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BTS- Backyard Birding

In Behind the scenes, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

I received a fair number of questions on how my setup for the backyard studio looks so I thought it better to do a post to answer all the questions. Usually when shooting in the backyard studio the birds are pretty used to me being out there so they will get relatively close. I normally h andhold and use one …

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Benefits of 1 Lightroom Catalog

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

There are many ways of organizing your photographs and there are many digital asset management programs to choose from. The one that I prefer and utilize is Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is often misunderstood and under utilized by many photographers in my humble opinion whom I’m sure if they give it a chance, would see the benefits of using this to …

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The Pinch

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

I am asked a lot what I do when I have bald skies. Not a cloud in sight, which really sucks, but does happen. So what to do photographically to add interest to the photograph? Enter, the “pinch”. This is a technique that I was taught from a well known photographer at a workshop and I thought I would pass …

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Setting WB in Photoshop

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

In this tutorial I explain how using the 50% gray layer may help produce a better WB outcome that simply setting the white and the black points. It’s simple easy and very quick to to on images. You can even write and action if need be.

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Pesky sensor dust

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

We all have it at some time or another. Sensor dust! Depending on your genre of photography, you may have more than some, but it still occurs. It really does not have a preference either of DSLR or Mirrorless. Most post-processing programs have some sort of spot removal option. Photoshop has many ways to deal with this. The spot healing …

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5 Essential Lightroom keyboard shortcuts

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Keyboard shortcuts make the workflow go faster for sure. Here are 5 of my favorites that I use all the time. Be sure to check this video and others out on my YouTube channel. I have posted the complete set of shortcuts for Mac and Windows in a PDF.

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Lightroom Tutorial Series – Hiding Modules

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Lightroom modules are great for getting things done in your workflow. What if you don’t use them all? There is a way to hide them, in fact there are two ways to hide them. In this video installment I show you how to do just that. More videos like this with hidden gems can be found on my YouTube page.

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Lightroom Series

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Adobe Lightroom is a such a versatile digital asset management tool. It is the program that I rely on for my organization and post-processing. One great thing about this program is, there are so many hidden gems built in that are not commonly known or used everyday. I wanted to share them with you in video tutorials. You can also …

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Tip on speeding up Lightroom

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Ok, so you are shooting pictures like crazy to support telling your stories. The number of photographs in Lightroom is adding up and you start to notice that the previews are rendering a bit slower than they used to, or the edits in the develop module are taking longer to show. What’s going on? It may be that you just …

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One background, three looks

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

If you are creative, on a budget and want to maximize your money, purchasing a white backdrop will allow you some flexibility with a bit of lighting and settings in the camera. First, if you bought a white background, and you light it, usually a stop to 2 stops brighter than the lighting on your subject, you will get a …