Do you ever get to a point where you’re feeling uninspired, in a rut or generally, well, slumpy? (A highly technical term, I know. Also, I may have made it up. Shhhh.) Anyway! I know the feeling – intimately. I believe that artists and creatives can experience this periodically, maybe even cyclically, when they’ve kind of been plugging along consistently over time… and I think it’s even more common in this age of social media and sharing where we get into a routine of posting posting posting, especially if we start feeling pressured (by our peers or just by some kind of internal need) to meet the “demand of the audience.” In my most recent “slumpy-time,” I found a way to re-inspire myself with my phone – mobile creativity helped me refocus and gain perspective.
At the end of 2014 I was feeling definitively slumpy. In the time period leading up to that feeling, I’d walked through some stressful, emotional things and dealt with some rejections that made me re-evaluate why I even make art and also to ask myself something like, “Is what I create just pure crap?” (By the way, if you find yourself asking this same question, it’s a sign that you’re totally slumpy and you’re also probably being a total jerk to yourself, so stop it, okay?) The answer to the second question, if you haven’t already guessed, was NO… and for me, that’s mostly because of the answer to the first question. I decided, as I considered all of this, that I wanted to really re-focus on why I make art, and I needed to find some way to inspire myself to get that focus back.Read More»
Were you looking for a reason to finally push you over the edge to sign up for Adobe’s Creative Cloud? This might be it – Adobe announces the availability of Lightroom Mobile, which acts as a companion to the desktop version. This will “unlock photography from the desktop,” said Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty, and allow us to “organize, edit, and share – from anywhere.”
This new product will allow you to take the essentials of Lightroom on the go. Both instances (desktop and mobile) will sync seamlessly with one another, allowing you to edit metadata and do image processing on the go from your iPad, transferring those changes immediately back to your desktop, and vice versa. This is going to be a powerful addition to the Lightroom-using mobile photographer’s photo organizing, processing, and sharing setup. You can turn on auto-import of your mobile images, as well, bringing them into the mobile version and sending them back to the desktop version. All changes you make translate across both instances, and sharing can be done from homebase or on the go.
How do you get it? Lightroom Mobile is a service that is subscription based. Anyone who is a member of Adobe‘s Creative Cloud will have access. The Photoshop Photography Program (USD$9.99 per month) is particularly attractive: it includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Lightroom Mobile and a public portfolio site through Behance. Lightroom Mobile is free to try for 30 days.
Lightroom Mobile is currently available for iPad2 or later and iOS7 or higher, as a free download in the iTunes app store. An iPhone version will follow; an Android version will follow eventually. Update your desktop version of Lightroom (Mac or Windows) for compatibility.
Here are some helpful Lighroom Mobile tutorials from Adobe’s Digital Imaging Evangelist, Julieanne Kost, to help you get started:
- Showcasing & Sharing your photographs
- Setup, Collections and Flags
- Managing Collections and Auto Import from Camera Roll
- Cropping, Adjustments and Presets
Want to learn all about organization and processing in Lightroom? I recently partnered with the fantastic folks at Skillshare to create two classes that can help! Take one or both of these self-paced classes at your leisure; watch videos and complete lessons to learn “hands-on” with guidance. I’ll be there regularly to help out and answer questions, adding in additional information that I may not have covered in the class content itself, when necessary. So let’s get ready to learn and grow in Lightroom together: ready, set, go!
Please use these referral links to check out the class of your interest and sign up – for $10 a month you can take these classes and many more. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions!
Skillshare is a great platform to learn all kinds of things… from how to design a website to how to make the most awesome meatballs you ever put in your mouth. With amazing teachers like Seth Godin, Meg Lewis, Peter Shankman and more, you’re sure to find lots of classes that are informative and engaging. I’m honored to be teaching Lightroom classes there, and I hope you’ll find them helpful!
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We had a great time on the show this past Saturday. Did you miss it? Watch it now. I was joined by guest Mark Rodriguez and panelists Christi Nielsen, Sandra Parlow, & Jake Johnson to talk about post processing and share images.
