Happy Women’s History Month. Our March theme is #Lr_Strength . Submit your photos to the hashtag for the chance to be featured. 💪
Happy Women’s History Month. Our March theme is #Lr_Strength . Submit your photos to the hashtag for the chance to be featured. 💪
Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here, welcome back to #LightroomLessons . Many of us are physically isolated right now, and in these times it becomes even more important to share and connect virtually. In that spirit, swipe through today’s mini-tutorial to learn how to easily share out an album of photos from Lightroom! • Here in California we’re under a “shelter in place” order, and it’s crucially important to respect that so as to slow the spread of the coronavirus and save lives. I’m very lucky that I’m able to work from home, but even so it’s hard to stay home 100% of the time because I have a four year old who really wants to run around outside. So this past weekend we took a quick trip to our neighborhood beach, the one outdoor spot near us that’s spacious enough for us to remain a safe distance away from any other people. While we were there I took some pictures and wanted to share them with friends and family who we can’t see in person right now. • Step 1: First, create the album you want to share. To add a photo to an album, long press on the photo to select it, then tap “Add To”. Lightroom will allow you to create a new album, or pick an existing album to which the photo will be added. • Step 2:⠀ Find the album in your Albums list, and tap its three dot menu icon. • Step 3:⠀ Tap on “Share & Invite”. • Step 4:⠀ Tap on “Enable Sharing”. • Step 5:⠀ By default, only people who are explicitly invited can see the album. To invite people, tap on “Invite People”. • Step 6:⠀ Alternately, to allow anyone to see the album without needing to be invited, tap on “Link Access”… • Step 7:⠀ …and then switch it from “Invite Only” to “Anyone Can View”. • Step 8:⠀ Tap on the clipboard icon to copy the link to the album. You can then paste that link into an email, text message, social media post, etc. Anyone who clicks the link can see your shared album! • Step 9:⠀ When you’re done, tap the checkmark. And stay safe, everyone! Flatten the curve!
#Lr_Strength Photo by @wiktorborozdin || During springtime, I'm obsessed with macro photography. I love to capture nature in all her different stages. I’m always trying to find new places and capture different perspectives. This year, I've been working focusing on shallow depth of field and playing around with different bokehs. This capture was pure luck. • I was walking around the park with my camera, looking for a good subject when I noticed this little white beauty on the meadow and a spot of a beautiful blue sky behind it. It wasn’t easy to seek out in the crowded park with trees and bushes, but then I ran into this little guy. Since I don't remove any flowers from my pictures, and I couldn't change the angle too much, the other little bud in the background had to be included. I originally thought I’d remove him during the post processing stage, but in the end, I decided to keep it. That’s why I call this picture, “The Ghost.”
#Lr_Strength Photo by @operio .photography || I'd headed down to Deception Pass State Park, WA with a group of friends. Due to the wildfires in B.C., we were worried we wouldn't be able to take any photographs. The landscape was completely obscured, but after the smoke rolled through, we were able to get some decent shots. • What I remember the most about that day is the laughter. This photograph, to me, is a reminder that great views and beautiful places are always better and more memorable when you're enjoying it with friends.
#Lr_Strength Photo by @navidbaraty || Last June I traveled to Cape Canaveral, with Bill Nye and The Planetary Society, to photograph the launch of their LightSail 2 spacecraft aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The launch was at 2:30am and it was absolutely incredible. The rocket was so powerful, I could feel it reverberate in my chest even being 3 miles away from the pad. • Earlier in the day, just as I arrived at the launch pad with the other photographers, the mirror on my Nikon D800 came unglued. With no camera shops around, I decided I had to try to fix it. So, on the floor of the IMAX theater in the Kennedy Space Center, I reattached the mirror to my camera with krazy glue. I was beyond thrilled that the glue held together through the insane heat and humidity of the night and into the morning.
