On Becoming a “Professional Photographer” with Lightroom

LR1111One of the great things about digital photography is that everyone can become a professional photographer in his own right. Thanks in part to the arrival of Lightroom, ordinary users of pictures online can now organize, edit and share their photographs in a professional way.

Perhaps there is hope after all for those frustrated photographers. With Lightroom, they can even enhance their photos in the same way as with studio photographers.

Lightroom has an array of tools for every picture you can imagine. And you can download the said photo-enhancing software in your iPad, iPhone and Android units. So convenient in that every time you snap a picture with your phone, you can immediately enhance it with the ready tools.

It organizes your pictures in one place, and you can create an album out of it. And these photos can be customized by adding features to it such as putting a keyword.  From photos on your smartphone to DSLR images, Lightroom covers it all.

Lightroom also has a long list of classifications such as Lightroom Kostenlos, where retouching, adjustments and perspective enhancements can be done with just a click of a mouse.

Your photos are presented in a way that can only be found on lifestyle magazines: sassy, cosmopolitan, edgy. And all these things are be done in one sitting.

So now you can share your photo without cowering from it. Tell your story with the advantages of Lightroom. It is non-destructive, which means that you don’t have to feel sorry if you somehow commit mistakes when retouching your pictures, you can easily repeat the same process again without any shades of mistakes on it.

Don’t just settle with posting your pictures online without going into Lightroom. Who knows, that might be the difference why you got more likes or friends on your social media account. Lightroom enhances your visibility online.

24 Sep 2015

Importing your Lightroom Presets into Lightroom

There are two main ways of editing your images and photographs using Adobe Lightroom. One of this is doing it step by step, manually and carefully. The other way, the one that is the most popular and used by the most people, using Lightroom presets. Presets are saved edits and effects that you can apply to an image to edit some of its aspects such as white balance, colors, contrasts etc. It is possible to create your own presets but unless you want something really custom made, there are lots of options out there for you. One of the ways to get some pretty good Lightroom resets is to download them.

There are lots of good places on the internet where you can get Lightroom Presets. After purchasing and downloading your presets, the next thing is to install them in order to use them. To install your presets, you have to first of all open Lightroom. Then click on Edit at the very top if you are on a PC, this is next to the file menu. If you are on a mac, click on Lightroom. Scroll down and click on preferences.


On the window that opens, click on the second tab which is presets. Click on Show Lightroom Presets folder. 05_install_windowsDouble click on Lightroom. The next step is to double click on Develop presets folder. Remember when you downloaded the presets you unzipped them somewhere. Copy this whole folder into the develop presets folder. The reason for doing this is so that the presets in that folder. I.e. The ones you downloaded together and are likely to be in a bundle, end up in the same catalogue in your presets software.

After copying the whole folder, ensure that its name is as descriptive as possible. This will make it pretty easy for you to find the presets in the future. After copying the folder into the Develop presets folder, the next step is to restart Lightroom.

We have also provided a video for those who love following videos on how to install Lightroom presets on both MAC and PC below.

If you encountered any problems, one of the most common issues is maybe you did not copy the right folder. The second most common error is installing PC presets on a MAC and vice versa. So make sure that you are installing the correct presets on the correct computer. The other issue is installing presets on an older Lightroom version that they are not compatible with. For example, installing Lightroom 6 presets on Lightroom 3. You will find some issues if you do this.

10 Sep 2015

Three Explanations Why Use Lightroom Presets

Adobe Lightroom presets is one of the best inventions created by Adobe Systems. It contains a lot of great feature and services that can provide help to most photographers. There are hundreds and even thousands of Lightroom presets available online, some can be downloaded for free while some are paid presets.

LR47What are Lightroom Presets?

Basically, it is a collection of filtered images with specific adjustments. Presets can be one of the most common filtered styles such as black and white, vintage, sepia, HDR effect and more. Instagram, Facebook and other social media networking sites have its own set of default filtered images. However, it can’t be applied to several images at once.

In this article, we will talk about the three reasons about why we should use Lightroom presets for our images.

Improve Creative Skills

If you are the type of person who wants to take photography seriously, then this blog is for you. Essentially, Lightroom is intended for professional photographers since it requires good creative skills. However, if you are still an amateur and want to explore the program, it is best to download the works of others and view the settings of every preset before creating your own customized presets.

Produce High-Quality Images

Once you’re able to learn everything about Lightroom. You can now create several high quality and unique presets. By doing presets, you are not only creating it for your own sake, you can also let other people use it on their images.

