I get a lot of questions on how to straighten an image in Lightroom, so I thought I would level with ya and show how I fix the problem with a video tutorial… 😉
I get emails on this all the time, so I thought I would share with you a quick video tutorial on how to change the orientation of your crop in Adobe Lightroom with only a few clicks of the mouse.
Everyone knows I love Lightroom, but one of my biggest complaints about the software is its lack of a simple send via email button. I mean seriously, Adobe built an incredible program that has amazing noise reduction features, cool presets, and social networking integration via it’s Publishing Services, but can you find a simple “send to email” button? No. I’ve used the built in export preset for email, but frankly I still find it to be a hassle.
This week a good friend pointed me in the direction of the LR/Gmail plugin by Tim Armes. The plug-in allows you to export your images directly out of Lightroom and into Gmail with very little effort. You first need to download the plugin from Adobe’s Lightroom Exchange.
Once you’ve installed the plugin using Lightroom’s Plugin Manager then simply select a photo that you wish to export. Next, select LR/Gmail in the drop down menu next to Export To. The plugin’s configuration is pretty straight forward from there and I think the most critical piece of information beyond your Gmail account info will be image size. Remember, the smaller the resolution the faster it’s going to send, but the quality of the print will be worse so make sure to ask the recipient what the intentions are for the image. If it’s simply to post online (like Facebook) then 72 dpi will suffice. If it’s to print a 4×6, you’ll probably want a resolution of 200 dpi.
A little side note:
Today’s image was of my very close friend, Monte Smith. We’ve known each other since second grade and have been fishing together longer than I can remember. Monte was responsible for getting me into fly-fishing nearly 20 years ago, and this last week he was responsible for helping my daughter land her first brown trout. So a big thanks to Monte and congrats Anna for catching your first trout!
I want to invite all of you to join me for a Peachpit Photo Club presentation on June 28, 2011 from 8 to 9 p.m. ET (5 to 6 p.m. PT). I’ll be discussing the basics of composition, light, contrast, and textures. I’ll be providing insight into when I choose to go black and white. Then I’ll be discussing how I leverage Adobe Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2 to create my black and white images.
To be honest, I’ve never done one of these online broadcasts before, so I’m freaking out a bit. At the very least, it might be entertaining to listen to me put my foot in my mouth a few times. But truly, I am looking forward to interacting with all of you. If you have a question about photography, I would love to hear them. I have no problems fielding questions ranging from: how I get the image, gear I use, my philosophy and processing techniques, to a marketing question or two. I’ll do my best to answer all the questions by the end of our session. Just sit back on your couch and let the photo therapy begin… 😉
Just to make you feel like you’re back in school.
We’ll be assigning homework at the end of the Photo Club session. Once the assignment is completed, Photo Club members can upload their work to the Peachpit Photo Club Flickr Group where the Peachpit crew and I will help critique your work. As an incentive to participate, three assignment “winners” will receive 10 black and white prints (up to 10X15 in size) each from the fabulous folks at AdoramaPix!
I hope to see you folks there.
I’ve been super busy this week, but I wanted to share a quick video tutorial and a few updates on our contest with you.
First, the video. I use the “Lights Out Mode” in Lightroom frequently as part of my final editing process, so here’s a quick tutorial on how I do that.
You only have until midnight tonight (Pacific time) to enter the Spring Giveaway, so if you haven’t entered yet, make sure you don’t miss out. Remember, it’s good Karma to share with friends, so use one of the cool built in sharing tools to spread the word to your Facebook buddies and fellow Twitter tweeps.
I missed last week. Sorry folks, I was crazy busy and on deadline, so this is the first breather I’ve had in a few days. Just a few more weeks more and I’ll be done with the black and white book… 😉
Today I put together a very quick video tutorial on how how to change your background in Lightroom. Check it out here on the blog or on Vimeo.