During the show, we unveiled the winners of the Drink and Click™ October Challenge: “Shadows”. Dara Choy (Drink and Click ™ YEG), Björn Kleemann (Drink and Click™ Monterey – Santa Cruz) and Ina Gat (Drink and Click ™ BLN) took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively. Thanks so much to our prize sponsors: Think Tank Photo, c’t Digital Photography, & Stuck In Customs by Trey Ratcliff.
Remember to watch us every month on the second or middle Wednesday at 9:30PM CST. Our next show is on Wednesday, December 11th with special guest Dave Morrow and we’ll be talking about Star Photography.
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What do you do if your room is messy but you want to shoot a portrait? Clean it up? Hell, no. Who has time for that? Instead, just clone and heal, baby, yeah.
You can always create the illusion that you have a clean room for your portraits (or just get some encroaching couch arm and leg out of the way) by using the spot removal tool in Lightroom – and in LR5, it’s so much better than before. Previously, there was only a circle of differing sizes to do any cloning/healing work, but now you can paint with the tool to create whatever shape you need. Witness the magic unfold.
Here’s my raw photo… you can see that I am SUPER EXCITED TO THE MAX! about
how I’ve decided to just leave my crap laying around indefinitely the thought of editing this photo in Lightroom 5 soon!
I whip out the spot removal tool and make quick work of the annoying couch parts and outlet to the left.
Whew, I’m already feeling like I could do a flip even. But wait… there’s a load of stuff to my right. Totally messing up the Fung Shui up in here and that will harsh my spirit. I’ll probably land on my head. Time to get to work on the real problem…
This is no easy task, but with the new tool I can do it more effectively, without going to Photoshop. This will take some layering of spot removal swipes and a bit of patience. My trick here is that I make small painted sections like lines or even little squares, depending on the shape of what I want gone. For the first pass, I clone just to get to the general color I want. Then I go back and even things out with heal in the places where it needs to blend more. This can take multiple passes to get right.
Heck yeah! The hard part is over and I’m feeling the float. A few more things and I’ll be set! I cropped to bring in the right side a smidge and used the lens correction tools (rotate, some horizontal adjust – you can also play with the new leveling tools in LR5 which are sometimes spot on and other times not so much, but are fairly neat). Then desaturated, and hit the slider on a few things (bumped up exposure, shadow, whites, and clarity, bumped down blacks). Finally, pulled out the jazzy new radial filter and dropped an oval over my body and bumped up clarity and shadows just in there to make my body pop. You know you like it when my body pops.
Yeah, baby! Who needs to clean up? Not me.
The Preset I started with is “Crazy Train” – this is a Sesame Ellis Preset by Rachel Devine, available on her website.
I used the preset “Klang Retro” as the jumping off point for my processing of this photo. You can find that in a free pack of presets here. I’ve used them all at some point, and like them.
The following photo shows the area I affected with my brush stroke. You can click on the photo to get a larger version and look to the specs in the upper right to see the adjustments I made in that area.
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There’s a lot going on with this one and the history looks a bit busy and confusing. Ignore the stuff at the top. Wherever you see adjustments that don’t have values to the right, that means I was doing paintbrush/clone work on specific areas of his face and adjusting what was happening there, rather than making a global adjustment. In this photo I removed several random little flecks of dirt off of his face (he had been playing outside in the sprinkler). I also got rid of a couple of red marks. If you look at his mouth on the before photo you’ll see that one of his front teeth is kind of yellow – he hit it very hard on the side of the tub when he was about 2. Sometimes I adjust that in photos, sometimes I don’t – I did here. I brightened the teeth overall as well. Additionally, I brightened his eyes, and I painted over the general area of his face around his eyes to remove shadows. Everything else should be straightforward.
The Preset I started with is “Diet Orange Soda” – this is a Sesame Ellis Preset by Rachel Devine, available on her website.
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