One Minute Landscape Fixes with Luminar 4

Let’s face it – we’re not always lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. There are just too many variables, with weather being the one we have the least control over.

In my case, that means coming back with images that just don’t match my expectations for the location or what I saw in my mind at the time. Luckily, there are easy fixes to most of these problems.

AI, or Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days, and it’s making its way into our image editing software (and cameras!). Luminar 4, from Skylum, has a number of very useful AI tools that can quickly turn a blah image into something worth sharing. For this post, I’ve selected an image I captured in Joshua Tree National Park, and kept my editing time down to one minute or less just to see what could be done.

Here’s the original image:

Starting off in Luminar 4 in the Essential panel, I use AI Enhance, and boost the Accent to 50. I’m going to leave the AI Sky Enhancer at 0, as I have something else in mind here:

Next, AI Structure, where I use an Amount of 30, and a Boost of 15 to add detail into the image without having the halo effect you often get from sharpening.

Next is the Landscape Enhancer, where I can add a little dehaze, warming, and slight boost to the greens in the Joshua Trees.


Finally, I’ll select the Creative panel, and fix up that drab sky with the AI Sky Replacement control. Selecting one of the included skies, Luminar will adjust the lighting in my image as needed


Total time, about 45 seconds. Here’s the before and after. What used to be hours of masking, selecting, and adjusting is now just a few clicks away!

– BPSOP Instructor: Jon Canfield 

Jon teaches:

Luminar Essentials 

Mastering Apple Photos



Flora through frosty window (and not only in winter!)

Beauty of photographing flora lays in the variety of different techniques you can try to get different and creative results! One of them, which we cover in our course Photographing Flora is to photograph through frosty window.

Results are extraordinary – and you have to agree – they are different!

Now – yes, we know – how the heck should I photograph flowers through frosty windows if a) winter season decided to ignore us this year and it is so warm! Or b) I live in the area where frosty windows are unheard of?

Fear no more and don’t give up on your creative project, as there is such a thing like “Spray Glass Frost”! Yes! It costs few bucks and you can order it online on Amazon here or buy it in your local craft store. All of the images you see here were taken with outside temperature 50F (10C) and you have to admit, they look very realistic and very “wintery”.

Application is very simple – just spray your dry window (inside), wait few minutes and voilá – frost is here! You can place your flora subjects in front or behind the window, results are stunning in both cases. Caution – do not clean your window with any detergents before spray application, it would destroy the effect…

To learn more how to photograph Flora, please join us in our class Photographing Flora – we would be delighted to meet you and explore plenty other creative ways together!

Monika and Patrik Banas

Our Flora Portfolio can be found here.



Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom CC – What’s the Difference?

Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom CC – What’s the Difference?
And which one should you use?


How Did You Get the Shot? Southwest Florida


Are you confused by the difference between Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC? The class that I teach on this platform is the more advanced Lightroom Classic CC which gives you full editing ability and you are able to store your images on your own hard drive.

The cloud-based Lightroom CC is two years old now and has come a long way in its editing capabilities, but there are distinct differences between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. Lightroom CC is actually theCapturing the shot in Southwest Florida same application as Lightroom mobile but is available on your desk top computer.

As a Lightroom Classic user, I prefer to use Lightroom CC as my mobile application, synced between my devices. I can upload images when I’m traveling and make adjustments to my favorite images. Because of the file sizes from my full frame camera, I choose not to upload all of my images to Lightroom mobile when I’m on the road as it would take up all my space in my iPad. I choose to use other methods for backup when traveling. You can of course purchase hard drives suitable for travel to back up your images.

Lightroom CC is designed to be a cloud-based system that syncs together across desktop, mobile, and web. Lightroom Classic CC is designed for desktop-based (file/folder) digital photography workflows. It’s a well-established workflow solution that is distinct and separate from the cloud-based Lightroom CC.

By separating the two products, Adobe is allowing Lightroom Classic CC to focus on the strengths of a file/folder based workflow, while Lightroom CC addresses the cloud/mobile-oriented workflow.

What is the difference and which one is best for you?

Lightroom CC
Lightroom CC is a cloud-based service with three device-based apps: desktop, mobile and web.
Lightroom CC is designed and built around 3 principles:

Simple use—Lightroom CC offers image editing on the go and offers a simple solution to image editing, but doesn’t offer the powerful editing that Lightroom Classic CC does
Syncing across all your devices—Lightroom CC will work the same across desktop, mobile, and web. Syncing will only work with wifi access, so keep that in mind if you are traveling in areas without internet service.

Cloud Based—Everything you do in Lightroom CC is synced to the cloud. This means that you can access and work with your photos from any device. All of your photos and all of the work that you do is instantly backed up. However, in order for this program to work correctly, Adobe requires you to purchase enough cloud storage to store your complete library of images stored on Lightroom CC.

Lightroom Classic CC – Lightroom Classic CC is the program we will be using in the BPSOP class.

WCapturing the shot in Southwest Floridahen Lightroom Classic CC was introduced, Adobe added new tools to make precise color and tone-based selections for Local Adjustments. You have the option to use the adjustment brush, radial, or graduated filters to define a rough mask, then refine the selection via the new Range Masking options found at the bottom of each Local Adjustment panel.
With Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe has created a high performance application suitable for powerful processing systems and higher resolution monitors.

