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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.
Another great way to work with Tether Capture is to take advantage of Lightroom's processing power. Let me show you what I mean. Let's say for example, that I choose my White Balance setting and I change that to something different, may be accidentally. Here it is on Cloudy, and I start shooting and realizing that you know what, my images just aren't looking very good at all. My White Balance is off, now this can be off regardless of what you choose. I'm just going to choose something that's really far off so we can kind of see how this works. And then what you can do is, you can set something which is neutral in the scene and take a picture of it.
I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Let's wait for that particular image to show up here. This is an image of an X- Rite ColorChecker Passport. Now this is one of the tools that I use in order to get correct color. One of the things that we can see here is that this looks just too yellow. But what you can do is you can actually white balance this by going to the Develop module. Now if you are new to the Develop module, this is actually really easy. Although, we need to do is to click on Develop, open up the Basic Panel and then click on this Eyedropper here.
Now I'm going to click on a patch which should be neutral. When I do that all of a sudden there is a huge color correction, take a look. Here is the before and then here is the after. It was much too yellow. Well now that I've made that correction, what I can do is go back to the Library module and here I'm going to continue shooting, but this time I am going to go ahead and choose the Develop setting as Same as previous. In other words, I just corrected this image, under this lighting scenario. Now what I want to do is use that correction and then apply it to the other photographs.
Let's take a look. I'll go ahead and move that ColorChecker chart out of the scene and then recompose and create another photograph. All right, let's see how this one comes in. We will see it load in here and what we will see is it starts off to yellow right, and then as it's loading, we can see that here it's taking those Develop settings and it's going to process that, now this looks much better. So you can see that we can really do some pretty amazing things. Now so far what I've looked at is how we can do this pretty straightforward, right? Regards to color-correction.
We color-corrected a file, that color- correction was then applied to the other files that we are going to shoot on and on down the line. We can also apply other settings as I mentioned before. If you're familiar with the Develop module, you could use those controls in order to process the image and make it look just like you want it to look and then you can apply those settings as you are capturing your photographs and as you're bringing those into Lightroom. So as you can imagine from hearing this, you can use this particular technique for corrective or creative intentions.
In other words, perhaps it's just to correct the White Balance. Well that would be great and this works really well, or maybe you want to get a little bit more creative, in that case you could customize all of those settings and have those applied to the image as well.
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