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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.
Here I want to take a look at how we can use the Slideshow module in order to assemble a slideshow, and then export that slideshow as a video file that we will then upload to a video sharing site. So I'll go through the entirety of that process, so you get a feel for how this could work. One of the first things that you need to do is to select some images. Here just for demo purposes, I will select this folder, sb_harbor. Next step is to go to the Slideshow module. Now here in the Slideshow module, what we are going to want to do is determine how the slideshow will work, or how it will look.
What I want to do is make this really simple; I want it to be all about the images. So I am going to scroll all the way to the top here. I am going to take off the brushstroke or the shadow. I also want to make sure my images zoom to fill the entirety of the frame. Now in regards to frame--I am going to turn on my guides, so we can see those-- I am going to remove them altogether. So I am going to have fullscreen images. Now this may mean that some photographs are cropped, but for demo purposes, I'm okay with that. It'll be fun, because it will be very consistent. They will all fill the entirety of the frame. All right! Well, in regards to customizing these settings, of course, the sky is a limit.
You can make the call how you want to design the Slideshow. This movie isn't so much about designing the slideshow; rather, it's more about the process of creating one, exporting it, and then uploading that. Okay, well, here you can see I am just turning off a few of these options that I don't need. You can also add audio if you want to. Again, for demo purposes, I'm not going to. I'll make my slides pretty quick and then click on the Preview button, so we can see how this will appear. Here you can see it's going through these different photographs at a pretty good pace. All right! Well, now that we have done that, we may want to make just a few more little changes here.
I will go ahead and make a few subtle changes to my slide duration, but really, I'm skimming over this, because what I want to get to is how do we export this and then upload the video? So the next step, once we've designed the slideshow, is to go and click on the button Export, Video. Here I am going to export it to the Desktop, and what I want to do is choose this video preset of 720 p. Now you can choose different presets here, and as you make those selections, it will show you what types of media this will be good for. In other words it will say, you know what? If you choose save 720 p, this is optimized for online sharing, such as places like YouTube, Facebook, et cetera.
And in my case, I am going to upload this video to the Vimeo. So what we do is we go ahead and click Export. This will then take all these full-res files, and it will create this video for us and export it to the desktop. All right. Well, once that's complete, we can go ahead and hide Lightroom. And here you can see on the desktop we have our video file. What we would want to next is to navigate to one of these different video sharing sites---say, for example, like Vimeo. Now here at this site, what you'd want to do, of course, would be to create an account and log in.
Next up is going to be to click on the section where you can upload a video. What you do in order to upload a video is you simply click on that link where it takes you to the upload page, here. I'll choose the file that I want to upload-- in this case it's going to be this demo file here--and I'll click Open. Now at this point, what I can do is go ahead and give this a name. I'll call this "Lightroom demo." I could also give it a description as well and add some tags if I want this to be a public video that's shared with others. Well, once this goes through the whole process, what you'll see is you will be able to access this video by going to your section of the site.
For example, if we go over here to the Me section of the site--I am going to go to this area where I have this video uploaded--and currently it's showing me that I have a video in queue, ready to be uploaded. Now to speed up the demo, I've already uploaded another version of this. And here if I click on this icon we can see this. And again, I just did this, so that we don't have to wait for the overall upload, yet you can see that what will happen is once we press Play, it will then go through these different images with whatever settings that we have chosen inside of Lightroom.
And there is something really dynamic that can happen, when you put your images together with audio and with transitions, somehow they can come to life in a completely new way. So if you haven't ever experimented working with the Slideshow module, creating slideshows and exporting those slideshows so that you can share them with others, perhaps today is the day to do so. And just as a side note: if you do upload a video, I would love to check it out. I always enjoy looking at other people's work and other people's photography. So if you do upload a video, be sure to send me a link.
I would love to see some of your photography.
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