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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.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can start to work with color and tone in our video clips, how we can make color and tone adjustments in corrective or creative ways. One of the first things I want to do is work with this clip here. It's a video portrait of a famous and professional surfer Rob Machado. I want to trim this a little bit. We already know how to do that. Click on the Gear icon and the action that I want to get to starts right here. So I'm going to go ahead and drag my play needle to that point. Then I will drag my trim point to that point as well and then I'm going to close this view so I can just work on this clip here at this point.
I'm going to play a little bit of this clip, it's a little bit noisy but you'll get a gist of it. Here it goes. (clip playing) I'm going to stop it right there. I can see a nice view there, the image is sharp for this moment. I kind of like the energy of this, it's handheld, it's just kind of a fun little video portrait of this fascinating person. Well here, one of the things I noticed is I'm not totally convinced about the color temperature, I may want to change that. Well, one of the ways that you can modify color temperature is with the Quick Develop controls.
That's one of the reasons why I wanted to show those in a previous chapter. We can take advantage of these Quick Develop controls in order to make some great changes. Let me show you what we can do here. Well, if you go to the White Balance area you can expand this, so you have more precise controls to custom change the color temperature. Well, here I'll go ahead and click a few times to the left, well, now that's a little bit more neutral and then perhaps I want to remove a little bit of the red. I'll click a few more times down here. Now that was too much, just to kind of come up with a new version of this file.
Now what's great about this is, if we play this clip-- well that color temperature is applied to the entirety of the clip not just the moment where we stopped it, right. Now the only trick with this, of course, is that we can't really see a before and after very easily. We could click Reset All, but then we would have to reapply our settings, whatever we've applied, so it's not the best way to work. Well, there has to be a better way, right? Well of course, there is and there is a better way which involves creating what's called a Virtual Copy.
Let me show you how we can do that. It's really easy. Navigate to the filmstrip and then right-click or Ctrl+Click and here what I want you to do is to choose Create Virtual Copy. The good news about this is this won't increase the file size on your hard drive, it's not duplicating the entire video clip, rather it's just creating a new set of instructions, so we can have another version of this clip. Well, now here this clip if we scrub down the line a little bit, we can see it has this nice color temperature.
We could then go back to the original, this one over here and then Reset this one. Now when I reset, it goes back to the default as it was captured color temperature. Well, now I have the ability to kind of click between these two and see which one I like better, because you know the reality of making adjustments is sometimes you make them, but maybe they are not very good and so it's nice to kind of have the ability to make these comparisons. All right! Well, what else could we do? Well, let's say we want to create another Virtual Copy because we want to get a little bit creative here.
Well again, right-click or Ctrl+ Click and choose Create Virtual Copy. What could we do with this? Well, let's scrub down the line and then let's choose perhaps a preset. Here I'll go to these Presets and I want to choose perhaps a Black & White Preset, maybe an Infrared preset. This is going to be kind of interesting. We'll click OK and then here we can see what this preset would look like. It doesn't really work. No big deal. We can choose another preset. We could go to Color Preset, we could try perhaps something like one of these Bleach Bypass looks or an Aged Photograph.
And again, this is just going to go back to that original file and then apply these settings to it. Now this warning message is just saying you can't do everything that you could do to images to video. That's okay. We'll simply click OK and now we kind of have this aged look here, a little bit of a different type of aesthetic. We can do something which is a bit more normal as well. Let's go to B&W and try out the Red Filter, which tends to work well with people and just see how that looks. Kind of an interesting look! Now, you can take this further of course by going to Tone Control.
In Tone Control we can increase the Exposure a little bit, maybe a little bit of Contrast here. We could work with our Whites or our Blacks here making changes to those areas of the picture. And again, the type of changes that we make really depends on what type of a look we're going for in regards to our own video file. So, let's go ahead and scrub down and see that we now have kind of an interesting black-and-white version of this video clip. And what's fascinating about this is all of a sudden we have these controls to not only just trim the video file but even more than that.
We can make corrections or enhancements to the color and tone of our video clips right inside of the Library module.
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