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In this workshop digital imaging guru Tim Grey focuses on the Develop module of Adobe Lightroom 4. Starting with an overview of the image optimization workflow in Lightroom, Tim walks you through the process of evaluating your images and deciding what adjustments you need to make. He teaches you how to use the Develop module's presets to achieve quick results, as well as how to apply your own adjustments, from simple exposure and color adjustments to advanced options like the Tone Curve and the Graduated Filter tool. Learn techniques for cleaning up your images, applying creative adjustments, and duplicating adjustments across multiple images. Finally, get some tips for integrating Lightroom and Photoshop to create panoramas and high dynamic range images.
I'm sure you are familiar with Sepia tone prints. A Monochrome version of an image, essentially a black and white, that has a bit of a color tint to it, a bit of an orangish, yellow, brown type of color. That type of effect was actually very common because those Sepia chemicals were a preservative that helped make the print last a little bit longer. One of the things I love about digital imaging though, is that we can take that type effect, but interpret it in a much more creative way. In particular, applying any color we'd like to an image. I'll start off by creating a black and white interpretation of the image.
I'll scroll down to the Black and White section, and then I can fine tune the levels for various areas of the image. For example, perhaps moving the aquas and blues to the left, in order to darken up the sky, and maybe brighten up some of the other areas of the image. I can work directly on the photo in order to fine tune certain portions of it and once I have a basic black and white version of the image then I can move down to Split Toning. Now, Split Toning is typically used to apply a different color to the highlights and the shadows but we can also use it to apply a single color to the overall image.
I'll go ahead and move the Balance slider all the way up the plus 100, so that all values in the image will be treated as though they were highlights which means I'll be applying a single color, which I can define with the human Saturation sliders or highlights. I'll start off by increasing the Saturation a little bit, that will cause the color effect to be visible. You can see that the entire image is getting the same color. But then I can shift the Hue value to a different color value. So I can decide which color I think might work best for this particular photo, any color of the rainbow can be used. Obviously you might want to give some thought to the perceived psychological impact of the color, whether you want a cooler color or a warmer color for example.
Generally speaking, once I found a color that I like, I'll keep the Saturation at a very low value. I'll usually just want a little bit of a hint of color, it doesn't take too much to have a strong impact on the image. But you could also create something of a graphical representation of the image by using a very saturated color of that color tint. But in this case I think a very subtle color tint will work best, I'll go ahead and turn off the Split Toning effect to see the neutral image, and then turn it back on again to see that color tint. And as you can see, a very subtle effect, but I think for this photo, that works out quite nicely.
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