The second tip in this series on improving your Lightroom workflow is simple: Use context menus. A context menu aka contextual, shortcut, or pop-up menu is a menu in Lightroom that is displayed by right-clicking on an object in the user interface. See image 1. You can click on almost any object, including an image,
The one complaint that I hear over and over from photographers is that they spend too much time in front of a computer working on images. However, I am not very sympathetic. Ansel Adams spent hours getting one photograph right and, today with Lightroom and Photoshop, we can do on our computers what Adams did
The Blue Bells: The Beginning of Spring field trip was held last weekend at Bull Run Regional Park and Elliot Stern, the instructor, has published a report and some of the student’s images on his blog.
Selfies are huge on social networking sites. The word selfie was declared by none other than the highly respected Oxford Dictionary as the word of the year for 2013. For those of you who don’t know what a selfie is (there are some people who don’t), it is, according the Oxford Dictionary, “a photograph that
The last weekend in March, the School of Creative Photography held its annual workshop on black and white photography in Baltimore, MD. The students were a small but hardy bunch. While enduring wind and rain on Saturday and Sunday, they caught some quintessential black and white images of Baltimore. On Friday, we visited Housewerks, an architectural salvage
Adobe released Lightroom 5.4 and Camera Raw 8.4 for Photoshop and a new offering, Lightroom Mobile, today. Lightroom Mobile is completely new application and, based on first impressions, appears to largely satisfy a need expressed by many Lightroom users: How to show and edit images on the iPad. (Several images of the Lightroom Mobile interface
I have never been a big iPhoneographer. I have occasionally taken images with my iPhone in the past but I have generally looked at the iPhone camera as an “emergency” camera to only be used in the absence of one of my big Nikons. I crave the control given me by my Nikons to set
While creativity is important to a great image, so is getting a good exposure. To assist you, the School of Creative Photography has put together a “snapshot” that explains exposure in one page and provides a flow diagram for determining and verifying exposure. Put a copy in your camera bag until you fully understand exposure.
Calumet Photographic filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last night and has closed all its US stores. Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code is the liquidation chapter, which permits a business to close down and pay off its debts in an orderly manner. If you were a customer and have something on order or left something
On Tuesday, Nikon finally released the long-lost update to Nikon Capture NX 2, Nikon’s software for editing raw images captured with its digital cameras. Now called Capture NX-D, it is in public beta and available for download from Nikon. Once finalized, the application will replace Capture NX 2. In other words, Nikon is setting Capture
When you think of classic photographs, you generally think of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Dorthea Lange, and Gordon Parks and the one thing that they all had in common was that their most famous works were in black and white. Black and white photography has gone through a renaissance since it was seemingly vanquished in
Nothing says spring like tulips! When they bloom, you know that spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. To help celebrate the arrival of spring, the School of Creative Photography will hold a field trip to a tulip farm in Haymarket, VA. Tulips Everywhere: It’s Holland in Haymarket will be held on Saturday,