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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
In order to follow along with the techniques that I'll be sharing with you in the next few movies, you want to make sure that you have your Toolbar visible. Now, you can show and hide the Toolbar in the Library Module by pressing the T key. The T key will either show or hide that Toolbar. Next, you want to make sure you have the View Modes turned on. You can do that by clicking on this button here and then selecting this option so that your View Modes will show up over here, make sure that is checked off, and you'll see those two View Mode icons right there. All right! Well, the View Modes are really helpful because what they allow us to do is to evaluate pictures, to compare two photographs side-by-side, and the two photographs that I want to compare initially are these two right here.
What you can do is click on one image, hold down the Command key on the Mac, that's Ctrl on Windows, and then click on another. Now, with both of those images visible, you can either press the icon or a shortcut; let's start off with the icon, it's this one right here. This allows us to have the side-by-side compare. Now, what's great about this is in the Toolbar, if you lock this down, if you lock down the Zoom, you can actually zoom these images in together. So here they're zoomed out, next I will zoom way in so I can evaluate the photographs.
Now, I can also click and drag and reposition these images so that I have different perspectives or different views of those photos. Now, sometimes you may find that the interface is kind of blocking what you need to see, because I can't really see that much of an image when I have two up side-by-side. This is especially true if a photograph is in a Landscape or a Horizontal orientation. Well, either way, even with these photographs, I can't see enough of the pictures. So in that case what I want to do is hide some or all of the interface.
There are two great shortcuts that we can use to do this. Do you remember them? If you press the Tab key, that will hide the Panels on the left and the right. If you press Shift+Tab, what that will do is it will hide almost all of the interface, so now we can just look at these two pictures. Next, what I want to do is zoom in even further, so I am going to go ahead and drag the Zoom up, and I want to try to analyze which photograph is best. Try to find a Zoom Rate which will look good here. Now, when I get in really close at this 1:1 view, all of a sudden I realize, this image is sharp, this one isn't.
My focus is a little bit off. There's also a little bit more Noise there, and the Exposure isn't quite as good. So the one on the right is the keeper, but you may notice it gives me this information up here, Select and Candidate. When comparing you can always flip-flop those simply by clicking on this button here, and then I can say, you know what, this is my Select, this is the better picture and, again, we have different views; we can look at these zoomed out or zoomed in, based on what we need to evaluate. All right! Well, let's bring back the interface.
In order to do that we'll press our shortcut, it's Shift+Tab. Now, Shift+Tab will show or hide most of the Lightroom interface. So what's nice about this Compare Mode is it just gives us the ability to really evaluate pictures. You may also notice that down below what you can do is you can add different ratings; you could add a Flag, or a Star, or Label rating. Here I'll go ahead and click on 1 Star to give this one a 1 Star rating. All right! Well, let's exit out of this Compare Mode altogether.
Let's go back to the Grid. Here I will press the G key. Now, back in the Grid I see two more pictures which are very similar, this photograph and the one next to it. I want to compare these two. Click on one, hold down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and then click on another. This time let's navigate to the Compare Mode by way of a shortcut. It's the C key, C for Compare. Now, when we compare these two photographs and say zoom in a little but, one of the things that we may determine is, you know what, both of these have really nice composition, they both have nice exposure, they both look good.
Yet, what will happen is if we minimize the interface with our shortcut, that's Shift+Tab, and then if we zoom out a little bit here, what we'll see is that side-by-side all of a sudden we have a pretty distinct problem. And let's move this up just a little bit here. This one I am not level. You can see the lean of the camera is too far. This one is much better. So sometimes when you're comparing photographs, what you're looking for isn't just the nitty-gritty and the little details, other times perhaps it's something a bit bigger.
So in this case, this one really should be the Select, and we'll press this icon here to move this one over to that Select position, so that is now in that Select spot. Now, to bring back everything what we can do is press Shift+Tab and that will then bring all of this back. Now, if we wanted to choose another Candidate, you could hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then you could click on that photograph, and what that would do is it would then show up in that position. So say for example, there was another picture you wanted to compare this to.
So as you can see, this feature, while it's kind of simple, it's actually pretty profound, and it can really help you find the keepers. Because the trick with photography is this, it's not just the capture of the photograph, but it's knowing how to discern and determine which photograph is the best. It's knowing how to edit your pictures and to find the photographs that are the absolute best.
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