The reason you should use Lightroom and Photoshop in photography

Have you ever been in a situation when you made photos with a DSLR in RAW-fomat and your pics never looked like professional ones you know from a poster, post card or the internet? And did you ask yourself, if the problem would be caused by your equipment? Or maybe it were your poor techniques which let you feel like an amateur without any skills? Let me tell you folks – it’s not about you or your equipment. It’s actually about the way the modern DSLR cameras are designed! And that’s a good news, isn’t it? With this article I hope to give you some clarity so you can boost up your photography.

At the beginning there are always the basics

Of course, to make good pictures, you need to deal with the photography basics first. You need to know something about the photographic view, about the rule of thirds and so forth. Also, you need to know your camera. An expensive one will not make automatically better pictures. If you don’t know how to use your device, you will not be able to achieve good results at all.

But let’s assume that you have read some books about photography*, bought a good DSLR, e.g. a Canon EOS 6D Full Frame* (but it doesn’t need to be a full frame one), and practiced for a while. Your compositions became better, and you developed a photographic view. Also, you can deal now with the different rules of composition, and you know your camera really good. But every time you make photos, you still see, that they don’t look like the ones from photographers you are inspired by. They still look dull, flat and a kind of lifeless, right? So where is the problem? Here comes the answer for the reason for this situation.

The concept of modern cameras is responsible for tedious pictures

The modern cameras are designed to capture as much information as possible. But they are NOT designed to produce finished photos within the camera. The advantage of this fact is that you can capture with a DSLR up to 4 times more tonal range than with a film camera back at those days. But the capability of capturing wider tonal range has its price. The price for this lies in the reduction of contrast which lets you photos look boring and lifeless. At fist blush it doesn’t make any sense, right?

Well, that all makes sense. The more information a RAW file contains, the more editing it will allow you to do, without losing the quality of the photo.

And it’s your  job to bring these tedious RAW files to life after you made the photos. And the best thing to do this is to use Lightroom and Photoshop* (or other software for photographers)! To show you some examples, let’s take a look on some pictures below:

This one above I made during my hike to the Lake Schrecksee I wrote about in this article.

It’s another on from Lake Schrecksee. You can see that on the original photo the grass wasn’t such green. It wasn’t indeed. I just added some more green during my Lightroom workflow. Someone might say, the photo is too much manipulated because the real scene wasn’s such green. But I don’t concern much every time about reality. Especially then, when the output looks better than the input. The summer of 2018 was devastating and unfortunatelly, the whole Europe looked yellow instead of green in this year. But during the spring, this area was green like an Irish meadow. And that’s it, what I wanted to impart.

Let’s take a look on the last one. I made this during my travel to Naples.

What you need is a Lightroom and a Photoshop workflow

Lightroom (or different software for photographers) should be a main tool for any photographer who wants to give a boost to his or her photos. But what you need to do, is to create a workflow within Lightroom and Photoshop*.

This blogpost is not about how to create a workflow but about the general message of post-processing. But just to sum it up: a Lightroom and Photoshop workflow deals with topics like cropping, adjusting of light, color, hue, saturation, sharpening and so forth. And a workflow allows you to give a recognition factor to your pictures.

If you are new to photography, you maybe don’t know how to do this. But luckily, there are plenty tutorials out there. There are a lot of free courses on Youtube and premium courses as well. So it’s up to you to decide which one you prefer. For example, I started with free courses first but later I also bought some premium tutorials because if you do this, you will get a better support from the publisher if you have any questions.

How much of Lightroom and how much Photoshop is needed?

It’s up to you to decide, and there is no rule which stipulates to do more Lightroom or more Photoshop. On the one hand, Lightroom* was designed for photographers, while Photoshop* is used by photographers and other people, like designers, too. Actually, as a photographer, the most post-processing steps you will be able to achieve in Lightroom and that’s also what I do.

I spend about 80% of my post-processing time in Lightroom, and I use Photoshop just for final sharpenings, removing annoying spots with better tools in Photoshop, adjusting the colours, choosing luminosity masks, and so on. But when I do this, the most work is already done in Lightroom.

On the other hand, Photoshop has a plug-in where you can post-process RAW formats, and thus you can do all the work in Photoshop.

Which solution should you choose?

