I’m (Slowly) Becoming More Productive. Here’s How.

There’s a problem with the word productive (a word that everyone is very obsessed with these days). It just means creating. To be really productive means you are simply creating a lot.

The real value lies in being efficiently productive. 

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3 Secret Ways To Make Lightroom Smart Previews Even More Useful

There’s an important new feature in Lightroom 5 that you might not be taking full advantage of: Smart Previews. We’ve been using Smart Previews over the past year and there’s a big tip that I want to share with you.

About Smart Previews

First, a little bit about Smart Previews: You can create Smart Previews of your photos in Lightroom 5. Once you have the Smart Previews, you will be able to view photos in your library, even if they are not currently connected to your computer. You can even edit photos that aren’t currently connected! It’s like magic!

Once you re-connect a hard drive or storage system that contains the photos, the adjustments you made to the Smart Previews will then be applied to the original image.

Smart Previews work by creating a low resolution compressed DNG file from your original raw or JPEG photos in your Lightroom library. This all happens behind the scenes, and you may not even notice that you’re working with Smart Previews in Lightroom (except that the hard drive containing the original files isn’t connected). (For reference Adobe states that 14GB of original photos will take up about 400MB of space in Smart Previews).

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Why Photographers Need a Wacom Tablet

If you’ve never heard of a Wacom tablet, prepare to have your editing world rocked.

If you have heard of one, but didn’t think it was really necessary, think again.

We bought our first tablet nearly 9 years ago, and we have never been without one since. And when I say “never”, I mean that we bring it with us when we travel all over the world. That’s how much of a difference it can make with your editing and retouching!

Quite simply, it helps us get our work done faster. And better. Sign me up!

So this week we’re showing you why these tablets are so useful, and what your options are for getting one into your life. We’ll also give you a quick peek at how they can help you in both Lightroom and Photoshop. Let’s go!

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Four Tips to Help You Commit to a Photography Project

Undertaking new and challenging projects can be scary. Who’s to say whether they’ll turn out the way we want them to, or that they’ll take us where we want to go? When we’re faced with that fear and uncertainty, it’s easy to find reasons not to get started. To say to ourselves stuff like, I’ll do it just as soon as I’ve finished editing that last batch of photos, or when the weather’s right, or the idea’s more solid.

Waiting until the stars align before taking concrete actions towards improving means you could be waiting for a long time. Here are a few tips to help you commit to working on those projects now and to help you see them through to the end.

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6 Bad Photography Habits To Break

Bad habits might not completely ruin your photos, but they can hold you back from creating the best images possible. The worst part about them? We tend not to realize we even have the bad habit until it’s pointed out!

Here are 6 bad habits that can prevent you from being your most awesome photographer self.

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Paperless Organization For Photographers: NeatWorks + Fuji Scansnap S1300 Mini-Review

The Fuji ScanSnap S1300 – an awesome little scanner to help you go paperless!

Is paper cluttering up your life? Does it take up space on your desk and in your mind? Do you ever have a difficult time finding documents or receipts that you need? Then now is the time to get organized and go paperless! Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier than you might think!

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Organizing Your Ideas with XMind & Evernote

Today we’re going to look at two fantastic programs that will help you organize your ideas and your notes. That may sound boring, but it’s actually not at all! In fact, this stuff is exciting. Let me explain.

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