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Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts 2017

We know that listening to photographers speak the language of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop is as good as listening to a professor teach you how to learn calculus. Don't get me started on the fact that if you are using a Mac or PC that there are slight differences in terminology that you should be aware of when learning keyboard shortcuts that make this more complicated for some. Even seasoned photography veterans who use Lightroom and Photoshop on a consistent...

File Formats, Left Brain Thinking!

  When it comes to exporting/saving images you have some options on which file format to use. The 5 most common image file types are RAW, JPEG, PSD, PNG & TIFF. You probably have heard of most of the file types but this week I'd like to elaborate on their differences and when each is best used.   RAW: These files are what you get straight out of the camera when shooting in RAW format. They contain the unprocessed data captured by your...

Color Spaces, Left Brain Thinking!

As a photographer you are confronted with many settings beyond the exposure triangle basics. One of the many settings is color space. You can typically set this in your camera and then again in post processing. So lets talk about what it is and what your options are.   What is color space? It is simply a range of colors that can be displayed in an image. There is an overall visible spectrum of color that the human eye can see. The...

Color Depth, Left Brain Thinking!

16-bit or 32-bit color? What is the difference and what should you be using? Its time to share my understanding of color depth in this nerd out session. First of all, what is a "bit"? The word bit was created from two words, similar to the words blog & vlog. In this case the words binary & digit make up the word bit. Every bit is either a 0 or a 1, off or on. The more bits you have in...

Photoshop Sharpening High Pass Filter

Whenever you are about to begin the editing process of any photograph, it is helpful to have in mind a few simple things to consider asking yourself. What is wrong with this image is usually the question we suggest to our clients in the Mentoring Program. The answer to such a question can be answered with 4 options, Exposure, Color, Creative or All of the Above. Creative adjustments are things like removing unwanted items in a photo or adding textures for...

Gaussian Blur, Left Brain Thinking!

Many of us have used this tool in photoshop plenty of times. As a left brain thinker, I have always wondered what in the heck does Gaussian mean. I've also wondered how exactly you pronounce the word. It's funny to hear how many ways people say it. So, here is the definition from Merriam-Webster: being or having the shape of a normal curve or a normal distribution. Pronounced: gau̇-sē-ən Well...

The difference between Vibrance and Saturation

While Donald Trump might have failed after his recent debate, Donal Trump is also failing in his use of tanning products. Don't make skin tones that look like Donald Trump when using Lightroom or Photoshop. Knowing the difference between Saturation and Vibrance can mean the difference between making someone look like Donal Trump or not. Vibrance is going to effect the cooler tones. Saturation is going to effect the warmer tones. In addition to that, Vibrance is going to favor the weaker colors and...

How to Use a Hue and Saturation Adjustment Layer

Unlock a powerful, secret adjustment tool hidden inside of the Hue and Saturation Adjustment Layer in Photoshop CC. Yes, you can certainly target specific colors from inside of the HSL Panel inside of Lightroom CC, this is true. But unfortunately, you can not target these colors more specifically than you can from the inside of Photoshop by using a similar feature called the Hue and Saturation Adjustment layer. The fact of the matter is that the targeted slider feature inside of Photoshop's...

How to Organize your Layers 3 easy ways in Photoshop CC

The more you use Photoshop the more skilled you will become. And with greater skill comes more complex layer styles and options. However it doesn't have to be hard to follow along with all the adjustments you have made inside of Photoshop. Photonerds will show you 3 easy ways to organize your layers in photoshop making things cleaner, neater and easier to follow. 1. How to group your layers in photoshop. 2. How to rename your layers in photoshop. 3. How to color code...

How to remove spots using frequency separation

How to remove spots using Frequency Separation. Included a FREE Photoshop Action. Removing imperfections in an image while maintaining the integrity of your image is an Art. Luckily for you, PhotoNERDs want to help make this easy. Removing imperfections in an image while maintaining the integrity of your image is an Art. Luckily for you, PhotoNERDs want to help make this easy. By creating 2 layers, one for your global adjustments and another layer for your local adjustments, you can easily...