Technique & Workflow

This Website Reveals How JPEG Photos Were Edited in Lightroom

As photographers, we’re always interested in how other people edit their photos to achieve a certain look. Pixel Peeper is a new website that can take a JPEG and tell you exactly how it was edited in Lightroom, along with the camera model, lens, and settings — as long as that info is found in the file’s EXIF data.

Instagram Created a Monster: A No B.S. Guide to What’s Really Going On

I’m writing this with a heavy heart, as I know I’m a huge hypocrite. I’ve been playing the game for the last 6 moths, and it made me miserable. I tried to play it as ethically as possible, but when you are pushed into a corner and gasping for air, sometimes you have to set ethical aside if you want to survive. But surviving doesn’t mean living, and the artist in me is desperate to feel alive again.

The unstoppable rise of Stories

According to Facebook’s VP of messaging, David Marcus, Stories have become a social media format in their own right, similar to how newsfeeds became a must-have format on social media networks.

A Social Media Cheat Sheet for 2017

In addition to an image sizing guide for best photo resolutions you should be uploading (we shared a dedicated infographic on that recently), this guide also contains sections for keyboard shortcuts, best times to post, tools you can look into using, new features that have been announced, tricks for writing headlines, and more.

Gerd Ludwig on His “Invisible Flash” Technique

Ludwig explains the basics of his technique. He shows how he has applied it to images from his various assignments for National Geographic magazine, including a story about nightlife in Moscow. The images are also featured in his forthcoming book called minus 2/3: The Invisible Flash.

My Ever-Evolving Workflow as a Music Photographer on Tour

My workflow as it is currently allows me to deliver 50-150 edited photos per day, delivered to my band and crew, in under an hour. Before anyone goes to bed I want them to have photos in their Dropbox. The more time that’s taken out of my day to deal with my workflow is less time I have to shoot, relax, or work on other things.

Shoot in DNG raw in Lightroom for iOS 2.5

Lightroom 2 5 DNG Capture Screenshot

Today we are excited to announce an important update to Lightroom Mobile for iPhone and iPad that adds the ability to capture and edit raw photos using Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) file format. Having a true end-to-end raw workflow, powered by DNG and Lightroom, on your iPhone and iPad makes it possible to create absolutely stunning photos that, until a few years ago, could only have been done with a traditional camera.

Brad Smith Picks the Top 0.2% Images from the Olympics

Brad Smith has spent a career editing sports photography. First as a sports editor at Sports Illustrated, then a senior sports editor at The New York Times, and a return to SI as its Director of Photography. But for the next two weeks, he is editing the 2016 Rio Olympic Games photography for and putting together a daily slideshow of the best images. How selective is he? An image has about a 1 in 500 chance of being selected by Smith1, which is more competitive than getting into Stanford (1 in 20), and about on par with catching a foul ball at a baseball game (1 in 563).

Backing Up Photos

To give a bit of a disclaimer, this isn’t a step by step, and I’m not saying this is the absolute best approach. This is the setup that has been working for me, and I included links to some resources that can help you further if you want to learn more about each of the pieces that make this solution whole.

A Comprehensive Guide to Aerial Photography

Over the past two years, I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time in helicopters as I put together my book LA AIRSPACE, which documents the city of Los Angeles from above. I’ve learned quite a few things in the process and wanted to share the knowledge I’ve gained of equipment and technique so that you’re prepared when the time comes for you to take to the skies with camera in hand.

Storage for Photographers (Part 2)

Data is eating me alive. Every gadget these days can shoot photos and record video. The move to smaller but faster SSDs hasn’t helped with storage. I captured 275GB of photos and videos on my last trip. Just one trip! And I’m just a hobbyist photographer with a mere 12MP camera. If you shoot with any regularity and a 20MP+ camera you’ll easily be clocking more than a terabyte a year. Where on earth do normal people store that much data? The cloud?