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Introducing Go Ask Erin

Do your images have potential but no pizazz? Are your post-production skills less than epic? The trick to being a good editor is having lots of techniques at your disposal, and the best way to learn them is to watch a pro at work.

In this new feature sponsored by Backscatter, our in-house expert Erin Quigley will answer your Lightroom and Photoshop questions in a series of online video tutorials, using images submitted by YOU! Upload your favorite fixer-upper for a chance to have your photo featured in a GoAskErin video. You'll not only get your image back all shiny and new from its fresh coat of professional post-processing, but you'll be able to see under the hood as Erin works her magic on your shot in Lightroom and Photoshop *.

Learning her pro tips and techniques will help you maximize the potential in all your shots. To submit your image for a chance to have it featured in one of her bi-monthly videos, submit it via our easy uploader. Along with your image, ask Erin a question or include a brief description of what you'd like to fix in your photo.

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Tutorials Now Available

Lightroom 5: Creating Focus
Photoshop: Content Aware Fill
Lightroom: White Balance and Color
Lightroom: Black & White Conversion

Erin QuigleyErin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and Photoshop and Lightroom resources specifically developed for underwater shooters.

*We may receive many submissions, and while we will try to use your image(s) in a future tutorial, there is no guarantee that your image(s) will be chosen.

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Lightroom Tutorial - Dial-A-Blue - Go Ask Erin Tutorial Series
Q: My picture was shot in the Caribbean, but the water is far from Caribbean blue. What can I do in Lightroom to help it? A: One of my favorite techniques to adjust water color is by sliding around in the Hue Saturation and Luminance (HSL) panel in the Develop module of Lightroom.

Lightroom Tutorial - Repositioning Strobes in Post - Go Ask Erin Tutorial Series
Q: I was lucky enough to get close to a Giant Black Sea Bass, but my lighting is all over the place. Is there a way to even it out in post? A: You’re gonna love this one. The Graduated and Radial Filters can relight your image after the fact!

Photoshop:  Fixing the pose on an underwater model
Q: My model's pose didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked it. Is there something I can do in post to alter her position? A: Yes, but you have to go to Photoshop to do it. Puppet Warp is a fantastic feature in Photoshop that can help you re-adjust the fin position of a model (among other things) after the fact.

Video Editing in Lightroom 5 - Tutorial
Q: I'm a still shooter, but have amassed a bunch of video clips that I have no idea what to do with. I don't want to learn new software just for video. What can I do with video in Lightroom? A: You can do everything you need to make a basic edit, color correct, and export - all with the same skills you already know in Lightroom 5.

Creating Focus - Lightroom 5 Tutorial
Q: This picture was taken with my old camera gear, but I've never captured as good a pose. How can I perfect this shot? Color? Sharpening? A: Color and Selective Sharpening will help, but you can create focus and punch with the help of a Vignette.

Black & White Conversion - Lightroom Tutorial
Q: It was such an exciting moment when I took this shot, but the picture itself looks dull. How can I make it more dramatic? A: Convert it to Black and White, and knock out the background to add intensity and drama.

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