Lightroom 4 New Features

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Video: Creating saved locations

Here I am going to continue to explore how we can work with the Map module. Yet first before we get to the Map module, I want to look at a creative technique that you can use for selecting images, and then once we get to the Map module, we're going to explore how we can save locations, locations that perhaps we shoot out quite frequently, so we can save them and then add images to those locations. For starters, the Library module. In the Library module, we have a whole slew of images. Let's say that I want to make a selection of a couple of folders of images.
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This course covers the newest features and enhancements in Photoshop Lightroom 4, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. Author and photographer Chris Orwig details the new video editing and sharing capabilities in Lightroom; its new book-layout features for creating Blurb photo books; the new Map module, to tag images with locations; and the various image editing improvements in the Develop module. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Editing the color and tonality of video
  • Trimming a video for length and content
  • Sharing video on Flickr and Facebook
  • Creating and customizing a book layout
  • Geotagging and creating saved mapping locations
  • Working with the Clarity image adjustment
  • Making RGB tone curve adjustments to images
  • Fixing chromatic aberration and white balance
  • Utilizing improvements in Fast Load and Lossy DNG
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Creating saved locations

Here I am going to continue to explore how we can work with the Map module. Yet first before we get to the Map module, I want to look at a creative technique that you can use for selecting images, and then once we get to the Map module, we're going to explore how we can save locations, locations that perhaps we shoot out quite frequently, so we can save them and then add images to those locations. For starters, the Library module. In the Library module, we have a whole slew of images. Let's say that I want to make a selection of a couple of folders of images.

What you could do is click on the Costa Rica folder, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a Windows, and then click on those images. They're now highlighted. You can see them in the filmstrip below. Then you could hold down that same key--Command on Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and click on another folder. In this case, I click on this folder Jared. These are pictures which were captured in the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and target or click on those.

In other words, make a selection of images. Now it doesn't really matter if you're working with multiple folders or not. I simply want to highlight this whole idea that you don't have to use collections if you don't want to. You can simply just select photographs here, either from a main folder or from subfolders. Well. now onto the good stuff. Let's click on the Module Picker for the Map module, and next what I want to do is just click off my images. I don't need these highlighted to do what I am going to do next. I have a few images that were captured by Flamingo Beach in Costa Rica.

So I am going to do a search for that; see what that comes up with. I'll zoom out a little bit because it wasn't exactly Flamingo Beach. It's a little bit north of there in this beach that isn't quite marked, Right there, perfect. Well, I want to add a location because this is one of my favorite spots in the world. I am going to click on my Saved Location panel over here and click on the plus (+) icon, and then I am going to name this Guanacaste. Here I am going to make this radius much smaller. You can see that down there.

You can see it's giving me that radius. It's just that little cove right there, and then click Create. Well, now you can see I have a couple of icons. I can change where this is located. I can also decrease or increase the size of this saved location. Well, now I want to add a few images to that, and this picture with captured in this side of the cove, this one on the other side, and now in this saved location, I have two photographs. And that's kind of nice, right, because if ever I leave this and go to another location, I can always jump back here really quickly.

Let me show you what I mean. Let's jump to New York City. We'll do another search for the Brooklyn Bridge. See how this does for us. There it is. And I am going to create a location for this one. Well, this is the Brooklyn Bridge, click Create. Now that's much too big; I want something which just covers the bridge there, so I am going to reposition that, and you can see how I am getting pretty precise control, so I can have it right on the bridge, and I'll zoom in, so I can get specific spots here.

This photograph I know is captured right there on this side of the bridge; this one was actually the opposite; as was this one, it was a little bit closer to here. So now I have these three images inside of this saved location. Now if I want to jump from New York City to the Costa Rica, all I need to do is to click on that Saved Location and I'll go ahead and click on the arrow icon and it's going to jump me to that location. Going back to, say, this Brooklyn spot, I can click on the arrow icon there, and here I am back, the Brooklyn Bridge.

Now what's interesting about this is it's really dynamic. In other words, we can click on these little icons to view the images, some metadata as well, which is kind of helpful. We can also click off of them to close that. We can go back to that location and we can change this, and if I change this, make this smaller, so that it's only in circling one image, you notice it's only including one in the saved location. So again, this is pretty dynamic, as we make changes, it's going to update those saved locations.

So as you can imagine, this is going to open up some really interesting possibilities in regards to where these photographs were captured and how we're starting to organize our pictures based on this type of information. Now another thing that we can do before we close things up is we can select an image, and if we have an image, and let's say, we're in the Library module, one of the things that you may notice is that it has a little tag on it. This little tag down below if we click on that, it's going to take us back to this Map module.

We can also in the Metadata panel, look at the GPS, and then click on the arrow icon, and again, that's got to take us to view these images, which were captured in this particular area. There is also filtering. We can go into our regular filtering here in the Library module, press the Backslash (\) key to open up Filtering, and we can go to Metadata, and from one of these pulldown menus we can choose GPS Location, and here you can see the different locations that we have with these images at least.

Let's click on all of our photos for a second and go back to Metadata and there you can see the locations that we have, that are saved. And out of all of these photographs, I could click on the Brooklyn Bridge and it's going to show me just those images. So again, this could be a helpful way to add some metadata to the photographs in order to filter or find those images. It could be something, which is just fun to do in order to mark certain places that you've photographed, or it could just be a really functional way to start to group or organize your pictures based on a specific geographic location.

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