Free Videos and Magazine Articles from George Jardine

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The Adobe Camera Raw 8 Sample Video: Smart Objects

This is the free video for my new Adobe Camera Raw 8 video series. It’s video #23 in the series, and it’s all about working with Smart Objects.

Smart Objects have been a powerful tool for print designers, but I feel that photographers have not made the most of them because of the way they work with raw files. In this video I try to outline the benefits and drawbacks, so that you can start using Smart Objects with confidence.

This free video can be found here.   –   TRT: 17:19  

Iron Worker

The Lightroom 5 Develop Sample Video: The Crop Tool

This is the free video for my Lightroom 5 Develop video series. It’s video #2 in the series, and it’s on the Crop Tool.

The first Lightroom crop tool turned everything on its head, but eventually it found enough respect that the Photoshop team adopted the design too. It’s easy to use, but it does have it’s quirks. This video gives you the complete tour, including a peek at new aspect ratio overlays.

This free video can be found here.   –   TRT: 12:41  

Exposure & Tone Mapping

A Few Thoughts on Exposure & Tone Mapping

I created this video to help demystify the relationship between exposure values captured by your camera, and the brightness values they are mapped to during raw processing. Please note that this video is an update of video #3 from the Image Correction Master Class.

This free video can be found here.   –   TRT: 22:50  

Integration Movie

My popular Lightroom + PS Integration video series is now 100% free

I first built this Lightroom + Photoshop Integration series for LR 3, but the entire set of videos is still relevant, and nothing in the menu commands or functionality has changed with LR 4, 5, or 6/CC. So if you’re confused by Lightroom’s Edit in Photoshop command, this video series is for you.

The Lightroom Catalog Management & Location Workflow Series free video: Changing Folder Locations

My Lightroom video tutorial series expands on the Library series, giving you the tools you need to master your digital photo library, both on location and once you’re back home. Online access to this entire series is only $24.95, and the details can be found here.

A Few Thoughts on Highlights, Shadows, Whites & Blacks

I created this video to help try and demystify the relationship between Adobe’s 2012 Process Version Tone Controls: the Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks. The results are based on research I did creating an EV-based raw gradient, and wrote about in this blog posting.

This free video can be found here.   –   TRT: 20:14  

A Few Thoughts on Black & White Conversion

In this video, I start by taking you on a brief exploration of some of the various conversion techniques that we all used back before we had better controls for creating good black & white conversions from raw data. And I did this because I think reviewing those tried-and-true Photoshop techniques, helps set the stage for a better understanding of black & white conversion in general.

This free video can be found here.   –   TRT: 36:38  

Greg Gorman Mendocino Workshop Video

The Greg Gorman Mendocino Workshop Video

This is not a tutorial, but rather just a bit of fun. I shot, edited and produced this entire video for Greg’s fantastic Mendocino Workshop. It’s mostly PG-rated, but there is some nudity.

This video can be found here.   –   TRT: 4:31  

Greg Gorman PPE Video

The Greg Gorman “Photo Plus East” Video

Call this one an ‘homage to Errol Morris’. Morris has enlightened us in so many ways, but mostly I was struck by his directness and simplicity. Just put people up on a white background and ask them to say a few works about one subject.

At PPE in 2008 we were lucky enough to have a large group of industry greats ready to say a few words about Greg’s workshop, including Eric Meola, Jay Maisel, Stephen Wilkes, Seth Resnick, Walter Iooss, JP Caponigro, and many others.

This video can be found here.   –   TRT: 4:31  

Martin Evening Lightroom Cover Shoot Video

The Martin Evening Lightroom Book Cover Shoot

For this video we headed to London to document a Martin Evening photo shoot. This shoot was for the cover of Martin’s second much anticipated Lightroom book, and in the video he takes us through the entire process, choosing models, coordinating makeup, as well as his thinking behind the concept for the book.

This video can be found here.   –   TRT: 5:50  

Links to Online Magazine Articles

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, September/October 2014   –   RAW Processing Fundamentals

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, May/June 2014   –   Inside RAW Files

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, March/April 2014   –   Maintain Flexibility With Smart Objects & ACR

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Jan/Feb 2014   –   A Double-Edged Sword – Lightroom & ACR Defaults

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, November 2013   –   The Much Misunderstood Tone Curve

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, May/June 2013   –   Heresy In Library Organization

Outdoor Photographer Magazine, March 2013   –   Solutions: The Lightroom Clarity Control

Outdoor Photographer Magazine, March 2013   –   Solutions: The Lightroom Vibrance Control

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Jan/Feb 2013   –   Take More Control Over Highlights & Shadows

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Sept 2012   –   Proper Exposure Matters!