 Lightroom Classic CC uses local file storage on your computer with either an internal or external drive. It is file or folder based and is for those that prefer to edit from their desktop computer. You will need to understand how the catalog works in Lightroom (which we will go over in detail in the class). You will learn to manage your images and use the most comprehensive editing capabilities of the Lightroom choices.

Organization is based on the image files and their meta data and keywords. When you subscribe to Lightroom Classic CC on, you will need to choose the photographers plan which (at this writing) gives you access to Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC and Photoshop. There will be options for photography storage to choose. If you are just starting out, the lower level of storage plans should be sufficient. You will be storing your images on your own internal or external drives. The storage plans are used if you upload images to store in the cloud on Lightroom CC.

Either way, you can only get these programs through the Adobe subscription program. You can find more details on the subscription at

The Lightroom Quick Start class is meant as a fast way for you to get up to speed editing your images in Lightroom Classic CC. It takes some practice to really have an eye for photo editing, but that’s why we are there together in this class, to share photographs and get constructive feedback. I hope that you will enjoy being a part of this community.

BPSOP Instructor – Holly Higbee-Jansen


Holly Higbee-Jansen is photographer, trainer, blogger, and workshop leader who enjoys teaching and the creative process. Her passions include teaching photography workshops in beautiful locations in California, Iceland, Costa Rica and the American West with her husband Mark. Holly also teaches online classes on Lightroom, Photoshop, and photographic technique. Get Holly’s Free E-Book on “Landscape Photography and the Light and find out about her newest workshops at Jansen Photo

Reach Holly by email at [email protected] and read her blog at

Holly Teaches:

iPhone Photography

In this class, we will introduce you to the magic of iPhone photography using several shooting and editing apps that will give you the ability to make your pictures sing in a fun and easy way. You will learn how to crop, change saturation, brightness and affect the overall look of your pictures with HDR, drama and grunge filters and other techniques. You will be amazed at the simple and effective methods.






Lightroom Quickstart


Do you want to learn to create images that show the beauty of the scene you saw when you took the photograph? Do you want to learn the other essential side of digital photography, photo editing and get up to speed quickly?

This course is designed to get you up and running FAST in this incredibly powerful program. In this two week information packed class, you will learn how to import, organize and perform simple and effective editing processes that will let you produce beautiful adjustments to your pictures.



For a complete list of Holly’s current workshops go to:

Jansen Photo Expeditions –

Holly’s Portfolio:

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Lifestyle photography: Making “real” look artistic

Find the beauty in what’s in front of you

Life is a series of moments. Most of those moments are mundane. Things like getting the kids out of bed for school, going to work, making dinner, and walking the dog. But what if you slowed time down to look at those “real” moments. Would you see their beauty?



Making “real” look artistic

The goal in lifestyle photography is not to show life as “perfect” but as “perfectly real”.

The intention is that you photograph throughout an event without thinking about what “story” will come out of it. The point is to relax into the moment and to just be present. Photograph without giving any thought to the bigger picture.

Notice moments as they unfold.
Photograph the scene as you see it.
Photograph people candidly while they work.
Include textural elements to help show the mood, too.

Capture images spontaneously

Any event can be shot to show the beauty. Even house chores!

Shoot individual moments as they unfold. Don’t worry about the “story” as you photograph.
You’re not trying to fit into some predetermined vision here, just accept what is and see the good in it.


Photograph scenes as they are

Find the beauty in the scene. Resist the urge to style or rearrange something to “look better” for your photo.
Work with what is in front of you. Photograph one specific thing.

The water marks, not the entire floor.
The toothbrush, not the chair.


Photograph people while they work

You will get “real” photos when you capture people working. This is a great way to photograph camera-shy people! When someone is unaware of the camera, it keeps them from posing. Include close-ups of hands or feet in action.

Find the right camera angle to show off your one specific thing — subject level, top-down, or bottom-up. Frame tightly.

Identify the building blocks

When you compare all of the images side by side, which ones are the most interesting?
The best ones are not necessarily stand-alone shots or an end-all-be-all image that we typically strive for as photographers.

Pick the highlights

In lifestyle photography images are selected to convey a mood or to tell a story.
You don’t need to literally show every step, even if you photographed it.
This is when the story emerges.

There is more than one story. Be aware that the images you choose might alter the story altogether..

Show the mood

Selecting images to show a mood requires omitting the minutiae and to just pick the highlights of what happened with perhaps some ambiance and textural shots to flesh out the story.

What you’re looking to do is to show how the experience felt.

“Real” life can look artistic

The goal in lifestyle photography is not to show life as “perfect” but as “perfectly real”.

Everything can be photographed to look beautiful. Yes, even house chores!


Learn lifestyle photography in Authentic Photo Stories taught by Brit Hammer







Authentic Photo Stories

Finding Beauty

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **



You can also work with Brit privately

Mentoring: Schedule a live session with Brit via Skype

Get a private image video review: Private Video Image Reviews

Find out about all of Brit’s courses, including Photographing Fine Art & Craft

  • I just completed the Art of Seeing course, and I just want to tell you that this course was everything I hoped it would be. It opened my eyes to look at a scene in a new and different way than I had been previously. I can honestly say I have seen a dramatic difference in my images now than prior to taking this class. Thank you to Bryan and Chris for the lesson plan and assignments given during the class. Chris, thank you for you critiques and suggestions to a few of my images. Your critiques and suggestions were greatly appreciated. I would recommend this course to anyone looking for ways to improve their photography and take better photos. Read More
    Vincent Valentino The Art of Seeing
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