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Five Useful Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe makes life easier for Lightroom users by building in keyboard shortcuts. You probably know some of the more important ones by heart Read more →

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Spring is finally here! Celebrate by taking 25% off anything in the Graffishop (…unless it’s already 25% off….)

Grab some Handy Actions to really add some horsepower to Photoshop Elements!
(Read More: How Handy Actions are Cooler than Johnny Depp)
Check out PhotoLab for a lot of ways to clean up, convert and retouch your photos!

Try GlamPhoto – even on landscapes, still lifes or street photography!

Analog is the new digital! Check out the collection of Hipster photo effects and Lightroom presets!

Adjust white balance, add film looks or tweak the color for improvement or effect with FilterSim! Read more →


Beach Photography Tips

Photography can be tricky in the bright light of day, especially in a hot, reflective place like the beach, but it is not impossible. If you adhere to a few of the following tips, you will find that your beach photography will most definitely improve. Read more →


3 Tips for Getting Great Skin Tones Using Adobe Camera Raw

Skin tones can be one of the more difficult aspects of a photograph to master. Getting pleasing skin tones will make your image appear more eye-catching and attractive. If you know the right steps to take, skin can be pretty simple to master. Using these three simple tricks, using only Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), your skin tones will appear more balanced and pleasing to the eye.

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Note: working in Lightroom you can do the this as well, because the sliders and options are the same!

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6 of the Most Essential but Underused Camera Features

If you are just getting started in photography, you’ll be surprised to find these 6 most overlooked camera features in the menu of your DSLR. Read more →


Before & After: Post-Processing a Glamorous Editorial Portrait (Plus 5 Top Tips)

Did you miss photographer Clay Cook‘s Live Edit last Thursday? Feeling sad about it? Wish you knew how exactly he edited that glamorous, sultry portrait from the before we showed you into the after he uploaded exclusively to 500px?

You’re in luck! Even though he doesn’t record his Live Edits (then it wouldn’t exactly be “live”…), he was kind enough to share his workflow with us in text form so we could pass it down to you. Scroll down to read it all for yourself.

And don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to get Clay’s Top 5 editing tips, watch him shoot this portrait in his “First Person Shooter” POV video, and see a walkthrough of two of the more complicated techniques he uses.


I have a standard workflow that I use to edit every image. It starts with going through the image, working through the problem areas, and coming up with a “gameplan.”

I usually start with a Liquify layer, bringing and tightening up small areas subtlety, in this case I mostly worked with the hair. Then, I move into cleaning; which involved a process of removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and taking out any stray hairs with the Clone tool.

Once the cleaning process is complete I move into Dodge and Burn using a series of Curves Adjustments; I bring out any highlights with Dodge and add contour with Burn. It’s a process that requires a lot of patience and a lot of practice. I also use Dodge bring out any weird shadows.

Once D&B is complete I move into Frequency Separation in which I blend strange skin coloring and blend any sharp shadows or strong highlights. It’s important to use Frequency Separation sparingly, it can go wrong very quickly.

Once all the re-touching is taken care of, it’s just a matter of finalizing the image with color, sharpening, and noise. I have a several-step process for color grading which includes a combination of Hue/Saturation, Curves, Selective Color, and Color Balance.

I tend to sit on the image for at least 24 hours, I tend to change my mind when it comes to color. Once color is complete I finalize the image with “Sharpening With Surface Blur” and adding a touch of noise to reduce any color banding.


Top 5 Tips

1. Don’t be afraid to take risks, but never “overcook(over edit)” an image.

2. Use the Opacity slider to back off an heavy handed re-touching for a more natural look.

3. When Color Grading, step away from the edit and let it breathe. You may come back with an entirely different approach.

4. Use Dodge to bring out highlights, Burn to darken shadows and add contour.

5. Use Frequency Separation sparingly, only to blend colors and blend shadows to highlights.


First Person Shooter: Capturing the Photograph

Post-Processing: Sharpening with Blur

Post-Processing: Color Grading

To see more from Clay, be sure to check out his website and blog, show him some love on Facebook and Twitter, visit him on Model Mayhem, or follow him on 500px.

Full Photo Credits

Photography: Clay Cook
Styling: Sydney Murdock
Makeup: Isidro Valencia
Hair: Amie Migirova
Model: Abigail Garrett
Photography Assistant: Jacob Roberts, Dave Meall

Post syndicated from 500px

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How to Create Your Own Lightroom Presets

There are mundane tasks in Lightroom that you carry out on almost every photo you import. You can save time by creating Develop Presets to perform these jobs automatically upon import, so that you don’t have to do them later. Read more →


10 things you may not know about your camera (but probably should)

If you think a cursory read of your camera manual is all you need to know, then think again. There are many hidden power features inside that you often forget are there, and when somebody points them out it’s something of a revelation. With this in mind here is a reminder of some must-know camera tips and not-necessarily-obvious time savers and tweaks….

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How to Make a Triptych in Lightroom

The triptych – three images laid out side by side – is a traditional way of doing this. While there is no way of creating a triptych in Lightroom’s Develop module, it’s easy to do in the Print module. Read more →


A layman’s guide to good photo composition

What is photo composition and why is it important? If you’re new to photography you might understandably have a few questions about how to compose a photograph. In our latest layman’s guide we answer some of the most common questions new photographers have.

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