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How to make the eyes pop in Lightroom!

Adam Lerner February 5, 2015 Comments Off on How to make the eyes pop in Lightroom!

In this video, I share with you some advanced Lightroom editing tips and show you how to make the eyes pop in a portrait.

I use the brush tool to selectively paint adjustments in areas of the eyes to get them to pop, without going over the top. I show you the sliders I use to get the results for this image.


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How to do a Complete Portrait Retouch in Adobe Lightroom

Jared Polin January 29, 2015 Comments Off on How to do a Complete Portrait Retouch in Adobe Lightroom

We are back with another RAW Edit where you get to download a DNG RAW File to try your hand at editing it. This time around it’s a portrait that I recently took with the Nikon D810 and 70-200 2.8 VR II.

If you are new to the RAW Edit series it’s where Adam Lerner and I take one file and we both edit it in our own way. At the end we put our final edits together and compare what we like or don’t like from our edits. This time around Adam did a complete portrait retouch in Lightroom showing you exactly how to smooth out the skin, make the eyes pop and much more. His edit starts at 8:18 of the video.

The great thing about photo editing is that it is pretty subjective. We all have different styles and one edit may appeal to one person where the other appeals to another. Editing is subjective and also an art form that takes a lot of practice to even scratch the surface with.

Here is the fun part, where you get to DOWNLOAD the DNG RAW file and edit it for yourself. If you don’t have lightroom as of yet you can always download a FREE 30 day trial of Adobe Creative Cloud Photo Bundle right here. I personally purchased the one year of the photo bundle to get Lightroom and Photoshop.

Click Here or the image below to download the RAW File.

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Lightroom Spot Removal Tool

Adam Lerner January 7, 2015 Comments Off on Lightroom Spot Removal Tool

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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Extended Lightroom Portrait Edit!

Adam Lerner September 8, 2014 Comments Off on Extended Lightroom Portrait Edit!

In this video, I take you thru my portrait photo editing process from start to finish. I share with you tons tips and tricks and unlock so many excellent nuggets in Lightroom!

So much of what can make a good image great happens in post processing. I firmly believe that it’s essential to edit your RAW photos. It’s one thing to take a great photo and another thing to do a great edit and I feel an image isn’t finished until it’s properly edited.

In this video, I start by using a Lightroom Develop preset as my baseline. I love presets and often start with them and tweak from there. Not all presets work well just as they are, but can provide a great starting point for an edit. I then go thru the Develop module and show you guys my process for editing and retouching an image all in Lightroom every step of the way.

Lightroom is incredibly robust and full of amazing features. There is no right or wrong with editing, but I feel that less is more and when editing it’s about a gradual progression. My goal is to elevate a photo without making it look overly processed or surreal. This is a fine balance and takes some practice and the great thing about shooting RAW and editing in Lightroom, is that you can always revisit and re-edit a photo as your editing process progresses.

I hope you find all the Lightroom tips, tricks and nuggets I share in this video helpful to your workflow.

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Miriam, Dead Sea Israel

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Beautiful Model, Lowest Place on Earth AND my LR edit!

Adam Lerner June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Beautiful Model, Lowest Place on Earth AND my LR edit!

This photo was from an impromptu model shoot I did while in Israel at the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth -424 meters (-1,401 feet) below sea level!!!! The landscape is very barren but very beautiful with the aqua water and salt-crusted shore. That and the mountains of Jordan in the distance make for a stunning backdrop.


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Lightroom Quick Tips

Adam Lerner February 14, 2014 Comments Off on Lightroom Quick Tips

Here’s some Lightroom quick tips to enhance your workflow. Going thru images can be daunting. Trying to make quick picks shouldn’t be something that is time consuming or complicated and in this video I demonstrate how I like to expedite that process using keyboard shortcuts and some hidden gems in Lightroom.


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How do you know when to go Black and White or stay Color?

Jared Polin December 26, 2013 Comments Off on How do you know when to go Black and White or stay Color?

How many times have you gotten a certain photo while your editing and thought “wow, this would look great in black and white” only to find out that you love the color just as much?

See, there is no right or wrong answer to which way you should edit your image. The way I decide on Black and White or Color is based on feel. How that one image feels to me when I am editing it. If it just feels right in Black and White than thats what I go for.

In the case of the image in this video I fist felt that it was much stronger in color. Once I edited it Black and White I thought to myself that it just didn’t have that pop I was looking for. After looking at it more I started to like the Black and White more but I am still not sure.

This is one of those images where I like it in both color and black and white. They both have their positives but I am not sure one stands out more than the other.

What do you think, how do you decide when to go Black and White and or stay in Color?

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Lightroom 5 Export Presets

Adam Lerner August 13, 2013 Comments Off on Lightroom 5 Export Presets

I’ve talked about exporting photos from Lightroom in the past, however in this video, I break it down in much more detail and show you guys how to create Export Presets. Export Presets are great for streamlining workflow so that you can consistently export photos with all of the settings you create for the export. This is great for exporting large quantities of files but can be helpful for even just exporting one at a time. That way, whenever you go to export your photos, you’ve already built presets that will save you time so that your photos are exported just the way you want them.


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Importing Photos to Lightroom

Adam Lerner June 26, 2013 Comments Off on Importing Photos to Lightroom

I almost always copy the contents of my memory cards to my hard drive and then sync the imported files and folders with Lightroom. Lightroom can manage this process, however after a big shoot, I’m often left with a lot of files and don’t want to tie-up Lightroom’s processing to import photos when I could be using that valuable time more efficiently. This means that I do the copy via the Finder and then sync the folder in Lightroom once the files are copied from the card.


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Adobe Lightroom RAW Edit CONTEST – Ed Sheeran Photo

Jared Polin April 14, 2013 Comments Off on Adobe Lightroom RAW Edit CONTEST – Ed Sheeran Photo

This is a little bit of change over my normal RAW Edit videos. This time I go ahead and show you how I edited the file and then open it up for you to download and edit for a chance to win a print of this image.

This a contest and you can edit the image any way you would like, you can use Adobe Lightroom, Photo Shop or any other RAW Editing Program. Please click here to download this RAW File. All submission must be in by the end of April 28th 2013 11:59 PM EST.

You have permission to edit this image, print this image but you have NO RIGHTS to sell or call this your own. All Rights Reserved Jared Polin of If you are interested in running this image in a magazine or publication please contact jared at If you would like to download the FULL RES version of my edit to print or give to a fan you can do so Right Here.

Click the image to download this RAW file. All submission must be posted in the FroKnowsPhoto Forum at the link above.

RAW Edit Photo Contest

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