How to Convert Color Portraits to Black & White in Lightroom

Converting color images into black and white is a fun process, especially if you know what you’re doing. But most photographers are shy of getting their hands wet because of the sheer complexity and workload. Hopefully this video by Andrew S. Gibson will clear the air around the process:

Convert to Black & White

4 Easy Dodging and Burning Techniques in Photoshop

When it comes to dodging and burning, everyone has their own technique. Some take a little more time than others, but the results will ultimately be better. Fashion, beauty, and portrait photographer Michael Woloszynowicz shows us four different approaches to dodging and burning in Photoshop and explains when you can use each—and what limitations to expect:

1. Dodging and Burning on a 50% Neutral Grade Layer

Tutorial: 10 ways Lightroom can save you time

Lightroom is all about productivity and workflow, making you a more efficient photographer who works smarter, rather than harder. Here are some of the handiest tools for becoming more efficient with the program and cutting a massive image-editing job down to size.

10 ways Lightroom can save you time on the computer?: 01. Intelligent importing

Lightroom Tips: 01. Intelligent importing

Neutral Density Filters

Neutral density or ND filters have the sole purpose of cutting down the amount of light as a whole. A perfect neutral density filter would transmit all wavelengths of light equally, so there would be no color change. Though not actually perfect, it can be used equally well in both color photography or black and white photography.

neutral density filters

Photoshop & Elements users: Check out my new Graduated Neutral Density Filter Simulator actions, or grab them fast & easy below:

Graduated Neutral Density Filter Simulator Actions

How to Make a Photoshop Collage in 9 Simple Steps

We all aim to tell a story through one single image. For many occasions, though, a well-assembled collage is an excellent way to pull the viewer in for a full experience. Consider this method for sharing photos from an event, a real estate shoot, or even a family photo session!


Collages are easy to put together in Photoshop, so let’s walk through the steps. Note that I am working on a Mac with Photoshop CS3, so your system may have slight variations in the key commands needed.

Photo selection is crucial. You want to select a mix of scales that will span the entire event. That means you pick some wide shots that show the entire scene, and some detail photos that show lots of texture and personality. Without one or the other the story will not be complete, and won’t carry the same emotion that it could.

How to Create a Simple Blurb Photo Book in Lightroom

How to create a simple photo book in Lightroom

The easiest way to get started with Lightroom’s Book module is to create a simple photo book, letting Lightroom do most of the work for you so you don’t get bogged down in the extensive design process involved in making a more complex book.

Things to do before you start

Five Easy Photo Retouching Tips and Tricks

Here’s a useful video on five photo retouching tips and tricks. You’ll learn how to fix blown-out details, use the healing and clone tools on a separate layer, reduce haze, paint in a blue sky, and utilize Photoshop actions to use Photoshop in ways you couldn’t before. And you can learn it in less than the 10 minute attention span most people have.

[post syndicated from Photoshop Tutorials]

10 Pieces of Advice for New Lightroom Users

If you are new to Lightroom then it can be a bit overwhelming. As an experienced Lightroom user, there are things that I wish I had known when I started using the software. Here’s a list of the ten most important.

lightroom screenshot

“Photo editing” by Håkan Dahlström

1. Store All Your Raw Files in a Single Master Folder

I’m Still Here!

Thanks for the patience (and not forgetting about me!) while I’m working on the remaining server migration issues. I haven’t posted much lately, but I’m still here!

I hope to get everything put back right in the next few days, but keep submitting articles & photos, and I love getting your comments!


How to photograph a reflection

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut taking photographs of the same things over and over again, so this week we’re setting a specific subject for our challenge – how to photograph a reflection.

This could mean that you are able return to familiar photographic haunts, but the chances are that you’ll be pointing your camera in a different direction to normal.

How to photograph a reflection: Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere