I have been using Adobe products for about as long as I can remember being a photographer. As a teenager, I got my first taste of Photoshop while working at a photographer’s studio, where I scanned negatives and made minor touch-ups to the portraits. Then, almost a decade later, I was photographing with a digital camera and using the early version of Lightroom. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom have been the cornerstone processing tools that I use daily with my photographs. Mobility with my photography is also becoming more and more important, from WiFi connected cameras to software that allows me to access and share all of my photographs out in the field.
Today I would like to announce that I am partnering with Adobe to share more about my process as a photographer, and to spread the word about their tools and products that can be used to edit, share, and organize images. I am very selective about the companies I work with, and when Adobe reached out to me it was a no-brainer. Whether it is locating a photo in Lightroom or creating an entire eBook using Indesign, I love Adobe’s products and use them everyday.
One of my favorite new-ish features from Adobe is the Lightroom app for mobile devices. Through the Creative Cloud I am able to sync a collection from my Lightroom catalog to my phone and then share those photos online (my go-to sharing app happens to be Instagram). I tend to create hundreds of usable photos on any given trip, and find that I never have quite enough time to share them all, especially while I am traveling. By using the Lightroom Mobile app I am able to access those photos and share them whenever the mood strikes. (BTW, I wrote an entire article on this topic as well if you would like to learn that method.)
The photo at the top of this post, which was photographed on a recent trip to Iceland, is a good representation of how I use Lightroom and Photoshop to create a finished product. With this photo, as I do with most of my share-worthy images, after it is completed I synced it to Lightroom using the Creative Cloud and now it is inside of my “portfolio” collection, which I am able to display quickly to anyone using my iPhone (which I always have with me) or my iPad. I think that many of you reading this understand the value of showing someone that you are a photographer, rather than just telling them. :)
Also, to see how the feature photo (at the top of this page) was created, please watch the video below, where I walk through each step from start-to-finish using Lightroom and Photoshop. The video is a little long, so I’ve broken it down into sections through Vimeo. If you’re short on time, feel free to jump around and only view the parts that interest you! (Click here to access that feature.)
Next month I will be sharing some tips and photographs to encourage you to “get out there” with your camera, breathe in the fresh air, and make some beautiful photographs. I hope you’ll follow along and even participate!