7 Essential Lightroom Tricks I Use Daily

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Nov 112018

Everyone’s list of Lightroom tricks and shortcuts is a bit different and when I started to compile mine I wasn’t 100% sure what they were exactly. It’s funny how you don’t even realize you’re using these handy timesavers as they become second nature when you apply them within your editing workflow.

In this 6-minute video, I review my list of 7 essential Lightroom tricks that I use on a daily basis. These are placed in order of importance simply based off of how often I use them. Some of these are widely known and others I don’t hear discussed very often – hopefully you aren’t familiar with all of them and you’re able to pick up a couple new ones that you can apply to your editing process moving forward.

7. Spot Removal Reselect

How often does Lightroom auto select an inaccurate area of your image to use as the basis for the spot removal tool? Happens to me all the time and if it happens to you, just hit the forward slash key ‘/‘. This will tell Lightroom to make another selection – you can keep doing this until you’re happy with the selection.

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Adobe Portfolio Now Integrates with Lightroom Collections

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Oct 082017

Adobe Portfolio, a platform for photographers to share images online on their own websites, will now integrate with Lightroom collections. This means you can upload entire collections at once, straight from Lightroom to your online portfolio.

The “Manage Content” section that Adobe Portfolio users are familiar with has been changed to make all this as easy as possible. It’s now broken down into two separate tabs, “Website Pages” and “Integrations,” and you can quickly get an overview of your portfolio and use the powerful new features.

“Website Pages” will show you all of your galleries and pages, whereas “Integrations” will enable you to connect Lightroom collections as well as setting which gallery future Behance projects will appear in.

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Lightroom Mobile Adds Powerful RAW HDR Capture Mode in Latest Update

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Mar 142017

Adobe released a major update for Lightroom Mobile on both iOS and Android today. And in addition to a few simple features like “speed review” and a notification widget for iOS, and radial & linear selection tools for Android, Adobe dropped a bombshell: RAW HDR capture… on your smartphone.

Smartphone cameras are improving by leaps and bounds, but they still fall far short of bigger-sensor brethren, particularly where dynamic range is concerned. This update, claims Adobe, will change all that, allowing your measly smartphone to capture a wider range of tones than previously possible:

“The new HDR mode works by automatically scanning the scene to determine the correct exposure range and then capturing three DNG files which are then automatically aligned, merged, deghosted, and tonemapped in the app,” explains Adobe. “You get a 32­bit floating point DNG, with all of the benefits of both an HDR and a raw photo, which is processed by the same algorithms with the same quality as the HDR technology built into Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.”

The new RAW HDR mode in Lightroom Mobile should make a mockery of your phone’s built-in HDR capabilities, which can typically balance out only the harshest of tones by using two JPEGs. In comparison, Lightroom’s Mobile’s three RAW DNGs are orders of magnitude more useful.

To take advantage, you’ll have to have an iPhone 6s or newer, iPhone SE, or iPad Pro 9.7-inch on the iOS side, or a Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, or Pixel XL for Android. Additional Android devices are being developed for “as quickly as possible.”

Here are some sample photos, all of them captured using this new HDR mode:

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Using Adobe’s Kuler Tool to Color Tone Images By Mark Bowers

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Nov 302016

Something I get asked often is how to add color tones to your images. Often the easiest option is to use filters either in Lightroom or with a plugin software such as Google Nik. However, as you delve deeper into the world of color grading you will eventually become curious how to create your own effects.
There are obviously an enormous number of ways to achieve a certain look to your photos. The Adobe Kuler plugin for Photoshop is an incredibly powerful option that is available to anyone with Photoshop (for free) and provides complete control over the look and feel of an adjustment.

The first concept to grasp is color theory. You know, the whole color wheel thingy and colors complementing one another… Well this is huge. And while you don’t need to be an expert on the subject, it helps to know the basics which will eventually lead to a better understanding of the subject as you use it in practice. One article I have found extremely helpful on his topic was written by one of my favorite landscape photographers of today, Ted Gore. Gore has won several accolades in his field and produces some of the most amazing images I have ever seen. His article titled “Color Theory and Landscapes Photography” goes into great detail about color harmonies and how to work them into your images. He explains the difference between analogous, complementary, and monochromatic color harmonies (as well as several others that are much less obvious) and gives great examples of how he uses them in his work. I highly recommend this read as it applies not only to landscapes imagery but color grading and application on any photograph. At its core the idea is that certain colors simply work well together and are pleasing to the viewers’ eye when introduced into an image with subtlety. For example, blue and yellow are complementary colors. When the darker tones in an image are “cooler” and the lighter tones are “warmer,” the image is more aesthetically pleasing than if the color tones were simply left to chance.

