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How to use presets for Lightroom Mobile

If you have been following the blog for some time, do you know how much I am connected to Lightroom, and with Lightroom Mobile on mobile sometimes things are not so easy, here comes the question, how to use presets for Lightroom Mobile?

Lightroom mobile does not have access to presets just like the computer Lightroom Classic CC so many people are confused on how and why to use Lightroom Mobile, especially those who like to use presets.

Using presets on Lightroom Mobile

From computer to mobile – Method 1

Well the story is very simple, if you have Lightroom Classic CC on your computer, it is because you are a subscriber to Adobe’s Creative Cloud package .

presets para Lightroom Mobile

And as a subscriber you have the right to transfer your photos between different platforms, such as from your computer to your cell phone. So you just need to edit your photos on your computer and then synchronize them with your phone, so all edits made on the pc, or mac, will also be available on your mobile device.

The cool thing about this is that you can also make changes to the photo while in the Lightroom Mobile app and they will have the changes made when you return to the computer. So you can open a photo on Lightroom Mobile, which already contains the edits you would like to use, and simply copy the edits to a new photo.

That simple!

Of course, this has a cost, after all Creative Cloud is not free. And not all functionality of the Lightroom app is available when you download it for free from the Play Store.

From computer to mobile – Method 2

Another way of doing the same thing and also allowing you to use Lightroom Classic CC presets on Lightroom Mobile, involves a little more patience.

First, you need to have Lightroom Classic CC installed on your computer. Then you will make all necessary adjustments to any photo in order to create a preset.

Watch the video below on how to save your presets in Lightroom Classic CC

After you make all the edits you find necessary in your photos, and save the preset, you will have to export this photo with the edits. It is not just exporting the way we are used to, you will have to export the photo in a DNG file .

On the computer!

presets para Lightroom Mobile

DNG files are actually Raw files , only from Adobe, and when you export a photo in Lightroom Classic CC as a DNG file, the file stores all edits made to the photo.

So you can apply your favorite presets to some photos, export them in DNG files and the magic will be almost done. After that done, just import the photos in the Lightroom Mobile app on your mobile device, smartphone or tablet, and finish the process.

After the files have been exported and copied to the phone, just open the photos, in DNG, on Lightroom Mobile and copy the edits to any other photo.

On the cellphone

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To do this, just open the DNG photo with the edits made on Lightroom Mobile and click on the 3 dots in the right corner of the screen to open a menu.

presets para Lightroom Mobile

In this menu you can copy edits from one photo to another, just select the option copy edits. Right after that Lightroom Mobile will ask you what edits you would like to copy.

opcoes para salvamento do preset

Select all the options that are relevant to your edition and click OK, now you can transfer the edits to a new photo! Then just choose a new photo in your Lightroom Mobile photo gallery and do practically the same process, only this time by clicking paste settings.

menu de opcoes do Lightroom Mobile

As soon as you paste the settings into a new photo all the settings you have chosen to be copied will already be defined in the new photo in Lightroom Mobile.

controles do  Lightroom Mobile

And ready is the method of how to use presets for Lightroom Mobile, not hard going!

Final considerations

As in the latest versions of Lightroom Mobile you are able to save presets, just save the edits of the DNG files you imported and create a new preset in Lightroom Mobile. Using this method you don’t need to turn on the computer, edit the photos and then sync with the app.

Just take the photo, with your cell phone, open the photo that has the preset you want to use and copy the edits to the new photo alright on the smartphone. Unfortunately not all devices support DNG files, older phones, Apple or Android, will remain at hand.

But if you have a newer device for sure you will enjoy this method without the slightest problem. Presets are a great way to make editing your photos faster, and it’s always worth having some up your sleeve.If you find this process difficult and don’t want to spend on signing up for an Adobe plan, my suggestion is Snapseed . It’s totally free, you can save presets for future use, it has great tools for editing. Perhaps the most annoying thing about it is that it can be easy to get lost in the app, for those who are already used to Lightroom. There are a lot of other apps that I use to edit the photos on my phone, if you are interested just comment here that I prepare other articles within this theme!