Build Online Connections

Each type of image has its own effect and adjustment and most people love to download different varieties of presets. Your customized presets can help you build connections online thru Instagram, Flickr, DeviantArt and other photography sites. Generally, if you have a good collection of presets, you have a higher chance of getting acknowledged by well-known artists. Enjoy the benefits of presets and win the ultimate bundle by sleeklens here.

01 Sep 2015

How To Manage Lightroom 6 Presets?

LR11Lightroom has a lot of features to offer, but some of the best features of the program such as its ability to convert RAW and JPEG files, create personalized presets and organizing images in one collection are the reasons why it remained the most useful photo editing program in the industry.

Adobe created Lightroom with a goal to provide assistance to professional photographers who doesn’t have the time to edit images manually. The program is very flexible that it can edit hundreds or even thousands of images in just a few clicks. Moreover, Lightroom is a non-destructive program which keeps the original setting of an image. However, all of these advantages would not be possible if adobe didn’t include presets in their features.

This Lightroom 6 tutorials will teach readers/users on how to easily manage Lightroom 6 presets. And at the end of this tutorial, we hope that readers will learn how to use and save their personalized presets and remove it once they’re done using it. Moreover, this tutorial will teach readers on how to import, organize, and export files to folders.

Learning Lightroom Presets

Changing image settings in Lightroom’s newest version is very easy and natural since Adobe re-designed it with a very distinctive and photographer-oriented features that is very suitable for all amateurs and professionals. But because of having a lot of adjustment setting available, the consequences are users will have a very hard time memorizing all their desired and useful image setup. Good thing Lightroom has presets. It’s more like filtered images on Instagram or other photography, social media sites. Presets contain detailed image settings that users apply to an image.

When creating presets, users can set the tone they want. For example, if they want to have a livelier image, they need to adjust the brightness, tone and white balance settings. Presets are reusable and modifiable. It can be used again and again for one or more images.

27 Aug 2015

What To Expect in Lightroom?

Ph1For most photographers, owning a package of Lightroom is a must since it helps them in so many ways with their workload. The program has been around for quite some time now; over the years, they proved that they are worthy to become one of the best photo editing tools in the market. The company continues to release more and more exciting versions of Lightroom.

Recently, Lightroom released their 6th version of Lightroom wherein a lot of features and Lightroom 6 presets were added. Most importantly, the company included two major upgrades in it; the upright feature and the newly improved healing/spot tool and photographers were very happy about it.

Healing/Spot Tool

The newly improved healing brush tool is now adjustable in Lightroom 6. Users are allowed to modify the size of the brush to make the healing task more convenient. The healing tool is one of the most powerful upgrade of Lightroom for some since it provides great assistance for editing images.

Straighten Tool Feature

The upright feature or the straighten tool in Lightroom is more similar to lens correction. Compared to the previous versions, Lightroom 6’s upright tool has more controls to use. Users can straighten images on their own or they can let Lightroom do it for them automatically.

According to them, there are hundreds of updates in Lightroom, but only some of it are useful for me. There is no doubt that adobe is consistent in giving surprises, I have been using Lightroom since its first beta version. What I like most about it is that the program is more sensible and organized; it motivates me to increase the level of my creative skills.

That being said, I have no issues with Lightroom, except for some bugs with the latest version. As long as it will not affect my data and images, there will never be a problem. Lightroom has given me more time to enjoy photography and life. With it, I can take photographs as long as I want since its editing process doesn’t require more time. Hopefully, they will continue to make better Lightroom in the future.




07 Aug 2015

Defining Lightroom Preset

pre8Have you ever wonder why we have such beautiful and stunning photographs everywhere we go? Those images we see at the museum, exhibits and billboards, were taken by various expert photographers. However they used something to make it even better. They used adobe’s popular tool called lightroom in editing their images.

What is lightroom?

Lightroom by adobe was first released in 2006 and launched in 2007. It is a non-destructive photo enhancement tool that is intended to help professional photographers with their workload. In addition, the program has the ability to convert JPEG and RAW files.

Today, we are in an era where taking pictures in all occasions is a must. However, raw images from the camera can be dull and boring and we need something like lightroom to make it lively and memorable. Lightroom is not only for photo editing purposes, it also helps photographers organize their images.

Furthermore, lightroom photo editing program contains a lot of new default presets that can be applied to thousands of image in just one click.

