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Adobe’s new Lightroom Photo Management Software just got better.

New way of working with Develop Presets in Lightroom 2

Posted by profiphotos on November 8, 2008

Sample Preset called BW-Color (mask is integrated into preset)

Sample Preset called BW-Color (the mask is integrated into the preset)

UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2008 – These presets are now also available on the Adobe Lightroom Exchange.

Hello again, I’m back in the Lounge to take a little breather.  I’ve been busy of late working with my favourite program – Lightroom.  I was pleased when Lightroom 2.1 came out and solved a number of problems that had been bothering some customers.  As I mentioned in my last video, my first impressions of Lightroom 2.1 was good and I am so glad I no longer have to wait while all the folders load when Lightroom first starts.  I’ve been working daily with Lightroom 2.1 and so far it has only crashed on me once – and I can’t seem to repeat the error!

Anyhow, I’m here to ask for your help.  I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how one could simulate masking in Lightroom.  I am sure that eventually Adobe will bring out version 3 and we’ll at least be able to import masks from Photoshop (which would open a range of new possibilities in Lightroom).  In the mean time, I’ve come up with an idea how to simulate masking.  Have a look at the photo on the left, click on it if you like to get a larger view.  It’s the result of a new preset that I’ve come up with. 

I might add, this all came about during the development of a concept I had based on the “Golden Rule of Thirds” principle in photography. This is one of the fundamental compositional techniques in art and photography.  Curiously enough, the masking sample shown here was not a planned thing – it just ended up as a result while developing my concept.

After I developed the core presets to give my concept form, I started making some sample Lightroom presets to show off the concept.  They are finished. Now, I’m looking for feedback from people who are willing to take the core concept and give it a try in Lightroom 2.  I’m making a full set of presets available on my WEB site for anyone to download and try out.  I would like those who do try it to give me their feedback so I can better refine the next version.   To wet your appetite, here’s a few sample presets I built using the core presets (a more complete list can be found in the article on the main site).

Original Photo Focus Beauty Builder

Ring of Color (BL – Bottom Left)

In this sample, I wanted to show how the flexibilty of the preset builder. Here you see the blending of colors in different areas of the photo combined with B&W and sharpness effects. Another wild example of this technique can be seen in the Alien effect further down.

Original Photo Focus Beauty Builder

Soft Focus (TR – Top Right)

An example using the Soft Focus preset. You’ll also notice I took advantage of the fact that I already had a couple of adjustment filters in place and darkened up a couple of trouble spots. The net result gives the photo much more appeal.

Original Photo Focus Beauty Builder

Alien Hangover

I had a lot of fun coming up with this preset. I took the base preset (Focus – Center) and played with the sliders. I tweaked and fine-tuned and flipped gradients to come up with this preset. I’ve tested it on lots of photos and in 75% of those tested, came up with some pretty wild results.

To show the preset in action, have a look at the next photo.  It shows how I’ve built a mask around the eye of the bird in the photo.  Now I know I could have done this with the adjustment brush, but the results take a lot longer and the resultant mask is not easily transferable from one photo to the next.

Soft Focus Preset

Soft Focus Preset

So having said all that, I’m hoping I’ve peaked someone’s interest enough to give it a go.  Here’s the link, the complete concept is described in detail on the WEB site.  If you download the presets collection from the main site, please return to the main site once you’ve played with the presets and leave your comments there.

Read about and download the Focus Beauty Builder presets collection.

Thanks a bunch and as Adobe suggests in Lightroom Rule #5 : Enjoy!

Cheers, Markus

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Lightroom 2 Video – Installing Presets and Schönbrunn Palace

Posted by profiphotos on October 16, 2008

Palace Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria

Palace Schönbrunn in Vienna, Austria

I’ve been busy at profiPhotos and have recently released a new Lightroom 2 video.  Earlier this month, I posted a new photo gallery featuring the beautiful Palace Schönbrunn and surrounding gardens in Vienna. Naturally, the photo gallery was worked on in Lightroom and I’ve released another set of presets that were used in the making of the gallery.

Privy Garden at Schönbrunn

The full story and gallery can be enjoyed on the main site.  Click into my About page on this site and follow the link back to the main site.

The newest video is a short one (3:27 mins) and is about installing Lightroom presets, organizing them and of course a quick how-to on backing up all your presets in Lightroom.  By the end of this month another Lightroom video will be released where I’ll be exploring the fine art of working with keywords.  Often over looked as a valuable search mechanism, this in-depth video will show the various ways to manage your keywords in Lightroom, and let you decide which one works best for you.  The video will end with a segment showing a “speed” work flow we’ve developed to get the job done quickly.  That way you’ll be able to get back to doing the thing we all love – taking photos.

Oh yeah, I’d really love to hear your comments – just take a moment and share your thoughts!

New Lightroom 2 Video

Until next time, take care,

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Lightroom 2 Video – Graduated Filter Advanced Tips

Posted by profiphotos on September 27, 2008

Our exiting new video featuring the graduated filter is now online.  Here you’ll discover some tips that Adobe never told you about.  Do you want to sample a colour from your photo to use with the graduated filter or adjustment brush – we’ll show you how.

