Lightroom 2 photo editing and mangement tips

More Lightroom 2 by Kevin Swan

Photo Editing workflow in Lightroom 2.0

Editing in Lightroom 2.0

Basic photo editing workflow tips, tricks and layout video by Kevin Swan – Kiss Albums.

If you are learning Lightroom and would like expert guidance, hire a tutor:

Virtual 1on1 Training

Get some personal motivation or further clarity in refining your workflow, or help with advanced techniques – click to schedule.

Intro to Lightroom 2.0

Intro to Lightroom 2.0

Introduction to Lightroom 2 photo editing software by Kevin Swan.

Beginner and new to lightroom video tutorial step by step instructions about using Lightrooom interface : Library module, Develop module, Slideshow module, Print module and Web module.

If you are learning Lightroom and would like expert guidance, hire a tutor:

Virtual 1on1 Training

Get some personal motivation or further clarity in refining your workflow, or help with advanced techniques – click to schedule.

LIGHTSPEED Lightroom Package

Left handed access to shortcuts for Lightroom speed that doesn’t end up collecting dust on your desktop – click for instant download.

LIGHTSPEED NY May 4th

LIGHTSPEED Seminar New York May 4th

LIGHTSPEED Seminar New York May 4th

Register Now: Add to Cart

The seminar will be held 9am to 4pm May 4th in Williston Park – just outside of Queens (click for facebook event).

The Lightroom training videos will prepare you for the personalized classroom instruction with Neil, Topics include:

  • Getting your bearings in the interface: tweeking it for you, and for less distraction
  • Starting an editing workflow: mindset and action
  • Starting a color correction workflow: balancing action, and inspiration
  • Starting a publishing export workflow: print medium, web medium with export presets and using the plugins

You will be ask to bring some images that present a tough color correction challenge for you and we will address them, and answer all of your questions personally so that you reach a state of high creativity working in lightroom.

Read more about the LIGHTSPEED workflow, watch Neil talk about it, or download only the training materials with this link…

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Black and White film Lightroom presets

Black and White film Lightroom presets
A set of three Black and White Lightroom presets to mimic film Contrast management techniques to mimic the tonal response of black and white films

Black and White film Lightroom presets - Click Image to Close

Click to download other free photoshop actions and textures

Read more about the LIGHTSPEED – Adobe Photoshop Lightroom enhanced workflow seminar

A long talk about LIGHTSPEED

Here’s a nice conversation about where I’m coming from:

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Epic Styler contest winners and download

The entries are in and have been collected into a single download available in the Create Cart:

Epic Styler Contest Package

Congratulations to the winners – I think we’ll be doing this again soon!

  1. First place was awarded to Tasha Schalk with her Rock Concert actions – she’s excited to try out her Lightspeed Package!
  2. Phill Price’s monochrome lightroom preset for a moody pink tone captured the third place prize

THE PRIZES:

   

  • 1ST PLACE: LIGHTSPEED WORKFLOW PACKAGE
    Valued at $290, this prize includes a Nostromo n52 left-hand keypad, “ONE” Lightroom/ACR preset, “ONE” Photoshop Action, and tutorials. This is an awesome package! This winner will also receive a $39 credit to use toward any additional items from Neil.
  • 2ND PLACE: PHOTOSHOP LIGHT REAL VIRTUAL COURSE
    Valued at $250, this prize includes the “ONE ACTION” workflow scripts plus a 4 hour training course covering the workflow scripts and working in LAB color space. This winner will also receive a $39 credit to use toward any additional items from Neil.
  • 3RD PLACE: ONE ACTION AND GOLDEN TOUCH PACKAGES
    Valued at $79 and $49, respectively, this prize includes the “ONE ACTION” scripts and presets for Photoshop and Lightroom, plus extra training materials along with additional Photoshop actions and 30 textures. 

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PROJECT: Open Source Action project

PROJECT: Action and Preset Extravaganza by the Epic Edits weblog

 

 

THE REQUIREMENTS

If you’re planning on participating and having a chance at some of the awesome prizes, be sure to read the following requirements very carefully. I’ve provided some useful links to appropriate resources, so don’t overlook them!

