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In this video I show you guys some advanced editing features in Lightroom using the Healing Brush Tool to retouch a portrait and demonstrate how you can adjust the opacity slider for great results.
Often times, you want to heal or clone a section of a photo without replacing the information. Meaning, you want to retain some of the original information from the image where you apply your edit.
When using the healing / cloning brush, Lightroom very intuitively samples from a similar region of the photo, however you can easily grab the pin from the sampled area and move the selection to better suit your needs. You can also adjust the opacity of the repair so that it will blend with the photo to keep it looking realistic.
Then there are times when you want the opacity at 100% so that when you clone / heal an area, you will replace the information from another area. This is great for removing blemishes.
I show you both techniques in this video by adjusting the opacity of the brush tool.
Here’s the keyboard shortcuts I use in this video.
Q for the healing / cloning brush tool
H to show / hide the pins
[ to decrease the size of the selector
] to increase the size of the selector
Z to zoom in or out of the photo
Click the link to see the edited photo 500px.
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They let you track not just how many people come to your website but how they enter, where they come from, what they interact with and a lot more.
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If you want to direct them to different content you can use something that Squarespace now offers which is the announcement bar. I have seen this work extremely well on directing people to whatever content I want to on my website.
You set up the bar simply on the back end editor of squarespace, type a message and let it link internally or externally, wherever you want. People will see it at the top of your site and you have officially directed them to where you wanted them to go.
Did you know what an extension tube is or how it can save you money over purchasing a Macro lens? Todd likes to call them tube extenders but whatever you call them they have been around a long time.
In most situations your non macro lenses wont allow you to get super close to your subject. So how do you get closer with the lenses you already own and not have to spend a lot of money on a macro lens? The simple answer are extension tubes.
Extension tubes are literally rings that attach to your camera body and lens to “extend” distance from the lens and the body. There is no glass involved whatsoever in the rings. As you can see from the video using an extension tube gives you the ability to get extremely close to your subject.
There are different size tubes which allow you to get closer or slightly further away from your subject.
You may be wondering why would anyone purchase a macro lens if these extension tubes are so inexpensive? The simple answer is true macro lenses are sharp edge to edge. When you use extension tubes your sharpest area will be in the center of the lens with the outer part of the image getting slightly out of focus.
Tubes can range from $100 and up.
From time to time we reach into DigiRichie’s fun bag of goodies to see what he will pull out next.
This time he pulls out a BIG ROLL and little Roll of Gaffers tape, aka Gaff Tape. I can say from experience that you should have a roll of this stuff in your bag, car or office at all times.
It may sound simple but Gaff has a million and one uses and has saved both mine and DigiRichie’s butt. Wether you need to tape marks on floor, tape down wires, bundle wires, hand backgrounds, tape down seamless, get lint off a shirt or simply make an arrow pointing the way to set you should have a roll.
What’s great about this tape is it does not leave residue behind as easily as duct tape. You can tape it to the table, windows, walls, carpet and remove it when needed.
I suggested having a big roll and a smaller roll because you never know when it will come in handy.