Making the Eyes Pop in Lightroom 3

One of the most alluring parts of a portraits is the eyes. Just like meeting someone face-to-face, you search for the eyes first in a photograph as well. And since that’s where a viewer’s attention is naturally drawn, I say make them command attention. I retouch the eyes in my portraits just enough to give […]

Close to Home – Local Adjustments – Part 2 of 2

In Close to Home – Local Adjustments – Part 1, we discussed Local Adjustment presets and how to get the most out of their use. From that alone we can tell that Local Adjustment presets are a completely different beast than normal Develop Presets. They function differently, are created differently, edited differently and Lightroom handles […]

Mastering HSL in Lightroom – Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of Mastering HSL in Lightroom, we covered exactly what the HSL is and how it is used. If you spent some time experimenting with the Color Checker DNG we provided you should have some sense of how Hue, Saturation and Luminance interact with the different colors. If not, jump back to Part […]

Cringe at the Fringe – Chromatic Aberration in Lightroom

Chromatic Aberration distortion is an issue you see with many non-DSLR and older DSLR cameras. By definition: In optics, chromatic aberration (also called achromatism or chromatic distortion) is a type of distortion in which there is a failure of a lens to focus all colors to the same convergence point. It occurs because lenses have […]

Turn down the volume – Noise Reduction in Lightroom

When it comes to shooting high ISO images and processing in Lightroom, the general consensus is Lightroom is unable to do a reasonable job at reducing noise. While it is true that Lightroom will not perform as well as Noise Ninja or Nik Dfine day in and day out, Lightroom can handle much of you […]

Removing the Night

When you’ve got yourself a tired subject, one thing that creeps into your shots can be those dark baggy eyes that often come from late nights at the club or too many Mimosas! I know I don’t always have a makeup artist in tow. That being said, I have a very quick and effective technique […]

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