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Lightroom advanced

  1. 1. Lightroom Advanced Features A Tom Maddrey Images WorkshopSunday, March 4, 12
  2. 2. Why Advanced Features? Today We Will be Talking About Some Features of Lightroom that are “Advanced” This Means I Expect that We All Know the Terminology and Functions of Most of the Lightroom Interface We Will Look at Lightroom not as an Independent Program, but one Link in a Larger WorkflowSunday, March 4, 12
  3. 3. Why Advanced Features (cont.) Today we are going to look at unique uses for Lightroom, as well as go over in detail the core processes behind the program Please stop me and have me explain any unclear thoughtsSunday, March 4, 12
  4. 4. The Agenda Brief Overview of Lightroom Batch Processing A Review of Lightroom Modules The Sharpening Truth The Catalog Structure A New Way to Import Color Management in Lightroom A New Way to Export The Develop Module for Building Droplets Advanced Users Lightroom in a HDR Workflow Looking at Tone CurvesSunday, March 4, 12
  6. 6. What is a Workflow? A Workflow is a set of repeatable actions that are designed to maintain quality, speed up processing, and ensure consistency when working withSunday, March 4, 12
  7. 7. Workflow (cont.)Sunday, March 4, 12
  8. 8. Workflow (cont.) Workflows exist from the moment you press the shutter until you have finished working with a fileSunday, March 4, 12
  9. 9. Workflow (cont.) Workflows exist from the moment you press the shutter until you have finished working with a file Every Step, Every Keystroke is part of your personal workflowSunday, March 4, 12
  10. 10. Workflow (cont.) Workflows exist from the moment you press the shutter until you have finished working with a file Every Step, Every Keystroke is part of your personal workflow This includesSunday, March 4, 12
  11. 11. Workflow (cont.) Workflows exist from the moment you press the shutter until you have finished working with a file Every Step, Every Keystroke is part of your personal workflow This includes How you name your fileSunday, March 4, 12
  12. 12. Workflow (cont.) Workflows exist from the moment you press the shutter until you have finished working with a file Every Step, Every Keystroke is part of your personal workflow This includes How you name your file Where you put your filesSunday, March 4, 12
  13. 13. Workflow (cont.) Workflow is the key to modern digital photography How many times have you been unable to find a specific photo? What about having 10 copies of a certain image? Workflow is the answer to these problemsSunday, March 4, 12
  14. 14. Workflow Requirements Workflows must have a way to: Import from Memory Card Develop Images Rename Images Crop and Resize Images Input Metadata Print Images Rate and Categorize Images Archive and Backup Images Adjust Image PropertiesSunday, March 4, 12
  15. 15. Workflow Goals To Make the Process Repeatable To Make the Process Safe for Images To Retain the Highest Image Quality (IQ) To Make it Easy for the Photographer To Make it FAST!Sunday, March 4, 12
  17. 17. Adobe Lightroom An Introduction Lightroom is a Digital Imaging Workflow Software Built by Photographers, for Photographers Has (most) Everything you Need, and Very Little of What You Don’t The Fastest, Most Efficient Way to Fulfill your Digital Workflow RequirementsSunday, March 4, 12
  18. 18. How Lightroom Works Lightroom has a Unique Architecture At its core is an Image Processor and an Image Database These are the Guts Behind the Program The “Modules” Access the Core for Performing FunctionsSunday, March 4, 12
  19. 19. TWO MODULES LIBRARY AND DEVELOPSunday, March 4, 12
  20. 20. The Library Module Gateway to Image Management (and Happiness)Sunday, March 4, 12
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  22. 22. Library basics Like Every Module, the Library is Keyword Tags Filled with Panels Metadata Browser Navigator Histogram Find Quick Develop Folders Keywording Collections MetadataSunday, March 4, 12
  23. 23. Navigator Panel Easy Way to Navigate Around Images Useful in Loupe View (1:1) Can Fit or Fill Always Gives You a Overall View of Your ImageSunday, March 4, 12
  24. 24. Library Panel Quick View Look at Library Status All Photographs Previous Import Missing Files Updated FilesSunday, March 4, 12
