disc … Continue reading Photoshop – Saving as a PSD

Channel Masks and an Autumn Photo

Today I watched a great tutorial from Matt Kloskowski and as a novice Photoshop user, I've never really played around with Channel Masks.  Well, to be honest, I didn't have much of a clue until I watched this video and what you could do with them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEgWjcUHUs0 So the image I used for this experiment … Continue reading Channel Masks and an Autumn Photo

Processing an image – My Way.

First and foremost I use Lightroom for as much of the editing as I can.  Very rarely do I go to Photoshop to process an image.. unless I want to create something that can't be achieved in Lightroom. So how do I process my image? Develop Module in Lightroom Lightroom now gives you the ability … Continue reading Processing an image – My Way.

Content aware fill

One of the new powerful features in Photoshop is the Content-Aware Fill tool.  In this video, Julianne Kost explains its concept and what it can do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiwqOAPE0kk I wanted to take the content-aware tool a little further. As you can see from the image below, the waterfall is practically dead-centre and I wanted it more … Continue reading Content aware fill

Don’t be afraid to increase your ISO

Oh that exposure triangle and learning to get to grips with it.. is one of the things that is really daunting to amateur photographers. None of us wants grain in our images.. even though it does add an effect to a monochrome image at times.. and neither do we want blurry images. But coming to … Continue reading Don’t be afraid to increase your ISO

Quick Tip – Water or Cloud Smoothing

  A quick tip I picked up ages ago from Anthony Fields on Facebook, was one about how to smooth out water and add a sheen to water in Lightroom. You can use any of the tools in the develop module but I have found more success with either the graduated filter or adjustment brush.  … Continue reading Quick Tip – Water or Cloud Smoothing

Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Crop Tool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asy-bMharpU Well today's tip isn't a 60 second one but about 8.50 minutes, but the bit that I found interesting was within the first 30 seconds.. about leaving space when taking photograhs in order to get a more pleasing crop in Lightroom.  Laura talks about the Crop Tool in Lightroom as well as no-no's about … Continue reading Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Crop Tool

Luminosity colouring in Photoshop by Matt Kloskowski

Today I was reading a blog post by Matt Kloskowski on luminosity colouring in Photoshop.  Anyway here is the video from Matt explaining how it is done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs1iAzHgazQ So for my example I used the image below. By using the Colour Range tool I selected certain elements of the image and followed the instructions by … Continue reading Luminosity colouring in Photoshop by Matt Kloskowski

Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Guided Upright Tool

Many thanks to Scott Kelby of Lightroom Killer Tips for bringing this tip from Benjamin Warde's Lightroom Coffee Break series. I've used the Guided Upright Tool for buildings and never for the life of me did I realise the impact it would have on seascapes.  Many thanks Scott and Benjamin xx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-bsJLDN9bM

Quick Tip – Using The Flow Control in Lightroom

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=l3AMavaU5uU One of the sites that I regularly visit in Scott Kelby's Lightroom Killer Tips.  And this particular tip I have found very useful.  The tip is about using the Flow Control when making local adjustments. In the past I have just set my Flow to 100 and then lowered or increased the relevant … Continue reading Quick Tip – Using The Flow Control in Lightroom

Using several editing programs on an image.

  If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber like myself then you automatically get Photoshop with the Photography Plan. For some Photoshop is rather daunting and people sometimes want to steer clear of it.. and at times I feel that way too. However, on saying that Photoshop is an ideal place for using your various … Continue reading Using several editing programs on an image.

Luminar 2018 Trial and what a Transformation

I have been really busy lately with real-life events, yet again!  And that means my photography has had to take a back burner seat, much to my disapproval, but hey-ho, we can't have it always.  Anyway today I decided to get my laptop out and boy what with Windows Updates and Software Updates it hasn't … Continue reading Luminar 2018 Trial and what a Transformation

Lightroom -v- Photoshop -v- Photomatix for Interior HDR Shots

Now if I can stay within one program to do all my processing.. I am one happy bunny.  Simply because a) my computer is not very good at handling loads of photo-editing programs all at one time and b) it is easier for me and I like the easy life.  However, when it comes to … Continue reading Lightroom -v- Photoshop -v- Photomatix for Interior HDR Shots

Lightroom sluggish… some tips to speed up Lightroom

Is Lightroom sluggish for you?  Well here are a few tips to speed up Lightroom. Import using at least Standard Previews (if you have enough disk space import using 1:1). This might slow down the import but will benefit you during your workflow. And not for the faint hearted - clear develop history. But don't … Continue reading Lightroom sluggish… some tips to speed up Lightroom