  1. CREATE AN ACTION OR PRESET
    The first important part of the project is actually creating the action or preset. The choice of software is up to you — whatever you happen to use. The action(s) and/or preset(s) that you choose to create and share are also totally up to you — they could be workflow timesavers, creative tweaks, or whatever else you can dream up. If you’re not familiar with creating these things, you can read up on creating Photoshop actions and Lightroom presetsAnd the creations must be your own — no swiping somebody else’s work!
  2. MAKE YOUR FILE ACCESSIBLE
    This is the hard part, but we’ve got some options for you. You’ll need to upload your action/preset file to the web so others can download it. If you have your own blog or website, this is no problem and you can host the file yourself. Some forums also allow files to be attached to posts. But sites like Flickr don’t allow this, while they do allow you to link to external files. To accommodate those of you with fewer options, Neil has offered to host your project files on his site. You can email him at action@makelightreal.com with your file. He’ll upload it to his server and send you the URL so you can link to it in step 3.
  3. WRITE ABOUT YOUR CREATION
    Once you’ve created your tool and made it accessible to others, you’ll have to write about it. There are many forms of self-publication, so don’t be intimidated. You should tell us what the action/preset does, how it works, and any special instructions for using it. You should also link out to your file from step 2 so others (including me) can download it and use it.
  4. SUBMIT YOUR LINK AT EPIC EDITS
    When your written post is complete (with the link to your action/preset), fill out the form at this link. Just plug in your name, the location of your write-up from step 3, and your email address so I can contact you if needed.

 

THE PRIZES:

   

  • 1ST PLACE: LIGHTSPEED WORKFLOW PACKAGE
    Valued at $290, this prize includes a Nostromo n52 left-hand keypad, “ONE” Lightroom/ACR preset, “ONE” Photoshop Action, and tutorials. This is an awesome package! This winner will also receive a $39 credit to use toward any additional items from Neil.
  • 2ND PLACE: PHOTOSHOP LIGHT REAL VIRTUAL COURSE
    Valued at $250, this prize includes the “ONE ACTION” workflow scripts plus a 4 hour training course covering the workflow scripts and working in LAB color space. This winner will also receive a $39 credit to use toward any additional items from Neil.
  • 3RD PLACE: ONE ACTION AND GOLDEN TOUCH PACKAGES
    Valued at $79 and $49, respectively, this prize includes the “ONE ACTION” scripts and presets for Photoshop and Lightroom, plus extra training materials along with additional Photoshop actions and 30 textures. This winner will also receive a $39 credit to use toward any additional items from Neil.
  • 1ST AND 2ND RUNNER UP: $39 CREDIT
    The two “honorary mentions” will each receive a $39 credit toward the purchase of any item from Neil’s offerings.
  • 5 RANDOM WINNERS: $39 CREDIT
    Just to shake things up a bit, we’ll select another 5 random winners to receive the $39 credit toward any item of their choice. So anybody could be a winner, you just have to participate!

So… basically we’re looking at over $1000 in prizes given out to 10 different winners. Not bad!

DEADLINE: JANUARY 12, 2009

Make your sky blue

Make Light Real

And if you don’t think a Lightroom preset or photoshop trick can change the lighting in a photo – watch this:

Original Out of camera image

Original Image

Blue Skies - preset #1

Preset #1 – low power

Color bend method 1 - Blue Skies Presets

Preset #2 – medium power

Power level 2 - Lightroom Blue Skies Presets

Can you see how much more distinct the light coming through the trees is visualized in the photo?

Buy them here:

Blue Skies - Lightroom Preset

Blue Skies – Lightroom Preset – to make your photos $9 better!

Video Tutorial on the Color Blue

Video Tutorial on the Color Blue – take your basic understanding of photoshop and push it into the professional level!

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Presets – Deep Blue Sky

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips » Presets – Deep Blue Sky

1) You’ve got to have some degree of blue in your sky for this to work. Don’t think you can hit a gray overcast sky with this preset and turn it blue. It’s got to be somewhat blue to start with.
2) Anything else that’s blue in the photo is going to be affected so watch out if you’ve got people in there (Thanks Dave Alton for mentioning this in the comments)
3) Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Meaning, your sky may be just fine to start with. These presets will really bring out the blues and if you use them (especially Level 3) on a sky that is already pretty blue it’s going to look fake.

Click through to Adobe Lightroom Killer tips to download the action

Blue Skies – Lightroom Preset – $9.00 – Buy and download instantly

blue skies lightroom presets

Have some images from the summer that you’d like to prepare for an upcoming competion?

Get the most out of your blue colors in Adobe Lightroom presets available for immediate download.