Digital Photography Basics: Reading Histograms
My Top Photographs of 2014

Sunbeams and fog in a Sacramento Valley orchard, California

The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2014!

We had a great response this year: 268 people looked through my initial selection of 40 images and voted for their favorites on the blog, on Facebook, Google+, and through email. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions! I also really appreciate all the kind words expressed along with the votes. I wish I could respond to every comment, but please know that I’ve read them all and am very grateful for all your support. And also, many thanks to my wonderful assistant Claudia who tallied all those votes!

To express our gratitude to all of you we’ve decided to give away another print to one of the voters. We assigned each person who voted a number, and used a random number generator to pick the recipient. And the winner is… Jeff Nicholas! Jeff will receive a signed, numbered, matted 16×20 print of his choice from among the 40 original selections. Congratulations Jeff!

So here’s the list of the twelve images which received the most picks, and the number of votes they each received:

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My Latest eBook: Landscapes in Lightroom 5

Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide

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“I’m absolutely loving everything about your book! It’s fantastic on all fronts. And your videos are a gigantic bonus; extremely helpful. I love the clarity of your instructional style.”
— Chris Dierdorff

Here it is! My latest ebook, called Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide, is now available.

I’m really excited about this new ebook, because I’ve been able to incorporate features that make this more of a hands-on learning experience. First, you can download the original Raw files used as examples in the ebook, and then follow along with each step yourself – just as if you were attending one of my workshops.

Second, when you purchase the ebook you get exclusive access to eight videos demonstrating different aspects of Lightroom’s Develop Module, like using the Adjustment Brush, Spot Removal Tool, and Point Curve, advanced retouching in Lightroom, and much more. It’s great to read about a tool or technique; it’s even better to watch a demonstration, and then try it yourself on the same image.

Of course the center of all this is the PDF ebook. All the material is brand new, including the examples, where I take you step-by-step through processing six images in Lightroom. You’ll get to see my workflow in action, with a variety of images – high contrast, low contrast, color, and black and white. You’ll learn many specific techniques and tips, but perhaps more importantly, you’ll gain insight into the decision-making process that so many photographers struggle with. How much contrast is enough? How far can you push the saturation without making the image look garish or fake? What’s the right white balance?

And there’s much more. The first section of the ebook is devoted to understanding the Develop Module, and especially the big changes that happened with the introduction of the 2012 process in Lightroom 4. There are many things going on under the hood that haven’t been talked about much (not even by Adobe, for some reason) like the automatic highlight recovery, and how all the Basic Panel Tone Controls are image-adaptive – that is, they auto-adjust their behavior based on image content.

And if you’re still using Lightroom 4, everything in this ebook still applies. In the instances where I use tools that are new to Lightroom 5, I also explain how to do the same thing in Lightroom 4.

And that goes for ACR too! All the tools in Adobe Camera Raw are essentially identical to Lightroom’s Develop Module – they’re just laid out differently, and sometimes work slightly differently. But everything I talk about in this book can be done in Adobe Camera Raw 7.0 or later.

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“Just wanted you to know that I have used LR since the beta the year before it was released. I have used every version since then. In addition, I have taken multiple classes, read many books, and purchased the on-line tutorials of several pretty high-powered professionals. Over the years I have done some pretty darn good processing. But I have never really understood what the heck I was doing with the various adjustments until reading your recent eBook. All of a sudden everything is completely clear, and I am now making adjustments because I know what they will do rather than just noodling around.

“This should be required reading for all Lightroom users, and I am certainly recommending it to my friends. It is light years ahead of anything else I am familiar with. Thanks for writing it…you have changed the way I process!”

— Scott Oberle

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