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Photo by @Laurazalenga || This is my grandfather. He is 88 years old, and for the last ten years he hasn’t seemed to age at all. He is my role model when it comes to living a healthy life. When I took this photograph of him, he had just returned from a bike trip of 501 kilometers (311 miles). • When I was little, he often told me stories about his life as an immigrant in Germany after having been expelled from Poland. He would tell me how he was affected by the war when he was just a little boy and took care of his mother and brother. Before this project, I never got the chance to ask him what his favorite age was. My grandma died before I started this project and I so wish I could have asked her all these questions. It just became painfully clear that untold stories, memories, and advice vanish into empty air if we don’t take the time to ask for them. • Share how you capture people’s stories in a photograph with #Lr_Portrait for a chance to be featured this month!


Photo by @Laurazalenga || During my @beautyofage project, I have met 30 people between the ages of 73 and 96 . Often, I listen for hours without saying much. I hear all kinds of stories: funny and frustrating ones, happy and scary ones, hopeful and sad ones. • At least half of the life stories I hear make silent tears roll down my face. To me, the beauty of age is  not just these stories, but rather, the beauty of age is that all these humans remain hopeful and thankful even after all they’ve been through.


Photo by @Laurazalenga || One thing that really moves me is the love stories I get to hear during this project. There are people who still remember the exact moment they first saw their partner 65 years ago and there are people who have been caring for their loved ones who are suffering from dementia. Others have given each other the strength to carry on after their child died, while some people say their 60 years of marriage flew by in a blink. There are people who say the day they married their love was the best day in 89 years. Lastly, there are people like Rut here, who is 87 and says she is homesick – for her dead husband.


Photo by @Laurazalenga || Hilda is 89 years old and has lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years. From a young age, Hilda was fascinated by photography – so at 19 years old, she moved from Cuba to New York to pursue her passion. There, she met her husband, who was also a photographer. • You should see her smile when she talks about the studio and darkroom that she and her husband built in the basement of their house. • For me, as a young photographer, it is so magical to meet a woman who spent her life doing photography, growing with it through the ages from the times when photography was only black and white.


Photo by @Laurazalenga || I went to San Francisco to meet Mary (90) and Henry (94) to spend the day with them. We talked for hours, watched some home movies, and then we all went to the De Young Museum. • Mary is paralyzed on one side of her body and suffers from Alzheimer’s, however, she still plays “Memories” one-handed on the piano. When she plays, Henry cheers. • My favorite moment was when they wanted a photo in front of Gustav Grunewald’s painting of Niagara Falls. Almost 60 years ago, they went there for their honeymoon. As they posed in front of the painting, Mary said, “Hold my hand.” Henry held her hand, smiled at her with so much love, and asked, “Mary, do you remember?"


Photo by @kunka for #BeBoundless || I had been thinking about visiting the Faroe Islands for years but each time I planned to go, something would come up, and I would have to postpone my trip. This year, I finally made it. The feeling when I arrived on the islands was indescribable. How these islands can exist in the middle of nowhere is pure magic. Look in any direction, and it is beyond beautiful. • I still remember the day I took this shot. After a long walk, I had to climb up a bunch of rocks to reach this point. I can still imagine the wind blowing on my face, the sound of calm waves hitting the shore, and those seagulls flying just a few feet above me. They were so close that I could almost touch them. This was probably my favorite spot on the Faroe Islands.


Photo by @naomilocardi|| New York is my favorite city… and that’s saying a lot considering the number of places we’ve visited around the world. The city is a beautiful mix of cultures, where art, music, and style are all at your fingertips. I love the movement, the chaos, and the excitement of never knowing what you’ll see or experience on any given day in the city. • It’s always a pleasure to connect with fellow photographers and travelers. Thanks for joining us on this journey around the world. We hope you’ve enjoyed our @Lightroom takeover!


Photo by @elialocardi || Certain destinations (like San Marino) instantly take your breath away and leave you speechless. Often in moments like these, the only word you can manage to say is “wow,” as you experience the massive, visual reward of a perfect moment in time.


Photo by @naomilocardi || Words can barely describe our visit to Africa. I never understood how profound it could be to see these animals until I stood beside them as a visitor in their world, observing and capturing their way of life. • We saw an incredible variety of animals – lions, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, antelopes, and even the rare Caracal! • This whole trip was an experience I know I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.


Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here! Welcome back to #LightroomLessons. I love using vignettes on my photos – a subtle vignette can add some depth and interest to a photo, and it can help focus the viewer’s attention onto the most important part of the photo. But what if the most important part of the photo isn’t in the middle? Swipe through to see a mini tutorial on how to use the Radial Gradient tool to create an off-center vignette! • Step 1: Here’s the photo with no vignette. First, make sure you’re in Edit mode. • Step 2: Most of the time I use the Vignette slider to create a vignette (tap the “Effects” button to access the Vignette slider). But that creates a centered vignette, and when the main subject of the photo (in this case, the neon sign) is substantially off-center, a centered vignette doesn’t always look so great. This time instead of using the Vignette slider we’re going to do something a little different. • Step 3: Tap the “Selective” button to access the Selective tools, which let you edit just part of a photo, rather than the whole thing. • Step 4: Tap the plus button “+” to create a new Selective adjustment. • Step 5: When making selective adjustments, we can choose a free-form Brush, a Radial Gradient, or a Linear Gradient. In this case, we want the Radial Gradient, so tap that option. • Step 6: Tap wherever you want the center of the vignette to be, and drag outwards to create a circle or oval of the necessary size (you can always adjust the size after the fact if you need to). Bonus tip: after you make the Radial Gradient, you can tap and drag on its border to rotate it if you wish. • Step 7: By default, the area of the photo inside the circle is what’s going to be adjusted. But in this case, since we’re making a vignette, we want to adjust what’s outside the circle, so tap on the "Invert" button to invert the mask. Bonus tip: the button above the "Invert" button is the "Feather" button, it lets you adjust the softness of the Radial Gradient’s edge. • Step 8: Tap on “Light” to show the controls for adjusting the light in the image. • Step 9: Drag down the “Exposure” slider until the vignette is the darkness you want. Tap the checkmark when