#Lr_Strength Photo by @jessie .b.photo || International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing women in my life, my daughter in particular. • I wanted to create an image that spoke to mothers directly. To show that I'm raising my daughter to be a strong, educated, confident woman who will stand up for herself, challenge setereotypes and broaden perceptions. This image stands as a reminder that women can still be sensitive yet strong, powerful yet feminine, and brave yet tender.
Photo by @ben .pinto || On my first day in Paris after a 10 hour+ road trip, I headed to Montmartre in search of a place to have dinner, and as I always do, I grabbed my camera because I didn’t want to miss any moment. • As soon as I started climbing this uphill area, I noticed how beautiful it was, and I photographed this exact cafe from the bottom of the street. After reaching the top, I decided to look back at the view and realized how beautiful this building looked from the side, so I decided to capture it without thinking too much of it. As soon as I returned home to edit it, I noticed its real beauty in the details, so I decided to crop it, applying the rule of thirds. The way the layers flowed from the foreground to the horizon in the background just felt so right. • My style has been developing and changing over time. Two style aspects that I invest time into incorporating, are sky highlights and making the ideal crop with minimal negative space. This photo represented both perfectly.
#Lr_Strength Photo by @damon_powers || I’m a storm chaser based out of Southwest Florida. I spend countless hours in the summers chasing the perfect shot. This shot captures a sea-breeze thunderstorm off the coast of Anna Maria Island, FL. • Mother Nature is the most powerful thing on this planet. Lightning is one of her many strengths and to me, her most beautiful one. • I use Lightroom to edit all my images; I like it because I can organize and edit my images quickly, effectively, while having the option to dial in my raw images to get them exactly how I want them. It’s simple and easy to use for anyone.
Photo by @davillasana || I was on a travel assignment for the New York Times ( @nytimestravel ) in Guatemala’s Rio Dulce region when I was invited to a climate change event at the Ak’Tenamit community. • I’ve always loved this image of a young woman whose face is aglow as she carries a candle through the jungle with hundreds of other students steadily making their way up a mountain where they gave offerings and said prayers for the protection of Mother Nature. #It reminds me of the power of youth and climate activists who are bravely speaking out against lackadaisical governments that fail to take real action against one of our generation’s biggest threats to humanity. These young people give me hope for a better future. • Thank you so much for following along! It was an honor to share the moments I’ve photographed of women and girls embodying strength and resilience with you all to celebrate this month. Please keep tagging your images with #Lr_Strength to share your pictures of women and girls’ empowerment this month!
Photos by @davillasana || In 2016, when the world began to turn away from the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria, I began to document the aftermath of the consequences that women and girls endured from ongoing attacks by militants. • Although they’re grappling with the effects of unspeakable violence, economic instability, loss of loved ones, and a fractured society, to me the women in these images show the power of courage, perseverance, and sisterhood.
Photos by @davillasana || These pictures are from my long-term project, “A Light Inside” ( @alightinsideproject ), which focuses on the life-threatening challenges transgender women face throughout Latin America. Due to factors such as systemic discrimination, transphobia, and lack of access to healthcare, furthering their education, and employment opportunities, 80% of trans homicides occur in this region and most trans women don’t live past 35 years old. • I have dedicated nearly a decade to documenting communities of trans women throughout this region, not only to raise awareness of these human rights abuses, but because they are the definition of strength. • Women like Asumi, Briss, and Yasuri, who are pictured here, show what it means to be true to oneself despite the consequences for doing so and to teach society that your identity cannot be taken away—it is like a light that glows within each of us. Sadly, however, throughout my time knowing these women, many have passed away, such as Yasuri, who dreamt of getting married and having a family one day.
Photos by @davillasana || The following images are from two projects, supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation ( @theiwmf ), touching on Honduras’ endemic violence. Moments such as these show a different side to what we normally see in mainstream media about Honduras: hope, resilience, and community among Hondurans. • In the first photo, school children hold hands in Honduras’ Bajo Aguán region where farmers speak of "murder, torture, and violent land evictions" by large landowners. • The next three photos are from San Pedro Sula, which has been ranked as one of the world’s most violent cities outside a war zone for multiple years. • Though gang violence, impunity, and lack of access to upward mobility is a reality for many Hondurans, people such as the women and girls in these images seek avenues to continue thriving despite these dire circumstances.