  25. 25. Find Panel The Key to Keywords Allows You to Search for Images by Date or Text Many OptionsSunday, March 4, 12
  26. 26. Folders Panel The Folders Panel Lists All The Locations of Images In Their Respective Folders Useful and Valid Method Not Used in My WorkflowSunday, March 4, 12
  27. 27. Collections Panel My Favorite Way to Group Images Can Make Collections From Images in Different Places Collections and Sub Collections can Reorganize in a FlashSunday, March 4, 12
  28. 28. Keyword Tags Panel Lists ALL of Your Keywords Not Useful Once You Get More than 100 Keywords Better to Use the Find PanelSunday, March 4, 12
  29. 29. Metadata Browser Panel Super Creative and Useful Way to Find Images Can Search by Almost Every Conceivable Parameter e.g. All Shots taken at f/1.4Sunday, March 4, 12
  30. 30. Histogram Panel First Place My Eyes Go Shows All Important Camera Data Very DetailedSunday, March 4, 12
  31. 31. Quick Develop The Only Panel I Disagree With The Develop Module Does Everything with More Options and Control Useful For White Balance Changes Across Many ImagesSunday, March 4, 12
  32. 32. Keywording Panel Keywords Make Your Life Easier Tedious to Input but Lightroom Helps You can Enter Keywords Directly or Use a Keyword SetSunday, March 4, 12
  33. 33. Metadata Panel The Place to Input, Edit, Sync, and Work with MetadataSunday, March 4, 12
  34. 34. Library View Modes Grid, Loupe, Compare, SurveySunday, March 4, 12
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  40. 40. The Filmstrip Your Constant Link Between ModulesSunday, March 4, 12
  41. 41. Rating Images As Part of the Editing Workflow, One of the First Steps is Rating the Images Number Keys 0-5 Assign Stars to Images Easy Way to Sort Out The Best ImagesSunday, March 4, 12
  42. 42. Color Labels A Secondary Measure for Sorting Images Useful for Categories i.e. All Red Labels for Water Images, Green for Trees, etc.Sunday, March 4, 12
  43. 43. Flagging Images Lightroom Provides Two “Flags” The Picks Flag (P) Puts a White Flag on the Image The Rejects Flag (X) Puts a X Flag on the Image Easiest Way to Erase Image From LightroomSunday, March 4, 12
  44. 44. Stacking An Amazing Tool Enables Images to be Grouped by Subject Matter Useful for Compressing Your Library CANNOT be used in Collections only Folders and LibrarySunday, March 4, 12
  45. 45. Auto Stack by Time Lightroom Has an Amazing Feature to Determine, by Metadata, when Each Shot was Taken and Stack AutomaticallySunday, March 4, 12
  46. 46. Renaming and Converting Images to DNG Located in the “Library” Menu Bar Two Separate Functions, Both Very UsefulSunday, March 4, 12
  47. 47. The Develop Module Where the Magic HappensSunday, March 4, 12
  48. 48. The Real Power Of Lightroom Many Programs (i.e. Bridge) are able to Sort, Organize, Edit, and Contain Images, But Lightroom Also is a Full-Featured RAW Processor Lightroom is Also Non-Destructive Uses the Same Processing Engine as Adobe Camera RAWSunday, March 4, 12
  49. 49. RAW vs. Jpeg Quick Poll Being Able to Manipulate Data Without Destroying It is the Greatest Strength of RAW Files RAW’s Come With More RequirementsSunday, March 4, 12
  50. 50. Develop Panels Navigator Presets HSL/Color/Grayscale History Split Toning Histogram Detail Basic Lens Corrections Tone Curve Camera CalibrationSunday, March 4, 12
  51. 51. Presets These are Essentially Actions Where You Can Set a Series of Changes and Save Them to Be Applied to Other Images Lightroom Comes Pre-Installed with Many Creative Choices The Navigator Shows a Quick Preview of the ChangeSunday, March 4, 12
  52. 52. Snapshots Much Like History Settings in Photoshop, This Panel Allows You to Get Back to A Certain SettingSunday, March 4, 12
  53. 53. History Panel A Running Total of EVERY Action You Have Performed in Lightroom from Import to Export Able to Change or Go Back Non- DestructivelySunday, March 4, 12
  54. 54. Basic Panel Very Powerful Imaging Tool Controls Every Basic Image Editing Function Hold Option (alt) to See Clipped Channels in Exposure, Blacks, and RecoverySunday, March 4, 12
  55. 55. Tone Curve Advanced Way to Adjust Contrast and Tone Can Be More Precise Than the Basic Panel Localized Adjustments First Panel that Uses Targeted Adjustment ToolSunday, March 4, 12
