With more than 700 iconic music album covers to his credit Russ Harrington is at the very top of his game. With more than 700 workshops, seminars, and lectures on the topics of lighting and light control, Tony Corbell is on top of his game. Please join these two industry leaders for this very special three-day workshop in Tony’s beautiful new studio in downtown Muskogee, Oklahoma in September. Click here for details:Read More
Here’s one of those little improvements that is certainly not earth shattering, but it does improve the Lightroom Classic CC workplace. Combine it with a long time feature and you've got a completely customizable workplace.Read More
There are things that we use every day that we wonder how we would have ever survived without them. Sliced bread and buttons come to mind. And can you imagine working on a computer without a mouse? For many photographers, back button focus falls into this category too.Read More
Last week we talked about using the Camera Profile settings to get your Lightroom Classic CC preview images to match the image you saw on the back of your camera. It’s not a long process but wouldn’t you like to make that setting the default when you import images?
You can. In fact, you can make a wide variety of Develop setting the default for any imported images. Just make sure that the adjustments that you set as defaults are something that you want to apply to ALL images.Read More
Whenever you add RAW images into Lightroom’s catalog, there is one step that is critically important. Essentially you have to tell Lightroom how your camera is set up. If you don’t, you’ll have a devil of a time trying to get the images you see in Lightroom to match the preview displayed on the back of your camera.Read More
Last week we used a photo of the correct time that was shot from each camera. That certainly makes the process of synchronizing the data easy and accurate. But what if you didn’t remember to shoot a photo of the correct time. You can still synchronize all the images but realize that you are going to sacrifice accuracy.Read More
I like to have the date and time correct/matching on the cameras but in this case, we ended up using a backup camera and the time was not set correctly. This can create problems during post processing when I’m trying to find the same child in images shot with both cameras.
There is an incredibly easy solution to this and it’s something that you may need to use in the future. Here’s what I did to fix my problem.Read More
Over the years I have learned that the most successful photographers working will often look to see what else is there and really work the scene to see if there is another picture behind the picture. In other words, find another picture, possibly two more pictures, while you are in the same scenario with the same subject. Don’t stop just because you think you have it.Read More
Learn to lay out greeting cards for printing on your own printer.Read More
Four elements make up every photograph ever shot. Focus, Exposure, White Balance, and Composition. It’s easy to find information on the first three, but composition, for many, remains a nebulous enigma.Read More
Condensation can be an inconvenience, but for photographers, it can be a real problem. A couple years ago I was on a cruise down the Yangtze River in China and one morning got up and stepped out on the balcony to photograph the sun rising over a bridge. My camera was quite cool after being in the air conditioned cabin all night and when I stepped out onto the balcony a heavy coating of condensation covered the camera and lens.Read More
I think that from my very first class that I taught in photography, I've expressed the opinion that I don't like the UV filters that are recommended to "protect" your lens. I've got good reasons for that too.Read More
One question that is often asked when we talk about digital processing is “what’s the difference between Vibrance and Saturation?” In Lightroom and Photoshop, you find the vibrance and saturation adjustment sliders in the Presence section of the Basic panel.Read More
Step-up rings are adapters that allow you to attach filters to a lens when the filter diameter and the lens diameter are different. They seem pretty simple and straightforward. A metal ring and no optics. Even so, there are so many choices that things can get quite confusing. So let’s clear a few things up.Read More
Registration is now open for our 2019 Tuscany Photo Tour. Those who have joined us for these international workshops in the past know that a Corbell Workshop is like no other. And Tuscany is like no other program we've ever done.Read More
For the typical compact camera flash, the flash duration is between 1/200 second at full power and 1/20,000 at the lowest output level. That sounds fast but when I add some diffusion to the flash - like a small softbox - I end up having to use the flash at, or very close to, full power. That just left some subjects still a little blurry.Read More
We all have that drawer full of old cables and connectors. I’ve thought many times about cleaning it out, but I know when I do, I’ll find something that needs a special plug that is buried in the drawer. I laugh too at my computer bag. I bought a MacBook Air because they are so lightweight yet still pack the punch. But, I also have a gadget bag full of adapters and cords that probably outweighs the computer itself.Read More
Sunny 16, also know as Basic Daylight Exposure (BDE for short), is basically a predictable exposure based on the constant brightness level of the sun. Anywhere on the earth where the sun shines and there are no clouds to obscure, the formula works.Read More
When we are out at photography events one of the most common questions we get is something like this. "What do I need to do to turn Pro?" It's a simple enough question. But it certainly doesn't have a simple answer. After all, what's a "professional"?
