My Official Favorite Plug-in of 2009

I thought it’d be fun to find out what everyone’s favorite Lightroom plug-in is. Now, I’m going to kick it off by giving you a very specific one because saying I love Nik’s Color Efex Pro, isn’t very specific. Its got a ton filters in it. So I’ll take it one step further by saying my official favorite most-used plug-in of the last year is the Brilliance/Warmth filter from Nik’s Color Efex. I...

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Cool T-Shirts + Cool Charity

If you’re looking for a great gift (for yourself or any of your photographer buddies) then you should check out these off camera flash t-shirts. Scott Kelby came up with the idea earlier this year and showed it around the office and we all thought it was great. Its geeky but hey, we’re geeks so its fun too. What’s really nice about it is that 100% of the profits will go to a charity (The Springs of Hope Kenya...

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Presets – Fairytale Glow

I want to give a big thanks to everyone who provided some names for today’s preset. I’m actually using a combination of two names that were suggested – Fairytale Glow. I’m really happy with the way that this one came out. I find it works best on portraits (hopefully the name implies that) and photos that tend to be brighter in nature (notice the sky is blown out in the before version already). But give it a try...

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Tip – Choosing a new "Before" image

Happy Friday everyone. Here’s a quick tip for you when viewing before/afters in Lightroom. If you press the [Backslash] key in the Develop module, it toggles you between the original image (with absolutely no changes), and the photo as it looks now with your edits. But what if you don?t want your Before photo to be the original? For example, let?s say you did some Basic panel edits on a photo, and then you used the Adjustment...

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Video – Adjustment Brush Tip Extravaganza

I sat down to write a quick post about all the little shortcuts and tips that I know about the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 2 (and 3 beta) and I realized there’s a truckload of them. So I created a video instead. I didn’t actually go through and count but there’s definitely more than 10 and I think most of them are pretty useful things to have around. Some are just shortcuts to sliders and effects you could do...

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