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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
As we get into a rhythm of working in the Develop module, a lot of times what happens is we start to make some changes. Let's say we increase the overall Color Temperature, we increase our Exposure, our Fill Light, perhaps some Black, some Contrast, and perhaps we say, yeah this image is looking a lot better. But then we will remember that it's always a good idea to turn on those clipping indicators. We can do so by pressing the J key. Now when I do that, I realize that gosh! I have a lot of loss of detail on the front of this truck here. So I need to bring some of that detail back.
Let's press the J key again to turn off that indicator. Here is a nice technique that you can use when needing to recover detail. We know that this Recovery slider will really focus in on that top 5 or 10% of the Histogram, the area up here where we have some problems. So what we can do is hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and then click on this triangle icon. Again, it's highlighting, showing me where I have some clipping, where I have some problems. So now all that I need to do is to increase this Recovery slider until I see all of those problem areas corrected, in this case right about there, and then I let go of it and I now have a new view of the photograph.
Again, we can look at our before and after here, so I'm not seeing anything as I dragged this slider. Now on the Histogram yeah, I'm seeing that being corrected up there and if I make a real drastic change, I might see something. But the actual needed change, which is right around here about twenty something, I can't even tell the difference. So again here that shortcuts going to be really essential. If you're on a Mac what you do is you press and hold the Option key and then click and drag. If you're on a PC what you do is press and hold the Alt key and then click and drag that Recovery slider in order to find the sweet spot for the recovery.
Now keep in mind that once you've done that, let's say you go back and increase the Exposure. Well you then need to go back to Recovery slider, all right. I'll click that again and here you can see we have all kinds of problems. So at this particular scenario you may decide, you know what the problem really isn't going to be solved by Recovery, so if I do this, it's just going to look weird. The problem really is with my overall Exposure. Again, hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and then click and drag that down until you find a nice spot for your overall Exposure. What you're going to do is kind of go back and forth between these controls, until you find something that not only visually looks good, because we have to get beyond that right? We want it to look good on monitor, but even more.
The image needs to be able to be reproduced really well. So that we can use these techniques in order to create images that are much stronger on all fronts.
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