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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
When showing my photographs online for my clients to review, I tend to be a bit of a minimalist. I like to use a Web gallery that's really simple. So let's explore how we can use another gallery and one that is indeed quite simple. Well, here what I'll do is scroll back up. I'm going to choose this particular template which is called Slideshow. I like this one because it's again incredibly simple. There is not a lot to customize. It's all about the images. Well, here, what I want to do is I want to upload this to my server. So because we've already defined our Upload Settings, all that I need to do is to change my subfolder name.
Here, I'll go ahead and name this beach_family_color. Then I'll press Enter or Return. Well, now that I've done that. I just want to click through this, and just make sure I like the way these buttons look, the way that color, the texture looks. I think this looks great. Next step simply click Upload. This will then upload that gallery. Well, you may recall that I also want to include a black and white version of this. So here, I'll go down to my other collection, in this case, the Black & White collection. Next step, I'll go ahead and rename my subfolder.
Here, I'll call this beach_family once again. This time, _bw for black and white. Well, what I can do at this juncture is simply click Upload. Again, it's going to upload both of those Web galleries to my server. You can see that up in the progress bar, it's showing me that there are two operations in progress. In this case, it's exporting the images, and also uploading those to the server. Fortunately for us, what it's going to do is actually build the Web gallery, which is really quite smart.
This Web gallery will include large, medium, and small images. It will detect the size of their Web browser. It'll display the appropriate image based on the overall resolution or the size that they've expanded their Web browser to. All right, well, so far so good. It's gone through both of those uploads. Let's now view those images online. Here I'll go back to my browser and I'll pull that back up. In this case, I'll go ahead and change this name here to beach_family_color. The full URL is chrisorwig .com/beach_family_color.
I'll press Enter or Return, in order to view those images. Again, the great thing about this is that there is queue loading going on. In other words, I'm clicking through my images without any wait time, because it loads these images in sequence. While I'm viewing image seven, it's already work on 8, 9, 10, so on, and so forth. So what I can do then is I can e- mail the client this entire URL string. To do that, I would want to highlight this and copy and paste that like into an e-mail. What about those black and white images? Well, here I'll go ahead and change the name there beach_family_bw.
Then press Enter or Return. In this case, once again, you can see those black and white photographs, so that you can have a completely different view of the same set of images. But now in this case, they are in black and white. Again, the great thing about this is we don't have any wait time as we click through this, because of the way that Flash is really taking advantage of how it can queue load and bring these images in really quickly. Well, in closing, if you haven't ever experimented with these different Web galleries and if you haven't ever tried uploading one of these Web galleries to your own server, I definitely recommend that you do so.
This can be a fun way to share your work to get it out there. It can also be really helpful when you're communicating with clients. There is something impressive about doing a shoot then within one or two days getting those images up and online, and giving the client a chance to review those photographs, and then to pick the ones that they like the best. So again, if you haven't ever experimented with this feature, you'll definitely want to give this one a try.
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