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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.
So far we have been taking some time to explore how we can manage and work with our files in the Library module, whether that's working with folders or collections are sorting or filtering. Well here what we are going to do is continue to talk about how we can manage our files, yet we are going to leave the Library module. We are going to head over to the Map module. In order to navigate to the Map module, go ahead and click on the Map button, you can find it in the module picker up top here. Now what the Map module allows us to do is to organize and access our photographs in a really fascinating way.
For starters, you'll notice there are panels on the left and the right and then the map in the middle. Now that map looks a lot like a Google Map, right and indeed it is. You also notice that there is a little marker. Now that marker is telling me something. It's telling me that I have a photograph in my Photo Library that has some embedded GPS information inside of it. This particular photograph came from my iPhone. I simply turned on Location Services and it embedded all of that GPS information.
So by default the Map module can actually pick up where that photograph was captured and you can see that we can click on this marker here and it will then show us that picture, it will also highlight that in the Filmstrip. Now we could zoom in a little bit on this area. We can do that a few different ways. On the map we could simply double- click in order to zoom in a little bit more closely to that area. We can also change the view of the map. If you go down to the Toolbar, you'll notice you have a few different Map Styles. Let's take this to Road Map say, or for example we could go to Terrain or to any of the other types of views here.
What's great about these different views is you can also access them by way of shortcut. On a Windows computer you hold down Ctrl, on Mac that's Command and then 1-6. And again, as you press those keys, Command or Ctrl 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, you can then change those different views. You can of course, always simply make a selection from here in the Map Style. Now what we can do with this is kind of fascinating is, we can have these pictures which were captured that have this embedded information inside of it and then it will then show up on our map.
But of course, not all of our cameras are able to capture photographs and embed the GPS information inside of the images; therefore of course there will be those situations where we may want to add our photographs to specific locations. Well, let's take a look at how we can do just that in the next movie.
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