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Setting up for quick and easy batch processing

From: Lightroom Workflow Strategies

Video: Setting up for quick and easy batch processing

In the last movie, we looked at how we could flag photographs in order to set those apart as our keepers, and then we looked at how we could filter our view so that now we're just looking at the selects. Well, these selects are all straight out of the camera. They're captured in the RAW mode, and these images need a little bit a work. So here, what I want to do is look at how we can quickly and easily batch process these images using the Develop module. Well, first though, we need to do is to bring back some of the Lightroom interface. To do that, we'll need to press Shift+Tab a few times. Press it once and then press it again and it will bring back the rest of the interface.

Setting up for quick and easy batch processing

In the last movie, we looked at how we could flag photographs in order to set those apart as our keepers, and then we looked at how we could filter our view so that now we're just looking at the selects. Well, these selects are all straight out of the camera. They're captured in the RAW mode, and these images need a little bit a work. So here, what I want to do is look at how we can quickly and easily batch process these images using the Develop module. Well, first though, we need to do is to bring back some of the Lightroom interface. To do that, we'll need to press Shift+Tab a few times. Press it once and then press it again and it will bring back the rest of the interface.

Next we need to navigate to the develop module. To do that press the D key. Once in the Develop module, click on an image here. You can see that I still have filtering turned on. We can turn this on and off by flipping the switch. This is showing me all of the photographs. Or now clicking it on, it's showing me just the pictures which have been flagged, which have been marked to be included in the slideshow. You want to make sure you have that filtering turned on. The next thing that we will do is we will go to a photograph that we think is kind of a good representation of these pictures, say, for example, this picture right here--or perhaps one which shows the face a little bit more clearly and the color.

Next, you will want to select the rest of the photographs. Press Command or Ctrl+A, then you want to click on the Sync button. When you see Sync... that's telling you that it is going to open up the Synchronize settings dialog. Let's clear off everything. Just choose check none. Next we want to determine to apply a few settings to all of these photographs. What settings do we want to apply? What we are going to do is we're going to apply a wide range of different effects. We are going to work with white balance and basic tone, also perhaps some clarity and sharpening and noise reduction.

So let's turn on those options. I'll go ahead and click on those buttons there to include those, noise reduction, and I think that looks pretty good. The next thing that I want to do is simply click on Synchronize. Now this will synchronize really nothing because we have not done anything to the photographs yet. There we were just setting up those settings, and we were doing that so that we can use Auto Sync. So now click on Auto Sync by flipping the switch on the sync button. With Auto Sync turned on, we're going to make a few adjustments. We're also going to learn some shortcuts.

Now I know that sometimes shortcuts can be distracting or a little bit difficult to learn. But again, speed is so important here. So I think these shortcuts will help you out. Let's open up the Basic panel. To open up the Basic panel by way of a shortcut, press Command or Ctrl+1. The next thing that we could do is make an adjustment by moving our cursor and hovering over a slider and then, say, clicking and dragging it. That is one way to make an adjustment. Another way is you can go ahead--and I'm going to reposition this. You can hover over an adjustment. You notice that it highlights that area.

You could then press your up arrow key to increase that amount or your down arrow key in order to decrease that. That can be a nice way, say, with temperature. Hover over that, press your up arrow key a couple of times, and you can see that we can add a little bit of an increased color temperature there--or perhaps we could cool things down. So again, that is a really helpful shortcut: repositioning your mouse using your up and down arrow keys. Another helpful set of shortcuts with these controls are Period and Comma and Plus and Minus. These are a little bit more difficult to remember, yet let me show you these in case you are one of those people that just wants to work really quickly.

I find these shortcuts help when I am on a laptop and I have a trackpad and it's kind of difficult to use them. Well, if you press Period, what it will do is it will scroll through--in a forward direction--all of these controls, press Comma and it will move backwards. In other words, press Period and it allows me to modify contrast and then allows highlights and shadows. And you can see I am going down the line here by tapping the Period key. Or when I get to the slider I want to modify--say, temperature and tint-- I press the Plus button in order to increase the color temperature.

I press the Minus button in order to decrease that. All right. Well, now that we have seen all of these shortcuts, I'm going to go ahead and reset these values by double-clicking the slider there, just to bring it back to the default setting. What do I want to do with all of these photographs? Well, because these were captured in RAW, what I want to do is a little bit of contrast, a little bit of clarity, and perhaps maybe just a touch of color temperature. So here we could go ahead and use one of our shortcut techniques or just click and drag on the slider.

