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In this course, author and digital imaging expert Tim Grey teaches you how to use the Library module in Adobe Lightroom 4 to manage your images, ensuring that you'll always be able to find any image you need, when you need it. Learn how to make full use of the Import feature, sort and organize your images, add keywords and otherwise identify key images, filter and search images, create backups, and much more. Plus, get lots of tips on configuring the Lightroom interface to suit the way you work, making everything you do faster and easier.
After I've used the Grid View in the Library Module to perform a basic review, mostly reminding myself of which images are included in this photoshoot before I start a more detailed review. I'm ready to move into evaluating each image by itself. Each individual image one at a time, and for that I'll use the Loupe View. The Grid View of course is accessible by pressing the letter G on the keyboard or by clicking the first button on the toolbar below the Images. To switch to the Loupe View, I can click on the Loupe View button or simply press the letter E on the keyboard.
One way to remember that E is the keyboard shortcut for the Loupe View is that there's an E on the end of Loupe. Generally speaking, when I'm reviewing my images in the Loupe View, I want to get rid of all of the panels except the filmstrip down at the bottom. I like to keep tabs on which image I'm currently looking at and where I am in the overall sequence. So I'll press the Shift+Tab keys in order to hide all panels. And then I'll click on the stub for the Filmstrip, to bring that back up. I could also hide the toolbar if I wanted to to give myself a little bit more room for the images. I could do that by pressing the letter T on the keyboard. Now, I can go through the images.
I'll generally use the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate among the individual images that I want to review. My primary focus is on getting a sense of which images look the best and which images are perhaps my favorites. Along the way, of course, I might be marking these images in some way. For example using pick flags, star ratings or color labels, but for now we'll just focus on the actual process of going through the photos. If at any time I want to evaluate an image a little bit more closely, I can simply click on the image. For example, maybe I'd like to see if this image is actually sharp. I can click on the image, an that will take me up to a one to one view, a 100% zoom.
I want to wait until the full resolution image loads, and then I can click and drag to pan around in the image. And it looks like this image is reasonably sharp. It does seem to be slightly soft. I'm not sure if that might be a motion blur. I can bring back the right panel, so that I can take a look at the histogram, that can be useful for evaluating the overall exposure. Here for example, the image could have been exposed just a little bit brighter, but I also want to evaluate the shutter speed. And here it was a 160th of a second shutter speed, if I scroll down into my Metadata section, I can take a look at what lens focal length was used.
In this case it was shot with the 24 to 105 millimeter lens at a focal length of 58 millimeters. So a 60th of a second is really about the minimum I would want to use in those circumstances, and that certainly explains why there's a little bit of softness. This was a handheld shot. Once I'm done evaluating the image a little more closely, I can simply single click on the image to go back to the fit to Image view, so I can see the entire image once again. I think for the moment, I'll leave the right panel visible, so I can evaluate the histogram as I'm moving along. I'll go ahead and press the right arrow to move to the next image. We can see that this image obviously has a bit of a Silhouette effect. That's obvious from the image itself as well as from Histogram. And some blown-out details here, but because it's lights at night, that's not going to be problematic.
Again, just getting an overall sense of the images, zooming in as needed, taking a look at some of the Capture settings. And perhaps evaluating the histogram to get a better sense of that overall exposure. The point is to take a careful look at the images, to navigate among the various images, to zoom in as needed, to evaluate the details. So that we can make a more informed decision about which images are potentially our favorites and which ones might need a little bit of work. And also, to be thinking about how we're going to rank those images, regardless of whether we're using pic flags, star ratings, or color labels to help us identify our favorite images later.
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