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Making incremental adjustments to images

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Making incremental adjustments to images

In this movie, I want to explain the main reason why people use quick develop here in the library module as opposed to working in the develop module. And it has to do with working with auto sync. When you process multiple images in the library module, it does something very different than the Develop module. In the Develop module, if you select multiple images and make an adjustment well it makes an absolute adjustment. So if you increase exposure say by one stop, well both images will have the same exact exposure. Yet in the library module, it does so incrementally, relative to the exposure, or whatever setting it is for that matter, of that actual image. Let me try to make this concept a bit more concrete by showing you what I mean. Here, with this image I'm going to decrease the exposure and I'm going to do this for demo purposes.

Making incremental adjustments to images

In this movie, I want to explain the main reason why people use quick develop here in the library module as opposed to working in the develop module. And it has to do with working with auto sync. When you process multiple images in the library module, it does something very different than the Develop module. In the Develop module, if you select multiple images and make an adjustment well it makes an absolute adjustment. So if you increase exposure say by one stop, well both images will have the same exact exposure. Yet in the library module, it does so incrementally, relative to the exposure, or whatever setting it is for that matter, of that actual image. Let me try to make this concept a bit more concrete by showing you what I mean. Here, with this image I'm going to decrease the exposure and I'm going to do this for demo purposes.

Then next, let's select two images. We'll select the first two here. Hold down the Cmd key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows to select those two. Then press the N key or click on this icon which allows us to enter into survey mode. And just for a moment, let's focus in on exposure. You know, one of the things that can happen is you can shoot, perhaps at a wedding or wherever it is. And you can be shooting in different lighting scenarios, and your camera settings. Perhaps maybe you accidentally set them so that the exposure was overexposing all of those images regardless of the lighting that you were in.

So, what you need to do is then take that exposure down incrementally in all of the photograms. Well, you can do that here with auto sync, you select multiple images, turn auto sync on. Now, watch what happens when I click on this exposure value. Here when I click on one of the arrow icons to the right, what it will do is it will increment these relative to the exposure of the image. It's almost like this image is on step five, and this image is on step one. Then, when I click this button, well, this image goes up to step six.

And this image goes up to step two. And it's like they're climbing up these steps. In contrast, in the Develop module, if we had two images which look different. And if we modify the exposure, and I'm just making this up, this whole step analogy. We modified it to say step 8, well both images would go to that particular area or exposure. In other words, it would make an absolute adjustment. Well here, the library module allows us to make relative, incremental adjustments. In this way, it kind of respects the original exposure or whatever setting it is that we're working on. It then allows us to quickly solve those issues where we have variation in our photographs.

And where we want to make incremental changes to two or more photographs.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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