As part of my ongoing effort to bring you the best in photography education, I’m pleased to be able to offer a brand new eBook by acclaimed master photographer and digital darkroom expert Michael Frye which will help you unlock the secrets of the digital darkroom using Adobe Lightroom 5. For those of you who don’t know Michael, he is someone I consider to be one of the most innovative landscape photographers out there today. When I was but a wee lad (photographically speaking, that is), Michael’s work was a source of inspiration, and I think it is fair to say that, with the exception of my good friend and fellow Dreamscaper George Stocking, no other photographer has influenced my work more. In particular, his excellent night photography using artificial light on the landscape had a profound influence on my development as an artist. So I’m very happy to announce that Michael’s excellent new eBook, Landscapes in Lightroom 5, is now available for purchase on my eStore.
In this new book, Michael presents a multi-media, hands-on learning experience, taking you step-by-step through processing your photos in Lightroom. You’ll get to see his workflow in action, and you’ll learn many specific techniques and tips, but perhaps more importantly, you’ll gain insight into the decision-making process that so many photographers struggle with. How much contrast is enough? How far can you push the saturation without making the image look garish or fake? What’s the right white balance?
This ebook is unique because it extends the learning experience in two key ways. First, you can download the original raw files used as examples in the ebook, and then follow along with each step yourself. Second, when you purchase the ebook, you get exclusive access to eight videos demonstrating different aspects of Lightroom’s Develop Module, like using the Adjustment Brush, Spot Removal Tool, Point Curve, advanced retouching in Lightroom, and much more. It’s great to read about a tool or technique; it’s even better to watch a demonstration, and then try it yourself on the same image!
Even if you are using earlier versions of Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, most of the lessons in this book will still apply to your workflow. Here’s just a partial list of things you’ll find in the ebook:
- An in-depth look at the Basic Panel Tone Controls
- Image-adaptive behavior: how Lightroom’s tone controls auto-adjust their behavior internally based on image content.
- New features in Lightroom 5, including the Advanced Healing Brush, Visualize Spots mode, and Smart Previews
- Default settings: where should you start?
- Establishing a workflow
- Adjusting white balance
- Using the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter
- Using the Target Mode in the HSL Panel
- Straightening leaning trees
- Handling high-contrast scenes
- Converting images to black and white
- Using curves
- Using the spot removal tool
- Advanced retouching in Lightroom
- Integrating Lightroom with Photoshop
- Using targeted curves with layer masks in Photoshop
The regular list price for this book is $14.95, but I offer a special discount to my newsletter subscribers. As part of this promotion, I’m giving my blog readers access to this month’s newsletter so you can take advantage of the discount code. There’s no obligation—you can use the code even if you don’t subscribe—but if you are interested in receiving free photo tips and special offers once a month, then please consider subscribing.