Category Archives: Software and Post-Processing

What’s New in Lightroom (October 2023)

Adobe just added some new features to Lightroom/Lightroom Classic, and a couple of them are truly game-changers!

  • Lens Blur (Beta): You can create depth-maps on your photos to emulate shallow depth of field and bokeh. Despite being an early release, it’s actually quite good for some photos!
  • HDR Editing: Added support for HDR displays which allows you to edit your HDR images in a huge tone space. Spoiler alert: If you aren’t using a HDR display, you won’t benefit from this tool. You will also still need to tone-map your HDR images back to SDR space for printing and sharing.
  • Point Color Editor: This tool gives you precise control for adjusting hue, saturation, and brightness (luminance) of individual colors. But the game-changer is that it’s available in the Masking Panel! Now you can control individual colors on your selection masks like never before.

The Image Doctors #206

New England & Canada cruise, and new features in Lightroom!

This week, we’re back from a little vacation to New England and Canada on a cruise. We stopped in NYC, Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, and then St. John and Halifax in Canada. Hear what we shot with and more.

Adobe recently updated Lightroom with some cool new features, which we’ll discuss. You can also check out Jason’s YouTube video for a live demo!

Topaz Photo AI

Photo AI is the newest Topaz plug-in, and it combines sharpening, noise reduction, and upscaling features in a single application that uses AI-based technology to deliver impressive results. In this presentation, I discuss the software and several use cases for how to incorporate it into your own photography workflow.

Topaz Photo AI is part of the Topaz Image Quality Bundle, which is available here.

Watch: Discovering Topaz Photo AI

The Image Doctors #139

Uses for the DNG raw format

Adobe’s DNG “digital negative” raw format was developed as an open standard over 20 years ago. What originally started out as an alternative raw format 20 years ago has instead morphed into something quite different, but incredibly useful. This week, we discuss the pros and cons of DNG files and how we use them in our own photographic workflows.

The Image Doctors #128

When to use HDR in your photos

10 years ago, it was commonplace to see extreme HDR tone-mapped images all over the photographic community. Between cameras with better sensors and a change in tastes, HDR isn’t all that noticeable anymore. This week, we look at the role HDR plays in our own photography and the techniques we use when processing our images.