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This course covers the newest features and enhancements in Photoshop Lightroom 4, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. Author and photographer Chris Orwig details the new video editing and sharing capabilities in Lightroom; its new book-layout features for creating Blurb photo books; the new Map module, to tag images with locations; and the various image editing improvements in the Develop module. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the reasons why Lightroom is such a widely used application is because it gives photographers a way to organize their images in an effective and creative way. And that's definitely true with this new feature in Lightroom, the Map module. Now before we get to the Map module, first let's select some photographs. In the Library module, let's click on our main Photos folder, and then navigate over to Map by clicking on the Module Picker button, Map. Now a lot of you may be thinking, okay well, what is the Map module, and this is something I am actually going to use.
I am hoping to answer that question in the next few movies. For starters, let's get oriented with what we have here. On the far left-hand side we have the Navigator. Here you can see we can click and move this around in order to view different areas in different maps. All of this data is coming from Google Maps. GPS information is really fascinating, and it's fascinating to look at how we can take that GPS information, and then integrate that with something like Google Maps and that's exactly what's happening here.
Well below, we have these panels Saved Locations we'll talk about later, and then the Collections. All right! Well, then we have our work area in which we have a map and then on the right-hand side we have some metadata. Well currently, you can see that we have a Location Filter, Visible On Map, Tagged, Untagged or None. In other words, None is just showing all of the images. Well, you can see that there is a little marker there on the map. If we click on this marker, this is just showing us that we have one image in our library that has embedded GPS information.
This particular photograph I captured just a few minutes ago here at the lynda.com headquarters in Carpinteria, California, and this was just a plant in front of a window and I captured this image using my iPhone. What's fascinating about this image is the tag in the Metadata without having to do anything is all of this GPS information and it locates this image here. Now if I just want to see the image that has GPS information, I can filter by showing the files that are just tagged and here it's highlighting this photograph.
I can zoom into this area by right- clicking or Ctrl+clicking and choosing Zoom In. So here we can zoom in a little bit closer. We can also use some of our other shortcuts that we may be familiar with for zooming. On a Mac that's Command+plus (+) or minus (-), on Windows that's Ctrl+plus (+) or minus (-), and here you can see where that image was captured. Now currently, we have a Map Style of Hybrid. Now this Map Style can be changed. I'll go ahead and click Road Map, so that we have a little bit more of a clean view of this. Now this may be helpful if you really want to locate a particular direction or where something is located.
We can now see that exact location. We have a couple other options. Satellite, this gives us a more realistic satellite view, and then we can see Terrain, and we can also change the view from a Lighter or Brighter view to a Darker view, depending on how it's helpful to see that information. All right! We'll go ahead and change this back to Road Map because really that's a nice simple way to be able to view that information. All right! Well, so far so good, we have this image which has GPS information on it. Yet what about those situations, all of those other photographs, say that were captured on the Canon 5D Mark 2 that don't have GPS information.
Is this Map module relevant or helpful? Definitely. There are so many different ways to organize our photographs by Subject or by Location, by Content. One of the things that we can do in the Map module is start to take advantage of looking at organizing our images based on where they are captured. So let's explore how we can do that in the next movie.
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