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Post-production on Lightroom

Many people say that photography is an art form, and I do not disagree at all, there are so many elements involved that it is even easy to get lost during the process of creating a work, and today I will give some tips of the penultimate process of all, post-production for beginners.

The post-production may seem very challenging, especially for beginners, but what I say at this time is be calm, have patience and practice, try it.

Never forget that great photographs go beyond post-production. A beautiful photo needs strong concepts, needs to be well composed, so that this way we have a beautiful foundation to work.

Post-production software

The type of editing you will do to your images does not depend on which software you will choose, or already have, after all, it has almost the same functions.

The two most famous are Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, which are weapons for serious amateur photographers and of course for professionals. But if you’re an absolute beginner maybe you’ll opt for other post-production software options, even because of some software costs absurd.

There are great options at no cost like PicMonkey and Picasa, which work great on a basic level. If you use your smartphone as a camera you will have a multitude of apps that will do all the post-production service, some of them very well by the way.

As I have not hidden previous articles I am a fan of Lightroom, and it is he who I will use to write this article.

Set the horizon

One of the first things I do in post-production is to adjust the horizon of the photo, as long as you have not done it directly on camera at the time of the shooting. Of course, this is not a rule, but just an option, because depending on the concept of the composition you want to pass to the viewer slanted photos can work very well. For images that have the horizon or main lines that will represent the same adjust the level of the horizon and almost an absolute need.

Post-production on Lightroom
Post-production on Lightroom
Use horizon adjustment to make your photos balanced

Use the Angle tool in Lightroom to adjust the horizon of your photos, you can also use this tool to draw your horizon line and make the process more organic.

Post-production on Lightroom
Horizon line set.

Adjust or crop unwanted elements

After you’ve adjusted the horizon line it’s time to think about cropping, or cropping, the image. At this time it is good you analyze what can and can not stay in the photo.

Look for something that might be an unwanted object and see if it can be pulled out only in the crop of the image. It is not always possible to adjust everything with the crop.

Post-production on Lightroom

If the cropping does not help you much at this time you will have to take more drastic procedures so that the objects that will not look good in the photos are removed.

Post-production on Lightroom

If you are using Photoshop you will make good use of the clone and stamp tools to disappear with what you do not want it to appear.

Already when you are doing the post-production in Lightroom the Spot Healing brush tool will be your best friend.

Remove all dust spots

This step here may be your salvation in some cases, especially in cases of photos with long exposure. Of course, you can use this tool to remove objects you don’t want in the photo.

Post-production on Lightroom
Spot Healing tool

If you are using another software look for a tool that has an arrow option. In the suggested photo there was something I did not like to have in the photo, just a small detail, more anyway I had to remove, and for this, I used the spot healing on Lightroom.

Post-production on Lightroom
An area where you had an unwanted object
Post-production on Lightroom
And with a simple click and puff!. Disappeared!

Adjust exposure and contrast

Well here you may think that everything is already ready, but in fact, you may be just getting started.

Adjusts all levels of color, contrast and other things are almost always necessary so that you can pass on to the viewer all that feeling you had when taking the photo.

And speaking of Lightroom you have a section dedicated only to this procedure in the post-production of an image.

Post-production on Lightroom
Lightroom controls

Here you can adjust the white balance of the image, contrast, correct exposure, adjust color temperature, adjust black and white levels and highlight regions and image shadows.

This maybe is the section you will spend most of the time in post image production, after all, you who deliver the best job possible. So let your imagination flow and put in the image everything you think it needs.

Adjust saturation

Adjusting color saturation and temperature will take your images to new mood patterns, so take care of this so that your images don’t look too processed and overcharged, unless this is intentional.

Export to web or print

This is where people make the most mistakes. When deciding the distribution format of your images, and post-production also takes care of these aspects.

Then you will have to use different settings when distributing your photos over the web or if you print them to make that nice picture.

Post-production on Lightroom
Export from menu on Lightroom

By clicking File, or File, and then in export, you will find the Lightroom export menu, it is possible to change the distribution name of the file also change the dimensions as well as include a watermark.

Post-production on Lightroom
Export menu on Lightroom

When you are distributing your images over the internet, always pay close attention to the dimensions allowed by the sites where you intend to send such photos.

