Remember that college professor who was the best storyteller/entertainer ever? Here he is again. Photo professor Roddy MacInness expounds on the meaning of photography and takes us behind the scenes of his pinhole photography project on a new episode of TWiP TheFIX.
I’m so excited about my latest partnership with lynda.com. It’s Photo Tools Weekly – a weekly series of tips and tutorials about what to do with your photos after a shoot. I’ll cover practical Photoshop and Lightroom tips, introduce you to my favorite mobile and web apps for editing photos, recommend ways to manage and store your photos, and lots more.
lynda.com will release a new episode of Photo Tools Weekly each Wednesday. You can always watch the latest episode for FREE, regardless of whether or not you’re a lynda.com subscriber. Check the Photo Tools Weekly course page each week for a brand new episode. There you’ll find a list of all the episodes, watch the latest episode free, and if you’re a lynda.com member you can watch those too.
The first few episodes are posted already. The latest is about how to move your Lightroom photos to a new drive when your drive gets full. There are also installments on the powerful technique of luminosity masking in Photoshop, and a look at the new Filter Brush in Lightroom and Camera Raw.
Let me know in the comments if there’s anything special you’d like me to cover. I’m always open to your suggestions.
I’m so excited to be a Master in The Arcanum, Trey Ratcliff’s unique mentorship program for enhancing your photography skills. If you want to learn in a supportive community with a talented Master and fellow apprentices check out this video and then apply at http://thearcanum.com . Drop me a comment if you’re interested in being selected for my Mastery Cohort in The Arcanum.
My latest book is out!! Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers Classroom in a Book is now available on Amazon and in bookstores. Woo hoo!
I’ve been immersing myself in the stunning beauty of Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado for many years at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. I’m honored to be invited back to Anderson Ranch this summer to teach my most intense workshop, Capture to Print Using Adobe Lightroom. We’ll have five days together shooting in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, processing photographs together in Lightroom, and learning everything you need to know to organize and enhance your photographs in Lightroom. This is the workshop where everything will come together for you if you join me August 25 through 29, 2014 at Anderson Ranch. Did I mention that the campus is stunning, the food yummy, and the interaction with artists of all kinds inspiring?
Santa Fe is a photographer’s dream. It has the best light, landscape, and unique subject matter in the country for making photographs. I’m thrilled to teach a week long photography and post-processing workshop in Santa Fe next month with the best photography instructor on the planet, Professor Roddy Macinnes of University of Denver. After shooting each day, we’ll process our photographs in Lightroom, learning how to use it to get just the look students want from their photos. The workshop is Photography, Light and Adobe Lightroom in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March16-22, 2014. Space is limited, so call soon to register 303-871-2360.
I’m hard at work writing the official Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for Photographers Classroom in a Book for Peachpit Press/Adobe Press. This is not just another book. It is a critical tool for understanding the pieces of the post-processing software puzzle that confronts digital photographers.
No piece of software exists in a vacuum. As photographers at all levels become more proficient with software, they realize that its often necessary to use multiple applications to process and manage their photographs and videos. That’s the case with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Lightroom is a raw file converter with intuitive photo developing, managing, and publishing features, but Lightroom cannot do everything a photographer needs. The reason is that Lightroom is not a pixel editor. Photoshop remains the pixel editor of choice, unparalleled for retouching, compositing, and precise photo adjustments. There is little information readily available on how to use these two programs together, other than a lynda.com course I recorded last year on Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together.
So I am single-handedly writing the Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for Photographers Classroom in a Book to fill a void and to help photographers to what they do — create beautiful images.
Hour of Code is live. It’s an online project to encourage kids to learn to program. This project is supported by everyone from Zuckerburg to Gates to Obama. And little old me authored the training video for one of the Hour of Code activities — building a 3D world with AgentCubes — a National Science Foundation supported project spearheaded by Professor Alexander Repenning at University of Colorado. To see the training movie, go to code.org/learn, click through the games in the group at the bottom of the page, and choose Make a 3D Frogger game in an hour. Or go right to the Frogger game and the training movie.
Adjustment layers are the best way to edit your photos in Photoshop Elements. They are nondestructive of your original photo and are re-editable. And each one comes with a layer mask you can use to limit the adjustment, as I explain in this video from my lynda.com course Photoshop Elements 12 Essential Training.
Dramatic skies are so important to a landscape photo. Learn how to make your skies pop using Lightroom’s Graduated Filter tool in my recent post, 6 steps for creating dramatic skies in Lightroom on the lynda.com blog.