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PROGRAMMING ALERT: Today at 11:00 AM ET I’m doing a free webinar – everyone’s invited, that takes you on a journey about your own photography, and has the power to take your work to the next level. It’s based on a series I’ve been running once a week on my blog, and today’s Webinar is the culmination of that. It’s live; I take your questions on the air, and you’ll totally dig it. Here’s the link to watch the live stream (and comment) on my Facebook page – 11:00 AM ET 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. 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. 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.

Original shot on the left. +100 Texture on the right. Not a big tonal change.

TEXTURE SLIDER

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.

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

CLARITY SLIDER

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.

+100 texture on the left. +100 Clarity on the right.
Original Image (zoomed in).
+100 Texture
+100 Clarity

The Takeaway

The big takeaway here is how much Clarity effects 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.

I know we mentioned the launch of this class last Thursday here on the blog, but I’m getting such wonderful feedback on this new course (btw: you don’t have to have Profoto lights to get a lot out of the course), that I wanted to share some of the initial feedback. We’re getting comments like:

“This was so good – it answered so many questions for me. Seeing the amount of trial and error that went into this shoot was incredibly helpful.” 

“Thanks Scott, one of the best yet.”

“Your real life problem solving approach has a bit of that Joe McNally style.”

“I’m in the midst of it, and I agree that it’s very good. I’m a long-time Profoto user.”

“Awesome Class Scott & Team! It shows how much work goes in to a picture. What would me frighten most, is all the black walls and curtains… Hard to light. Was so trilled to see how you made it work! Cool!”

Here’s a link to the course. If you’re not a KelbyOne Pro member, you can join now with a monthly subscription for $20 and watch this course (and ALL the rest of the incredible classes in our library). Of course, you can cancel anytime (but make sure you watch the class first). :)

Have a great Monday everybody. Stay inside, stay safe, and keep moving forward so when this awful virus is behind us, we’re in a position to really take things to the next level. :)

-Scott

Start your week off right by doing something really important. Go Back Up Your Photos, right now.

I get an email or Facebook message on a regular basis with another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn’t have a back-up of their photos, and they lost every photo they had taken in the last few years, including photos of their family — everything — gone forever.

Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them from your computer onto an external hard drive. It takes so much less effort than you’d think.

If you don’t have one: here’s a link to one of the portable drives I use —  it’s a WD 4-terabyte portable USB 3.0 drive for just $89 at B&H Photo. $89! That is incredibly inexpensive, (and it works like a champ).

My Backup and Lightroom Organization Strategy

If you’re a KelbyOne Pro, I have an entire course on backing up and organizing your images on your back-up drive and then in Lightroom. It’s called my 2019 “Simplified Lightroom Image Management System” (or SLIM System for short) and folks have told me so many times how helpful it has been to them and you might find it helpful, too — here’s the link.

Anyway, this is just your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Monday.” :)

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Houston & LA – I’m Headed Your Way!

The next stops for my full-day “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar are Houston on Monday, March 23, and then Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 25th. Hope you can come out and join me for the day. Tickets and info right here.

Have a good one!

Scott

Last week I did a tutorial over at my Lightroom blog (LightroomKillerTips.com) and it was on how to create a 6-up layout in the print module (six tall images on one page). In that tutorial I showed how to use the Identify Plate so you can add text below your image. Even as I was writing the tutorial, I couldn’t help but think, “This is just a mess.”

It was Adobe that first brought professional type to computing — it’s in their DNA — heck a ton of our fonts have Adobe in the title, but when it came to Lightroom, it’s like Adobe got amnesia. Lightroom has the most limited type features of any program you have today on your computer. Any of them. Even Apple’s free TextEdit app runs rings about Lightroom’s type features…with one exception and that’s what this post is about.

Take a look at the Type panel from Lightroom Classic’s Book module (below):

Tracking, Leading, Kerning, Baseline Shift…actual real type controls and even text style presets. Real type controls, and this is already in Lightroom Classic inside the Book module.

Dear Adobe: Please copy this panel over to the Print Module and the Slideshow module.

You’ve already created it. It’s got a UI. It’s already a panel inside of Lightroom. It’s already there, just one module over. Please make type in Lightroom at least decent.

I know this might not be on the top of your Lightroom wish list, but this is already there. It’s not like we’re asking for a new feature — just take one that’s already there and copy it to where it will do more good. It’s low-hanging fruit. Pick it!

Thanks for listening. :)

-Scott

P.S. I’m off to San Diego tomorrow for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” seminar on Wed, and then in Phoenix on Thursday. Nearly 500 photographers are coming out – if you’re not signed up, it’s not too late. Here’s the link for tickets and more info.

