You can do this one in either Lightroom or Photoshop’s Camera Raw. It just take five seconds, but it can make a world of difference in your skies.
STEP ONE: Here’s the original image, and as you can see the sky is kinda “meh.” Go to the HSR/Color panel and click on the Luminance tab up top.
STEP TWO: In that Luminance Tab (in the HSL/Color Panel) drag the Blue slider to the left (as seen above) to bring out the blues in the sky. The farther to the left you drag, the bluer the sky gets. That’s all there is to it.
Above: Here’s a side-by-side before and after. Told ya it was a quick tip!
Here’s wishing you a blue-sky week! :)
P.S. Today over on my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.com I have a beginner’s tip for Lightroom users on how to unclutter your screen to avoid distractions while you edit. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.
It’s the most exciting, fun, engaging thing I get to do all year — I love getting to meet everybody, and the whole event is a blast from start to finish. Teaching some cool sessions — can’t wait to share ’em with you.
“The Essence of Paris” Travel Photography Workshop
This is location travel photography workshop, taught with my dear friend and colleague, Mimo Meidany, and we’re both so excited to shooting in such an amazing city, with a group of awesome students. The workshop is sold out (we had someone who couldn’t make it, and we had a spot open, but last night somebody grabbed that last spot, so we’re sold out again.
June 7-10, 2019 | Paris, France
The World Modeling Convention, London
I’m really excited to be a part of this event. Here’s how they describe it:
“The World Modelling Convention is a ground-breaking event with a strong ethical side that helps models, photographers, fashion designers, makeup artists, and hairstylists to collaborate together in just one weekend. It offers a unique experience with thousands of photo shoots, fashion shows, paid advertisements, educational programmes and, job interviews.”
How cool is that!!! Plus, I’m really tickled to be teaching in London, England again where I have so many friends and folks who follow me on social and watch The Grid. I’m teaching portrait retouching techniques and can’t wait to share my latest techniques. Plus, Joe McNally will be there, so that makes it even more awesome!
June 15-16, 2019 | Business Design Centre, Islington, London
There our West-Coast Photoshop World in Vegas this August at our new Vegas home — the Mirage Resort & Casino. Plus, there’s my China Workshop in September, and more dates for my seminar tour, and well…there’s lots more to come, and I am lovin’ it!!! I love getting to teach live and meet new people, see new places, and find the best burger in those places. ;-)
Have a great weekend, everybody and I hope to see you someday soon, somewhere awesome. :)
If you want to save $100 on your Photoshop World Conference Pass, there’s only a week left!
I can’t believe it’s only a little more than a month away, and while the conference is almost here, the deadline for the Early Bird discount is even closer — this is the last week to save that extra $100 on a full-conference pass, so get your tickets right now (and don’t forget to snag a room at the official conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Orlando — it’s where all the instructors and staff are saying, and the conference itself is in their convention center). First, watch this short (around 33-seconds) video to get you ready!
Here are the details:
Who: Landscape photographers, portrait photographers, Lightroom users, wedding photographers, designers, Photoshop freaks, creative people, newbies, pros, street photographers, social media content creators, Web developers, lighting lovers, and the best instructors in the world.
What: The Photoshop World Conference, produced by KelbyOne
Where: The Hyatt Regency Orlando Conference Center
When: May 3o-June 1, 2019
Why: Because we all need to keep learning, keep laughing, keep being inspired, recharging our creative batteries, and getting away from it all for three days where we shut everything else out and just focus on our passions, our career, and ourselves.
I am so, so excited about this new full-day seminar — and here’s what’s it’s based on; if I could spend just one day with a friend, and I only had that one day to give them a giant leap forward in their photography, what would I teach them that would have a real, immediate impact on their photography. What could I show them, that would change their photography from that day forward. That’s exactly what I put in this semimar.
Check out this video and you’ll totally get it.
Who should attend this new seminar?
