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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,
Markus

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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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A New Look: profiPhotos gets a Face Lift

Posted by profiphotos on September 4, 2008

A much needed update to the user experience at profiPhotos.com is now live.

A much needed update to the user experience at profiPhotos.com is now live.

Hello again, it’s great to be back here in the Lounge after spending a number of very busy days preparing for the re-launch of our Main Site.  Anyone who has visited our site knows that we’ve quickly outgrown the old site. (it was launched little more than 4 months ago)

We’ve had growing pains of course.  We had a major problem with our bilingual plug-in that was stopping some folks from even visiting the site.  We worked with the plug-in developer to resolve that issue – and now it’s fixed.   Other users, who were using Internet Explorer 6, had display problems and were having difficulty navigating the site – that’s also been fixed.  The site NOW works with Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 and 8, Firefox 2 & 3, Opera, Safari (including the new Chrome browser from Google) and others.

We'll be bringing one gallery after another online here in this reserved spot.

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I had no idea our Site was going to become as popular as it has – mostly in response to our releasing our first set of how-to videos!   You can be sure we’re busy planning a follow up series of videos on tips & tricks in Lightroom 2.  And that’s where we had some issues.  The site was simply TOO NARROW to support the wide screen videos and our dynamic photo galleries.  So, we’ve released a FULL SCREEN version of the site that provides us with much needed room for growth.

And grow we will.  First off, we’re bring all the videos back into the main site, we’re consolidating all of our photo galleries on one page.  Here you’ll see a description of the gallery, thumbnail and the option to view a flash gallery or normal slide show.  We’re also setting up a page where you can download our most popular photos as wallpaper in sizes to accomodate the most popular screen resolutions.

So have a look around, and if inclined, drop us a note or send us your ideas. There’s a new comments feature available from the About page.  At any rate, look for exciting new developments in the next few weeks!

Visit us here:  profiPhotos News

Bye for now.

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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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