  56. 56. HSL / Color / Grayscale Panel HSL = Hue, Saturation, Luminance Easiest Way in Lightroom to Convert to Grayscale This Panel with the Targeted Adjustment Tool can Create Amazing Creative EffectsSunday, March 4, 12
  57. 57. Split Toning Panel A Specialized Panel that Allows You to Adjust the Highlights and Shadows Differently Primarily Used in Black and White Image ManipulationsSunday, March 4, 12
  58. 58. Detail Panel Better Termed “Noise Reduction / Sharpening” Panel Lightroom Can Take Out Slight Noise Lightroom can Also Do Sharpening Both Adjustments Must be Looked at in 1:1 ModeSunday, March 4, 12
  59. 59. Lens Corrections Lens Corrections Panel can Fix Chromatic Aberrations, as well as Vignetting Creative Uses As WellSunday, March 4, 12
  60. 60. Camera Calibration Panel In This Panel, You can Adjust Lightroom to Each Individual Channel Advanced, and Quite Frankly, Not Worth DoingSunday, March 4, 12
  61. 61. The Develop Toolbar Simple Editing ToolsSunday, March 4, 12
  62. 62. The Compare Tool In the Develop Module, The Compare Tool Is To Look at Changes Between SettingsSunday, March 4, 12
  63. 63. The Crop Tool The Crop Tool Also Involves the Straighten Tool Able to Pick Crop Based on Aspect RatioSunday, March 4, 12
  64. 64. Red Eye Tool Can You Guess What it Does? SimplicitySunday, March 4, 12
  65. 65. Clone / Heal Tool Lightroom has a Basic Clone/Heal Tool Easiest to See In the Live DemoSunday, March 4, 12
  66. 66. THE OTHER THREE PRINT, WEB, SLIDESHOWSunday, March 4, 12
  67. 67. The SlideShow Module Quick and Easy Way to Make Instant Slideshows Useful for Showing Images Within Lightroom CustomizableSunday, March 4, 12
  68. 68. Outputting to the Web Most Professional Photographers are Outputting their Images to the Web for Client Approval Lightroom Has Streamlined this Process to Make it Efficient and Simple Not Many Options, Other Than ColorSunday, March 4, 12
  69. 69. Web Module Options In the Web Module, You Have Five Options for Galleries Lightroom Flash Gallery Lightroom HTML Gallery Airtight AutoViewer Airtight PostcardViewerSunday, March 4, 12
  70. 70. Differences in Galleries The Airtight Set of Galleries are Flash Based Unique Ways to Put the Images on the Web The More Traditional Lightroom Galleries are Familiar to those Web Galleries that Used to be Found in BridgeSunday, March 4, 12
  71. 71. Printing with Lightroom Fine Art Printing from a Computer has been a Difficult Thing to Do in the Past Lightroom Streamlines the Process, but There are Still Some QuirksSunday, March 4, 12
  73. 73. The Catalog Structure Lightroom Catalogs are Simply Databases Lightroom Makes it Easy to Run Multiple Catalogs, however, Only One Can be Open at a Time Multiple Catalogs Can be Used for Differing Image Sets, but Not ExcessivelySunday, March 4, 12
  74. 74. The Catalog Structure (cont.) You can Export a Selection to Its Own Catalog Useful for Including Lightroom Specific Instructions (i.e. Collections) with Images Great Way to Backup To Open, “Import From Catalog”Sunday, March 4, 12
  75. 75. The Lightroom Database The Lightroom Database File (.lrdb) is Where Your “Instructions” Reside Lightroom Prompts You To Backup this File to a New Location, Do It If You Lose This File, You Lose all the Changes You have Ever Made in LightroomSunday, March 4, 12
  77. 77. Color Management in Lightroom Lightroom Uses A Unique Color Space, You Have No Choice of Color Space When Working In Lightroom It is Important to Understand How Lightroom Is Affecting Your Color Lets Take a Closer Looks at Gamuts and Color SpacesSunday, March 4, 12
  78. 78. The Gamut The Total Range of Colors a Device Can Reproduce Each Device has its own GamutSunday, March 4, 12
  79. 79. Color Spaces A range of colors available for a profile or model Pro Photo RGB Adobe RGB (1998) sRGB Thousands of othersSunday, March 4, 12
  80. 80. Color Management (cont.) Lightroom Uses the Pro Photo RGB Color Space Parameters, but has a Gamma of 1.0 Instead of 1.8 The Reason is that All RAW Files are Linear in Nature, and Therefore Have a Gamma of 1.0, so Lightroom Does No Conversion to RAW Files Lightroom Also Use a 16-Bit Edit Space as Default!Sunday, March 4, 12