It’s been a lot of work and admittedly a lot of fun in producing our second Lightroom video.  We’re not completely recovered from the many days of work involved in producing this one and we’re already planning our next one.  But we’d like to get YOU involved.  Send us your Lightroom tips (simply write us a comment under the video on our main site) and the best ones will be included in our next video.  The topic is – “Speed Tips for Lightroom 2”.  These include all those little things that you’ve heard about, read about or discovered on your own that speeds up your work flow with the software.  It’s those “wow, you can do that!” tips that we’re interested in.

But first, have a look at the current video, I’m sure that you’ll discover something new about Lightroom 2.

Cheers until next time.  And don’t forget to leave a comment!

Link to profiPhotos second video

Discover advanced tips in Lightroom 2 that Adobe didn't tell about.

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Download Lightroom 2 Presets and Customize your Grid View

Posted by profiphotos on September 18, 2008

Hello all, there’s a lot of new stuff been going on at our main site so I haven’t had a chance to drop by “the lounge” – but now I’ve got a free moment.  Just thought I’d mention that we’ve just posted our first free downloads of Lightroom 2 Graduated Filter presets that will help anyone who’s using Lightroom 2 get an edge.  You can download these presets and use them as a starting point in your work in the development module.  Each preset comes with two neutral density gradient filters already in place just waiting to be optimized for your best photos.

Aside from that, there’s another article about customizing your Grid View in Lightroom 2. It shows you how you can configure “the Grid” to show you as few or as many details of each of your photos. Don’t forget to have a peak at the bottom of the page where’s you’ll find a short tip on using Lightroom faster. OK, it’s not that big a deal but it’s just a small example of the kinds of tips that will be included in our upcoming video on – “improving your workflow speed in Lightroom 2”. Enough said, the direct links to the two articles are posted below. Have fun and if you come up with some cool shots as a result of using our presets – let us know about it!

Links to the Articles

Cheers until next time!

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Lightroom 2: Video from profiPhotos – Adjustment Brush

Posted by profiphotos on August 8, 2008

Well we finally pulled it off – not one, but two new videos covering the new Adjustment brush in Lightroom 2. Despite holidays, the English and German language versions are now online available for viewing and/or download.

We’ve taken an in-depth look at the adjustment brush and covered off important topics like;

  • Multiple layered adjustments
  • Using the “O” key to toggle mask view mode
  • Changing the mask colour with Shift-O
  • Using the ALT key to toggle mask paint/erase mode
  • Creating snapshots at various stages of your retouch work flow

I hope everyone can enjoy one or perhaps both videos – they’re equally interesting and different. Now we’re off on our new assignment in Austria where we’ll be photographing the Alps and the beautiful city of Vienna. A new photo gallery is sure to be in the mix upon our return.

In the meantime enjoy. The direct links are below.

English Version

Direct Link to Video

German Version

Direct Link to Video

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Lightroom 2: Adobe has added two COOL new Tools

Posted by profiphotos on July 30, 2008

Just yesterday, Adobe released version 2 of Lightroom.  Having used the beta copy for a while I wasn’t really expecting anything new … until I downloaded and installed the final version.  WOW!  I am stoked.  I wasn’t really expecting anything as sopisticated as the Adjustment brush.  It’s kind of like an adjustment layer in Photoshop and a brush all rolled into one.  You can basically “dodge” and “burn” areas of a photo like in the good old days in the darkroom.  But it doesn’t end there.  You can also use the brush to edit the sharpness, clarity, colour, saturation etc. of your image.

Mask and Stroke Start Points used for Retouching

Here you can see the mask that was generated for the lightening of the eyes. The Lightroom settings on the right show that the masked area had an exposure increase of .81. The beauty is that once you have the masks defined with your strokes you can play with the settings until you get the look you like.

And if that’s not all Lightroom automagically builds a mask during your “brushing”.  Top that off with the fact that you can layer these effects (i.e. apply multiple instances of the brush to the image and you’ve got a kick-ass way of really touching up those trouble areas in your image.

Before Retouching

Before Retouching

After Lightroom Retouching.  In addition to brightening the eyes, I also used a second mask to darken the background a little bit.

After Lightroom Retouching. In addition to brightening the eyes, I also used a second mask to darken the background a little bit. A secondary mask was used on the eyes to increase the sharpness of the eyes and surrounding area but unfortunately on an image of this size the difference is nearly indiscernable. A slight colour temperature change rounded things off and made this dude into a cooler looking character.

I also had a quick look at the gradient filter tool which is also very useful in some situations.  Suppose you go out and shoot a sunset photo and the sky just isn’t dark enough and you’re kicking yourself for forgetting to use a gradient filter during the shoot.  No problem – do it in post.  Feathering, spread and everything else you could want is all built in.  Got the sky just right and the foreground could use a little lightening … no problem, just add another gradient filter to the lower portion of the image.  Again, all filters can be stacked and everything is completely reversible.

I’m currently working on a how-to video to show how this these tools work so I shouldn’t be spending a lot of time here in the lounge.  I’ll just update a few pics of the tools in action and then I’ve got to get back to the video work.

Cheers for now.

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