Tips for Creating Raw HDR Images in Camera Raw 9.0

Click here to watch how to create raw HDR images in Camera Raw 9.0

Below are additional tips for creating raw HDR images in Camera Raw 9.0. Not all adjustments that you make to individual images will carry over when selecting  Photo Merge > HDR in Camera Raw. For example, if you have made local adjustments on individual exposures using the radial filter or the adjustment brush, those adjustments will not be applied to the merged file. Because of this, I would suggest that you don’t spend a great deal of time making adjustments to each of the individual exposures but, instead, merge the images and then make adjustments to the resulting, merged, HDR image. The settings that are NOT copied over from individual exposures to the merged file are:

– The primary tone settings in the Basic panel including Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks (since the merge is expanding tonal range using its own calculations).

– Tone Curve

– Local Corrections

– Red Eye

– Spot Healing

– Upright

– Crop

– Process Version (if set to anything other than the most recent – 2012)

• If you make adjustments to an individual exposures that can be copied over to the merged file (such as conversion to B/W or Split Toning adjustments) , make sure that the exposure with the adjustments is the “most selected” image.

• HDR merging requires exposure metadata. If aperture and ISO information is available, then it is used as well.

• Camera Raw will  show an error if you try to merge photos of different sizes, focal lengths, etc.

• The merged HDR images is 16 bit due to the significant (and painful) file size that would result if the HDR merge was 32-bit.

• By default Camera Raw appends the file name with -HDR. You can change this in the Camera Raw Preferences.

• The resulting (merged) DNG files will always default to Process Version (PV) 2012, despite any differing PV settings applied to the source images. This is because PV2012 is required for the extended Exposure range (+/- 10 stops) of 16 & 32bit files, where as PV2003 & PV2010 are restricted to (+/- 4 stops).

– Tap the “A” key to toggle the Align Images feature

– Tap the “T” key to toggle Auto Tone

– Tap the “Y” key  to show the Deghost Shadow Overlay

5:12 AM Permalink

Develop Presets Available for Lightroom CC

I am posting the presets that I often demonstrate while discussing Lightroom’s Develop module. Although many are basic, I hope that they will help show what’s possible in many of the panels.  To install: download and unzip the presets for Lightroom JKostBasicPresets and place the folders in the following location:
• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets
• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets
Note: If you are on a Mac, the Library menu may be hidden depending on your operating system. To reveal it, hold the Option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.
The presets include settings for converting color images to grayscale, color toning using both the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels, selective color removal, lens correction, and grain and post crop vignetting These presets are meant to be a starting point, you can customize any of them as you see fit, save your own, and delete the one’s that you don’t in alignment to your style/workflow.

5:40 AM Permalink

Additional Tips and Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC

Here are a number of hidden gems that were easier to include in list form than in my video. Enjoy!

Import, Library and Collections

• In addition to adding images to a collection on Import, you can automatically add images to a collection when shooting tethered.

• You can show badges in the filmstrip, but have them ignore any accidental clicks (Preferences > Interface > Ignore clicks on badges).

• Flag and Rating categories have been added to the metadata filters.

• “Camera + Lens” and “Camera + Lens Setting” have been added to the Loupe info options (via the View options).

• Moving photos to another folder is faster than in previous versions.

The Develop Module

• When using the Radial and Graduated Filters to make local adjustments, Shift + T will toggle between editing the filter and the brush.

• You can now reposition edits created using the Adjustment Brush by dragging the pin. Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) reverts to the older behavior (“scrubbing” the applied adjustments when click-dragging left or right on the pin).

• Shift-drag to constrain the Adjustment Brush movements vertically or horizontally.

• Click once, then Shift -click in another area with the Adjustment Brush to draw a straight line between the points.

• Hover the cursor on top of the pin to display a Mask overlay for the Gradient and Radial filters.

• When cropping, there is a new Auto button (in the Angle area), that will try to do an auto level similar to the Upright command.

• Control + Tab allows you to cycle through the Upright modes.

• You can now choose CMYK profiles when using the Soft Proofing controls in the Develop Module.

• The Lens correction panel indicates if a photo has built in lens correction applied. (This can be especially helpful for micro 4/3s and mirrorless lenses that can be automatically adjusted using opt codes.)

Additional Preferences

• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) allows resetting of preferences when launching Lightroom. (Launch the app and then immediately hold down the keyboard shortcut keys.)

• The Pinstripe texture option in the Interface preferences has been replaced with a “Darker” gray”


• Percentage options have been added to the image resizing section of the Export Dialog.

The Book Module

• Photo text metadata settings will now be saved with custom pages.

Touch Enabled Devices

• There is a new workspace for touch enabled devices which is very similar to Lightroom on mobile devices. When a keyboard is removed, Lightroom automatically enters this mode. Many of the same gestures that are found when using Lightroom on mobile devices are available for touch enabled devices including;  triple touch to show info, swipe to assign flags and stars,  swipe to move from one image to the next etc. These gestures are also available when the keyboard is attached so that a combination of mouse/gestures can be used at the same time.