And this can be done in post production in the Lightroom export menu.

Post-production on Lightroom

Choose whether the image will be distributed across the web or whether it will be printed.

Finally, once you finish your image will only miss one thing, enjoy. The post-production process may seem kind of complicated so you’re not used to it, but over time you’ll notice it’s worth every second you’ve invested in an image.

Here we have the final image after a process that took about 30 minutes, relying on the prints of the screen for the article.

Post-production on Lightroom

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How to organize your photos in Lightroom

Following with the posts about by production, today I will talk a little about the program I use for such a process, Adobe’s Lightroom, and today the tips are on how to organize your photos in Lightroom and make your work more fluid and faster when choosing the photos you will work.

How to organize your photos in Lightroom

The Lightroom catalog is a database containing all the relevant information Lightroom needs about your photos in order to process your images and maintain a workflow.

Lightroom is a digital negative management tool, you can use it to organize and search your photos, as well as process them.

This is the main difference between Lightroom and Photoshop, which is a powerful image editor but has no database features.

Even if you use Photoshop for all your processing you can still use Lightroom to view, organize and search your photos.

Using collections

One of the coolest things about Lightroom is the fact that you can create photo collections, a collection is like a virtual folder in the photo catalog.

You can create as many collections as you want and it’s the simplest wood to separate your photos.

Think you have a session with 10 templates. By downloading all the photos from the session in Lightroom you will have them all mixed up.

The easiest at this time is to create a collection for each template where you only have her photos.

Lightroom uses collections to organize your images.

The collection is a virtual folder that exists in the Lightroom catalog. You can create as many collections as you want within Lightroom and use them for any purpose you see fit.

The more you use them, the more you will find better ways to use them.

There are several types of collections for you to organize your photos in Lightroom:

Collections: Virtual folders in which you can add any photo you’ve imported to Lightroom.

Collection group: Another type of virtual folder for which you can add collections, but not photos. Sets are used to keep your collections organized.

organize your photos in Lightroom
This screenshot shows the icons used to represent collection sets and Collections in Lightroom. Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors (red arrow) is a collection set. Full Selection (Green Arrow) is a Collection. The icon is indented because it is inside the collection set.

Smart collections: These are collections that are automatically populated according to the rules you define.

For example, you can create a smart collection that contains all photos taken in 2015, marked with the key phrase “New York” to find all photos that meet these criteria.

Smart collections is a way to search for images.

Published Collections: These are collections that you define when you publish photos to services like Flickr or 500px.

Print collections: This type of collection uses the Lightroom Print Book module.

Creating collections and collections groups

If this is your first time using Lightroom, you won’t have any Collections yet (other than the smart collections lightroom already has).

So let’s get started! I’m guessing you’ve already imported your first photos into the Lightroom catalog.

Go to the Collections panel and click the most icon you see in the upper right corner. Select Create Collection set.

organize your photos in Lightroom

The Create Collection Set window will appear, here is where you will set the name of your collection.

organize your photos in Lightroom

Name it whatever you want. Here the collection was named as 2015.

The idea is that this collection contains all the photos taken in the year 2015 (remember that collections sets can only contain collections, not photos).

Now it’s time to create collections within this collection set, so right-click on the collection set you just created and choose Create Collections.

Lightroom will ask for a name for this collection, and again you can call it as you like, in this case the name that was given was Island Bay, simply because it was the place where the photos were taken (and saved it within the collection set 2015).

organize your photos in Lightroom

Right-click on this new Island Bay and select Create a wall. The Create Collection window opens. This is a little different and gives more options.

In the collection name you can put whatever you want, here we will do a rascal that will help organize your photos in Lightroom, check the box Set as destination collection and click Create.

organize your photos in Lightroom

Now go to the catalog pane and click Import previous.

Lightroom will display the last set of imported images in the content window.

Go to Edit> Select All to select all photos and press the B key.

Lightroom adds all selected photos to the target collection. The collection called full selection that has just been created.

organize your photos in Lightroom

The photo above shows the work that has been done so far, and the number 27 tells you how many photos are in this collection.

