In this tutorial I share one of my favourite time-saving hacks for retouching images that allows you to view an image in dual windows, so you don’t need to keep zooming in and out to check your progress.
I just read a frightening statistic. There are approximately 1.8 billion images shared on social media every day. If you take out the 4 million selfies uploaded by the Kardashians, that still leaves a staggering 1.4 billion images. In 2008 this figure was around 3 million.
So, with so many photos being uploaded every second, how the hell does a photographer get their work noticed these days? Before you start freaking out, open a fresh jar of Nutella and curl up on the couch to binge watch One Tree Hill – let’s break this down.
By the law of averages, of the 1.8 billion images uploaded, 50% are mostly bad photos that Jan from accounts took of her lunch at Sizzlers, guys posing in front of their cars for their latest Tinder profile pic, pets wearing sunglasses and out of focus images of babies.
Of the remaining 50%, selfies make up at least 30% of images uploaded to the internet each day. So that leaves 20% or roughly 36 million photos posted each day. That’s still a staggering figure and quite discouraging for many new photographers wanting to get their work noticed online.
So, how do you create images that stand . . .
How to improve an image in 10 seconds using the shadow and highlight sliders in Lightroom.
If I was ever going to nominate a Lightroom adjustment employee of the week, it would definitely be a tie between the highlights and shadow sliders in the develop module.
In this tutorial I show you how to radically improve your images using these sliders and why you should step away from the exposure slider.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci
I can still remember exactly where I was when I first experienced the amazing raw file processing software called Lightroom. Like most groovy new trends, I wasn’t an early adopter. I’d heard many of my colleagues rave about Lightroom like it was the greatest thing since Nutella on bread, but I still had some reservations… I didn’t have time to learn a whole new system. Lightroom looked complicated and Photoshop did everything I needed just fine.
Then I tried it and life as I knew it changed forever *cue epic movie soundtrack*.
That was a defining moment in my life that will be played in my highlights reel, in between first kiss and first jar of Nutella. I was hooked within minutes of using it. Using Lightroom felt like home. Lightroom understood me. Lightroom had me at “hello.”
The thing that made Lightroom so revolutionary was the ability to individually adjust midtones, shadows and highlights, and make local adjustments in seconds (that would have taken ages using Photoshop). This is by far Lightroom’s greatest asset, but the ease and speed that photos can be manipulated and the variety . . .
“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked… that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” ― Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art
There are many bargains available online when buying used camera gear, but always do your research before you part with your hard earned cash so you don’t end up with someone else’s junk.
Beware of shonky dealers.
Check their online rating and feedback and where possible try and meet them in person.
Trust your gut.
Ask questions like:
What was the camera used for? Where and how was it stored? Are you the first owner? Why are you selling? Any mould, scratches, chips on the lens or sensor?
2. Check under the hood.
Ask about how many actuations the camera has (this is a fancy way of saying shutter clicks). The shutter clicks (actuations) on a camera tell you how many times it has been used, much like the kms or miles a car has driven. Camera shutters have a lifespan depending on the model and the shutter is the most expensive piece of equipment to replace.
As a general rule:
Entry-level DSLR shutters usually last for at least 50,000 shots. Mid-level DSLRs shutters usually last for at least 100,000 shots. . . .
I once knew a photographer, Richard Barrett (not his real name) whose work was absolutely perfect. Every single image was perfectly composed and sharp as a tack. Every pixel was exposed precisely and the post production was flawless. Technically, I could not fault his work. He was also a nice guy and yet his photography struggled to get noticed. Why? I believe it had to do with the way he ordered his wine…
An Artist and a Scientist walk into a bar. The Scientist carefully studies the wine list and chooses a wine based on all the data he is given, including the region the grapes are grown in, the history of the wineries and the reviews of each bottle.
The Artist orders the same bottle the people on a nearby table are drinking because that’s exactly what he feels like.
I believe the way a photographer orders wine, or chooses anything in life, is directly related to how they approach their photography, and the way a photographer works, influences the way their work is perceived.
The photographer that orders like a Scientist is guaranteed to always take consistently good photos. There is very little risk in ordering wine based . . .
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