Creating High Contrast Landscapes Images Using Photoshop


In this post, I am going to demonstrate how to bring out detail in landscape photos using traditional/legacy commands in Photoshop.

In more recent versions of Photoshop, we have new commands such as Clarity and Texture that essentially do this. But sometimes it is fun to revert to the old way. Besides, there is always that potential to better control the final result.

In this demo, I will be using Photoshop 2020, but the same techniques can be used using Photoshop Elements as well. I learned this technique from Dave Seeram in a magazine article he wrote several years ago.

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One Way I Process Photos From My Insta360 One X Camera


In this post I am going to illustrate how I currently process 360-degree photos from my Insta360 One X camera. There are other workflows and programs that can be used. Right now this is what I do.

I have put my current workflow into an AppTip Sheet. To some extent this is a personal AppTip Sheet, in that the storage locations are unique to my software and computer. For example the unique nature and file format for the One X does not make organizing and editing using Lightroom Classic or Photoshop possible until the very end of the process.

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Click on the image above to open the PDF file that explains the steps I use.

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Screen You Photos in Lightroom Classic


Unless you make a conscientious effort to screen your images and videos, you very quickly end up with so many that even if you have them tagged, it will be difficult to quickly find those few images that are worth further work.

After a photoshoot, you can easily end up with hundreds of images. I take a lot of sports action photos. I generally have my camera set on its burst mode. After photographing two or three softball or soccer games during the weekend, I will come home with about 300-400 images. Amongst these are probably less than 50 that are even worth saving.

In the AppTip Sheet linked in this post, I describe a method that I adopted from an eBook by photographer, Chris Marquardt (https://chrismarquardt.com). It is only one of may ways that can be used to quickly go through your photos to end up with only the very best.

Click on the figure below to view the tutorial.

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In the next tutorial in this series, we will begin to cover some basic editing capabilities in Lightroom Classic.

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How to Use Lightroom Classic Keywords Part 2


In this second and final part of using Keyword Tags, I will cover the very basics of using previously assigned tags to quickly find your photos.

There many other ways to find images in Lightroom Classic. Additionally, keywords queries can be structured in a variety of ways to do more sophisticated searches. But the material here should get you started at least.

Click on the link below to go to the PDF file that contains the tutorial.

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How to Use Lightroom Classic Keyword Tags – Part 1


It has been awhile since I have posted any tutorials, so I thought I better do one. Actually, I was going to post one big one, but I have decided to break it into two or three parts.

Although Lightroom was initially developed to help professional photographers manage their huge collection of photographs, it has evolved over the years.

It has steadily acquired more advanced editing capabilities. Now more and more people use it for their prime photo editor and only draw on Photoshop CC when they absolutely must. Consequently, most of the current written information deals with the Develop Module, sometimes ignoring the Library Module or using it incorrectly, thus generating unnecessary problems for themselves.

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In Part 2, I’ll cover how to quickly find your images using your assigned keyword. So stay tuned. If you found this to be helpful, please give it a star rating at the top. Better yet, please leave a comment or share it with others. Thank you.

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Importing Images from Your Camera into Lightroom Classic


I should have included this tutorial earlier in my series on using Lightroom Classic. However, I have focused this series from the perspective of someone who is knew to Lightroom Classic, and is migrating their Photoshop Elements Catalog to Lightroom Classic.

Additionally, I am concentrating on keeping this series devoted to the basics of using Lightroom. Importing your images from you memory card or your camera itself is quite straight forward.

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Brief Overview of Lightroom Classic’s Workspace


In the previous posts, I have introduced the general aspects of Lightroom Classic CC. The attached tutorial to this post, continues and essential completes the macro view of the program. It addresses the various workspaces or modules of the program, concentrating on the Library module, which is where most users begin their work. Once this is done, I will begin with tips on actually doing work in Lightroom.

Remember, I started this series of tutorials and demonstrations as a window into my efforts in converting my Photoshop Elements 2019 Catalog to Lightroom to manage my photo collection.  Below is the link to the PDF file that describes the workspaces and their layout.

Lightroom Classic CC Workspaces

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Setting Lightroom Classic CC Preferences


Soon after you create a new Catalog in Lightroom CC Classic, you need to address how you want to work. To do this you need to take a look at the preferences that are available. The problem is you may not know enough about Lightroom at this point to feel comfortable about setting its preferences. Don’t worry. Sticking with the defaults will not get you into trouble, and they can easily be changed at any time. In the AppTip Sheets of this post, I will address the most important settings.

There two main preferences commands, Catalog Settings, and Preferences. In this post, I will address both of these. Both are accessed from Edit on the Menu Bar.

The AppTip Sheet linked below deals with the Catalog Settings.

Catalog Settings

The other AppTip Sheet covers the Preferences options.

Preferences

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What is Lightroom CC Classic Anyway?


In my initial post, I stated that I was switching my image/video media management from Photoshop Elements, specifically its Organizer to Lightroom CC Classic. In the attached AppTip Sheet, I explained how I prepared for migrating my PSE 2019 Catalog to Lightroom CC Classic, going on to describe the actual importing of the Catalog.

Before going any further in this series, I will very briefly describe what Lightroom CC Classic is all about. Please click on the link below.

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Next time, we will get started in actually working with Lightroom CC Classic. In this series, we will first go over what we need to know about working with the Library module, Lightroom’s equivalent and superior sister to PSE 2019’s Organizer. Then we will move on to the Develop and other modules making up the program.

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I am Changing My Photo Manage From Photoshop Elments to Lightroom CC Classic


I have been using the Organizer in Photoshop Elements to manage my photos and videos since Adobe first combined it with Photoshop Elements 2 to create Photoshop Elements 3 (PSE 3). It has served me well.

Adobe has routinely updated the program annually to incrementally add new capabilities and features. I have installed each new version. Over the years I have created and maintained multiple Catalogs for a variety of reasons. All my photos and more recent videos are contained in two main Catalogs, that together have over 60,000 items. I have other special Catalogs primarily for videos. I even have a Catalog devoted to managing my large collection of MP3 audio recordings.

However, I have decided to move on to a workflow that uses Lightroom CC Classic for media management and basic editing, and Photoshop CC for more involved editing. I have used both programs for several years as well, but not as my primary software. It is not that PSE no longer works for me. It is just that I want to expand my horizons a bit.

As I transition from Elements to Lightroom, I will add a series of demos and tutorials that will hopefully help others make the transition and learn the basics of Lightroom CC Classic. I will continue to post new Photoshop Elements tutorials from time to time, as topics come up that interest me and might help others.

In this first AppTip Sheet, I will describe the steps I have taken to convert my PSE Catalogs to Lightroom CC Classic. It begins with preparing your Photoshop Elements 2019 Organizer for migration. The steps are also comatible with early versions of Elements.

In the tutorial that is linked below, I will be using my PSE 2019 Catalog that essentially contains all the photos/videos shot before 2015 as the example.  The name of the Catalog is “PSE 2019 Fixed Prime Photos 7-3-14”. This Catalog has 46932 total items.

  • 45,522 Photos
  • 1,137 Videos
  • 98 Audio Files
  • 175 PSE Projects

The vast majority of the media are on a Drobo, Drive O. But as shown in the left column in the figure below, they are scattered all over my PC on various internal and external drives. 

Click Here to view or download the tutorial PDF.

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