Adobe lightroom presets are more like filtered images on most popular social networking sites which helps beautify raw images. Images can be transformed to vintage, black and white, lomo, and more styles. Moreover, the tool can also manually adjust its exposure, color and other basic image adjustments. If you don’t have the time to create lightroom presets, you can always look for bundled presets online. Make sure to choose the best ones.

Again, there are a lot of bundled presets available online that can be purchased or download for free. However, you have to be very careful since some of it are not compatible to the latest versions of lightroom. Check out the best presets for lightroom 5  here.

Lightroom presets will definitely simply things. Use presets now and be free from stress.


04 Aug 2015

Beginner’s Guide: Why Use Lightroom?

LR6Owning a DSLR camera doesn’t mean you can produce high quality images. You don’t have to be dazed by the images it take. The only thing that matters here is how you control, organize and manage the raw images from your camera to make it livelier and outstanding. Well, if you have not thought about it, then this article is for you.

Let’s try to define lightroom first, Lightroom is a photo editing tool created by Adobe system that is intended to help professional photographers simplify their workloads. It is also know to promote convenience in their editing process. However, as years go by, adobe continues to produce better version of lightroom so that beginners and other individuals can use it to edit their images. Watch the video below to know how to install lightroom on mac and other devices.

As shown on adobe’s website, the first thing to appear is the logo of the new version of lightroom. For some users, they think that lightroom will replace photoshop, but the truth is it will and cannot replace Photoshop. It is built to help professional photographers in their editing process. According to experts, lightroom is a unique photo editing program that has the ability to apply presets at once.

Adobe Lightroom is also known for its ability to create personal presets and convert RAW files. Aside from assisting professionals with their workload, lightroom can also help them sort, import, organize and process the image easily.

Furthermore, photographers can easily create minor or major adjustments such as exposure, contrast and saturation. It can also perform other editing process such as cropping, reducing noise, sharpening, vignettes and more.

Moreover, users can easily make adjustments to lightroom settings such as contrast, saturation and exposure. And perform other editing stuff such as image sharpening, vignettes, cropping, toning and reducing image noise.


21 Jul 2015

Processed In Aperture 3

I am playing with Aperture 3 right now to see how it compares to Lightroom which I am using since 1 beta. I have to say that I like the higher ISO pictures better in Aperture than Lightroom at least for the Canon G11. This was shot with the Nikon D300 and comes out very smooth. I used the healing brush to get rid of the fire extinguisher at the wall and it did a great job in Aperture 3. I like the UI and editing tools seem on par with LR 2.6.

23 Jun 2015

Aperture 3 or Lightroom 2 and 3

Apple Aperture 3 is finally here. Here is the question: Is Apple Aperture just catching up with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or moving ahead?

Yesterday, I downloaded the trial version of Apple Aperture 3 so I can test it over the next weeks. I have been an Adobe Lightroom user since day one and have used Lightroom 1 and 2 extensivly. I must admit that I have never tried any of the previous versions of Aperture for various reasons and therefore you can see I am not an Apple Troll ;-) but I am keen on finding out how version 3 works and how it compares to Lightroom. Apple applications usually offer a great overall integration and file management and this might a plus.

Now is the time to consider Apple Aperture 3 as Lightroom 3 is not out yet and before upgrading to version 3 I could jump over to Aperture 3 if it offered anything over Lightroom 3. At this point in time we obviously do not know the full features of Lightroom 3 as we only have insight into the beta version.

For me what matters most is that the raw converter software is written with the photographer in mind offering as many tools as possible without having to use an external editor for most pictures. Using an external editor is fine for some selected pictures but if I have to use Noise Ninja for pictures shot at 800 ISO then the converter doesn’t cut it for me. In fact, noise reduction is one of the weak points of Lightroom. It’s just not great. I wonder if Aperture 3 is better at that. I will have to test this.

The two new features that Apple is mostly talking about are faces and places. Why is Apple focussing on these? Easy, because Lightroom does not have them in version 2.6 and in 3 beta. Both might be nice to have but I couldn’t care less. The other feature that is new to Aperture is the use of presets. Presets have been a very strong point of Lightroom and many people were missing this feature in Aperture. I do not know yet if they work in the same way but I am hoping find out more on these.

The weirdest part of my initial Aperture 3 experience was the empty trial download email in Gmail. The email was empty in my browser but fine when downloaded.

I have 30 days to test Aperture 3 and make up my mind.

23 Jun 2015

How to Create a Zenfolio Watermark With GIMP

After using a trial account for Zenfolio for over a week I decided to go for a “Premium” account. I liked all the bells and whistles and enjoy my own domain name but also has all the pro photographer features like configuration of pricing and watermarking.

