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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here with more from the world of travel photography, this week from the south coast of the UK where I’m getting ready to leave for an epic 80 days in the Arctic Europe. I’ll be documenting my trip on Instagram and YouTube, and I’d love you to follow along.

This week I discovered an amazing update to Adobe Lightroom Mobile. This one’s a game changer! I’m a big advocate for mobile photography and I constantly write and talk about how the camera in our pocket really is the best. Lightroom Mobile has been great for our creative flow for a long time and it’s constantly evolving. Not so long ago Adobe told us the power of Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Web were on-par with the power of the desktop apps, but this update has addressed something that I thought was an issue for a while: – Healing.

In this image you can see the Healing Tool has been hard at work in the corners of the frame. The update has given us three options for Healing: – Remove, Heal, and Clone. This closely mimics the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop and allows much better Healing adjustments in Lightroom Mobile than we previously had access to. Take a look at the initial image: –

This is a shot of a Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG DN that I’ll be using for wildlife shots in the near future. I took this product shot because I’m also reviewing it – it’s been supplied to me my Sigma UK. My custom flatlay background wasn’t quite big enough so I shot it diagonally using my iPhone and Profoto A2. It was quick and easy to fill in those corners by simply selecting the Healing Tool in Adobe Lightroom Mobile and painting over them. The tool has been refined and it gives us an incredible amount of power, right in our pockets. The ability to shoot and edit on the move is extremely useful to me and with this entire workflow I never opened my laptop or used my camera.

I’ve written a lot in the past about how we should be using our iPhone as a secondary camera to shoot additional images and BTS (Behind The Scenes), but now we’re at the point where our iPhone and the apps we have access to are sky-high in terms of quality and performance. Adobe Lightroom Mobile is free, and our Creative Cloud account (including the Photography Plan) gives us the ability to work across multiple devices. Give it a go!

Much love
Dave

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The Lightroom Mobile Camera allows us to shoot long exposures. Check out this video by Glyn Dewis: –

Well, it actually kicks off today with some pre-conference sessions, and I’m teaching one today on building your travel photography shot list, where I give you a list of what to shoot once you’re out there, and it comes with a downloadable PDF you can keep on your phone to reference while you’re shooting.

Check out this short trailer about the conference: 

Here’s the link for tickets and more details (you probably already know this, but you have full access to all the classes from this two-day, two-track conference for a full year, so if you can’t make it, you can still stream any of the classes on demand. 

We Just Released A New Course On All The New Lightroom and Photoshop Features

Wow! Such great new stuff in Lightroom and Photoshop, and I want to get you up to speed really fast so you can start using these new features in your work, so last week, we released a whole course on those new features, and it’s already getting rave reviews. Check out the short trailer on it below:

Here’s a link to the course (If you’re not already a KelbyOne member, you can buy just the individual course and watch it right now). 

Have a great Monday, ya’ll! :)

-Scott

I explain it all right in the short video below:

You can get your copy (in print or ebook edition) today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher.

Thanks for checking out that. I’m really excited about this one – I think it will help a lot of folks out there who are already using Lightroom. :)

Here’s to a kick-butt week! :)

-Scott

P.S. I just released two new online courses for travel photographers: Part 1 is on shooting interiors when you travel (places like palaces, cathedrals, museums, opera houses, theaters, etc.), and Part 2 is on how to take those images and post-process them from start to finish. Details over on LightroomKillerTips.com today.

I get this question a lot, and so I thought I’d share how I think about the two; how they are different, and when to use them. NOTE: these same two sliders are in Photoshop’s Camera Raw as well).

Both of these sliders enhance or bring out detail in the image, but they do it in very different ways. One isn’t really better than the other, because depending on the image, Clarity might look better on one, and Texture might look better on the next, or maybe a mixture of the two. It’s great to have the flexibility of having both, but here’s a look at how using them can affect the overall tone of your image. 

Above: The original shot is on the left. +100 Texture on the right. It’s more detailed for sure, but there’s not a big tonal change.

When I want to bring out the texture in my image, but I don’t want it to mess with the overall tone too much (or mess with the fine detail areas of the image), I reach for the Texture slider. For example purposes, here I’m cranking up the Texture amount up way higher than I normally would (to +100). In the image you see above, the ‘Before’ photo is on the left, and the ‘After’ photo on the right has the Texture cranked up to +100. You can see that even though I cranked the Texture all the way up, the overall tone of the image is fairly similar. The medium-sized detail has been enhanced throughout the image (a bit hard to see at this size, but very obvious when you see it full size on your own images). That enhanced detail is especially visible on the buildings in front. Everything has more definition and detail, but nothing looks too crazy.

