How to Edit Underexposed Natural Light Portraits on Lightroom and Photoshop

If you’re shooting a lot of natural light portraits, you might want to get some editing tips from this workflow tutorial if you like underexposing to retain details.

Whether you’re shooting more natural light portraits by choice or because of equipment constraints, it’s worth learning how to edit your photos from a variety of shooting conditions. Today, we’ve got a workflow video tutorial for you in case you often underexpose your photos to get more detail out of the scene or background.

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Palette Gear Modular Controller Now Has Capture One Integration

Palette Gear brings their modular controller’s comprehensive tactile editing experience to Capture One macOS users.

Looking for a more precise editing tool to streamline your workflow on Capture One? Starting today, the customizable and modular Palette Gear is now available for the latest version of the photo editing software on macOS. This innovative tool boasts of being the first fully modular hardware controller for Capture One, providing users with powerful new features and functionalities especially developed based on feedback from expert users.

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TourBox Lets You Make Precise Controls on Your Image Editing Software

If precision editing is vital to your workflow, TourBox is a customizable controller especially designed to let you do just that.

Ever dreamed of having more levels of control over your Photoshop or Lightroom work? With the TourBox controller, you can now have more than just your keyboard controls, mouse clicks, or tablet taps to make edits as precise as you need. The TourBox is poised to be the most advanced creative controller for Photoshop, Lightroom, SAI, and other image processing software. Especially designed for photographers and designers looking to boost their work efficiency, this fully customizable device promises to provide a new, state-of-the-art method for editing content.

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Macphun Aims To Capitalize On Lightroom Fears With Digital Asset Manager Announcement

It looks like Macphun is going after Lightroom!

There are a lot of photographers wondering what their future with Adobe’s Lightroom looks like with the surprising announcement earlier this week of Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. This was more than just confusion about the name though, as has been seen time and time again when products get rebranded as classic. It is almost always a sign that the end is near. However, Adobe has recovered from something like this before.

Macphun, looking to capitalize on this fear and openness to new options, took the opportunity to announce their upcoming Digital Asset Manager or DAM – which they feel will offer safe harbor to those seeking refuge from Lightroom. Continue reading…

Capture One Pro Finally Adds Support for Compressed Fujifilm RAW Files

Today, Capture One is announcing the latest version of their software for professional photographers: Capture One Pro 10.1. With it includes a ton of new features including support for compressed Fujifilm RAW files. But there’s so much more, such as the ability to view PSD files within the program now. There are also new support implementations for how watermarks are used in addition to a new Styles workflow interface. The Styles workflow is a very welcome addition as they can be a great way to give extra inspiration for how you can make a final photo look.

More details and the press release are after the jump.

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Why Speeding Up Your Image Editing Workflow Is A Load of Crap

Model: Megan Gaber

Model: Megan Gaber

“Here’s how you can speed up your workflow…”

“Here’s how you can make your workflow so much quicker and get back to shooting…”

Almost every single marketing guru in the imaging world has the solution for you. Yes, the title of this piece is a very strong stance, but it’s one that needs to be taken. Everyone and their other has a way for you to get a faster image editing workflow and supposedly get you back out there and shooting. But as Jared Polin says (love him or hate him) the image creation process doesn’t end when the shutter clicks. It keeps going. Back in the film days, you didn’t sit there and try to speed up the development process of your images–you sat there in the darkroom and tried to figure out ways to make each of those 36 exposures the best you possibly could.

The myth of speeding up your image editing workflow may be nice and simple, but it’s only satisfactory. It’s not the best you can do.

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How I’ve Changed My Adobe Lightroom Editing Workflow

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How do you go about editing an image in Adobe Lightroom?

Most photographers tend to start at the top of the editing panel and work their way down. But that can just make the overall editing process tougher. The top treatment panel allows the photographer to make adjustments that affect the entire image so when you go to fine tune the adjustments, it can be tougher.

What I’ve started to find to be easier is making the specific adjustments first to the image and then working on the more global settings that affect everything. This can be more work but it has also given me much better images in the end.

After the jump, we’ve got a short video talking about how I’ve changed my editing workflow along with the results changing right before your eyes.

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Useful Photography Tip #76: Learn to Read the Contrast of a Scene Just by Looking at It

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This is one image that was exposed for the highlights slightly (underexposed) and had the shadows boosted in post.

Want more Useful Photography Tips? Check them out here.

While leading a photo walk the other day, I was trying to teach folks that photography is a lot more than just composition, looking at a scene, and being captivated by it. Instead, it’s also about absorbing the scene and trying to figure out how you can capture all the details of the scene in a single shot. This, over most other things, I think is an incredible skill that you can use day in and day out as a photographer. To boot, you don’t need to shoot in manual for this.

For starters, look at the scene through your viewfinder and figure out the contrast between the brightest of brights and the darkest of darks. Your camera will automatically figure out a middle ground in the evaluative scene metering mode but in order to get the most details in the image ask yourself: “Are the brights more dominant in this image or are the highlights?” Also ask yourself which one is more extreme.

Editor’s Correction: the following section has been rewritten to be more clear and also corrected

If you’re shooting a scene mostly dominated by the shadows, then first expose perfectly for the shadows and then try to overexpose by around 1/3rd to 1 and 1/3 stop. The reason for this is because modern camera sensors can pick up more detail from the shadows then from the highlights. If you’re shooting a scene mostly dominated by the highlights, then underexpose by 1/3rd to half a stop. The reason for this is because you’ll have an easier time pushing the shadows to get less grain and an overexposure of this much can easily be fixed in modern software.

By shooting this way, you’ll have a lot less images to go through in the post-production phase and your workflow will be much more seamless.

Review: Unified Color HDR Expose 2

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It’s been a while since HDR Expose 2 was first released, and we took a first look at the software a while back. HDR Expose 2 is a relatively affordable and easy to use HDR software which still leaves you a lot of options for fine tuning the HDR effect. Anything from a slight dynamic range improvement to over-the-top HDRs with insane colors and local contrast can be achieved with the software. In this review, we take a closer look at its functionality and assess what and who it is suited for.

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Adobe Extends Creative Cloud With Lightroom 4

Good news for all Adobe Creative Cloud users: Lightroom 4, the popular and successful RAW developer and workflow solution is now included in the subscription-based software package. Adobe Creative Cloud now comprises a number of Adobe’s most popular softwares, such as Photoshop CS6, Premiere Pro and Acrobat. Other features of Adobe Creative Cloud are:

  • Integration with Adobe Touch Apps, headlined by Photoshop Touch, that allow users to create on a variety of tablets and further refine on the desktop
  • 20GB of space and the ability to store and share content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud
  • Create stunning websites without writing code using Adobe Muse software and the option to host and manage up to five sites using Adobe Business Catalyst
  • Use Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition (coming soon) to deliver stunning digital publications to the iPad
  • Access to application upgrades before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as new products and services, as they emerge

Adobe Creative Cloud membership starts at US-$ 49.99 per month and gives you access to all of the softwares mentioned above. A full list of all softwares included in the package can be found on Adobe Lightroom 4, which we reviewed a while ago, can be purchased separately for US-$ 149. Be sure to also read our review of Lightroom 4.

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Field Review: Sony NEX 5 (Day 4)

After some exploring and digging around on the CD provided with the Sony NEX 5, installation on my Macbook was finally successful. At the time of writing this posting, the camera still does not work with Lightroom 3. Editor’s note: it works in 3.2. Once again, this posting was written before 3.2 and is being kept this way to show what I went through to try to edit the photos. Because of this, I am able to show off loads of photos taken and provide commentary on top of talking about the workflow.

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