Saturday, July 22, 2017

It IS Possible to Edit a Video in Lightroom – Here’s How to Do It

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I rarely shoot video. It’s just something that doesn’t usually pop into my head when I’m out with my camera; I’m so consumed with capturing still images that the idea of capturing video is an afterthought for me. There have been times when I walked away from a scene thinking, I could have gotten a cool video out of that. And then I’m over it. When I do record video footage it’s usually with my iPhone and it’s significantly better than the videos my 1-year-old nephew makes by accident, but that’s hardly a point of pride for me.

So, I don’t find it surprising that people don’t ask me questions about video editing. I can tell you how to use the templates in iMovie. That’s about it. But I’ve recently had a number of people ask me specifically about video editing…in Lightroom. Of course Lightroom will import videos from a memory card, but what’s the point since you can’t edit videos in Lightroom. Or can you?

Yes, it is possible to edit videos in Lightroom. Here’s how to do it.

Locate the Video You Want to Edit

Videos show up in the Library module, right alongside your photos.

Select Video and Click on the Develop Module

This is probably the point where most people assume video editing is a no-go in Lightroom and just give up. With your video selected, once you open the Develop module you’re greeted with this somewhat annoying message: Video is not supported in Develop. That tells you everything you need to know, right? Not really.

Return to the Library Module

Switch back to the Library module and beneath your video you will notice a bar containing playback controls.

Click the little gear icon at the far right end of this bar to bring up a frame-by-frame view of your video.

Drag the playhead to select a frame — any frame you like, really. Then click the box just left of the gear icon and choose Capture Frame. This will create a separate .jpg of the selected frame.

Now Back to the Develop Module

Now that Lightroom has given you a good old fashion image file, you can head back to the Develop module and edit it as usual — apply sharpening, contrast, clarity, adjust white balance, even apply a preset. Once you’re done editing, select both the video file and the image file (Cmd-click for Mac, Ctrl-click for Win). Then click Sync…

A dialogue box will appear. Click Synchronize. The changes you made to the .jpg file will now be applied to your video file. Head back over to the Library module to play your beautifully edited video.

Final Thoughts


I doubt this will cause anyone to excitedly make Lightroom their go-to video editing application, but apparently there is an audience out there that’s curious about how to go about this. As I always, options are a good thing. And now that you know how to edit video in Lightroom, you’ve got one additional option…in case you can’t get your hands on one of the dozens of better options available. As you can see, it’s limited and the process is somewhat obtuse, but it works!

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Nur zum Meer ist es ein wenig weit

12:03:00 AM

Eingewachsenes, älteres Gewächshaus im Grünen.

Ein Beitrag von: Linda Nau

Die Fotoarbeit „Nur zum Meer ist es ein wenig weit“ ist die persönliche Dokumentation einer deutschen Aussteigerkommune in Italien. Hier bin ich aufgewachsen. Die Arbeit schlägt eine Brücke zwischen meinen Kindheitserinnerungen und der Gegenwart, zwischen vermeintlicher Objektivität der Fotografie und radikaler Subjektivität spürbar erlebter Momente erinnerter Biografie.

„Utopiaggia“ nannte sich die Gruppe junger Deutscher, die 1982 auf der Suche nach einem alternativen Lebensmodell in Italien ein Stück Land mit drei verfallenden Häusern kaufte, um dort selbstbestimmt und unabhängig gemeinsam zu leben. Hier wollten meine Eltern mit Gleichgesinnten eine Utopie vom besseren Leben für sich und ihre Kinder verwirklichen.

Kommune bedeutete für die jungen Aussteiger*innen in erster Linie Verfügungsgewalt über die eigenen Lebens- und Arbeitsformen und die Gestaltung ihrer eigenen politischen und kulturellen Sphäre in einer überschaubaren Gemeinschaft. Für meine Diplomarbeit ging ich 2015/16 mit der Kamera in Utopiaggia auf die Suche: Was ist von der Utopie von damals geblieben?

Mann in gelber Jacke draußen im Nebel von hinten.Zwei junge Personen warm angezogen vor etwas, das wie ein Zelt anmutet, auf Paletten sitzend.

Baum, an dem zwei Leitern lehnen, auf denen kleine Kinder klettern.

Playmobilboot in einer blauen Schale, schwimmend im Wasser.Silhouette eines Kleinkindes, das mit überkreuz ausgestreckten Armen an einem Schrank lehnt

Zimmer mit ungemachtem Bett und vielen Zeitungsbildern an der Wand.

Ältere Dame mit zurückgelehntem Kopf auf einem TreckersitzWilder Fenchel vor einem blauen Himmel.

Playmobilschiff und Figuren vor eingestaubten, riesigen Weinflaschen.

Kleines Kind in einer offenen Tür stehend, im Anschnitt erwachsene Person mit Baby auf dem Arm.Aufgeschnittene Wassermelone, die grade verzehrt wird.

An einer Schnurr aufgehängte Trauben vor einem Fenster.

Portrait zweier junger Mädchen, im Freien sitzend. Eine auf dem Tisch und eine auf einem Stuhl, sich gegenseitig haltend.Konstrukt aus Holzstangen umwickelt mit Sackleinen, im Freien stehend.

Eingewachsenes, älteres Gewächshaus im Grünen.

Kleines Kind hat eine einzelne Brombeere auf seiner ausgestreckten Hand und bedeckt seine Blöße mit einem Tuch.Junges Mädchen im Bikini kniet an einem See im Gebüsch.

Ausstellungsansicht von gerahmten Fotografien an einer Wand.