Collections and work systems.

Here there are several ways to create a workflow that works for you, the important thing is that the work comes out fluid and that you always know where you left that photo.

In the case of the collection we just created, imagine if instead of 27 photos she had 270, our search work would certainly be much more painful, so creating collections within smart collections is a good solution, but you will always want to see all the photos for some reason, so the collection that was created with the title Full Selection will have this role

Flags, stars and colors on Lightroom

The Lightroom database (called catalog) lets you assign Flags, ratings (stars), and color labels to your photos. There seems to be as many ways to use them as there are photographers, so here there’s not much rule.

Flags

Each photo in your Lightroom catalog flagged or not.

There are two one white flags that will indicate the photos you want to process and a black one with an X that indicates the ones that will be rejected and you will not use.

The simplest way to do this sorting is with the keyboard. Using the arrows to navigate through the images and when you get that image you want to mark with a white flag, image you want to process, just press the letter P. And if you want to reject some image use the X key.

The markers can be undone, so navigate to the photo and press the letter L.

organize your photos in Lightroom

In this photo we have an unmarked photo, one rejected and the last marked with a white flag.

Stars

This is my preferred method of separation for photo treatment.

Using the numeric keypad you can set how many stars you give for each photo, from 1 to 5, just by pressing the corresponding number of stars you want to assign to each photo.

This type of rating is very nice because you can for example sort the photos you liked the most with 1 stars, and after this filter so that Lightroom shows you only the photos that have 1 star.

After this you repeat the process only now using 2 stars for the best of the best you have chosen.

Va repeating this procedure until you reach 5 stars, this way you force yourself to always choose the best photos you took.

organize your photos in Lightroom

Colors

You can also assign a color label to your photo by selecting by going to Photo> Colored labels and choosing from red, yellow, green, blue, purple, or no color.

You can also use the numeric keypad keys 6, 7, 8, and 9 as a shortcut to applying labels.

organize your photos in Lightroom

Color labels are designed to be adaptable so you can use them for whatever you want.

You can choose what each color means, such as all photos with green color labels have already been processed and are ready.

Or anything else you want to remember what you’ve done or need to do.

Go to Metadata> Color Label> Edit to assign a meaning to each color label.

organize your photos in Lightroom

That’s it soon we’ll have more articles about post production so stay tuned.

Be sure to see also on You Tube how easy it is to find the photos you are looking for.

Leave your comment, how do you organize your photos in Lightroom?

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Find out all about RAW files

Everything you need to know about Raw files. Good with this post we will start to give tips on Photoshop, Lightroom and other tools of revelation, production of why not creation and finalization of digital images, and nothing better than talking about the best format to use in digital photography, the standard of Raw file.

For those who are starting out in the world of digital photography and only know the much loved and used file. Jpeg or Jpg is already the tip configure your machine, whatever it is, to shoot in Raw files, as long as your machine allows.

First thing to know is that a Raw file is not an extension of digital files but rather a format, a convention between brands, for digital negatives. And then you wonder.

Everything you need to know about Raw files

What do you mean negative ?

Yes, digital negatives, almost always when shooting with a DSLR machine you need to reveal your photos, so that all that emotion you felt when taking them is passed on to those who will appreciate them.

A lot of people must be wondering.

develop is equal to print ?

No, developing digital photos is not the same as printing them. Revealing digital photos is using tools to change important aspects that you want to be seen.

It’s not just pushing the machine button and then putting your photos online, using the right processes of revealing your work will impress you many more than you think, especially if you are new to digital photography.

Before we talk about advantage and disadvantages of this pattern of files let the extensions that it are usually shown.

You will see these file extensions depending on the brand of your machine.

In addition to these extensions we also have of course the two major brands of the current market to Canon with their formats .crw and .cr2 and also Nikon with their extensions .nef and .nrw.

Because its name suggests a raw file, raw in English, are files that are not yet ready to be printed or edited in paint family image editors for example, they lack a little more affection.

It is itself a digital negative because the camera sensor stores only the light information it receives, without processing such information.