Professional, as an adjective, is simply "engagement in a specific activity as one's main occupation." As a noun, it's a "person engaged or qualified in a profession", someone "competent of skilled".
We expect a professional to not only make an income from their work but to do it in a manner that reflects a high level of proficiency and skill. So, what does it take to turn pro? It's far more than just making money.
Someone who is a real professional is committed to their chosen field. They study and practice to improve their skills so they can deliver to their client the best quality product and service they can provide. Professionals aren't perfect. Professionals don't know it all. But, professionals are life-long learners who surround themselves with resources that help them manage their business.
Turning Pro - Webinar
This month we're offering a special 2-night live webinar in which we will be exploring this very topic - what it takes to become a professional photographer. There will be two 2-hour sessions on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24, at 7:00 pm Central Time.
Learn more about this valuable webinar on our website. If you know of anyone that may be interested please do share this with them.
You know that feeling. You’re working in Lightroom and something just isn’t right. Suddenly it hits you - like a lightning bolt. The original files from your camera are gone. It sends a chill down your spine and gives you that horrible sinking feeling. Now what? You may have just moved the originals and can reconnect them. Or, they may be gone - even from the memory card.
All may not be lost. There’s a good chance that you can recover something from your images. The key is understanding how Lightroom works.
When you “import” a file into Lightroom, you really don’t. Yes, that’s what I mean. Read that sentence again. Lightroom never really “imports” anything. It may put your originals into a folder somewhere, but they never reside inside Lightroom. Instead, what you see when you use the program is a preview image.
The image you see in Lightroom is a JPEG file that is stored inside the Lightroom catalog. Lightroom calls them previews, and they can be a very small thumbnail or have the dimensions of your original file. Regardless of size, Adobe has provided a nifty script that can be installed in Lightroom which gives you the capability of extracting the JPEG previews and creating a separate file. You can then edit this file just as you would any other image file.
Install the script
Search the Adobe help site for an article titled Extract Preview for Lost Images. In that article, you'll see instructions for how to install the script and also how to run the script. It's really straightforward, just follow the directions provided. The only stumbling block that I can see is that you need to be very careful what folder you put the script in.
A word of caution, in step 3 of the instructions you’ll click a button “Show Lightroom Presets Folder…”, and this will display a folder for all Adobe products. You should see another folder called Lightroom. It is that folder in which you must copy the downloaded script.
Extracting the Image File
Running the script is pretty straightforward. It simply asks you for a file location. This is where you want the newly created files to be stored. I’d suggest a unique folder so that when you’re done, the only contents of the folder are your new files.
It’s going to create a new image file for each of the selected photos. You can extract a single image, or select multiple images.
When it's done, you’ll find a new JPG file with the name of the original file appended with the size of the image. For example, if you’re original file was IMG_1234.CR2, then the new file will be IMG_1234-[pixel width]x[pixel height].jpg.
The pixel dimensions all depend upon the size of the preview that Lightroom has in its catalog. If you’re lucky enough to have 1:1 previews, you’ll see pixel dimensions that should match what you get out of your camera.
This method of image recovery does NOT bring back the original image. There is bound to be some loss of quality, especially if Lightroom does not have a 1:1 preview of the photo available. Even so, it can be a lifesaver as long as you understand the shortcomings.
- There is no metadata in the extracted preview. That doesn’t mean that the catalog information in Lightroom is gone. It just doesn’t point to the newly created file.
- The extracted image file doesn’t contain an ICC profile. So, if you import it back into Lightroom, it will be tagged with the sRGB profile.
The Adobe script can be a lifesaver but it doesn't magically bring back your original file. This is one of those tools that should be a last resort. To avoid needing this solution, make sure you have a good backup system in place and keep it up to date.