Encouraging the Slide…: Episode #50

I’ve had this podcast done for a while and for some reason completely forgot to post it to the feed with all that’s been going on.  My apologies to Andie Smith as she was the guest for the show (I’m sure she has been wondering what the heck happened!).  Granted, the news items are somewhat dated and not as current as I’d like, but I digress…  In any case, without further ado, here’s the show notes: Read more

A visit from Andie Smith!

Friend of the blog, Andie Smith has generously donated her time again here to share some insider tricks and tips to get the most out of Lightroom 3 – she shows her work flow, what the effect of various presets are in LR, and how to effectively use them.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…Andie Smith

It is no secret I love Adobe Lightroom… the rumors are true, I refuse to edit without it.  As I’ve created my own presets I realized if they are created correctly you can “stack them”.  What is stacking? It is similar to using more than one action in Photoshop. I assume you want samples.

RAW image:

Andie Smith Photography (Original)
This is the original raw file

1. image with Work It-Awesome Portraits and some local adjustments (cleaned up skin and Work It- Pretty Eyes.)

Andie Smith Photography 1

2.   image with Work It-Awesome Portraits +Work It-Meadow. Medow is in the Tints and Tones and just adds some more blues and greens to the image.

Andie Smith Photography 2

3.   The way the presets are created, you can use the Tints and Tones on color or Black and White images.  Here is the same image with Work It- B&W Contrast Dark and then Work It- B&W Contrast Dark +Bobby

Andie Smith Photography 3

Andie Smith Photography 3

4.  But wait there is more! (I hope you read that in your best “info-mmercial” voice) you can use a vintage preset. I used Work It-Vintage

Andie Smith Photography 5

5. Then add a tint and tone on top of the vintage preset. here is Work It-Vintage + Work it- Little Red School House

Andie Smith Photography 6

There isn’t an image that leaves Andie Smith Photography or Eight18 Photography that hasn’t had one of the Work It presets used on it.  It is my work flow.  No matter the presets you are using don’t forget to customize them to make them work for you… “some assembly is required” as the saying goes.


Editor Note:  Thanks again to Andie for stopping in and sharing her workflow.  If you like the styles, you can purchase the entire preset package from her website for only $89 here:  Andie Smith Photography

She has also generously donated a full copy of her presets to the Lightroom Workshop, so if you happen to be attending, you will get the set there too.  Not attending, sign up and get the whole rest of the day for only $10 more!  Hope to see you there!

Fly, Teach, Fly!

The adrenaline has worn off, and the inaugural workshop for Learning Lightroom 3 came to an end in Anaheim yesterday!  It was a great workshop, and the feedback we got was just off the hook – 9’s and 10’s across the board.  What was everyone’s favorite part?  Naturally the prizes took the top notch, but a surprising second was our tips and tricks for how to get the most out of Lightroom 3.  People really seemed to feed off the suggestions we made for everything from backup recommendations to advanced retouching techniques, and catalog maintenance and image management.

Learning Lightroom 3 Workshop

It’s events like these that remind me of my previous career in teaching.  It’s so much fun to get out there and share tips and tricks with people – having them see the work flow advantages and the light bulb come on in a big way about what Lightroom 3 has going for it! The adrenaline rush has worn off though, so after nearly 48 hours of high energy, I am about ready to crash…we’ll be back tomorrow with more photo goodness and the next in the podcast series – episode #49!  Lots of good stuff there, so be sure to stop in for the show notes and all that has to offer.

Last but not least, there’s still time to register for the remaining workshops in Denver and Seattle, so don’t delay – register today!  These two still have the early bird discount of 20% off too, so it’s a super good deal!  Over $200 in retail merchandise that everyone gets just for attending, the instruction, the work books, and over $1000 in door prizes including a copy of Adobe Lightroom 3! With this kind of return on investment, it’d be a shame to miss it.  Grab seats while you still can!

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Happy shooting and we’ll see you here tomorrow!