Lightroom Tips

Are you wondering if Adobe Lightroom is right for you? Here are some great Lightroom tips from Bethany with Bethany Cleg Photography. These will help you get off to the right start with the program if you have never used it or will give you a refresher if you have used it in the past.  

Developers of Adobe Lightroom designed the program to streamline the modern photographer's capture, process, print and post workflow. Photoshop Lightroom makes each step of the chain as simple as possible. Lightroom uses a powerful image management system, and they offer a fantastic tool to provide quick and easy digital image enhancement. While Lightroom does not have all the features that the full Adobe Photoshop version offers, it lets users work much faster with the image enhancement system. When renting or hiring out camera gear or trying to cut costs on a shoot, many people don't realize that time and money can be saved in post processing as well. This is where Lightroom shines. If the right person is behind the mouse and keyboard they can accomplish more work in less time than their Photoshop using counterparts.

So how does Lightroom increase efficiency, convenience and also cut costs? And in what areas is it the most effective? Below are 10 Lightroom tips that are popular uses for the program. Just be sure to remember that this list by no means covers everything the program is capable of doing.



Here are 10 Lightroom tips of the program’s popular uses:

Accessing RAW Photos: Sorting through hundreds or thousands of photographs without using an application such as Lightroom becomes a tedious process. Lightroom links photographs to a catalog file and keeps them intact when stored.

Adding Keywords: When trying to locate a specific photo, keywords can be applied while importing photos, and they can be added to groups of selected imaged. Otherwise, photographers may apply them quickly using the Painter tool and keyboard shortcuts can be used for a set of keywords.

Geo-Tagging with Built-in Google Maps: Organized photos based on geographic location. Photographers with a GPS device in their camera will not have to do anything because their photos will automatically be placed on the map with the Map Module.

On-Image Editing: Users will find this tool under the Tone Curve and HSL panels. Select it to apply local adjustments to specific parts of the photo. The adjustments will be intuitive and effective. 

Before and After Views: Comparing changes with the original photo become a crucial step in the image editing process. In the Develop Module, users can access four different view options to see the difference between the original edited picture.

Filter the Catalog: Filtering and searching through photos has never been easier with the Library Module. Users may refine their search and add criteria to select the right pictures.

Virtual Copies: Lightroom does not change photos but records and amends them into a separate database. Save several different edits of the same photograph and save a plethora of space on the computer. Here you can play around with presets on the same image to see what might work best.

Editing Video Files: While developers intended for Lightroom to catalog and edit photos, users may also use the video editing features. However, do not expect advanced features like Adobe Premiere.

Create a Photo Book: With the photos imported to the catalog, create photo books and create an extra professional service with printed photo books.

Crop Overlay Tool: Changes regions for preservation after a crop. Adjust the areas with clicking and dragging. It makes changing the format of images quick and easy.


Common Workflows for Integrating Lightroom into the Shooting Process

Lightroom maintains the convenience for shooting pictures. The most important aspect that photographers use it for is importing and processing RAW files. The photo can be seamlessly shared with others or sent to a remote location as the shooting process occurs.


Problems Lightroom Can Fix

Lightroom can fix images before printing them. In addition, it can correct perspective, color correct photos and repair dust spots and scratches.

The aspect to keep in mind with Lightroom is that it does not offer the full package that Adobe Photoshop comes with. Lightroom does not give users the ability to work with layered changes such as Photoshop Elements. If an individual encounters a crash when using this software, be sure to submit the report and include an email address with the report.

Lightroom comes with numerous applications, but a few of the more innovative ideas include creating panoramas and fashion photographers using it to design new clothing. When looking at a company, consider an expert that has years of experience with Lightroom for the best results.


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Resources and Tax Tips for Photographers

It is that time again… tax time! As a small business owner, it is easy to get stressed this time of year but it is so very important to be prepared. We have put together some tax tips for photographers that will help you as a small business owner to be ready to get your taxes done easily on by that April 15th deadline. We have also included a few resources that may be beneficial to you as well.


Here are some tax tips for photographers and small business owners to help you ease the burden of preparing your taxes:


Make sure to have a copy of all your records and deductions.


Make sure you have all the paperwork you will need to back up everything you need for your deductions and other company profit records. Do you work from your home office and will be writing off some of your work space and other various items such as equipment, phone and internet? Keep a copy of each monthly bill handy because you must have proof of those items. Also, has your business donated money in 2014? Be sure to have copies of those donations as well.


