Before and After: Using Lightroom to Edit Stock Photos

Before and After: Using Lightroom to Edit Stock Photos

Remember when you had to turn a crank on your camera to roll the film? You’d pop out the canister, take it to the photo lab, and resign yourself to waiting for DAYS to see the result of your artistic mastery. Finally, you’d go back to the lab and rip open the envelope...
How to Straighten a Crooked Horizon in Lightroom

How to Straighten a Crooked Horizon in Lightroom

A primary requirement of stock photographs is to convey a clear concept. To achieve this, good stock photos don’t have any elements that are distracting. A crooked horizon line immediately draws the eye and will unhinge an otherwise great image. See the before and...
Intro to Lightroom 4 – Tip #1: Free 30-Day Trial

Intro to Lightroom 4 – Tip #1: Free 30-Day Trial

This week, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about photo processing for stock. Yes, every photo you submit to stock should have at least some very basic processing. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. The program we recommend, Adobe Lightroom, makes it easy to give...
How to View Photos at 100% in Lightroom

How to View Photos at 100% in Lightroom

Last week, I showed you a photo that looked like it was in focus, but when viewed at 100%, you could tell that it was not. Before you submit any photo as stock, it’s important to view it at 100% to make sure that it’s free of any technical errors, and that it’s in...
Can you tell if this photo is in focus?

Can you tell if this photo is in focus?

Take a look at this photo, from our recent Photo Expedition in Thailand. Is it in focus? The truth is, you can’t tell when you view it at this size. You have to look at it at 100% to know for sure. Here’s a section of the photo, blown up to 100%: Nope, not in focus....

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