Well, you alone can answer this by trying out both possibilities. I chose the way of Lightroom because I couldn’t get used to the idea to work in Photoshop only with the RAW plug-in. But this all happened in my head, and when you start to deal with post-processing, you will find your own way. Hence, if you like the way of the process only in Photoshop, it’s fine too. Just try it and figure it out, folks.

So my final words to you are: do some post-processings to improve your photos by using Lightroom, Photoshop or any other suitable software. But keep in mind not to exaggerate and edit wisely. It’s all up to you and your creativity, folks.

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Experience an enjoyable holiday in Bruges

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How to get to Bruges from Brussels airport?

Bruges is a town in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. The closest airport to Bruges is Brussels Airport, which is located approximately 110 km to the east of Bruges. Therefore, the best way to get to Bruges is to hire private car transfer service at Brussels airport. The service offers a large choice of vehicles for travellers. So travellers can choose from a small car to spacious estates. There are cars to suit everyone at Brussels Airport. Mini and compact cars are perfect if you want something practical to get around the city. After booking the service, the diver will personally pick you up and drive you straight from Brussels airport to Bruges*. The driver will be happy to recommend you some of the best restaurants or hotels in town or answer any other question concerning your stay in Bruges.

There are many hotels where you can stay in

Bruges has a huge variety of accommodation options, ranging from cheap and cheerful hotels to exclusive canal-side guesthouses. Despite this being an expensive city, it is possible to pick up a reasonably priced room. The Bruges hotel room rates are based on double occupancy of a twin or double room at the standard rate, including breakfast and all taxes.

You can find wonderful hotels for refined living such as Bonifacius. This cosy, canal-side guesthouse dates back to the

16th century and is one of the city’s most photographed private buildings. In addition, the Hotel Pand, a small luxury hotel located in the heart of the old town. Sumptuous, this former 18th-century carriage house has a friendly, laid-back ambience and one of the best champagne breakfasts in the city.

Best attraction and things to do in Bruges city

Bruges is small and can be easily toured in two days. No need to panic that there will be enough time to do and see everything. What makes it such a great place is that a lot of doing Bruges has to do with just sitting, watching and enjoying new view.

In addition, Bruges is a picturesque medieval town encapsulated in a circular canal. Very similar to Amsterdam and some German cities in many ways, even more seductive and memorable. In the main square of the paved market, there are many horses and carts that go around the world. Not to mention the high bell tower and colourful houses shaped like gingerbread, really made us feel like we had been transported back to medieval times. In addition to that, the art of cooking French fries is one that has been perfected by the Belgians. You can buy them from stands that are open from morning to night in the main market square. Also, the shops specializing in Belgian chocolate are three of four to a street. It is possible to sample chocolates non-stop in the course of a day wandering. Finally, Bruges is full of great things to do with kids.

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Salkantay Trek diary – Part 7: Machu Picchu – a citadel that never was lost

This is the seventh and the last part of my diary about my journey to Peru and the Salkantay Trek. Click here to read the sixth part, folks. As we approached at the bus station this morning at approximately 5 a.m., we assumed to be the first ones. But not a chance! We saw there about 100 people standing in line and waiting for the busses. Our consideration, arriving at 4:45 a.m. would have been too early, and Ramiro would exaggerate. But it turned out he was right so we worried now to miss the first bus and arrive at Machu Picchu at a time where it would be too crowded…

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Salkantay Trek diary – Part 6: A rude awakening or the fourth day of the trek

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This is the sixth part of my diary and the fourth day of the Salkantay Trek, folks. To read the fifth part, please click here. Our destination Machu Picchu is getting closer, and I am looking forward for this fourth trekking day. Yesterday, after several hours of hiking, we drove the second part of the day by bus to our night camp which is located in Santa Teresa and visited the hot springs. Today we will walk to the place called Aguas Calientes and have to send our luggage via train to Aguas Calientes. So read on, folks.

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Salkantay Trek diary – Part 5: Santa Teresa and hot springs

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This is the fifth part of my Salkantay Trek, folks. To read the fourth part, please click here. Today we will leave Chaullay, and this will be the third hiking day of the Salkantay Trek towards Machu Picchu. The last two days were quite challenging, and especially the yesterday’s descent which lasted about 6 hours, left its marks. I don’t know how the other ones feel but by waking up I felt a pretty intensive muscle ache in my legs. So hiking sticks* are very advisable for those trips, folks. At least to mitigate sore muscles.

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