In either case, the winds caused this fire to blow up suddenly Sunday at about 12:30 p.m., closing all the trails in and around Little Yosemite Valley, and forcing the park service to evacuate 50 hikers from the top of Half Dome by helicopter! A big news story, as you can imagine. As of yesterday, the fire was estimated at 2,600 acres. They’re using helicopters, air tankers, and ground crews to contain it. All the park roads and facilities are open, and fortunately no one has been injured by the fire.
There were quite a few photographers at Washburn Point Sunday night, and no wonder – the fire was a spectacular sight. Moonlit clouds kept streaming in from the south, and several times we saw lightning in the distance. Two separate rain showers just missed us, but passed directly over the fire. The first shower seemed to noticeably dim the flames. After the second, heavier shower, a large bank of fog rose up, obscuring the fire and Half Dome. The fog may actually have been steam, created by water hitting the fire. These brief showers didn’t put the fire out, but they probably slowed it down.
My Latest eBook: Landscapes in Lightroom 5
Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide
PDF ebook plus video tutorials
87 double-page spreads
“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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