Be sure to avoid common audit traps.


There are a few red flags that auditors are looking for with taxes from small business that you want to make sure you avoid.

  • Employees VS. Independent Contractors - Do you have any employees or independent contractors working for you? Make sure you know the difference of both because you do not want the IRS to flag you as misclassification in an attempt to avoid payroll taxes.

  • Deductions for a Home Office - Not every home business qualifies for these deductions so it is important to determine if you are eligible and the various types of business expenses that are able to be deducted.

  • Keep Your Business Separate - Make sure you keep a separate bank account and credit card account for your business. Even be sure to keep company vehicles separate.


Do you know if you qualify for the health care tax credit?


As a small business owner, you could qualify for a 2014 health care tax credit of 50% if your business meets criteria that includes: if your annual wages are less than $50,000 per person, your business employees fewer than 25 full-time employees, your business contributes at least 50% to the employees’ self-only health premiums, or if your business health insurance is purchased through the Small Business Health Options Program Marketplaces.


Make sure your business is actually qualified as a business and not just a hobby.


If you have recently started a photography business, the IRS expects that you intend to make money at it. If not, your business is simply a hobby. The IRS looks at many factors to determine if your business is just a hobby including:

  • Do you put in the necessary time and profit to turn over a profit?

  • Have you made a profit in the past with this activity, or do you expect to make one in the future?

  • Do you have the knowledge you need to succeed in this business?

  • Do you depend on the income you make?

  • Are the losses you have beyond your control?


Are you a sole proprietor with your business?


If you are a sole proprietor, and as far as taxes are concerned, you and your business are a single entity. You will have additional taxes (like the self-employment tax) and reporting requirements but you can also be eligible for other tax deductions for your business (such as health insurance deduction and various business expenses). Also, as a sole proprietor, the IRS pays special attention to make sure the lines are not blurred between your business and personal expenses… so be sure to keep your business expenses separate!


Wondering what you may be able to deduct?


As a business owner, you want to make sure you take every single deduction you can, but you need to make sure it is legit. You do not want to get yourself into an audit with the IRS. Here are things you may be able to deduct when doing your taxes: home office, office supplies, furniture, other equipment, software and subscriptions, mileage, travel/meals/entertainment and gifts, insurance premiums, retirement contribution, social security, phone charges and any child labor (in case your child under 17 helps out with your business)!


Having a business is such a great thing. You are doing what you love, you can be your own boss, but you also have to deal with taxes… which can be a very stressful time of year for many. We hope these tax tips for photographers will help you when it comes time to file!


Here are a few additional resources if you have other tax questions:

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Ok, so now you're probably wondering how it works, right?

Well here are some quick instructions for you:

Once logged in, search for your retailer of choice, and if the rebate is tempting, click on it to be redirected to the retailer’s site.

Shop as usual and when you check out, pay with your credit card, and then in a day or two look out for a cash back credit on your Ebates statement.  

Ebates will then send you a check in the mail once every 3 months as long as your cash back total is at least $5.01. If you are under $5.00 during any given 3 month period then your earned cash back simply rolls over to the next period until it hits $5.01.

The best part is that the Ebates cash back bonus you receive is in addition to any discounts retailers are offering through various sales, coupon or promo codes – so be sure to check your email and regular mail, and you can double dip on your savings.


Here's an example of how you can save extra cash on that camera you've been dreaming of.

Let's say you go to Adorama and find a new Canon 5D Mark III listed for $2499. It will look something like this:

Now, BEFORE YOU MAKE THE PURCHASE you should check Ebates to see if there is a cashback rebate option. 

If you're in luck, you'll see at least 1% cash back from Adorama, and you'll land on a screen that looks like the shot below. And THIS is where the magic happens...all you have to do is click on the "SHOP NOW" link! That link will redirect you back to Adorama where you can make your purchase, and then when you do you'll get 1% of your purchase credited back to your Ebates account!  

And that's IT!

In this example you would save 1% of $2499, which comes out to an extra $24.99 for doing practically nothing!

As soon as you have at least $5 in rebates built up in your account, Ebates will literally send you a check in the mail that you can deposit in your bank account. It's LITERALLY FREE MONEY!

And the best part is that you don't have to use Ebates just for photography equipment...they have hundreds of online retailers listed (some with MUCH higher cash back amounts), so practically avery time you shop online you can get cash back into your pocket by following these simple steps.

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