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LR5 for Bird Photographers (Free Download)

If you are like me, you are constantly on the lookout for specific information regarding your photography passion.  Whether you enjoy landscape, night sky, bird, or macro photography, it is always helpful to find a resource that goes beyond the basics of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.  In preparation for a Lightroom 5 (LR5) for Bird Photographers workshop, I wrote a 68-page booklet on my workflow and tips/tricks I use when editing my bird photographs.  I have decided to post this for download so that anyone can benefit from what I have learned.  I began using LR with version 3 and have enjoyed all the many additions since.  When you combine LR’s organization functions within the Library Module, the geospatial tracking within the Map Module, the editing capability within the Develop Module, and the many publishing functions like the Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web Modules, you have just about every post-processing option a bird photographer will ever need.  Sure, on a few occasions, you might need to jump over to Adobe Photoshop for some specialty processing.

I have read many books on LR, watched many videos and asked many questions all to try and find the best workflow for me.  What I hope to do through this booklet is share with you some of those tidbits I have learned.  Of course, it is nothing like the full 8-hour workshop on LR5 for Bird Photographers that I occasionally offer, but feel free to download and share with any bird photographers you may know.  If you have any questions about using LR5 for editing bird photographs, don’t hesitate to post a comment, contact me through email or send me a question through the contact page.

LR 5 for Bird Photographers

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Rethinking Black & White Images

While working in Lightroom 5 the other day, I came across some images from Colorado taken in July 2011, that while they were interesting, just didn’t grab me in color.  I have had an interest in understanding Black & White photography because of the opportunities it provides for mid-day shooting.  I took some of these images and processed them in Black & White in Lightroom 5 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.  Be curious to know what you think of these images.  Locations include the famous Yankee Boy Basin and county roads near Montrose and Rideway, Colorado.

Sun's Rays

Sun’s Rays

Mountains & Clouds near Ridgeway, CO

Mountains & Clouds near Ridgeway, CO

Cloudy Sky near Montrose, CO

Cloudy Sky near Montrose, CO

Waterfall near Yankee Boy Basin

Waterfall near Yankee Boy Basin

Columbines in Yankee Boy Basin

Columbines in Yankee Boy Basin