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, May 2012   –   The RGB File Shuffle

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Sept 2011   –   The RAW File Shuffle

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, June 2011   –   Learning to See in Black & White

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Sept 2010   –   Master Your Image Library: To Merge, or Not to Merge

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, March 2010   –   Managing Your Photographic Legacy: Part 2

Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Dec 2009   –   Managing Your Photographic Legacy: Part 1

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Dori D. August 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM

The B&W conversion tutorial is the BEST I have ever seen. Apart from knowing how to convert my photos into black and white, I finally know what good B&W photos consist of — the question that’s been gnawing at me for the longest time.

Thank you :).

Glenn Blasius August 11, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Hello – I have found your website from an adobe forum, and am very glad for it! I look forward to perusing both your free video tutorials as well as the more advanced series. At present, however, I am looking for an overview on the difference between Lightroom and Photoshop. Do I need to purchase both, or is Bridge and Photoshop good enough for an amateur photographer?

Thanks very much in advance, and kind regards.

George August 11, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Hi Glenn,

Well, it’s an interesting question. So interesting in fact, that it should be a video! :-) But I’ll try to give you the short version here. From my point of view, Photoshop is the killer tool. It’s the giant toolkit. Photoshop is the place you go to make ONE photo or composite everything it can be. Photoshop is about the deepest kind of retouching that you’ll ever need to do to a photo, a graphic or a photo-composite.

Lightroom on the other hand, is about managing, organizing, and processing LOTS of photos. The processing tools in LR are extensive, but they are all what we like to call, non-destructive controls. Meaning, you’re never changing pixels in the source image, but rather you are always working in a sort of virtual space, with the original acting as the source… for the pixels. Then when you export or print, new, adjusted pixels are created.

These two key differences add up to Lightroom and Photoshop being ENTIRELY DIFFERENT beasts. Lightroom is great for library organization, and for raw processing. Photoshop is unparalleled for pushing pixels around, more or less one image at a time.

As for Bridge, Bridge is a file browser. And…. as it turns out, I already have one file browser on my computer, thank you. And while Bridge hooks together all the applications in the Creative Suites very nicely, that’s about all I use it for. I don’t use it for “managing” my photo library. That’s what databases are for.

Hope that helps!

Warren August 13, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I agree! The B&W tutorial is the first I’ve come across to explain the underlying theory behind what the sliders are doing. The process is no longer a hit-or-miss affair as I can understand what will happen by evaluating the original color image and considering the various color contrasts and how they will render in B&W. Many thanks!

Glenn Blasius August 14, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Hi guys -thanks for the detailed response. I downloaded PS5, and am re-learning how to use it. Very daunting, but I am accomplishing some basic edits.

Two more questions –
a) Where can I find the vaunted LR/PS differences tutorial?
b) Where can I find a more complete PS tutorial (nb – I took a digital photography course a few years back now, so have a basic grounding in it).

Thanks – this website is great!

George August 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Hi Glenn,

a) Well…. sorry, I don’t know that that exact tutorial exists. But I’ll bet if you Google it…. :-)

b) Where to find a “more complete PS tutorial”? I guess on that point, I would start with Martin Evening’s very fine book…. if books suit your learning style best. If video is your thing, there are mountains upon mountains of free PS tutorials out there… probably starting with

Hope that helps!

David H September 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I discovered your blog from a link in post by Andrew Rodney on LL and your B&W conversion video is superb!
I have a half dozen CS5 and ACR books by Schewe, Evening, McClelland, and Kelby, but your knowledge and teaching style is tops!
I will be purchasing more of your video tuts in the near future!
Thanks, David

Mike M. September 15, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Hi George,
Enjoy your Digital Photopro articles. Just starting a backup system , any recommendations on a good reliable external hard drive for an Imac. Probably 1 TB or more.

Jan Maklak November 16, 2011 at 10:49 AM

George! I purchased the set of training modules on the Library Module of lightroom. This is better than any book or other training I have seen Thank you for an absolutely great set.

To potential buyers: Money well, well spent.

George November 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM

This is a tough one. Hard drive quality is so variable, that I hesitate to recommend anything in particular. Having said that, I will say that I have had good luck with Seagate Barracuda mechanisms purchased from Amazon, that I simply screw into Rocstor RAID boxes (…. formatted as JBOD).


Paddy Carroll February 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I have all your tutorials and found them excellent. Will you be creating any in-depth video tutorials on Lightroom 4?
Paddy Carroll

George February 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Yes! Thanks, Paddy. I’m working on them now. :-)


Amyn Nasser February 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Yo! George!
When are you expecting the LR$4 Vid Tuts to be ready? Will it be available as DVD for purchase on Amazon or Apple?
Thank U!

George February 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Working on them now. Yes… all will be available on Amazon, and maybe Apple. But first here, online. No date yet, but peddling as fast as I can. :-)


Jack September 28, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I really enjoyed your presentation to Mile High Wildlife Photo Club on Wed. As a result, I’ve ordered, and just received both your LR4 DVDs. They’ll keep me busy in the evenings on a SW Colorado shoot next week.

George September 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Thanks, Jack! It was a fun group.

Really glad you enjoyed the presentation.