• In addition, touch enabled devices have access to all of the panels in the Develop module (they’re not limited to the basic panel like Lightroom on mobile), including local adjustments (spot healing, graduated filter etc.), and custom presets.

Lightroom on mobile devices

Lightroom1.4 for iOS devices now includes the Auto Straighten option and an improved cropping experience.

Lightroom 1.1 on Android now supports device-created DNG files, support for Android tablets and support for micro-SD cards.

11:00 AM Permalink

Adobe Announces Camera Raw 9.0 – Raw Merging of Panoramas and HDR Images!

Discover how easy it is to create high dynamic range images as well as stitch panoramas together using the new PhotoMerge technology within Adobe Camera Raw. Prior to this release, merging multiple exposures of the same scene into a single file had to be done in Photoshop as a pixel based document. But now, Adobe Camera Raw is able to merge the raw image data from multiple source files so that the resulting image contains all of the desired shadow, midtone, and highlight information WITH all of the editing flexibility that comes with raw! For more information, be sure to watch the videos below:
Stitching Raw Panoramas within Adobe Camera Raw 9.0

Raw High Dynamic Range Imaging within Adobe Camera Raw 9.0

10:00 AM Permalink

Adobe Announces Lightroom CC!

04-21-BodieHDRPanoWatch and learn as Julieanne walks through all of the new features and enhancements to Lightroom CC including Face Detection and Recognition, Photo Merge (including raw panoramic stitching and raw high dynamic range image creation), improved slideshow capabilities, faster performance, improved local adjustment tools, HTML 5 compatible web galleries, and more!

Face Detection and Recognition in Lightroom CC 
Discover how to automatically tag images with faces using Lightroom’s new Face Detection and Recognition feature.

Raw High Dynamic Range Imaging within Lightroom CC 
Discover how to combine multiple bracketed exposures into a single high dynamic range (HDR) image that has all of the editing flexibility of a Raw file.

Stitching Raw Panoramas within Lightroom CC 
Discover how to stitch together multiple files into a panorama that has all of the editing flexibility of a Raw file.

Improved Slideshow Creation in Lightroom CC 
Create dynamic slideshows in  Lightroom including automated pan and zooms, additional audio tracks and automatic music syncing.

Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC
Discover new features and enhancements Lightroom CC including faster performance, improved local adjustment tools, HTML 5 compatible web galleries and more!

Click here to see a list of new camera and lens support in Lightroom CC.

9:05 AM Permalink

How to Paste into a Layer Mask in Photoshop

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne reveals a simple technique to paste content directly into a layer mask in Photoshop.

5:04 AM Permalink

Exporting Images from Lightroom

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates the advantage of setting up presets in Lightroom to simultaneously export images to multiple file types, sizes, compression settings etc. You might find even find this method more powerful than Photoshop’s Image Processor!

5:39 AM Permalink

Controlling Selective Color Changes in Lightroom

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates how to use Hue, Saturation, Luminance and the Adjustment Brush to selectively control color in Lightroom. Note: although this video was recorded in Lightroom, the same techniques are available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop.

5:22 AM Permalink

Watermarking Images in Lightroom

In this Episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost shows how to quickly save your vector and raster logos in Photoshop to be applied to photographs in Lightroom as watermarks in the Slideshow, Print and Web modules as well as Publish Services.

5:21 AM Permalink

Creating Transparent Logos for Watermarks and Overlays in Photoshop

In this Episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates how to create a single vector logo out of multiple type and shape layers, specify a consistent size, apply a style and save the entire creation as a Tool Preset! In addition, I will show you how to add a scan of your signature to any photograph with a simple change of a layer blend mode.


5:20 AM Permalink

Creating Your Own Identity Plate in Lightroom

In this episode, I will demonstrate how to create and save your own personalized text and graphic presets to be used as Identity plates to brand your photographs when outputting them to slideshow, print and web.

5:19 AM Permalink

Essential Shortcuts for Lightroom’s Develop Module

In this episode, I will demonstrate how to streamline Lightroom’s Develop module by taking advantage of my top 10 favorite shortcuts & time-saving features in order to eliminate many of the repetitive image adjustment tasks when editing large volumes of images. (Note, although this video was recorded in a previous version, it is still relevant today.)

5:17 AM Permalink

Quick Tips for the Lightroom Print Module

In this Episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne focuses on little known features and helpful hints for making the most out of the Lightroom Print Module. Learn how to create a template for posting images to your blog using the print to JPEG option, apply custom edge effects and backgrounds using Identity Plates, screen back images using the Tone Curve, and more!

5:15 AM Permalink

Enhancing the Light in Lightroom

In this Episode of The Complete Picture Julieanne Kost demonstrates what you can do in Lightroom’s Develop module to enhance your photographs using color and tonality to change the mood and atmosphere of an image. We all know that the goal is to capture the best photograph in camera, but what happens when we aren’t at the right place at the right time? In this training video, I will show you how to make subtle changes to increase the photograph’s emotional impact.

5:13 AM Permalink

Outputting JPEG files from the Book Module in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne will show you how to output JPEG files from the Book module in Lightroom.

5:11 AM Permalink