Above: Original on the left: +100 Clarity on the right. Relativity big tonal change. 

Clarity

When I want to bring out detail, and I want things like metal, glass, or water to really “pop” I grab the Clarity slider. Here’s the Clarity slider cranked up to +100, and you can see how contrasty the image has become. The dark areas are much darker and the brighter midtones are brighter, too. The overall tone and color saturation of the image has changed quite a bit, and that’s because the Clarity slider enhances Midtone contrast (well, it does if you drag it to the right, anyway). The glass on the buildings looks much shinier and it really “pops” but look at the road to its right, and the sky — they’re all pretty dark and a bit grungy. If I increased the Shadow slider by the same amount, you’d swear it was an HDR tone-mapped photo. 

Above: here’s a zoomed-in view with the original on the left, and +100 Texture slider on the right.
Above: here’s another zoomed-in view with the original on the left, and +100 Clarity slider on the right.

The Bottomline

The big takeaway here is how much Clarity affects the overall tone of the image (great when you want to get a gritty effect, or make metal, glass, and water shinier), while Texture doesn’t tend to mess with the tone nearly as much, but does a great job bringing out detail. Look at them side-by-side just above. 

I also find that I don’t need to add as much Texture amount to bring out detail as I would with the Clarity slider. I don’t want to say it’s more powerful — maybe it’s just more sensitive. I also often use the two together by dragging the Texture up and then adding about 1/2 as much Clarity (so, if I were to drag the Texture amount up to 50, I would only add 25 or so Clarity if even that much). They do work nicely together. 

Hope you found that helpful, and here’s wishing you a relaxing, fun weekend. Stay safe (it’s COVID-y out there).

-Scott

P.S. I am super psyched – I’m getting to speak in front of an in-person event again! Next month I’m one of the speakers at the big NECCC Photography Conference up in Amherst, MA. The conference is July 15-17, 2022, and I’m teaching all three days, and a pre-conference session as well. Lots of great speakers, and tons of classes and events. Here’s the link to sign up (hope I’ll see you there)!

Well, not nobody…but just about nobody. If you haven’t seen them or seen them and didn’t know what they do, don’t feel bad — it’s not the least bit obvious. Here’s an example of what they do and how to use them. 

STEP ONE: Here’s a behind-the-scenes image of me shooting open in Lightroom Classic’s Library module. Go to the Metadata panel (as seen here) because that’s where the arrows are (this is better than it sounds — stick with me here). 

STEP TWO: In the Metadata panel, if you look to the right of many (most) of these metadata fields, you’ll see a square icon with a right-facing arrow (shown circled here in red). These arrows are actually buttons that are so much more powerful than they look. For example, when I scrolled down near the bottom of the Metadata panel, I could see that this image had GPS location data embedded into the image. If you click on that arrow button to the right of the GPS data field…..

STEP THREE: …it takes you to the Map module and shows you a satellite picture of where you were standing when you took the shot, and it marks your exact location with a yellow tag (in this case, I was in Venice, Italy, in a ballroom at the beautiful Ca’ Sagredo Hotel). 

STEP FOUR: If, instead, I had clicked on the arrow in the field above, the one called “Cropped,” it would…

STEP FIVE: …take me directly to Lightroom’s Develop Module and automatically activates the Crop tool so I can crop the image. If I had clicked the Capture Date arrow instead, it would have immediately displayed all the other photos I took on that same date. See, these arrows are pretty awesome! 

Above: FYI: here’s the final shot that was taken at that location using a super wide-angle lens, where I got down low to give the shot a more epic feel. Pretty incredible ballroom, and our model, dressed in a rented Carnivale gown (it was not Carnivale time), was very patient. 

I hope you’ll give those powerful little arrows a look next time you’re in the Metadata panel. :)

Have a fun weekend, everybody!

-Scott

P.S. I’ll be teaching at B&H Photo’s OPTIC 2022 Outdoor, travel, and wildlife photography conference this weekend in New York City. You can still sign up and either go in person, or you can watch virtually online, and the amazing thing is – whichever you choose, they’re both absolutely free! Why not register right now (it’s free, did I mention the free part?) over at bhoptic.com – I’m teaching classes on travel photography (Monday) and how to post-process your travel images (Sunday). Hope I see you there (or online). 

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