Kyoto Shoji

Photograph © George A. Jardine

I originally created this video series because the workflow is incredibly powerful… once you understand it, and because I really wanted to dig into every nook and cranny of complexity that the basic feature allows. Besides, Lightroom’s integration with Photoshop is only half of the story. In addition to that this series gives you a pretty deep dive on the type of compositing and masking that can only be done in Photoshop, not to mention some basic instruction on using Virtual Copies.

Having said all that, if you are one of the few who will watch these videos all the way through, there are one or two things you might watch out for. One would be that Smart Object layers in PS finally do allow you to link to a raw source file, rather than suffering through the necessity of embedding the entire thing into the RGB file. And in video #6 I take Adobe to task for that shortcoming, so you can ignore that. Linked Smart Objects still don’t solve the fundamental problem of connecting the raw settings stored inside the layer with those stored in the catalog, but for sure that’s a subtlety Adobe will never address.

A much larger problem is a persistent bug that can cause Lightroom to reset an RGB file that has been taken to PS and back. This is one you’re going to have to watch for…. but it’s not fatal. If you do have non-destructive LR settings on top of a layered Photoshop composite file, and you invoke the Edit in Photoshop command for a subsequent round trip edit, Lightroom will sometimes throw away all of your LR settings. If this happens to you all you have to do is go back a step or two in your history to get things back. But it’s a bit random, and incredibly annoying, so watch for that.

Other than those relatively minor caveats, not much has changed in the way the basic integration works since these videos were recorded with PS CS5 and LR3. You’ll note some minor interface changes, but the basic techniques presented in the video still work in Photoshop and Lightroom CC, in exactly the same way.

Finally, this series was never upgraded to HTML5 (it still requires Flash…), and I will apologize for that right up front. So for those of you who don’t have the Flash plug-in installed, or who want downloads for other reasons, just drop me an e-mail, and I’ll send you the download link.

Here’s a direct link to the videos:

And here’s a link to the original purchase page with instructions for the Flash UI, should you need that.


A Few Photos From Assam & Nagaland, India . . .

by George on December 29, 2015

Tea Pickers

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Crossing the Brahmaputra on an rickety, hand-made ferry, photographing monks at the Kamalabari Satra on Majuli Island, and getting up close with some of the last actual headhunters on the Nagaland/Myanmar border (with the tats to prove it), this last Wild Photography Holidays workshop was another crazy adventure. One that I am only beginning to appreciate, now that I am home and can honestly evaluate my photos.

Click here to check out the gallery of photos from this year’s Assam and Nagaland workshop.


Back To India For The Last Workshop Of 2015 . . .

by George on November 28, 2015

Nagaland Man

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Sitting in the Denver airport, heading back to India for my last workshop of the year. And despite the snow storm (just like last year), it looks like my flights are all on schedule this time (unlike last year!).

Click here to check out my gallery of photos from last years Assam and Nagaland workshop.


Picos Workshop In Spain Is Over . . .

by George on November 10, 2015

Picos Abandoned Villages

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Well, you missed a great one. The Picos de Europa workshop was insanely great. Great food, great accommodations . . . a great workshop experience all around, with the best participants ever.

If you’re maybe feeling some regret about missing that one, there still might be time to get your visa for our Assam and Nagaland workshop. Hurry! Click here for more info on this exotic workshop to India. Just two seats left.

If not, be sure to check out the long list of fantastic workshops offered by Wild Photography Holidays. They are the best in the business.

Click here to check out my gallery of photos from last years Assam and Nagaland workshop.


Arctic tern

Photograph © Martin Sammtleben

Come join us starting October 25th to explore the magnificent Picos De Europa, its villages, autumnal forests and coastal scenery of northern Spain’s Costa Verde. There’s still time! This workshop will be an ideal opportunity to get out and photograph the last of fall in Europe, in what promises to be an adventure, an exploration, and a relaxing but incredibly enriching experience. Come walk, hike and photograph with us, and then dig deeper, and refine your vision with expert guidance in developing/processing your best images.

Click here for more details on this workshop.

Majuli Ferry

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Or, if you’re ready to take your photography (and the adventure!) to the next level, this extended 14-day workshop is just the thing you’ve been looking for. I’ll be guest instructor for digital and everything Lightroom (but of course, you’re welcome to use any software you like; this workshop is about making GREAT images, not specific software.), while Martin and Geraldine will be your expert guides and photographic instructors.

Click here for more info on this exotic workshop to Assam and Nagaland.

Martin and Geraldine run the best-organized, and most hassle-free workshops I’ve ever been lucky enough to attend. Click here to check out the long list of fantastic workshops offered by Wild Photography Holidays.


Speaking Of Updates . . .

April 24, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine Kinkaku-ji, almost exactly 30 years later.

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What’s New in Lightroom CC 2015 — Two Free Update Videos . . .

April 21, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine These two videos give you a brief overview of the new features in the Lightroom CC Develop module, and are entirely free for everyone. As soon as I am back home from Japan, I will add these two videos to my existing Lightroom 5 Develop videos as the video series […]

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Two New Denver Workshops Coming Up …

March 16, 2015

Photographs © George A. Jardine For those of you in Colorado, we have two new workshops coming up this spring. For the Lone Tree Photography Club Meetup Group, I’ll be doing my first ever Photoshop workshop Saturday, April 11. (For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve taught Photoshop since 1992… but this is […]

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Edit, Then Edit Again, And Then Again . . .

February 18, 2015

Ferry Operator on the Brahmaputra River Photographs © George A. Jardine When I’m traveling with a workshop group, I almost always have to download and edit each evening, and pick out some of my better photos to use during class discussions and presentations. And for better or for worse, those in-the-field picks generally end up […]

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Our Lightroom Library + Catalog Management DVD Bundle Is On Sale At Amazon . . .

February 7, 2015

For the month of February, we’re bundling our Lightroom Library DVD with the Lightroom Location Workflow & Catalog Management DVD for one, low price: just $34.95. Take advantage of this offer and you are essentially getting the Catalog Management DVD for free. To see more details for this special offer, just click here to go […]

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