For the past couple of years, Adobe’s own Benjamin Warde had been creating a wonderful series of short, to-the-point Lightroom how-to videos called “Lightroom Coffee Break” (they were about a minute long each), and every Tuesday I shared his latest video over at my daily Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com. When Benjamin wrapped up his series last June, I wanted to pick up where he left off, and so every Tuesday I’ve been publishing my own free, super-quick tip video tutorial series called “Lightroom in 60-Seconds.”

Here’s a couple (below) so you can see what they’re like:

I release a new installment every Tuesday at LightroomKillerTips.com but you can also just subscribe to my YouTube page since I post them all there as well. I’ve got a new one coming out tomorrow on Lightroom Speed Editing – I think you’ll dig it.

Anyway, I hope you’ll catch them at one place or the other. I have a lot of fun creating them, and people seem to like ’em. Hope you will, too!

I caught a fish and it was THIS big!

Feb 12th I’m in San Diego, and the 13th in Phoenix with my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course”

Come on out and spend the day with me. Tickets and details here.

Let’s make it a really great week, everybody!

-Scott

Last week on my live video podcast ‘The Grid,’ I had the honor of clicking the ‘Launch’ button to start the kickstarter campaign on one of the most innovative ballheads ever‚ the “Platyball.” Best of all it’s from Larry T. and the team behind the beloved Platypod who are just some of the best folks out there.

Their goal was to raise $18,000 to fund the launch and initial run of Platyball. Within just a few days, they’ve already raised over $232,000. It. is. on. fire! Larry and his family put their heart and soul into this project and I couldn’t be happier for them. I love it when the good guys win.

Check out their launch video below.

Here’s the link if you want to get in on their kickstarter, and get yours in the first batch that ships.

I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of interviews over the years, but this one with Roger and Joey from from the Lensrentals Podcast was one of my very favorites ever. It was just so much fun. Check out this comment below from when I shared the podcast this weekend on my Facebook page:

When I first started reading that comment, I was sweating it, but I’m glad it had a better ending. :)

I’m putting the link below — let it run in the background while you’re retouching, and let me know what you think. It’s definitely not you’re average interview. LOL! :)

Here’s the link: http://lensrentals.lensrentals.libsynpro.com/how-to-do-everything-with-scott-kelby

Hope you can give it a listen (and thanks to Roger and Joey for being such cool guys!

No Photoshop needed for this trick — it’s nuthin’ but Lightroom!

I got a lot of great feedback on this technique I shared last week over on our sister-site LightroomKillerTips.com and I think what’s surprising is that the entire technique is done right inside Lightroom, and it’s super quick and easy.

Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.

Those four cities are my next stops for my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar. San Diego on Feb 12, Phoenix the next day on Feb. 13th. Then I’m in Houston on the 23rd and on to LA on the 25th. Come on out and spend the day with me – it’s 100% money-back guaranteed — you’ve got nuthin’ to lose and everything to gain. Here’s the link. See you there!

Here’s wishing you a great week ahead, everybody! :)

-Scott

P.S. I got a chance to spend the past few days at the NAMM (Music Gear) show out in Anaheim, California and I’ve never felt more at comfortable or more at home anywhere. Why? Because almost EVERYBODY there was wearing a black t-shirt with a logo and jeans. It was like “Planet Scott.” LOL!!! I had such a blast, and yet, I didn’t buy anything (well, I bought some new t-shirts), but much to Kalebra’s chagrin, I did come home with a shopping list, which does include a guitar. :)

The Reality of Switching to Capture One

Matt Kloskowski, Serge Ramelli and me tackled ‘The Reality of Switching to Capture One” as our topic this week on The Grid and we had a really great discussion, with so many people thanking us for helping clear up a lot of confusion and clarifying a lot of the bad info out there. I’ve embedded the episode below — you can just let it run in the background while your’e editing photos, but I know a lot of folks found this really helpful — it might clear up a lot of things for you, too.

Thanks to everybody who commented and got involved in the discussion. It was really a lot of fun, and I think we shared a lot of eyeopening info.

My new ‘Natural Light Portrait Book’ made fstoppers.com Top 10!

I was very psyched to see my new ‘Natural Light Portrait Book’ made fstoppers.com top-10 picks for 2019 Educational Photography Books. Here’s the article (honored to be in the company of some really great authors and titles).

The book is in-stock at Amazon right now (Prime shipping, too) if you want to grab the printed version before Christmas I’d go order your copy right now. Of course, it’s available as an ebook for Kindle and the Nook, too!

If you’re looking for a great podcast, here’s one I highly recommend:

It’s photographer, and Photoshop author Glyn Dewis, and Design Guru, British Supertar Dave Clayton. It’s so great — you’ll love it and you’ll thank me for turning you on to it. The get really great guests; you’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll dig it. More info at https://heshootshedraws.com

Have a great Holiday weekend!!! :)

-Scott

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