New Masking Tools

Range masking is a feature of the local adjustment tool that will allow you to limit the adjustment to a range of colors or tones in your image. You'll find Range Masking in both Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw. As a part of the local adjustment tool, these adjustments are completely non-destructive and can be edited later on.

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Flat Dull Images When Importing into Lightroom?

When you’re done shooting you have a lot of RAW photos that look great on the back of the camera. Then you download them into Lightroom and you’re presented with a gallery full of flat, lifeless images. So, what happened to what you saw on the camera?

If you can’t seem to get great RAW images straight out of the camera then you may have a problem with your workflow. And, it’s not a problem that is unique to any one manufacturer. Instead, it’s how RAW files are processed in your workflow.

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Faded Memories and a Free Workshop

In 1944 someone stood behind a camera in Evergreen, Louisiana and captured a photograph of two military men home on leave. One, Lieutenant John Hollingshead (left), and the other, Sargent Robert Hull (right), my father. That image helped tell the story of two army buddies coping with the war.

A faded memory of my fathers past.

This faded photograph is quite unusual because there was a caption written on the back. We know it was taken in 1944 and that they were in Louisiana on training maneuvers. We also know that they were at Lt. Hollingshead’s family home. Beyond that, very little is known about this photograph. But unlike most of the photos in our family collection, this one had a caption.

This was the text that we found on the back of the original photograph. 

This was the text that we found on the back of the original photograph. 

My father died in 1986 at the age of 62. He was the same age that I am today. He died a very young man and with him the stories of his life, including the story illustrated by this photograph.

Inevitably, time marches on and the memories of the past fade. In 1944, relatively few photographs were taken and often those memories fit inside a shoe box. Today, the volume of photographs taken each day has increased exponentially. Whereas the older photos lack a story, today’s photographs get lost in the sheer volume of data that inundate our lives.

Many very learned people are suggesting that today’s digital generation will be the first generation in the last century that may end up with no photographs of their immediate family history. When they become parents and grandparents, they will not be able to find any photographs of themselves as children. Instead, these images will be lost.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be celebrating holidays with our families. Take some time to sit down and talk about some of your family photos. Select those that have a story to tell. Ask your grandparents or parents about the photos and listen to their stories. It’s amazing the things you can learn about your own family history.

Be sure to write down what you hear. Include the names of those in the images and try and zero in on a date and location for each. Software today, like Adobe Lightroom, let’s you enter titles and captions to your photographs. Add that information. But, more importantly, print some of these photographs and create a family album or a wall display of family photos.

Such a thoughtful gift - in a far different day and age. There is definitely a story here.

Such a thoughtful gift - in a far different day and age. There is definitely a story here.

Holiday Challenge

We’d love it if you would share some of your discoveries with us. Share meaningful family photographs that you’ve found and tell us some of the stories behind the photo. So, here’s the challenge. Take time over the holidays to discover new old family photos and interview someone to learn more of the story. Then, share the photo and story with us.

Share on Social Media

Share on Facebook or Instagram and tag @corbellworkshops - include #fadedmemories

In Twitter, tag us @corbellworkshop and include the hashtag #fadedmemories. (In Twitter there is no “s” on the end of the user id. Just not enough space.)

Win A Free Workshop!

At the end of the holidays, we will select one of the #fadedmemories images posted on social media and that person will receive free admission to our Mastering Portrait Lighting workshop - a $595 value. Visit our website for more information about the workshop.

Change is Coming: Relax, It's a Good Thing

We are into the busy “announcement season” for the photography industry. This week is the start of PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York. In the run-up to this show, we’ve seen vendors announce new products and updates to entrenched classics.

It really is a time of change and for some, that can be a stressful time. Personally, I find the new products and features quite exhilarating. But, you don’t have to browse social media very long to realize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm.

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Data Driven Photoshop

If you’ve ever wanted to make some good looking name badges for an event, chances are you created a nice Photoshop file and spent hours editing the text layer that had the persons name. Edit, print, edit, print, edit, print, and on and on.  But, there is a better way and it's been hiding in Photoshop for years. Create hundreds of variable images in just minutes!!

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What's On Your Bucket List?

Now, there are a lot of reasons you can come up with not to travel, but honestly, most won’t hold water. In reality, it’s a choice. You can choose not to travel - and that’s fine. But I think you’ll also find that, with travel,  your life can become significantly enriched - more meaningful and memorable.

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The Traveling Photographer - Part 1

Unlike North America, most of the world's electrical service is 220-240 volts at 50Hz.  In the US, electricity is usually delivered at 120 volts and 60Hz.  Also, you'll also find that the outlets may look quite different from what you see in your own home. So when you look at electrical considerations for your trip, you need to think about both voltage and plug configuration. 

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Self Assignment

Take any good photography class and chances are the teacher will give you an assignment. These assignments can take many forms, some help you master camera operation or photographic techniques while some of the most valuable assignments involve expanding your creative skills. It’s the creative assignments that can really stretch you as a photographer and teach you to see the creative possibilities in the world around you. 

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