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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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Well now that I fired off my first test shot, what I want to do is modify things a little bit. Before I do so, I am going to take this image into the Develop module. To do that, I will press the D key. Now once inside of the Develop module, one of the things that you can do is you can press the J key in order to turn on your clipping indicator. Here it is showing me that I have a little bit of clipping in these specular highlights. Now at that juncture what I might want to do is go ahead and lower my exposure a little bit, and I could do so a couple of different ways if I wanted to modify things. And I will just do that on camera there a little bit and then take another picture.
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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
6h 45m Advanced Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Maximizing file compatibility
  • Speeding up the workflow with automation
  • Working with catalogs, collections, and folders
  • Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
  • Performing and restoring backups
  • Setting up tethered capture
  • Advanced retouching techniques, such as eye enhancement and blemish reduction
  • Working with color profiles
  • Perfecting prints from Lightroom
  • Creating custom watermarks
  • Making a custom web gallery
  • Exporting and publishing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Custom tethered capture white balance

Well now that I fired off my first test shot, what I want to do is modify things a little bit. Before I do so, I am going to take this image into the Develop module. To do that, I will press the D key. Now once inside of the Develop module, one of the things that you can do is you can press the J key in order to turn on your clipping indicator. Here it is showing me that I have a little bit of clipping in these specular highlights. Now at that juncture what I might want to do is go ahead and lower my exposure a little bit, and I could do so a couple of different ways if I wanted to modify things. And I will just do that on camera there a little bit and then take another picture.

Now what I am looking for here is just to be able to compare the exposure with the two images. And again, I am just modifying things using the Develop module here. In this case, the exposure is a little bit darker. Let's compare the two. Well, here we have a little bit more clipping indicator in the highlights, but our shadows are okay. In this image perhaps the shadows now are a little bit too dark. So again, what we can do is make some subtle decisions in regards to our overall exposure, and really it's up to you in regards to what you are trying to expose for.

All right. Well, the next thing that I want to do here is go ahead and create a white balance for this image. To do that, I am going to set in this area right in front of these little Russian dolls here, and I am going to go ahead and create, or capture, another image. Now when I capture this image, what we should see is this ColorChecker chart. This is a ColorChecker chart that's put out by the folks at X-Rite. It's called the Passport. It is a great color checker. Next, I will press the W key to select the White Balance tool, and I will go ahead and click on one of these white balance icons here, one of the gray patches, because I know that those should be neutral.

Well, now that is completely and drastically different. Let's take a look. Here is before, and then here is after. Well once I have done that, once I have white balanced this photograph, I want to then remove the ColorChecker chart, and I want to create an image with this same color balance. To do so, we can use this option here, which is called Same as previous. So now when I take the next image, what we should see is that we have a photograph, which is comparable to the original photographs, except we have a completely different color, or white balance, and here you can see it's now brought that in in a completely new context.

What's great about this is once we dial this in, what we can then do is make some other decisions as well. For example, let's say that what we want to do is have a little bit of fill light here, perhaps a touch more contrast, and then we can work on some of our other controls here as well. We could also get creative and make some color, or other type of creative adjustment changes as well. Now I want to have this image a little bit warmer than where it was, probably not quite so neutral. Again, I am making some subjective decisions at this point.

We could also go down the line and say work on our detail, and in the Detail panel, we could add a bit of sharpening, work on our controls here, work on the color noise, et cetera, et cetera. The sky really is the limit in regards to how we work with these controls. And again, as we then take pictures, it will remember whatever we dialed in, in regards to our Develop module previously. So let's see how this next image comes in. You can see that in that way. Well let's say that one of the things that we want to do is work on a specific color.

Here I am going to go into HSL, and I am going to go into my Saturation, grabbing the Target Adjustment tool. I am going to hover over this foreground color and just remove that. Take down some of those Oranges there. You can see how we are bringing some of those colors out. I will bring up my reds also bring up some of the greens and aquas and blues. So now I just have a different color palette, something that's completely distinct, or different. I will go into Split Toning and in Split Toning, I am going to add some color in my highlights. And again, I am just going to have a little bit of fun with this.

See if I can come up with something creative. And really all that I am doing here is just winging it to try to come up with something that looks completely distinct, or different. Next step of course will be to click on the Capture button, and we will see that the next image will come in with those same Develop module settings. Now the point here isn't necessarily to process your images in this drastic of a way, yet it may be helpful to think about how you can use all of those controls. I mean the sky is the limit. You could do things like lens corrections, effects, camera calibration--you name it.

Well let's say that as we get to this point we realize, you know what? This doesn't really look very good. I don't like the creative stuff that I was doing. I just want things to be color correct. What you can do is you can always go back to one of your previous images, like this one, which has really good white balance. You could then say, "You know what? I want a copy these settings here." So here what we are going to do is go to our Settings pulldown menu and choose Copy Settings, and what I want to do is check everything. I just want to copy all of these different settings. So I will go ahead and click Copy.

Next, I'll click on one image, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the others, go back to Settings, and here choose Paste Settings, and you will notice there are shortcuts here, if you like using shortcuts. You could always take note of those there, and then use them as well. But here, I am going to use the long-cut. I am just going to go to Settings and then click on Paste Settings. So now when I click on Paste Settings, what we'll see is it then updates all of these photographs with that particular white balance. And the great thing about this is what we can do, of course, is if we want to change what we are photographing--say in this case, I am going to set something else in front of the camera, and then refocus there, and now I will go ahead and click on the Capture button--and what will happen is whatever the new object, or the new subject, is for the photograph will come in with that same white balance and that same color correction as those previous files.

Here you can see I set my lynda.com coffee cup in front of those other objects. What I can do is just continue to shoot away. Well in conclusion, as you have seen, we can use tethered capture for some really functional or creative purposes. And the reason why I wanted to highlight was just to get you to begin to think about how you can use tethered capture in order to become a more efficient and also a better photographer. Because sometimes by having the instant review, being able to see your images really big, being able to make changes to your photographs, to apply those changes to multiple images, it can begin to expand the way you see, the way you think, and the way you work inside of Lightroom.

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