This is where Adobe Kuler comes in. For one, the Adobe Kuler tool is free if you already have a Creative Cloud membership and you can also install the tool directly into Photoshop (directions provided here). Once installed, it is available by going to Window > Extensions > Adobe Color Themes which creates a new tab in your workspace. How is this useful? The tool provides a built-in color wheel which allows you to create custom complimentary color tones. More importantly though, it contains a ton of color pallets already available for use that follow the “rules” of color theory.

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Merge to 32-bit HDR Tutorial, by Joshua Gunther

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May 032013

The link below will take you to a comprehensive and well illustrated merge to 32 bit HDR tutorial by talented photographer Joshua Gunther.

Click the link below!

Merge to 32-bit HDR Tutorial

Also please visit Joshua’s home page and be prepared to be amazed by his superb images!

Joshua Gunther Photography



Oloneo PhotoEngine v1.0 now available!

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Jun 022011

Oloneo: Oloneo – HDR Software

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Oloneo PhotoEngine

Oloneo PhotoEngine

Is Here!

Press Release

Oloneo® Releases Oloneo PhotoEngine™ v1.0

The fastest and most advanced HDR and RAW processing software of its generation offers new levels of creativity and efficiency to the professional and amateur photographers.

Paris, France – June 2, 2011 – Oloneo today announced the immediate availability of Oloneo PhotoEngine v1.0, the only High Dynamic Range (HDR) and RAW processing software offering photographers full control over light and exposure in real-time. Latest enhancements include the much-awaited Lightroom plugin, batch processing and presets. PhotoEngine for Windows is available now at US$149 / €125 through the Oloneo online store at www.oloneo.com. Beta users who registered with Oloneo before May 31st benefit from a 25% discount to acquire PhotoEngine at US$110 / €93. A full-featured, 30-day-limited trial version of PhotoEngine can be freely downloaded at www.oloneo.com/en/page/download.html.

“The speed and productivity of PhotoEngine have radically changed the way amateur and professional photographers are considering HDR: this technology is not just a nice-to-have tool, it has now become a must-have asset for the serious photographers” said Antoine Clappier, President of Oloneo and main developer of PhotoEngine. “With its tight integration with Lightroom, Photoshop and most image-processing products, Oloneo PhotoEngine naturally finds its place in the workflow of the demanding photographers looking for a high level of efficiency and creativity”.

“A remarkably capable HDR and RAW processing software, PhotoEngine has the unique ability to produce superior, natural-looking images that are immediately ready for publishing or display without the need for any post-processing” said Kim Seng, the well-known author of the CaptainKimo.com HDR photography blog. “None of the other HDR programs that I’ve tested even comes close to the speed and productivity this software offers.”

HDR ToneMap™: high dynamic re-exposure in real-time
A full real-time, high dynamic range (HDR) re-exposure module to merge and edit single or multiple RAWs, JPEGs or TIFFs. Capable of creating a wide range of styles, from realistic to artistic, HDR ToneMap includes four tone mapping engines, the Natural HDR™ processing mode, auto-exposure correction with fine-tuning, auto-contrast, detail size and threshold controls, halo control, edge sharpening, ghost removal tools, auto-align, auto-orientation, batch processing with interactive mode, over 40 interactive factory presets and user-defined presets, and more. Users also have the possibility to modify exposure the traditional way by turning off tone mapping while still benefiting from a 32-bit, ultra-wide gamut and full resolution environment.

Example uses:
– Completely recover details in overexposed areas in a photo, automatically or manually.
– Fully restore low-light areas in underexposed photos while removing noise, automatically or manually.
– Create infinite variations, from the most realistic, natural look to the utmost creative tone-mapping style.

