Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Pro Tip: Removing Dust Spots with Lightroom

Zap Dust Spots on Your Photos with Lightroom Classic CC

2019 is upon us, and so here’s my first tip of the new year: How to remove dust spots from photos using Adobe Lightroom. I’m using Lightroom Classic CC, and removing dust spots from photos is relatively easy. However, you may or may not know about some of the hidden features that Lightroom Classic CC has to make dust spot removal quick and easy.

In the video below, I’ll not only demonstrate how to remove dust spots using the healing brush tool in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, but I’ll also show you how to easily detect even faint dust specks with the spot visualizer tool. I’ll also show you a cool trick for methodically navigating your image when viewed at 100% so that you don’t miss any dust spots.

Learn how to remove dust spots from your photos with Lightroom Classic CC

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How to Post to Instagram from a Desktop Computer

Post to Instagram from a desktop computer!

Post to Instagram from a Desktop Computer
By making a quick tweak to your browser’s User Agent settings, you can post directly to Instagram on your desktop computer.

Instagram is a great social media platform for sharing photos, but it’s designed for mobile devices. In fact, there is no “upload” option when you view Instagram from your desktop browser. When you want to post a photo that you’ve edited on your desktop computer, it’s really annoying to have to transfer that photo to your phone simply to upload it to Instagram.

Fear not! With this easy trick, you can set your browser to fool Instagram into thinking your desktop web browser is really a mobile device. The trick involves a setting called “User Agent” which you’ll find hidden in the advanced Developer controls. Here’s how to do it:

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Create a Floating Frame Effect for Your Photos

This cool floating frame effect is easy to create in Photoshop CC

Floating Frame effect in Photoshop
I used Adobe Photoshop to create the floating drop-shadow and border around this image.

I sometimes like to present my photos online with a nice “floating” effect. It’s easy to do in Adobe Photoshop, which is included when you subscribe to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. Here’s how you do it:

 

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The Long Exposure Technique That Doesn’t Require A Tripod

Create unique abstract images with a swipe

long exposure swipe image
Fireweed (camera swipe)

When I find myself overwhelmed or just need a burst of creativity, I look no further than using a deliberate pan blur, or “swipe” to create an abstract photograph. The idea behind a swipe is to use a relatively long exposure and move the camera either up/down or left/right while dragging the shutter. I find that with the right subjects, I can create some pretty fun images!

Swipes are just one of the many topics I cover in my complete guide to long exposure photography.

Video: How to perform a long exposure swipe

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