The Internet is pretty much like the wild-west when it comes to respecting copyrights. The option to at least make it more difficult and use the watermarking as a free advertising tool appealed to me. There are two options for watermarking. You can either add a watermark in Lightroom or Aperture and then export or upload the images to Zenfolio or you can have Zenfolio displaying a watermark for you. While the first option might be good for a portfolio it will not work too well for anything clients will order via the site. When it comes to ordering and printing via Zenfolio it’s obviously causing an issue and you can only do the self-fulfilling as anything printed directly via Zenfolio would have a watermark right on top of every picture.

The better alternative is adding a watermark via Zenfolio. There are a few preloaded generic watermarks provided by Zenfolio that you can use immediately. If you like to see your name on the pictures as a way of advertising you need to create your own watermark file that you can upload.

Any decent image manipulation program like Photoshop or GIMP will allow you to create such a file in a few steps. Here is how it works in GIMP. Start GIMP and create a new image. Select a resolution of 800 x 600 and select transparency in the advanced menu.

23 Jun 2015

Letting Go

My GX200 is finally on Ebay (again).

I put this little camera up there two times before without selling it. You might wonder why it didn’t sell previously. Well, it never reached my reserve price. Also, I was almost relieved that it did not sell but then I finally decided to remove the reserve price and really sell it.

The Ricoh GX200 has been really difficult to let go off. I have sold many other cameras before but none, not even the legendary Nikon D70, was emotionally difficult to sell. So, why is the Ricoh GX200 so hard to put on Ebay? Probably because it’s not a mainstream camera and the design is outstanding. The virtual horizon is amazing and so is the level of customization available. All digital (compact) cameras are a compromise and so is the Ricoh GX200. I am redefining my photographic goals and while I am in the process of doing so I start to let go some of my equipment … and then buy other camera gear. :)

23 Jun 2015

The G11 in Belfast

The last two days I was in Belfast to do some “after Christmas” shopping. Below is a shot of the Apple store in the Victoria Centre in Belfast converted into B&W in Lightroom.

It was very busy in the City centre and also cold. There were long queues in every cafe.

We went on the wheel and enjoyed the view. We stayed in the famous Europa Hotel in the centre of Belfast. It’s the “most bombed hotel in Europe” according to wikipedia. Our room was right opposite of the Clinton Suite. Bill Clinton has stayed in the Europa when he was in Belfast.

I also could not help myself and try out the Canon PowerShot G11 a bit more as you can see. Until today, I have only clocked up 40 pictures in total since Christmas. I still have not accessed the menus much. In fact, I decided to take it very easy and use P mode with Auto ISO mostly and shoot raw plus JPEG. This way I got a lot of different scenes with ISO values all over. The next shot is taken at ISO 1000 without flash inside the room at he widest setting 28mm.

The next picture is shot through the room window that you cannot open completely. The window was humid and therefore the picture has some fuzziness and low contrast.

I also shot some pictures deliberately at ISO 1600 and even 3200 in the last few days. I have to say that I am very impressed with the G11. The picture quality at low ISO is DSLR like and up to ISO 800 it seems not far or the same as my Nikon D40x. This is absolutely amazing! When I am back home I will do a direct comparison with the D40x and the D300 but so far it looks much better than I ever imagined and, I have to say, there is no comparison to the GX200.

23 Jun 2015

Zenfolio New Templates Coming (5th changed to) 6th / 7th January 2010

Zenfolio has shared some screenshots on Facebook on upcoming web site templates. I just joined Zenfolio recently and more professional looking web sites templates would be really great as the current ones are ok for a basic even photographer site but do not look so beautiful from a web design point of view so that many photographers have a portfolio website and then direct clients to the Zenfolio site for Galleries and purchases. Looks like an extra site is even less needed. According to Facebook notes these new templates are launched on the 5h of January 2010.

I also got a grip on my dark print issue. I can match the Photobox prints by decreasing the exposure by one stop or decreasing the brightness in Lightroom by 50. I could probably also mess with the white- and black-point of the monitor but if this Lightroom slider fixes my issue I am happy enough and the pictures look great on the monitor too. The next time I upload photos I will just increase the brightness by 50 in Lightroom with a preset and I should be set.

Update: I just received an email from Zenfolio informing me that there is downtime scheduled for maintenance and new Zenfolio features on the 6th / 7th of January (depending on time zone).

23 Jun 2015