It’s not aimed at pros (though there will be some pros there for sure); but it’s for landscape photographers, portrait photographers, travel photographers, flash shooters, natural light portrait folks, wedding photographers, and street shooters, fine art photographers, food photographers, and anyone who is just tired of struggling along, and knows there’s got to be an easier, faster, better way to make great images.
It kicks off next month in Indianapolis and Minneapolis
…and I want you to come out and spend the day with me. You have nothing to lose — it’s risk-free because it’s 100% money-back guarantee if it’s not the best photography seminar, you’ve ever attended, at any price ever. Period! Don’t spend the next five years “paying your dues” and learning everything the hard way, or not learning it at all. If you’re ready to make a big jump in your skills and start taking great images now, this is the one day that can change everything.
It’s just $99 for the full day of training and includes a detailed printed workbook (the biggest one I’ve ever written by the way) bonus videos and more goodies. It’s a kick-butt day and you’re going to learn a lot no matter where you are on your photographic journey.
Here’s the ticket info for Indy (Tuesday, May 7, and Minneapolis, (Thursday, May 9). I hope I get to meet you in person next month for a day that’s going to change everything!
Have a great Easter weekend, everybody!
P.S.More cities and dates to be announced soon, but we’re going pretty much everywhere in the US, so hopefully we’ll be in your hometown soon. :)
I’ve got the images, stories, behind-the-scenes shots, and even some short videos from my trip out the USS Harry S. Truman last week. Lots of fun stuff to share, and I laid out the images using Adobe Spark Page (about the best way to share your photography work online):
OK, I’m back to work this week — I’ve got a tour to get ready for (My “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar, kicking off next month in Indianapolis and then Minneapolis. Come on out and spend the day with me.
It’s been six years since my last opportunity to fly out to a carrier for a few days, and I was so thrilled to get that chance again. I don’t know if you remember the story of my original trip (here’s the link), but I was so overwhelmed the first day out on the flight deck, that I basically blew the shoot. I took the same shot over and over again jets taking off again and again, and when I looked at the images later, I realized I was shooting the wrong thing. Ever since then I’d be hoping for an opportunity to try again, and thanks to my buddy Ed Buice, I finally got the chance.
I didn’t have any internet or cell coverage since Tuesday afternoon, and it was a blessing and a curse (you really learn fast how much you rely on your phone for simple things like “What time is sunset” and “Who was the actor in that movie?” all day long). I liked being unplugged less than I thought, but it was still a nice break (and one I’m glad that’s over).
Anyway, as I write this I’m on my connecting flight home from Atlanta and it’s 9:26 pm, so I’m not going to have any photos to share until Monday, where I’m planning to do an Adobe Spark Page post of the trip. Lots of stories to share, photos, behind-the-scenes stuff. Hoping for Monday. Now, this was a different carrier than I had been on before — my last trip had been out to the USS George H. W. Bush.
One thing was exactly the same, though…
That one thing that was exactly the same was my admiration for the men and women of our US Navy. I wish every American could get the opportunity to spend a few days on a Navy ship. What an outstanding crew – so professional, dedicated, polite, friendly, hard-working, and the sence of pride they have for what they doing, and how they do it, is just something to see for yourself. Seeing how they handle the jets and helos on the flight deck is just…well, it’s a master class on precision and teamwork, but it extends through the entire crew. I’m so grateful for their service and sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their families.
I’m also so thankful to my buddy Ed Buice (you are the man!), and my new buddy Todd “Brian” Beveridge, NCIS Special Agent Afloat Dan Chaney, and all the folks at NCIS who helped make my trip out to a carrier not only possible but an awful lot of fun.
That’s pretty much all I have for today, except that I did take an hour on my first flight today to watch the final episode of Season 7 of “Game of Thrones.” I binge-watched all seven seasons in the past few months while traveling on planes, and I believe it’s just about the best show on TV. Now I’m all caught up and ready for the final season. I hope it ends better than “Lost.” ;-)
Have a great weekend everybody! Anchor’s away!
P.S. Don’t forget to book your hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando for the Photoshop World Conference at the end of next month. We’re almost sold out of rooms there. Here’s the link to the travel page.