Cleaning Shoes – Digitally

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Every now and then a photo session turns into such a spontaneous creative endeavour that you don’t want to interrupt it to do something mundane as cleaning something up.

While I was shooting the band, I realized that I would have to do some digital clean-up later, but the spirit of the moment was so strong that I bit the bullet and went with the flow. I’m glad I did. In this video you can watch over my shoulder as I use Lightroom and Photoshop to clone dirt and a logo out of a pair of red soles. A 30 minute session condensed into 3.5 minutes.

1 Hour 1000 Pics – Lightroom Pro Tip: Find Out Which Pictures Aren’t In A Collection Yet

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I’m really happy that so many people feel that what I address in 1 Hour 1000 Pics is as essential as I feel it is: learning to make confident and good decisions about the vast amount of pictures in your library.

If you want to bring your library of uncategorized images on board, this one is for you.

In Chapter 11 (Importing Pictures) I explain how you put photos of individual events into separate collections as a starting point for boiling them down. The one thing that would make that much much easier was if you had a way to identify the pictures that are not in a collection yet.

Unfortunately Lightroom doesn’t have an easy way to do that, but here is a workaround that works well:

1. Create a Smart Collection, I named mine “Not in a collection”
2. Set up the filter rule like this:

Not in a collection

Now whenever you open that collection, it will show you all the pictures that are not in a collection just yet, making it that much easier to know which files still need work and which ones don’t.

Chris Marquardt's new eBook 1 Hour 1000 Pics - Supercharge your Lightroom Workflow shows you a way to dramatically speed up your Lightroom workflow while making confident decisions about your pictures. It can be found at

It’s here! Discover Lightroom – Video Workshop with Chris

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It’s finally here! 6.5 hours (!) of DRM-free HD 720p video that works on almost any device and that covers almost everything that’s there to know about Lightroom. Comes with demo files, so you can try everything that you see in the video with the same files Chris uses.

What’s best: watch over half an hour of free previews – and you choose the price!

Discover Lightroom - Video Workshop with Chris Marquardt

The Focus Ring Reunited

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The Photocast Network is still alive… :)

The Guests:

Jeff Curto
John Arnold
Martin Bailey
Chris Marquardt
Ibarionex Perello

Photographer Recommendations:

Fred Herzog
Jaime Ibarra
Sebastio Salgado
Eugene Atget
Kathleen Connally
Vivian Maier

Photocast Network Reunion

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Well, it’s a one-time event for now, but it should be a ton of fun!

As Ibarionex Perello put it:

The return of the OG podcasters. Jeff Curto (The History of Photography & Camera Position), Chris Marquardt (Tips from the Top Floor), Martin Bailey (Martin Bailey Photography Podcast) and Ibarionex Perello (The Candid Frame) resurrect the Focus Ring for what could be a one-time only event.

Each has been producing their podcasts for over 7 years and were once affiliated together through the Photocast Network.

In this gathering, we have the opportunity to play catch up and discuss photography, life, podcasting and why the hell we all look so much older.

It’s an international event representing the USA, Japan and Germany, hence the early start time.

If you can come and join the fun.

The timing was chosen to make sure we get the US, Europe and Japan at the table. If you can’t make it live, the event will be available on YouTube later.

» The Candid Frame Live: Getting the Band Back Together