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Professional-Grade Backup Plans

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a wonderful image management tool but it is not a backup system. If you have neglected to prepare for total system failure, then you should expect to lose everything when disaster inevitably strikes. Here is an overview of my three-tiered backup plan.

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Adobe Support for Proprietary Raw Formats

We are frequently asked “Why doesn’t Lightroom recognize my camera’s raw photos?” or “Why can’t I open my camera’s raw photos in Camera Raw?” Jeffrey Tranberry has an excellent blog post titled Why doesn’t my version of Photoshop or Lightroom support my camera? that addresses this very issue.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog Storage Options Diagram

Getting Started: Where Should I Keep My Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog?

Both your digital images and your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog files can be moved from one drive to another drive. Moving your photos, or your Lightroom Catalog, from one disk to another is not a hard process. The big question though is what arrangement of these puzzle pieces best suits your needs?

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Selection Secrets in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

You must know how to select multiple files using your mouse and keyboard to get the most out of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In today’s video tutorial for beginners, I am going to demonstrate all of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s selection secrets! There are even some advanced tricks in here that can really boost your productivity as your Lightroom catalog grows larger and larger.

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Adobe RGB vs sRGB color space gamut diagram

Understanding Digital Camera Color Space Choices

Most digital SLR cameras allow the photographer to choose a color space for images captured in the Jpeg file format. Photographer’s with these cameras face two color space choices—sRGB and Adobe RGB. This article will help you figure out which color space to choose and explain how this effects digital camera raw files.

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The Copyright Symbol

How Do I Create the Copyright Symbol in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom?

Most photographer’s know that marking their images as copyrighted intellectual property is important. We know that we need to put this symbol, and our name, into each and every digital photograph’s metadata, but most of us do not know how to create the copyrighted property mark while typing away inside of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Have no fear! This video tutorial explores three easy ways to create the copyright symbol while using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom vs. The Adobe Bridge

This article is a follow-up to a recent post on how Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom differ. This time, we will explore the differences between the Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom vs. Adobe Photoshop CS5

Do I need to buy both Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS4? Digital photographers ask me this question all the time. It’s a good question and one that deserves more than just a simple yes or no answer. Each program has it’s own strengths, and although the two programs share some common features, they are not competitors.

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How to Update Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on a Mac

How to Update Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on a Mac

Keeping your installation of Lightroom and Photoshop up-to-date is important…and not too complicated. Check out this article for more details on how to download and install both Lightroom and Camera Raw updates.

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Optimizing Lightroom for Best Performance: Top Ten Lightroom Speed Tips

Optimizing Lightroom for Best Performance: Top Ten Lightroom Speed Tips

It’s hard to argue that using Lightroom to manage and edit large collections of images is much faster than “the old way,” but we’re always looking for that way to squeeze out just a little more speed.

Here are my top ten tips for optimizing Lightroom for speed.

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Reader Question: Why does Lightroom tell me that my raw files are damaged but they work just fine in the Adobe Bridge?

Reader Question: “When I insert my flash card into my card reader, and try to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to import my new files, I get a message that tells me that they are damaged. I tried opening the same files using the Adobe Bridge and they worked just fine. What is happening?”

If you are experiencing this problem please read this post. It might solve your problems!

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Proper Exposure With a Digital Camera

Proper Exposure With a Digital Camera

The digital camera’s sensor does not see the world the way our eyes do. With our eyes, brightness and tonal variation are linear, but for the camera this scale is logarithmic. Basically, this means that the camera can record lots of tonal variation at the brightest end of the spectrum but it captures very little tonal variation at the darker end.

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Default Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog Mac OS X 10.7 View

How to Move an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog to an External Hard Drive

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalogs are easily moved from one hard drive to another. I demonstrate all of the steps involved in this process of moving an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog to another hard drive in this short video tutorial.

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Archives and Backup Copies

Archives and Backup Copies

Most digital photographers are not taking the time to properly protect their precious digital images. As a professional photographer, the idea of losing a single important image scares me, but losing everything that I have ever shot because my computer crashes horrifies me. Ask yourself, “What would I lose if my computer died right now?”

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How to Format an External Hard Drive

How to Format an External Hard Drive

Regardless of brand or model, the very first thing that you must do when you buy a brand new external hard drive is to format it properly for your system. Format your new disk immediately, before you start using it for backup or for additional file storage. It is essential that you do this right away, before you start using the drive, because the formatting process erases everything on the external disk.

Read on for more information about properly formatting an external hard drive.

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