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Adjusting exposures


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Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

with Derrick Story

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Let's tackle the Exposure brick. This is a great brick, and as I said earlier, one of the two cornerstones for our image adjustments; the other being White Balance. So, in the Exposure brick, we have four sliders: Exposure, Recovery, Black Point, and Brightness. Now as these relate to the histogram that we discussed before, the Exposure slider deals with the bright tones. So, it's going to be working over here. The Recovery slider allows us to recover detail that has been lost in the highlights.
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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)
8h 19m Beginner Oct 03, 2012

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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.

This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Importing images from a digital camera or hard drive
  • Adding metadata to photos including captions and copyright
  • Organizing photos using face recognition
  • Running Aperture Library First Aid
  • Retouching with Quick Brushes
  • Importing live images from an iPad or iPhone
  • Round-tripping between Aperture and Photoshop
  • Adding geo tags to mark photo locations
  • Managing movies
  • Creating a custom photo book
  • Publishing a web gallery
  • Uploading images to Flickr and Facebook
  • Archiving and restoring photo libraries
  • Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management Printing Photos Raw Processing Retouching Sharing Photos
Software:
Aperture
Author:
Derrick Story

Adjusting exposures

Let's tackle the Exposure brick. This is a great brick, and as I said earlier, one of the two cornerstones for our image adjustments; the other being White Balance. So, in the Exposure brick, we have four sliders: Exposure, Recovery, Black Point, and Brightness. Now as these relate to the histogram that we discussed before, the Exposure slider deals with the bright tones. So, it's going to be working over here. The Recovery slider allows us to recover detail that has been lost in the highlights.

In other words, if we have really bright areas where there is no bright detail at all, it's just paper white, sometimes the Recovery slider can help us pull some detail out of those very bright areas. The Black Point deals with this end of the histogram, the dark tones. And then Brightness deals with the middle of the histogram, those gamma tones, those middle tones. So, let's use these four sliders to work on a picture, work on this shot right here, and I am going to hit the V key once. I am going to hit the V key twice.

Now this shot is a little underexposed in this area, at least for my taste, mainly because I think the meter was fooled a bit by this brighter area behind her, and I didn't compensate for it. So, the first thing that we can do, when we are working with RAW files, is we have the Auto button available to us. It isn't available for JPEG, but for RAW files, we can start with the Auto button, and that will give us an auto exposure setting. So, let's see what Aperture does with that.

We'll click Auto, and it definitely brightens things up. And we can see the change right here. We go from 0 to 1.0. Now actually, for my taste, it's a little too bright. So, just like any Auto adjustment in Aperture, we can always do a little bit of a manual override, and I am going to back that off just a hair. Now we do have some lost detail. We are fairly okay here, but there might be some detail in this highlights areas that we can recover. Let's just take a look.

This is a nondestructive edit, of course, so we are allowed to do a little shopping. So, I am just going to move that Recovery slider and take a look here. It's very subtle. If you watch this area right here, you'll see that we are recovering some information, but it's not information that I really care about. So, in this case, I am not going to recover any highlights using the slider, because they are highlights I don't really care about. Now if I didn't have any highlights right here in this area, if they were blown out, I would feel differently about that adjustment.

Black Point, well, I think I can increase the Black Point a little bit, in other words, make the blacks a little blacker. You will notice here that we have a little gap here on our histogram and another little gap here. So, we are not fully utilizing the black tones in this image, and a lot of times by increasing the black point, we sort to give the image a little more punch. Let's see how that works here. Oh yeah! You see. Isn't that nice? Now you can go too far, and then suddenly you get to way too much black, and actually when the information on the histogram starts shooting up the side here, that's when you know that you are losing detail in those dark areas.

So, we don't want to do that. We want to back it off, but I like the little bit of punch that we are adding to this image by moving the Black Point up a bit. So, we are going to go right about there. Now all we have left are the middle tones. And you notice that in this brick, I am working from top to bottom, these sliders are in this order for that purpose. That's the way that I recommend you work most of time, work from top to bottom with these four sliders. So, the Brightness adjustment is the last, and that's going to deal with our middle tones, and middle tones are very much to taste.

There we go, right there. That looks quite nice to me. I want to do a before and after. The easiest way to do a before, and after is just uncheck the Exposure box. We can see what we started with and then I am going to check the Exposure box again, and we get to see where we ended. And as you can see, there's a quite a difference here. So, the Exposure brick is a very Powerful brick, again, highlights, shadows, midtones.

And just by moving a few sliders, you can dramatically improve your image.

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