  82. 82. Tone Curves An Advanced Way to EditSunday, March 4, 12
  83. 83. Tone Curves in Lightroom The Curves Function Differs Between Lightroom and Photoshop The Basic Panel and the Tone Curve Panel are Used in Conjunction with Each Other That Means Settings Are Applied in the Basic Panel First, and Tone Curve Panel Second Major Tone Controls Should be Performed in the Basic PanelSunday, March 4, 12
  84. 84. Curves (cont.) The Point Curve Drop-Down Menu Helps to Offer A Quick Adjustment It Also Provides a Starting Point for Images Originally Developed Outside of LightroomSunday, March 4, 12
  85. 85. Curves (cont.) The Tone Curve is Designed to Be Used with the Sliders or TAT You can Shift the Tone Curve Split Points to Alter What the Sliders AffectSunday, March 4, 12
  86. 86. Syncing Images The Time Saving ApproachSunday, March 4, 12
  87. 87. Syncing in Lightroom Primarily Looking at the Develop Module, However Metadata Syncing is Just as Important in the Library Module You can Sync Most Settings in the Develop Module or the Quick Develop Panel of the Library ModuleSunday, March 4, 12
  88. 88. Syncing (cont.)Sunday, March 4, 12
  89. 89. Syncing (cont.) Applying Changes to Large Batches of Images is a Key to an Efficent Workflow Realize the the Settings Will Override Previous Work!Sunday, March 4, 12
  90. 90. Sharpening The Truth of the MatterSunday, March 4, 12
  91. 91. A Sharpening Workflow? Ideally, Sharpening Should be Done in Three Steps Input (or Capture) Sharpening Creative Sharpening Output SharpeningSunday, March 4, 12
  92. 92. Sharpening (cont.) Lightroom Offers All Three of These Steps If You Know Where to Look Input Sharpening is Done to All Images, Lightroom is Preset to Amount - 25 You can Make some Creative Sharpening Choices Output Sharpening is Applied to Both Web Output and Print OutputSunday, March 4, 12
  93. 93. Sharpening (cont.) Third Party Software (Photokit Sharpener) is Still Prefered On Tough Images Lightroom Sharpener is Better than Unsharp Mask in Photoshop, Though Most Likely Not as Good as Smart Sharpen (CS3)Sunday, March 4, 12
  94. 94. Live Demo :: Curves, Sharpening, and SyncingSunday, March 4, 12
  95. 95. A NEW WAY TO IMPORT WATCHED FOLDERSSunday, March 4, 12
  96. 96. Watched Folders Tethered Shooting is a Way of Life for Many Studio Photographers Cameras Can Now be Tethered Wirelessly or Wired Lightroom Can Streamline this ProcessSunday, March 4, 12
  97. 97. Watched Folders (cont.) You Must Have Some Camera Control Software Canon Viewer Capture Nikon Capture or Camera Control Pro BibbleSunday, March 4, 12
  98. 98. Watched Folders (cont.) Once You Start the Camera Software, Direct the Images to a Specific Folder Lightroom Can then “Watch” the Folder and Simultaniously Import then Delete the Images from the FolderSunday, March 4, 12
  99. 99. Watched Folders (cont.)Sunday, March 4, 12
  100. 100. Live Demo :: Watched FoldersSunday, March 4, 12
  102. 102. Export Actions Lightroom Can Call on Photoshop to Perform an Action Upon an Image Export You Must First Make a Droplet in Photoshop Then Put the Droplet Into the “Export Actions” FolderSunday, March 4, 12
  103. 103. Export Plugins There are Many Popular Export Plugins Flickr Pictage ZenFolio PicassaSunday, March 4, 12
  104. 104. Live Demo :: Export Actions and PluginsSunday, March 4, 12
  106. 106. Lightroom and HDR You Can Make the Source Files for an HDR (High Dynamic Range) Image Directly in Lightroom With Minimal Effort Using Virtual Copies, You Can Create the Source Files from Only One Image Not As Effective as Using Multiple Images, but Can be Used in a PinchSunday, March 4, 12
  107. 107. Live Demo :: Lightroom and HDRSunday, March 4, 12
  109. 109. Wrapping Up Lightroom is an Incredibly Powerful: RAW Converter Digital Asset Manager Website BuilderSunday, March 4, 12
  110. 110. Wrapping Up (cont.) There are Some Things Lightroom Can’t Do, However Anything With Layers Localized Adjustments (LR 2) Advanced Sharpening FiltersSunday, March 4, 12
  111. 111. Wrapping Up (cont.) Knowing When to Use Lightroom and When to Use Another Program Will be the Key to Successful Image EditingSunday, March 4, 12
  112. 112. Thank You!Sunday, March 4, 12