Immer mehr entwickelte sich das Projekt zu einer persönlichen Spurensuche nach den Gefühlserinnerungen meiner Kindheit. Mit meinem zweiten Sohn im Tragetuch und der alten Pentax-Mittelformatkamera vor dem Bauch tauchte ich ins Schattenreich des Halb- und Unbewussten ein, indem ich mich – wie eine dort heute noch lebende Mitbgegründerin beschreibt – „halb wie im Traum durch die Schleier, die sich in vielfachen Schichten um das Eigentliche gelegt haben“, vortastete.

Anmerkung der Redaktion: Das Buch zur Diplomarbeit gibt es bisher noch nicht käuflich zu erwerben. Es ist jedoch in Planung und wird über die Webseite der Fotografin erhältlich sein.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Creative Challenges – Capturing Motion

5:23:00 AM

Capturing motion in your photograph requires you to have a very good control over your camera’s setting. However your technical skills alone cannot guarantee an photos with impact. To create a photo that captures motion and create impact you will also need to get creative. Here are few examples that show cases motion:

  • Big Island, Hawaii

    Big Island, Hawaii

  • Aspen. Colorado

    Aspen, Colorado

  • Maui, Hawaii (HI), USA

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Skogar, Iceland

  • Evening Light on Mount Rundle – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Objective: Create a series of images with motion as the central theme.
What You Will Learn

  • How to capture many different types of motion with your photography.
  • How a fast shutter speed can freeze motion and capture details that aren’t easily seen with the human eye.
  • How a slow shutter speed can eliminate distractions and capture patterns by blurring motion.
  • How blending multiple exposures can help you to capture extremely slow motion or only select motion in the scene.
  • How to creatively embrace motion in the field instead of fighting it.

Here is a video in which Varina walks us through her thought process in the field as decides which camera settings to use as she captures different types of motion. She provides examples of motion at several different shutter speeds and offers some inspiration for making the most of the motion in your environment.

Are you ready to jump in and get started? Feel free to submit your images in the comments below:

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.

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Should You Use a Protective Filter?

5:03:00 AM

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One of the first things you are told when getting into photography is to buy protective filters for your lenses. These would normally be an ultra violet filter but you may also have been suggested a skylight filter. The latter are no longer recommended for digital photographers as they can introduce a slight colour cast that effects the white balance. The former, UV filters can be bought pretty cheaply but like everything photographic, cheap is not always a good option. When you start to step up to better quality UV filters, the price increases dramatically. With this in mind, do UV filters actually provide protection to your lens or is it an urban myth?

Conventional wisdom suggests that putting a UV filter on your lens gives it several levels of protection. The first is that it protects the lens from dust, sand and any other particles that might otherwise adhere itself to the front element of that lens.

Secondly it protects against fingerprints and smears from the general day to day handling of the lens. Perhaps the most controversial suggestion is that a UV filter protects the front element from smashing in a fall to the ground or by bashing into something.

Beyond the protection another often mooted reason to use a UV filter is to reduce to eliminate haze in the distance of landscapes.

So these are the arguments for using a protective filter, lets have a closer look at each one to see if they really stand up.

A protected lens. Or is it? By Ryan Tir

Protection from Dust and Other Particles

Yes a UV filter will undoubtably protect from particles that might adhere themselves or even scratch the front element of your lens. The question is how likely is this to happen? If you regularly shoot in hostile environments such as windswept beaches or the desert, a UV may very well stop that abrasive sand scratching your lens. However in many day to day cases there is unlikely to be an issue.

Protection from Fingerprints

Again a UV filter will protect your front element from fingerprints and other smears. The acid in your fingerprint may overtime react with lens coatings and cause image degradation. Both fingerprints and smears can lower lens contrast.

The issue is that as a large piece of flat glass, a UV filter is much more prone to getting fingerprints on it than the front element of a lens. This means you are much more likely to have to constantly clean the filter than your would do the lens. With a lens hood on, the front element is pretty well protected from day to day touch anyway. If you have a regular lens cleaning regime, its pretty unlikely that fingerprints will remain on your glass long enough to cause any damage.

A large flat piece of glass is more of a fingerprint magnet than a front element. By Teresa Trimm

Protection from Damage

This one is perhaps the most often mooted reason to use a UV filter. But is it really going to protect a lens in a fall? I would suggest not. A wafer fine piece of glass on the front of your lens is going to be significantly weaker than the large relatively thick convex front element of that lens. In a fall, the front element will either break or not regardless of whether there is a filter on it. The filter will not add any other extra protection to the lens body either. Any shock that hits the filter will be transmitted through the lens doing as much damage as without the filter.

A direct hit on the front of the lens although unlikely, will still not be protected by a UV filter. Again a decent lens hood here is more likely to protect the front element than a filter.

Would the lens have broken without the UV filter? We will never know. By Elliot

Reducing Haze in Landscapes

Whilst this was very much a useful application for UV filters in the film era, it is no longer the case today. Digital sensors are very good at filtering out UV light to the point where a UV filter has no effect on distant image quality. Whilst you might not see any image degradation with a good quality UV filter, it can make the lens more prone to lens flare than shooting towards the sun.

Does a UV filter cut haze on digital sensors? Probably not. By Robert Pittman

There are very few reasons why you shouldn’t use one. Potential for a slight image degradation and lens flare are two of them. The inconvenience of screwing on and off filters if you use other filters is another. However, to use a UV filter in the hope that it will protect your lens from a fall may well be folly. Yes in certain conditions it will protect the front element from abrasive particles, fingerprints or smears but as an insurance against a broken front element, its unlikely.


Using UVs is a personal choice. Early in my career every one of my lenses had a UV filter. For the last 10 years none of them have. The only lens I have ever damaged would not have been saved by a UV filter. The cost a good quality 77mm UV filter would actually have been more that it cost me to get that lens repaired.

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