How to Deliver Images to your Client using Lightroom

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You just finished a photo session and your clients are excited to see the final images.The next step is to decide which images you want to present and how to deliver them. Some photographers charge extra and give all images to the client. The client is responsible for printing. Other photographers, myself included, use a fulfillment service to host, view and print the images. Despite which method you use, we need to configure Lightroom to export a high quality image for viewing and printing.

The Export Module

To streamline our workflow, we are going to build an export preset that will be applied to all images in the set. Presets are Lightroom’s way of applying many changes to a photo in one click. To build our export preset right mouse click on one image and select EXPORT, then select EXPORT again.

The Export dialog box appears with many options. We…

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Use a Polarizer for Purer Portraits and Less Retouching

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We’ve frequently talked about using polarizing filters to make more striking landscape photographs, but they are at least as important for making more vibrant portraits, and cutting your retouching time in half. Let me show you how it works, as well as some general tips.

What Does a Polarizer Do?

Polarizers reduce the visible affect of reflections–that’s it. The sky is full of water vapor and other particles which reflect sunlight, and most things that reflect sunlight appear white, right? The polarizer removes those reflections leaving behind the true blue sky. Leaves on trees and grass also reflect the sun, so it reveals their truer colors, too. Most buildings also reflect light, and the polarizer allows their rich colors to show. Overall, a polarizer will yield a more richly colored photograph every time.

Guess what? People’s skin also reflects sunlight.

Polarizing Portraits

Polarizing a portrait not only makes the sky, foliage, and…

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2 Tips to Help Normal People Look Great

Great tip and starting point for portrait sessions.

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I don’t know about you, but most of the time my subjects are not models trained in posing for the camera, but I still need to help them look good. Did you know that most people look their best with their left side facing the camera? It’s true–I heard it on NPR (plus several studies I’ve read reports on, and my own experience substantiates it, too). As many as 80% of people look best facing to the lefthand side of your frame. I love it when there’s a clear, simple rule about making a better picture.

However, I need 100% of my subjects to look their best, so what do I do?

1. Take the Bet: Short Light on the Left

80% is really good odds, so when I shoot I usually plan to have my lights on the left side of the frame. Why do my lights go there? I’ve talked…

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Conquering Lightroom’s Import Window

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Getting organized in Lightroom starts at the import stage.  A little organization up front goes a long way towards succes.

While an entire chapter can be written on how to design and optimize a file structure system, I’d like to keep it simple. There are many way to accomplish this. What works for me, may not work for you. Overall your file structure system has to make sense to you (or you won’t follow it).

Getting Organized

This is one example on how I designed my file structure system for the majority of my photos. This example is for Senior portraits but is easily applied for other shoots.

  • I have an external hard drive named: “Drobo-Photography (E:)” connected to my desktop with a main folder “Photography.”
  • Inside this folder are subfolders organized by the client’s name.
  • After a shoot, I import images to a subfolder I create with the date and a…

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Lighting Fog : How I Got the Shot

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I enlisted the help from my son Alec to gather a few friends for a creative sport portrait shoot. We were experimenting on different ways to backlight fog with red or blue gels. The goal was to produce the final image in camera with zero help from Photoshop. We failed more times than we succeeded on our way to How I Got the Shot.

Quick Settings Overview

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens
  • Aperture f/6.3 to f/8
  • 1/125 sec shutter
  • ISO 200
  • WhiBal White Balance Gray Card

We met Superheroes and Villains

During a break, we stepped outside the studio just in time to see over 100 Superheroes and Villains walking the streets of Downtown Melbourne. We laugh and waved to the group as they walked by. Two characters stood out. I asked them if they would like to join us in the studio for a quick shoot. This was…

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Secrets to Finding the Perfect Location

Very informative!

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There are people who’s sole job is to find great locations. If you’re not on a commercial shoot and can’t afford to hire a location scout, never fear! Let’s go through a few places to find great locations.


Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing apps in the world. Users can upload photos and tag their location. Although this app is for mobile phones, there is a website that can show you a limited version of Instagram called Websta. When you visit, you can type in the area or location you’re looking for and see images from other users.

On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I set out to photograph a new fireworks show. I know the park inside and out, but I wasn’t exactly sure where the best angle would be. Rather than waste a night watching the show and trying to move…

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