Christopher O'Donnell

Creating Color Harmony

Table of Contents 0:00 Getting Started with Adobe Color Themes 0:53 How Color Contrast Improves the Image Engagement 1:57 Don’t Let a Color Harmony Control Your Processing 2:56 Color Themes will Select the Dominant Colors 4:25 Choosing a Base Color 5:34 Types of Color Harmonies 9:15 Controlling Interest with Color Color Harmony… When you make …

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Learn How to Create Photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop

Welcome! Here you will find a collection of all my articles, guides, eBooks, and mini-courses on landscape photography….specifically, how to creatively process your images in Lightroom and Photoshop. Most of these guides are in-depth and explore the best processing tools specifically for landscape and nature photographers. My philosophy is to find the best darkroom techniques …

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Black and White Points

Black and White Points: Adjusting the Tonal Environment with Contrast

So far, we’ve discussed how to add an anchor point to the curves line…and how pulling that up and down vertically will manipulate your tones (make those pixels brighter or darker). However, what happens when we adjust the black and white points at either end of our curves line?  First, let’s make an adjustment…and then …

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Complete Guide to White Balance in Lightroom and Photoshop

White balance sets the foundation for your color and tonal work (even if you choose black and white treatment)…so it’s much more than simply setting the “mood” of your image. It’s directly related to image quality and clarity, which is why you want to set your white balance at the very start of your processing workflow (whether in Lightroom or Photoshop).

A common misconception is that if you shoot in raw format, then you don’t need to set your in-camera white balance and can simply “fix it in post”…

Steps for Smoother Brushwork in Lightroom and Photoshop

The Brush Tool …

If you’ve done any kind of processing in Lightroom or Photoshop, you’ve most likely worked with the brush tool. It’s the foundation of dodging and burning, any kind of blending, and many other creative processing techniques.

With the brush tool, you can literally paint over the areas you want to change…without the guesswork and unwanted side effects of the brute-force global adjustments. The ability to tailor your processing to the content of your image will not only give you higher-quality results…but will save you a lot of time in the darkroom.

However, this incredible feature can be a little tricky to master since there are quite a few settings that control how your brush performs…

So for this “mini-lecture”, I’ve got something extra-special lined up…two video lessons that will teach you everything to know about (1) how the brush tool works, (2) how to get smooth and seamless brushstrokes, and (3) advanced-level tips for taking full advantage of all this incredible tool has to offer.

Choosing the Right Profile in Lightroom and ACR

When you want to adjust your colors in Lightroom or ACR, most will typically go straight for the HSL panel….which will get you satisfactory results “most” of the time. 

Eventually, you’ll come across an outlier image that just doesn’t seem to play nice with the HSL panel. 

In comes profiles….which let you go “beneath the surface” and determine how the colors in your raw file area interpreted and displayed on your computer.