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Free Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Tutorial Videos

Videos for learning Adobe Lightroom by Serge Ramelli

Lightroom For Travel Photography

Here are more Tutorial videos from Julianne Kost:

Lightroom 4 — The Difference Between “Edit in Photoshop” and “Open as Smart Object”

In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne shows you the difference between opening a raw file as a pixel-based layer versus a Smart Object, and the advantages of both approaches.

Lightroom 4 — Exporting Images from Lightroom 4

In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne demonstrates the advantage of setting up presets in Lightroom to simultaneously export images to multiple file types, sizes, compression settings, etc. You might even find this method more powerful than Photoshop’s Image Processor!

Lightroom 4 — Toning Black and White Photographs in Lightroom 4

In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne explains the best way to add a color tone to an image using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels and shows how to save presets to increase your productivity. Click here to download the presets discussed in the video. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.

Lightroom 4 — Converting Images to Black and White in Lightroom 4

In this episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne demonstrates the best way to convert images to Black and White as well as how to save presets to increase your productivity. Click here to download the presets discussed in the video. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.

Lightroom 4 — The Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 4

In this episode of The Complete Picture discover the power of making selective adjustments like dodging and burning, color corrections and noise removal using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 4. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.

Lightroom 4 — Quick Tip — Output From the Book Module to JPEG

In this Quick Tip Julieanne will show you how to output JPEG files from the Book Module in Lightroom 4.1.

Lightroom 4 — Quick Tip — The Painter Tool in Lightroom 4

In this Quick Tip Julieanne will show you a few of her favorite uses for the little-known Painter tool in Lightroom 4.

Lightroom 4 — Why Does the Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge?

In this video tutorial Julieanne explains one of the great mysteries of Lightroom and Bridge — why Lightroom (or Bridge) displays a photograph one way and then changes the way it looks a moment later. It will all become clear with just a little information about how digital camera files are captured and displayed by different applications.

Lightroom 4 — Quick Tip — Creating 32-bit (HDR) Images in LR 4.1

In this Quick Tip Julieanne quickly demonstrates how to create a 32-bit file from multiple exposures in Photoshop and then, using the Develop module in Lightroom 4.1 refines the image’s color and tonality both globally and selectively — all while still working in 32-bit!

Lightroom 4 — Importing and Organizing Your Images

Discover the most efficient method for downloading images into Lightroom 4 and organizing them. Quickly import and manage your photo collection in a library that makes organizing, finding and editing your photos easy.

Lightroom 4 — Select, Rate and Prioritize Your Images

Find out which method of tagging images works best for the photography you do in order to simplify the creation of collections of images.

Lightroom 4 — Create Stunning Images

Learn how to create the highest quality photographs by learning how to crop, remove lens distortion, correct perspective, make global and local color and tonal corrections in the Lightroom 4 Develop module.

Lightroom 4 — Adding Special Effects

Discover the best way to convert images to black and white, as well as add tonal overlays, edge effects, selective coloring and film grain textures.

Lightroom 4 — Viewing Images on a Map

Discover how to use the new Lightroom 4 Map module to sort and manage your images based on location information.

Lightroom 4 — Moving Between Lightroom 4 and Photoshop

Learn how to take a single image or multiple images for editing seamlessly between Lightroom and Photoshop. Also, see how to use Photoshop tools like Photomerge, HDR pro, and the export dialog in Lightroom for exporting multiple files.

Lightroom 4 — Book Module Basics

In the first tutorial of a three-part series Julieanne provides a complete overview of the bookmaking process using the new Lightroom 4 Book module.

Lightroom 4 — Publish a Slideshow

Learn how to create, render and publish a slideshow with music by sequencing your images to tell the perfect story.

Lightroom 4 — Print the Perfect Image

Learn how to use the Print module to bring your images into the spotlight and share with clients, friends or family. Also, see the new tools for making custom contact sheets and print packages.

Lightroom 4 — Share Images Online

Learn to use the Web module to publish to the popular online photo sharing sites with Lightroom’s new Publish Services option in the Library module.

Lightroom 4 — Working with DSLR Video

Master the new features for editing, adjusting, rendering, and sharing video clips in Lightroom 4.

Backblaze Review: The Best Online Backup Solution for Photographers

I have scoured the internet and tested the online backup solutions and I have found your solution. If you’re a photographer and you want a safe place to backup all your photos online Backblaze is the way to go. At less than $5 a Month Backblaze is not only the best price but it’s the best service overall.

Backblaze is the best online backup solution for photographers for a number of reasons.

Backblaze is like the Flickr of backup solutions in that it is unlimited and kind of awesome. Well, Flickr used to be awesome but you get the idea. It’s cloud based and it’s unlimited. So no matter how many huge RAW files you have, you can back them up to the cloud. Think about that for a minute. You can relax knowing that all of your master files are stored safely in the cloud.

It’s just a small application that runs in the menu bar of your mac and it runs silently in the background. The application continuously sends your data to the cloud. The software also throttles uploads so that it doesn’t consume all your bandwidth when you need it.

The beauty of the system is that alongside the unlimited backups they incorporate sneakernet to get your files back to you. What is sneakernet? Sneakernet is a method for transferring computer files by physically couriering removable media like a hard drive. That’s exactly what backblaze does.

If you need to restore a huge backup they will just send you a hard drive. That way you don’t have wait to download a Terabyte of files. On an average connection that could take weeks. Of course you can also download individual files if you need to recover just one specific file or folder. Whatever the case they’ve got you covered.

Here are a few screenshots of Backblaze running on a Mac. It also works on Windows but most photographers these days are running on OSX. You can click on the screenshots to enlarge them.


Backblaze Control panel on the mac.


Backblaze desktop settings on the mac.


Backblaze performance settings on the mac.


Backblaze backup schedule settings on the mac.


Backblaze file exclusions on the mac.


Backblaze desktop security settings on the mac.


Backblaze backup report on the mac.


Backblaze web interface for file recovery and download.

Having already backed up 1 Terabye of RAW images to Backblaze, I can safely say that it is a great service and you won’t regret it.

Imagine if you we’re one those unlucky folks who we’re caught up the path of Hurricane Sandy. How would you feel if you lost your image libraries? It would be devastating. That’s a huge reason that online backups are a good idea. You house could burn down and your media would still be safe on a server in the cloud. It should go without saying that the ideal solution would be a combination of both local backups and cloud based backups.

Go and ahead and check out Backblaze!

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HDR Expose

This is just a quick post to you let you know that Unified Color has a new High Dynamic Range software application out. It’s called HDR Expose. We’ve only played around with it briefly but this looks to be right up there with the best HDR software. There is a free trial here.

Some features:

  • Create crisp, photo-realistic High Dynamic Range images
  • Operate in full 32-bit mode precision
  • Easily fits into your workflow with Aperture and Lightroom plug-ins
  • Save $50 when you buy before July, 31st 2010

Unified Color | Photo by Duncan Rawlinson