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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.
In regards to Quick Develop, this is the movie that's going to make all the difference in the world. And the reality is that for most of our image, adjustments, enhancements, or corrections, we're going to go to Develop module, right? Yet there are going to be situations where Quick Develop is really going to save the day, and that's what we're going to take a look at here. It has to do with making incremental adjustments. Now in order to illustrate how this works what I need to do is to make a few changes that aren't going to be very good, but are going to illustrate the point.
They're going to showcase how this actually works, they'll help you understand it, so that you can then apply it your own workflow. So, for this first image, what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and overexpose to this image dramatically. So I am just overexposing it, again, dramatically, losing all of this detail right, the image is almost completely gone. The next thing that I am going to do is I am going to click on the other image which is very similar to it. I'll click on that holding down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then I am going to go to Survey mode.
To access Survey mode, you can click on this button here or press the shortcut key, the N key. Okay, well I have two images which were processed and they're very different, one is decent exposure, one is overexposed. Well, when you select multiple images inside of the Library module and when you work with Quick Develop and have Auto Sync turned on, if you make a change, it's incremental. Let me show you what it is. I am going to go ahead and click this. Notice that it decreased one image differently, really, than the other image.
And as I make this change, something interesting is kind of happening. Let's deconstruct it. What Quick Develop does different, say, than the Develop module, is make incremental adjustments. In other words, it says, wherever this image is, I am going to then move that, let's say the Exposure down one stop or a third of a stop or whatever it is. Or I am going to then change the Clarity based on where the clarity is, up a little bit. In other words, it's incremental. Now in the Develop module when you synchronize, well, if you change the Exposure, say, to +3, well, all the exposures of those images goes up the plus three.
It isn't incremental, it doesn't pay attention what the exposure was, it only changes it to a new uniform exposure. Okay, so you may be thinking, all right Chris, why the heck would that matter, what's the big deal with this? Well, this can really help in those situations where you have a photo session or a commercial shoot and you're shooting the entire time and you notice that you're overexposing all of your images by two stops. Yet, you have change in your exposure kind of throughout the shoot.
Yet each image needs to come down two stops, because maybe you just made a mistake. Well, what you could do in those situations is you could then select, say, all of those photographs, and regardless of what the exposure is, you could then make that adjustment and change that and it would just knock the exposure, whatever the various exposures were, down to the appropriate spot. The same thing could be said of color temperature or of all the other settings that we have here. So in other words, if ever you have a situation where you just find that what you need to do is to make an incremental adjustment to each different and distinct image.
Well then, Quick Develop will really be the solution; it will save the day in those scenarios. The other times when you might want to use Quick Develop is simply when you just want to make a couple of quick adjustments to photographs and apply those and then move on to something else. Yet again, for the most part, for most Lightroom users, the Quick Develop, it's not that useful. Really, if you want to process your photographs, you're going to want to have full control and be able to be really precise. In order to do that, you want to make those adjustments in the Develop module.
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