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Four photography YouTubers actually worth watching

Enter "photography tutorial" in YouTube and you'll get over eight million results.  It's not easy finding the right content but the four channels below provide a top notch starting point for your photography needs.   

Thomas Heaton

I have been following Thomas's YouTube for about two years and I can honestly say that he is a fantastic landscape photographer.  He uploads his vlogs weekly (sometimes more frequently) about photography excursions.  He has a great eye and his photography is really top notch.

Thomas is a great host and his style is very laid back.  What's great is that he is just as likely to upload videos when trips don't go according to plan as wells his successes.  His channel has really exploded in recent months and subscriber numbers are now well over 120K.  Well worth checking out

Serge Ramelli

I learned everything I needed to.know about Adobe Lightroom from Serge.  His free tutorials are fantastic and if you really want you can often download his RAW files to edit and along with the relevant video.

It is not just Lightroom though, Serge also uploads Photoshop tutorials as well as a host of other photography tutorials too.  If you want to be an expert in Lightroom, look no further than Serge.

Jimmy McIntyre

If you use HDR or exposure blending then Jimmy's channel is an ideal stop for you.  I have to admit I am fairly new to the whole exposure blending process but Jimmy's excellent tutorials are an absolute must.  Many of his tutorials revolve around his own software called Raya Pro - if you can afford it, buy it - it really is amazing, as well as exposure blending in Photoshop.  Jimmy talks us through the exposure blending process is laid back style, explaining the intricacies and how to achieve these effects.  You can achieve some remarkable results using exposure blending so this is channel is definitely worth checking out.

The Art of Photography

Hosted by Ted Forbes, this is another channel I have followed for a long time.  Ted is clearly a vastly knowledgeable guy who adores photography.  He offers vlogs which cover topics such as the history of photography, photo assignments and the excellent artist series where Ted meets a highly respected photographer to discuss their work and their work practices.

Have any reccomendations?  WHo do you subscribve to on YouTube?  Leave a comment below.

Make Camera Calibration your first stop in Lightroom editing

With so many options available in Adobe Lightroom it can be difficult to know where to start.  It is all too easy just to follow the built-in work flow of Lightroom: Basic, Tone Curve, and ending with Camera Calibration.  Here I will explain why the 'camera calibration' setting should be your first port of call (after setting your white balance that is!) in order to get a good starting point in your edits.

Image imported with no edits carried out

Image imported with no edits carried out

Depending on your camera, the camera calibration tab will offer you a choice of settings which you can choose from.  You should be able to see in the second image that I have a choice between Adobe Standard, Camera Landscape, Camera Neutral, Camera Portrait, Camera Standard and Camera Vivid, again, you may have different choices depending on your camera and you should try all of these in order to get the histogram you want.

Check the two images below and note the differences between Adobe Standard and my choice of Camera Vivid.  The differences are quite subtle, however, you should be able to notice a stronger blue in the boat and the reflections on sand are more impactful.

The only difference between this and the image above is that I have chosen Camera Vivid as the calibration profile

The only difference between this and the image above is that I have chosen Camera Vivid as the calibration profile

Admittedly this is a subtle change but the point here is to find a better starting point before carrying out any in-depth editing.  You can take this process further by using the saturation sliders in this setting too.  Below you can see the next step where I have slightly tweaked the 'Blue Primary, Saturation' slider.

By increasing the saturation in the Blue Primary sliders you can see a noticeable difference in the boat

By increasing the saturation in the Blue Primary sliders you can see a noticeable difference in the boat

And that;s that.  This is a very simple technique but it really can make a difference to your editting process.  These edits took a total of 10 seconds to carry out so it clear that the often overlooked camera calibration settings can speed-up and improve your editing workflow.  Give it a try and let me know how you get on in the comments.

Got a question about Lightroom?  Leave a comment below and I'll get back to you.