LR, Video, Flash: Learn Remotely

Lightroom 6 is out, and you need it. The End.

OK, not quite the end, but Adobe Lightroom 6 is an amazing workflow and editing tool, and no, you do not need to do the edits in Photoshop: you do almost all of them in Lightroom, as I do. Read yesterday’s post about some of the new features, and there’s a lot more. More description soon.

But how to learn it? It may be great and earth-shattering and all that, but most of us do not just intuitively learn a complicated app simply by playing with it.

Learn Lightroom Remotely:

Well: now there is a better way: I can teach you remotely. Using Google Hangouts, I can show you, and we can set up your workflow, edit photos, create cool presets: while we use the computer together. You see me; I see you; you hear me, I hear you; and we see each other’s desktops.mIt really is almost as good as being in the same room together. Whether you are next door, or in Australia (literally).

This method works so well that I have also started teaching video editing the same way. For my usual teaching rate I teach you individually. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, and preferably a computer with a built-in camera, speaker and microphone.

You see what I do, or I see what you do, while we talk and see each other as though we were in the same room. You will be amazed at how much more quickly you learn with this method.

Video Editing:

I also teach video and how to create video with a digital SLR. Here’s my desktop an hour ago, as I am creating a video export, combining video, audio, pictures, text, and royalty-free music, with a client:

This, too, lends itself very well to teaching remotely using Hangouts.

Pick up your phone and give me a call and from Lightroom to Video to Flash, I will teach you how it all works.  This, too, comes with my usual Full Happiness Guarantee: If you are not delighted, money back. It’s never happened, but if it does, I will honour my promise!

Finally: The Pro Checklist Book! IT WILL BE MADE.

Whether the Kickstarter campaign is successful or not (and you have about 12 hours left, if that) – the printed version of the new “Pro Checklists” book WILL be made. So in the last minutes, please go to Kickstarter (link HERE) now and support this print production, and at the same time benefit from interesting and fun rewards.

If the campaign fails to reach target, I will contact you individually, and I will honour the campaign promise, because come what may, this checklist/best practices book of charts and one-pagers will be made. Print quotes are rolling in as we speak!


Back to work, for me. No rest for the wicked, as they say.  —Michael

Opportunity knocks.

NEWS! My next project is being kickstarter-funded. And I am very excited to be able to tell you about it.

Kickstarter, as you may know, allows a business idea to take place without the investment capital: the public funds it. In return, people who fund it get benefits like funder pricing, extras, and so on.

And mine—wait for it—is a printed version of my new book. This checklist reference book:

A printed version is exactly what we all need. From beginner to pro, all sorts of tables, guidelines, checklists, and more. Here’s the table of content:

Interested yet? Now imagine this on thick stock paper, one sized, with a ring binding at the top, so you can flip it to the page you want; and it’s a 4×6″ sizem so it fits easily in your camera bag, even in your jacket pocket.

Want to help me, and at the same time get lower prices or extra benefits? Then get in


This is what f/22 looks like (at the usual outdoors flash setting of 100 ISO and 1/200 sec):

“You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day, tried to run, tried to hide
Break on through to the other side”

(Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robbie Kreiger, Ray Manzarek/The Doors)
[Read more: The Doors - Break On Through (to The Other Side) Lyrics | MetroLyrics]

This was a normal day, and daytime (i.e. not evening). So with f/22 it turns dark. The flash, fired by means of Pocketwizards and set to manual, 1/4 power) is handheld by the subject, photographer Valerie.

Remember: Flash makes your camera a light shifter.


Basics. Ask.

If you do not understand basic things: ask. There’s no such thing as a bad question, if you don’t understand something and the answer brings you closer to understanding.

I have found often, for instance, that people don’t understand shutter speed. Like “a one thousandth of a second is faster than an eight of a second”., At that stage I lose some people.

So here: shutter speeds explained in one small page.

Read that thoroughly if you are new to photography and all that tech talk confuses you. And if it is still not clear: ask more.

That’s how you learn, by asking. And that’s why I teach. Via Google Hangouts, if you aren’t local: I teach people all over the world, literally. And when most people say “literally”, they mean “not literally”. When I say “literally” I mean “literally”. :-)  See to learn more.


Welcome, TWIP listeners.

Welcome, TWIP (This Week In Photo) listeners. Scroll down, read, check out the ebooks, search, and ask questions. Welcome to the “go-to” instructional photography blog!

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Enjoy and above all, enjoy your photography with the new skills I can teach you. Especially, flash skills. I use small flashes everywhere. Like in this corporate board photo of earliuer this week: see the two gelled flashes to add some excitement?