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Moving From the Darkroom to Adobe Lightroom

If you remember the amber light, the yellow boxes of Kodak paper, the smell of fixer and the sound of running water; if you remember using cardboard cutouts to dodge a bright sky or forming a circle with your hands to do a little burning in, and taping little round pieces of black paper to a cut length of old metal hanger, but do little or nothing with your digital files, it may be time to go digital. But even if you don't remember, Lightroom is your best choice for organizing and processing digital photographs.   I started working with digital imagery over 30 years ago, when it was in its infancy. It was in the days before voice prompts and tech support, and it wasn’t unusual to speak directly with the engineers who wrote the software. They were literally rewriting the code as I described my issues. I didn't much like being a pioneer; we're the guys with the arrows in their back. With today's more stable software, better support and documentation, it's easier... read more

Photoshop or Lightroom?

Recently I've been finding that many of my students who purchase both Lightroom and Photoshop end up discovering that Lightroom is all they need. With a comfortable learning curve and easy to comprehend basics, Lightroom provides digital beginners (and advanced photographers as well) the perfect opportunity for "developing" digital photos: exposure compensation, color correction, cropping, basic retouching and spotting, creative effects and gradients, rescaling for email and the web and, of course, printing and much more. Lightroom is also an image library that allows you to keep your digital images organized and searchable. Once a student has gotten over the first challenge of Lightroom, which is to understand the protocols and methods of Basic processing, it’s hard for them to stop wanting to improve everything they shoot. The good news is that these changes are always “non-destructive.” Non-destructive, meaning that every change they make (exposure, crop,... read more

What to consider when looking for a Photoshop tutor.

Photoshop is an image-editing program designed for adjusting, manipulating and creating images. It can be as simple or as complex a tool as you require. Photoshop is used across a variety of industries, from science to art. When looking for a Photoshop tutor, consider your expectations and needs and your tutor’s area of expertise in order to find a good match. Below are examples of three kinds of Photoshop experts. Designers Designers may rarely use Photoshop for photographs; rather they use it to create logos, illustrations, graphic design or for text treatments that render depth, shadow and reflections. If you are a graphic designer or wish to use Photoshop in the context of graphic design, this is the tutor you are looking for. Illustrators Illustrators use the program as a painter would paint and canvas, watercolors and paper or other mediums and media. They frequently use a pressure sensitive tablet, like a Wacom and a stylus – an electronic pen – so... read more

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