And right after processing, which can be done directly on camera, or in a developing program, such as Adobe’s Lightroom, we have the positive file, this yes is usually the .jpeg or .tiff file.

This bid not to process the file during its capture is one of the biggest advantages of shooting in Raw, because in the process of developing you will have full control over important aspects of your photo, such as the example of exposure, besides the fact that you do not have a photo coming straight out of your camera, you can change the light, contrast, white and black levels in a much more controlled way.

When compared to jpeg files the Raw file has huge advantage as the image quality and is worth every megabyte the most spent to shoot in Raw.

Its dynamic colors and contrast and significantly superior, even when compared to jpeg files without loss of quality.

Raw file vs Jpeg - 2

In the photo above we can see that the definition of the version in jpeg is much less than the definition of the raw file.

Raw file vs Jpeg - 2

Already in this other photo the dynamics of the fine contrast more apparent. We can notice that the Raw file version has much smoother colors and with a better transition between them.

But the biggest advantage in shooting raw is the nondestructive processing of the image, because all the data referring to that image is stored and intact along with the original files, the image, .

This way you can create as many summers as you want from your image by finishing it in .jpeg, for example, without destroying any information contained within your Raw file.

Well as not everything is blue in life the Raw standard for digital images has rather its disadvantages, which for some cases can make all the difference.

The first and almost without the one that is most complained about there is the fact that the Raw file is much larger in size than a .jpeg, this size difference can rotate between 2 to 6 times, that is, you will take up much more disk space shooting in raw.

For those who photograph sporadically this may not be so big problems, after all just format the card before leaving home, but it is for the photographer who will do an event or, and have to take thousands of photos to then decide which one got better? In this case I always say, there is memory card huh!

Another interesting fact about the Raw file is that they are not widely accepted in the market, as is the case of .jpeg that runs in everything that is place nowadays, to run a Raw file your computer needs to know what it is.

And since many manufacturers use what we call proprietary extensions, meaning each has its own extension, you can certainly go crazy if you have cameras from different manufacturers to work every day.

Adobe took a very nice initiative in the direction of facilitating this process and created the extension . DNG that also respects the RAW standard. Some companies are adopting the . DNG as standard on your cameras, which makes life much easier.

One of the steps that can be called disadvantage is the need to use software to finish or develop this Raw file.

For many this additional process of having to transfer the images to the computer to ai yes see if they were really good, and then hit everything that needs to be done in the photo, can be become very massive.

On the other hand think that throughout this process you are in control, and this is one of the great advantage of the Raw file, you can take the photo wherever you want.

And not just leaving it up to the machine to choose what’s best or worst for that photo or that moment.

Software

Today there are numerous programs to process Raw files, some with greater image processing power, others work only with simple viewers of these images.

The most famous and used today is Adobe’s Lightroom, which is an amazing tool for developing your digital negatives. In this program it is possible to do virtually everything with your raw file, resize, rotate, change contrast, change white balance and more. Particularly this is my preferred tool for developing Raw files.

Apple recently put on the market a very cool tool for handling Raw files that is Iphoto 5 a very cool application, but if you want professional features Aperture also distributed by the brand.

For Windows we have a collection of codecs that allow viewing of the Raw file directly in the viewed images.

There are also proprietary programs, distributed by machine manufacturers, many of them provided with all the necessary resources for developing digital negatives.

Nikon has on its website a complete suite of programs for viewing and finalizing Raw files, such as the viewnx 2 example.

Just like Canon that maintains a complete list of options for professional editing of your Raw files on your website, just put the model of your camera and low drivers and programs needed.

And for those who do not want to spend money on a program like Lightroom we also have a very cool list of programs with open source, or free applications.

Darktable for Linux is one of the most complete options on the market for those who use the Linus system!

LightZone is a complete option and available for the 3 largest operating systems.

There are many other programs either can be used with the example of Camera Raw, which is an addon for Photoshop, which has great power to process Raw files.

Well I believe that everything written here already covers what a normal human should be worrying about in relation to a Raw file!

Next time I’ll give a brief introduction about Lightroom so that we can in addition to photographing reveal our photos in the same way that professionals do.

And do you shoot raw or jpeg? Leave your comment!