What’s New In Lightroom 5.2

by Anthony Morganti

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Yesterday, Adobe updated Lightroom 5.0 to 5.2 — for some reason they skipped 5.1. Nevertheless, there are a few additional features in 5.2 — Adobe updated the Spot Removal Tool, the Color Noise Reduction section of the Detail Panel and they added some new functionality to the Graduated Filter, Radial Filter and Adjustment Brush.

In the short video above, I discuss and demonstrate the improvements implemented in Lightroom 5.2.

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Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – Part 4: Tools

by Anthony Morganti

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This is Episode Four of my training series, “Learn Adobe Photoshop Elements 11”. In this episode, I introduce the tool pallet and demo some of the tools available in Elements 11.

Note: In one part of the video I misspoke and stated to inverse a selection, you hit Cmd/Ctrl-I when in fact you have to hit Shift-Cmd/Ctrl-I.

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Parts 1-3 of the series can be found here:

Part 1 – The Organizer: http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/08/29/learn-adobe-photoshop-elements-11-part-1-the-organizer/

Part 2 – Easy & Guided Processing: http://anthonymorganti.com/2013/09/01/learn-adobe-photoshop-elements-11-part-2/

Part 3 – Camera Raw: http://anthonymorgan...

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Notes On Aperture & Hyperfocal Distance

by Anthony Morganti

When I started out in photography over thirty years ago and photographed landscapes wanting the entire scene in focus, I generally stopped my lens all the way down to the smallest aperture available and snapped away. Later I learned that this wasn’t always optimal because, at smaller apertures, an effect referred to as diffraction comes into play. The image effectively becomes distorted when the light moves through the smaller aperture.

Eventually I learned that as far as sharpness is concerned, a lens is at it’s sharpest 2-4 full stops closed down from wide open.

f-stop chart

Using the diagram above, if your lens’s maximum aperture is f/2.8, you can assume that it is at it’s sharpest between f/5.6 and f/11...

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Photo Critique – Anthony Guerrero

by Anthony Morganti

Today I’ll be critiquing the work of Anthony Guerrero. Anthony is from the beautiful Pacific Island of Guam and he tells me that he’s learned a lot from my videos and is asking me to critique his work.

Anthony has only been serious about photography since June of this year and, like most of us, has fallen in love with it. Watch the video or read the article below the video and let’s see if we can make some suggestions that will help ease Anthony’s learning curve.

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Shot 1 of Anthony Guerrero

Copyright (c) Anthony Guerrero 2013

Shot 2 of Anthony Guerrero

Copyright (c) Anthony Guerrero 2013

Shot 3 of Anthony Guerrero

Copyright (c) Anthony Guerrero 2013

I chose to start with these three shots of the bird beca...

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Learn Lightroom 5 – Part 13: Tone Curve

by Anthony Morganti

Tone Curve

In this episode of Learn Lightroom 5, I talk about the Tone Curve Panel and demonstrate how you can use it to modify your images.

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Photo Critique – Episode 2

by Anthony Morganti

In today’s photo critique we’re going to critique the work of a world famous photographer…

Just kidding… we’re going to critique my work.

You might be asking yourself, “Why would he critique his own work?”

My answer to you is that we all should regularly critique our own work. We should be self critical of every shot we make. Look at it with the detached eye of honesty and discover what is wrong with the shot, and what is right, than discover how we can correct the problems.

I’ve often said that I’ve never taken a perfect shot but the desire to create one keeps me learning. You too should carry lofty goals and always strive to be better.

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Anthony Morganti Critique - Photo 1 - Lion

In this first shot, I was at the zoo and captured th...

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Why You Should Be Shooting RAW

by Anthony Morganti

If you’ve watched any of my videos, especially my Lightroom training videos, you’ll hear me say over and over that you should NOT be shooting JPG’s and that you SHOULD be shooting RAW. In those videos, I don’t think I ever had the time to explain why RAW is the way to go. In this article, I will make it clear to you that RAW is the format of choice and the only way you should be shooting if you want professional quality images.

First of all, we should talk about what exactly RAW is and how it’s different than JPG

A RAW file isn’t actually an image file. What it is, is a file that contains all the data as transmitted by every pixel in your camera’s image sensor...

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Photo Critique – In Video Form

by Anthony Morganti

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Photo critiques are very popular on my website, so much so, I’ve decided to make them in video form.

A photo critique is when photographers send me in their best work, 3-10 photos, and I offer some constructive criticism on how they can improve their photography. This is a quick way for all of us to learn a little about photography while enjoying the work of some talented people.

A couple weeks ago, I critiqued the great work of Peter Henderson. It can be found here. In this video I also critique Peter’s work except that I explain in a bit more detail, my thoughts on how he can improve it, and I attempt to demonstrate some of the improvements.

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Learn Lightroom 5 – Part 12: Getting Images Into Lightroom

by Anthony Morganti

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In this video, I demonstrate how you get the images off of your memory card and into Lightroom. I offer some tips on how to organize your library so that you can easily find a specific image years down the line.

In a perfect world, I should have done this video first in this series, instead of twelfth, but everyone was eager to learn how to process their images in the develop module of Lightroom and I was all too eager to teach it, so the first 12 videos were all about the develop module. Now, finally, I’m demonstrating how to get the images off of your memory card and into Lightroom.

If you just load your images into Lightroom the default way Lightroom is setup, y...

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Why You Shouldn’t Be A Shoot And Burn Photographer

by Anthony Morganti

Wedding Kiss

Photo courtesy of: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1038218

Wedding photography has changed greatly over the last 6-7 years. In the past we sold packages consisting of professional albums filled with high quality prints that would last a lifetime. Today, some photographers are giving their clients a disk burnt with JPEG images of the wedding. No prints – No Albums. Some of the better ones will have software on the disk that will create a slideshow if the disk is inserted into a dvd player or computer, but most of the time, the disk just has some lightly edited JPEG’s leaving it up to the client to get them printed.

Off the top of my head, I can think of three reasons, why this shoot and burn wedding-business-model is a bad idea:

  1. You’re Leaving Money On The Table – With every we...
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