Photo by @davillasana || Hi everyone, Happy Women’s History Month! My name is Danielle Villasana and I’m an independent photojournalist whose documentary projects focus on human rights, women, identity, health, and migration worldwide. It’s an honor to share moments I’ve photographed of women and girls embodying strength and resilience with you all, in honor of this month. I’d love to see your pictures of women and girl's empowerment too, so please tag your images with #Lr_Strength to share your stories with us! • Yoselin Chavez, a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patient, discovered she was pregnant at 16 years old. Though shocked by the unexpected pregnancy, she summoned the strength to face these obstacles and continue with her treatment. "I'm doing it for my baby because I want to be by his side, because I want to see him [and] hug him. I'm doing it for that and because I want to live, I don't want to die just yet," she said. Here, Yoselin holds her newborn daughter in Lima, Peru. • Spending time with Yoselin throughout the months of her pregnancy and after giving birth, I was incredibly impressed by her maturity and ability to juggle so many challenges at such a young age. Her family is also very tight-knit and her mother, who had also recently given birth, was a massive source of strength for her. Seeing three generations of women under one roof growing and learning together was very special and something I’ll always remember.
Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here, welcome back to #LightroomLessons . Swipe through today’s mini-tutorial to learn how to quickly and easily find the photo that you’re looking for in Lightroom, without having to bother doing any organization up front. • Step 1: I knew I had this jellyfish photo that I wanted to share with you guys. But I took it a while ago, and scrolling through my 29,725 photos trying to find it would just make me crazy. And of course I always mean to organize my photos, but I never do (taking pictures and editing pictures is a lot more fun that organizing pictures… ). So how do I find this jellyfish picture if I’ve never bothered to tag it with a keyword or put it in an album? Simple! First, tap on “All Photos”. • Step 2: Tap on the magnifying glass to open the search field. • Step 3: Then just type in whatever you’re looking for (in this case I typed “jellyfish” ) and tap “search”! Remember, you don’t need to have assigned any keywords to photos or anything like that. Lightroom simply performs image analysis to find the thing you’re looking for. • Step 4: That’s more like it! My 29,725 photos have been narrowed down to the 140 photos in which Lightroom found a jellyfish. Now it’s much simpler to scroll through and find the one I’m looking for. Give this a try on your own photos: search for something like “dog” or “mountain” or even abstract concepts like “love”. Note that Lightroom organizes the search results by confidence - results at the top are photos that Lightroom is pretty sure contain the thing you’re looking for, results near the bottom are photos that Lightroom is less certain about.
Photos by @gunnerstahl .us || For our final #BlackHistoryMonth artist spotlight, we’re honoring the ambitious Gunner Stahl. • For Gunner, #BlackHistoryMonth signifies so much more than what he learned in school when he was growing up. Watching a video of Martin Luther King Jr. 's “ I Have a Dream” speech and learning about the Underground Railroad are vitally important to understanding black history, but Gunner is convinced that it should go further. • Through his art and his actions, Gunner aims to push the importance of speaking on what it could be, while being honest about black representation across the board. As the world evolves, so will photography, as it is shaped by and around black culture. It is artists like Gunner, with ambition and desire for accurate representation, who will ultimately evolve the nature of Black History Month, and how we, as observers, understand it. Read more about Gunner, Sheila, and Deborah at the link in bio.
#Lr_Texture photo by @ashwalkernz || This photo was taken during my first visit to the Muriwai Gannet Colony in Auckland, New Zealand. Around 1200 of them nest here from August to March, their nests are arranged with satisfyingly neat precision in the limited space on the cliff and a couple of nearby rocky islands. • It was a moody day with low clouds and strong winds. The sea was rough, and the birds were energetic. It was fascinating to watch the gannets soaring, crash landing and bickering—I could have watched for hours. The patterns they made on the cliff were incredible and the contrast of the swirling sea was beautiful.