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5 Great Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Photos

Even though the low light capabilities of today’s cameras continue to improve, noisy images are still a common challenge among photographers.  As much as we would love to capture photos with exposure settings that yield the cleanest possible image, many shooting situations call for us to make the choice between getting either a noisy photo or no photo at all.  …

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10 Tips to Better Organize Your Photos in Lightroom

Lightroom is an extremely powerful (although sometimes extremely slow) tool. Most of us are familiar with its great editing capabilities, but it’s true power, in my opinion, lies in its use as a photo organizer. However, Lightroom’s organizational abilities are not as easy to grasp as is its editing prowess. The most common questions I see from new users are …

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11 Photoshop Shortcuts Photographers MUST KNOW NOW!

  Millions of photographers from around the globe use Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate their digital images. Photoshop shortcuts allow for a much more efficient and creative workflow. How so? By keeping your mind on the creative process and not fumbling around with the plethora of tools and extensive menu items  within Photoshop, your mind will stay on the …

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How to Replace a Sky in Real Estate Photography in 30 Seconds or Less

Real estate photography is typically a high volume and low margin business.  You do a lot of shoots for not a lot of money for each shoot, so you have to learn to shoot efficiently and quickly in order to make your work profitable. Sky replacements generally take too long for all but the higher-end real estate photo shoots because …

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Lightroom November 2015 Update – APPROVED!

APPROVED! The Improve Photography team has now had a few days to poke at the Lightroom CC 2015.3/6.3 update provided by Adobe in early November 2015 and all of us have had a good experience with the update.  We recommend the update for all photographers.  We also recommend setting the Camera Raw cache to 70GB (Preferences->File Handling->Camera Raw Cache Settings) …

Lr November 2015 Update

Lightroom CC 2015.3/6.3 On 11/17 Adobe released an update to Lightroom CC 2015.3/6.3.  The release is the first after the software company got hammered with negative feedback from the maligned CC 2015.2/6.2 update where the import process was revamped in a way most photographers found to be unacceptable.  The change of the import process seemed to be just the stick …