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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.
Tethered capture allows us to connect our cameras to our computers and to shoot directly to the computer's hard drive and that's exactly what we'll be talking about in the next few movies. Here in this initial movie, all that I want to do is introduce you to the topic of tethered shooting and how we can start to do this inside of Lightroom. Now one of the advantages of tethered shooting is that it brings our images directly into Lightroom. In other words, we don't have to import them via a CompactFlash card, rather they are they are directly and immediately, we can start to manage process and work on our photographs.
So how do we start using tethered capture? Well, of course you have to connect your camera to your computer and then the next step is to navigate to this File pulldown menu, Tethered Capture, and you want to click on Start Tethered Capture. This will open up the Tethered Capture Settings dialog. Here, we want to give this a session name and I am going to call this studio, because typically when you're using tethered capture, you're indoors, you're in a studio, you have your camera right next to you, and you're using Tethered capture, so that you can really quickly view your images or so that a client or art director can view those photographs.
Next, Naming convention; well, we have a number of different templates we can choose. I am going to choose Session Name and Sequence starting with the number 1. Next, we want to Determine a destination for these files. In this case I am going to save that to my Exercise Files folder. You just want to make sure to add a destination, so that you know where those images are being saved on a hard drive. What about information? Well, here we can add some metadata, like if we have a metadata preset, we could select that, or we can add keywords and just separate those keywords by a comma.
Well, after we have done all of this, we'll click OK and this will open up our Tethered Capture window. Now this little dialog is actually kind of fascinating, and because of that, what I want to do is take just a minute to deconstruct what we're seeing here and I want to do that by way of opening up a slide. All right! Well, let's take a look at what we have here. Well, on the far left we can select the camera that we have connected and if we have one or more cameras connected. Next, we have the folder or the shoot or session name. Over here, we have all of the various metadata whether it Shutters Speed, FStop, ISO, or White Balance.
This is pulling all of this information from our camera. Next, we have something which is actually quite fascinating. Over here, we have the ability to add presets to process our images as they're captured. Here, you can see the preset that was used was a Sepia toning. That's why this image has this particular look. Moving around, we have the ability to change the settings or to create a new session. We also can close or minimize this dialog here. And then finally, last but not least, we have the Shutter Release button. All right! Well, now that we've been introduced to this, let's go back to Lightroom and talk a little bit about it.
Here in Lightroom, you can see that we have the camera, we have all of that metadata, developed settings. If we click on this option, we can choose various presets as you can see here, and then over here on the right, we can click on the Gear icon to open up our Settings dialog window, and then finally, we have this X. Now the problem with this is if we dragged this around, it almost always covers up something important inside of Lightroom. Well, if you hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt on Windows, changes the X to little to little minus sign.
This makes this much more compact, we can kind of tuck it away, so it's not going to get in the way of working in Lightroom. If you want to make it big once again, hold down Option or Alt, turns into a plus sign and that will make that much bigger. Okay, well now that we've been introduced to this whole idea of Tethered capture, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can actually work with this and let's do that in the next movie.
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