Presets – How to Steal a Preset and Make it Your Own

First off, I hope you had a Merry Christmas weekend. I had a great time with my family and, of course, my kids got way too much stuff. Anyone else have in-laws that, even though you try to moderate how much you buy your kids (sorry, that Santa brings your kids), they still go out and buy crazy amounts of gifts for them? Its all good though and they had a blast which is what counts. Anyway, its a vacation week for me but I had an idea...

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Q&A – Plug-in Follow Up

The other week I wrote about my all time favorite plug-in of 2009 and asked for your opinions as well. As I read through the comments I saw a lot of questions pop up so I figured I’d cover them today. Here goes: Q. Lightroom has plug-ins? Did I miss this because I’m still on version 1? A. Yup! And I gotta tell you. There is not an upgrade of software that I know of in our field that is a no-brainer more than Lightroom 2...

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Adobe Updates Lightroom 2.6 and ACR 5.6

Just a quick FYI. Adobe has released Lightroom 2.6 and Adobe Camera Raw 5.6 today. They’re basically updates for new camera so if you fall into that category (Nikon D3s, Canon 7D, etc…) then you’ll want to check it out. Also, a quick note for all the Lightroom 3 beta users out there. This update does not update the Lightroom 3 beta. Its only for Lightroom 2. You can find out more and download the update over at...

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Tip: Black and Whites…Difference Between RAW and JPEG

I know that most of us using Lightroom probably shoot raw most of the time. But I’m constantly importing photos from my point-and-shoot as well and those aren’t i the raw format. Plus, I’ll typically work with photos my family takes and they’re DEFINITELY not in the raw format. So when it comes to black and whites this tip is kinda important. See, if you import a RAW photo into Lightroom, it automatically adds...

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Presets – The Cutting Edge

Its preset time again. This week I’ve got an one with an edgy feel to it. You’ll see it works perfectly for photos like the sample below. Its a little desaturated in nature with some extra exposure and a few other things packed in there. One quick note about the preset that I found was that you’ll probably need to tweak the Exposure setting the most. Depending on the brightness (or lack thereof) of the photo, I found...

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