Laurence Schiffenhaus December 8, 2012 at 7:04 AM

George…..I switched from windows to Mac because of stability issues. After purchasing a Mac Pro desktop I sadly learned that printing with Mac Lion out of LR4 and PSCS6 is daunting and confusing. I am using Roy Harrington’s QTR and Print Tool which is in itself confusing because there are so few tutorials on the subject. In view of the confusion created by Mac Lion in this regard it would seem to me that this would be a worth while video tutorial in this regard. Your videos on the print section of LR are pre Mac Lion and do not touch this aspect.

George December 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Laurence, what confusion was “created by Lion”??? Printing for me using Lion is exactly the same as printing from Snow Leopard.


Dirk Thayer February 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Hi George,

I love your site and blog and am constantly learning! I’m getting ready to purchase some LR videos and, from watching the previews, yours seems like the best that I have found. Do you offer a package deal if someone wants to purchase the full set?


George February 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Sure, Dirk! I’ll give you a break on the full set of 3 current LR videos. I’ll send you the details via e-mail.


Robert Mann February 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

George, Thank you for all of the information that you provide to the community. You have a real gift for teaching these wonderful, fascinating concepts. I recently purchased your LR4 development tutorials and I believe that those are the best tutorials for that application on the planet. I already knew a good bit about the app, but you kept patiently exposing so many little features and treats, I learned a whole passel of stuff…

I hope that Adobe comes out with LR5 soon just so you can put together another set of tutorials!

Simon King June 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Great tutorials George – thanks

You’re one of the few tutorial makers that seems to answer the questions I find myself posing as it goes along, i.e. you haven’t left questions hanging, or gone too far along the line before coming back to something that needs addressing before it gets forgotten.

btw enjoyed the tone mapping one a LOT – and it was fun to see Ansel Adams books and images referenced, I clearly remember reading them about 30 yrs ago and finding these new ( to me) concepts hard to master, but I remember those lessons fondly now you remind me of them. Anyway – really clear tutorial .

thanks again


William Pugh March 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I purchased your Image Correction Master Class Tutorial and your Lightroom Develope Module Tutorial. I have enjoyed them and learned alot viewing them. One thing that could have made them better for me, would have been for you to include the pictures you used in each of them. I like to play the tutorial on my notebook computer and then open the pictures in Light Room on my desktop and follow along. For me, it better reinforces the learning process. Thankyou for making these tutorials.

George March 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Hi William,

Thanks for the comment, and I’m really glad you’re enjoying the videos!

The reason I do not distribute working raw versions of my photos is because you may have noticed that I am a professional photographer, and I use my very best photos in the tutorials. Therefore I simply cannot send them out with the videos. Other instructors do, but too often those will be sub-standard photos of their children or simply amateur vacation photos.

But there is a more important reason I do not distribute my own raw image files. My tutorials have NOT been designed to give you cookbook style formulas for correcting someone else’s photos that were taken for instructional use. Which is exactly what you find at all the larger video sites. I use my best photos to inspire you with great examples, and then my instruction is specifically designed to help you develop an in-depth understanding of the tools and how they operate.

(As a side note, this is precisely why I also do not place an emphasis on how to use presets in the videos. I feel that relying on presets is the fastest way to avoid learning how the real controls work. Of course presets do have their place, and they are easy enough to build and learn to use… AFTER… you have mastered the essentials of how the controls actually work and what they do.)

When you then practice on your own photos, you adapt, modify and expand your understanding of the tools, learning to apply them to YOUR photographs, or, any other type of photograph. And I feel strongly that this represents a depth of understanding that you will never approach, using cookbook style instruction, on someone else’s photographs.

That…. is true learning. And that…. is my personal goal for each and every one of my customers.

I hope that helps!


John Dabney February 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Hi George

Your links to your free tutorials in your recent newsletter sadly all lead to 404’s! Any ideas?

Best, John

George February 16, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Ah…. I see it now.’s “technique” directory seems to be offline. I’ll look into it.



richo March 2, 2015 at 7:26 AM

It is pity, just received your email mailing and still all the links to end in 404 and search on the site returns zero hits. :-(

George March 2, 2015 at 7:33 AM

Yes… they are still moving links around. My apologies.

Until I get this fixed, the way to find everything is to simply surf to and then type in “Jardine” into the search box. All the articles then show up.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Tim Sexton December 15, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Hi George,

I am curious are you the George Ed Cies and I worked with in Denver in the 80’s.

Best regards


George December 15, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Yes, Tim. That’s me. :-)

D. A. Duke January 21, 2018 at 11:48 AM

Dear Tim Sexton,

I saw your question to George. Back in the 80s, I gathered several of my Dad’s Kodachrome slides and asked Cies Sexton to make prints of them. You produced the most stunning prints, and my family treasures them today! I don’t know exactly how you did it but you were the only ones in Denver who were able (or willing) to do such wonderful work. Thank you! – D. A. Duke

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