HDR ReLight™: take pictures then set-up lighting
An image-based relighting tool using merged RAWs, JPEGs or TIFFs to control in real-time the settings of individual light sources after the photos are taken. For each light source, parameters include white balance, brightness, temperature, tint and color. Other features are the auto-detection of ambient light and each light source’s color temperature.

Example uses:
– Set the white balance of each light source separately and independently.
– Switch on and off light sources in a picture.
– Create a realistic night view based on daylight photos.
– Take studio-quality pictures with a basic lighting set-up.

HDR DeNoise™: remove noise and keep details
A powerful image noise and grain reduction tool using stacked RAWs, JPEGs or TIFFs, with the added benefits of full detail preservation, no smoothing and no artifacts, even with low-contrast and low-light photos.

Full-featured Lightroom® plugin for an efficient workflow
Photographers now have the ability to select their images directly from within Lightroom 2 or 3, set-up a HDR ToneMap, HDR ReLight or HDR DeNoise project and launch it in PhotoEngine. Once finalized in PhotoEngine, the resulting images can be exported to Adobe® Photoshop® and other image-processing products for post-editing.

Complete, high-end RAW photo processing
Oloneo PhotoEngine also features a complete RAW and image processing module including a customizable Color Curve Equalizer™ with hue/saturation, hue/luminance and hue/hue curves, a brightness curve, a unique color saturation curve, a color toning tool, an advanced white balance control and more. PhotoEngine handles most RAW photo formats, with thumbnail and preservation of key EXIF metadata, fully supports color management and uses the ICC profiles generated by most colorimeters on the market today.

The English/International version of Oloneo PhotoEngine v1.0 for Windows is available now through the Oloneo online store at www.oloneo.com for electronic delivery with a complete English or French user guide. A full French version of PhotoEngine will be available at a later date. Users who purchase the current English version will have free access to the French version when it becomes available.

Additional information on product features, upgrade policies and language versions is available on www.oloneo.com. A full-featured, 30-day limited trial version of PhotoEngine v1.0 can be freely downloaded at www.oloneo.com/en/page/download.html.

The price of Oloneo PhotoEngine v1.0 is US$149 / €125.

Beta users who subscribed to the Oloneo Newsletter before May 31, 2011 are entitled to a special discount of 25% on PhotoEngine v1.0 valid until July 15, 2011:
– US$110 (reduced from US$149)
– €93 (reduced from €125)

Discounted multi-user and Academic licenses will be available soon. Interested parties are invited to contact Oloneo. Prices exclude sales taxes and VAT.

– OS: 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista or Windows 7
– Hard disk: 200MB of available space
– CPU: 1.6 GHz Intel or AMD with SSE2, dual-core recommended
– RAM: 1.5GB
– Screen: 1280 x 720

Mac OS:
A Mac OS version of PhotoEngine is not available at this time. The product runs with good performance on a dual-core Mac with Parallels Desktop 5 or similar virtual machines.

Oloneo PhotoEngine is the only High Dynamic Range (HDR) and RAW processing application offering photographers full control over light and exposure in real-time, as if they were still behind the lens. At the core of Oloneo PhotoEngine is a fully real-time, 32-bit floating-point per channel (96-bit per pixel), ultra-wide gamut, full resolution and non-destructive image-editing engine. Oloneo’s color model handles a range of colors that largely surpasses what printers or screens are capable of displaying today. Combined with the suppression of any color shifting and clipping, it guarantees photographers against any loss of image data during the HDR process. With a simple, intuitive and responsive user interface, all image controls work in full real-time at a rate of 1/20 second or less on a general-purpose desktop or laptop computer.

Founded by three veterans of the computer graphics industry, Oloneo provides digital photographers with tools that bring together flexibility, creativity and speed. For more information please visit the company’s website at www.oloneo.com.

Great new HDR Express Tutorial from John Omvik of Unified Color!

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Mar 082011

This tutorial is best seen at 720p and fullscreen. Check the “Software Discounts” page in the navbar for a free trial of HDR Express or download the free trial version. HDR Express is listed under “Unified Color”.

If you decide to purchase any Unified Color product through these HDR360pro links your HDR360pro discount will be applied automatically.