So use whatever approach is going to be easiest for you. I'll click and drag to keep things simple. I'm increasing some contrast, some clarity, also brought in a little bit of color temperature, and then I'll just boost up the vibrance. That works really well with people, and you want to bring up some vibrance, especially if you have added some clarity, because that desaturates. You don't what the color to look unnatural. Perhaps a little bit more color temperature. Next I want to use my arrow keys. Press the right arrow key. I'm going to scroll through my images.

Remember, I was looking to work on a photograph that I thought was representational, yet all of these pictures are little bit different. So you want to scroll through them. Do this kind of quickly to get a sense for the pictures. All right, well, now we can see how this processing is affecting these photographs, and they look pretty good. Perhaps they are a little bit too warm, though. I'll hover over that or just click and drag that down just a little bit. What else do we need to do? Well, you need to do some adjustments in the Basic panel. How many adjustments you make depends on how close you got to your correct exposure when you were shooting. So again, those decisions will be based upon the shooting environment, the light, and how you did when you were capturing images.

Here, we do not need to do a lot--which is good. We'll make a few adjustments. Other situations, in other events you have to make more adjustments. Again, just watch the images and make what you think will make the images look good. Next, we want to go to the detail panel. You can go to that panel either by clicking on it here, or you can use your shortcuts--you remember that Command+1 was basic. Well, if you go down the line, it's 1-2-3-4-5. Command+5 opens or closes the detail panel.

So let's press that. Again, that is Command, or on Windows that is Ctrl+5. That will open your detail panel. And without even zooming in to 100%, we're going to apply some really general sharpening and noise reduction. General is a medium amount. Bring up the sharpening a little bit, drop the detail down, bring up the masking somewhere right in here. This isn't overdone. It's just enough. It is not too much. Next, noise reduction. Bring that up somewhere probably around in the 30s or so. And same thing with your color noise reduction, just a touch to kind of sweeten those images up. All digital files will need an amount of sharpening and noise reduction. And here, we're choosing a relatively moderate amount just to batch process all of these pictures.

Well, now that we have made those adjustments, they have all been applied to the entire set. As we were moving the sliders because we had Auto Sync turned on, and because we had predefined which settings we wanted to modify, well, those are now applied to the entire group of pictures.

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Lightroom Workflow Strategies

38 video lessons · 10470 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 44m 20s
    1. Importing images on-site
      7m 30s
    2. Creating a slideshow template
      7m 37s
    3. Selecting photos for a slideshow
      7m 26s
    4. Setting up for quick and easy batch processing
      7m 38s
    5. Finishing the batch processing
      3m 36s
    6. Launching the event slideshow
      5m 34s
    7. Uploading photos to Facebook during the event
      4m 59s
  3. 39m 47s
    1. Grouping photos into general collections
      5m 25s
    2. Using collections to sort out the keepers
      8m 30s
    3. Organizing collections based on subject matter
      4m 54s
    4. Batch processing color and black-and-white images
      4m 56s
    5. Exporting photos for lab printing
      4m 47s
    6. Exporting high-resolution photos for DVD or drives
      5m 35s
    7. Compressing and archiving the images
      5m 40s
  4. 23m 58s
    1. Getting started with travel collections
      3m 9s
    2. Labeling the photos
      5m 25s
    3. Adding travel-specific keywords and captions
      5m 28s
    4. Adding locations to the Map module
      3m 49s
    5. Processing the images
      6m 7s
  5. 32m 38s
    1. Combining multiple catalogs
      2m 49s
    2. Exporting images and merging laptop and desktop catalogs
      7m 37s
    3. Designing a Blurb book
      5m 53s
    4. Customizing the interior of the book
      2m 31s
    5. Customizing the book cover
      5m 6s
    6. Sending the book to Blurb
      2m 36s
    7. Creating multiple-image print layouts
      6m 6s
  6. 19m 35s
    1. Processing the images
      5m 57s
    2. Emailing low-resolution photos for client review
      4m 49s
    3. Creating a web gallery for client review
      5m 11s
    4. Exporting and sending full-resolution photos
      3m 38s
  7. 30m 32s
    1. Evaluating and processing the photos
      7m 3s
    2. Working with virtual copies
      6m 13s
    3. Exploring creative black-and-white processes
      5m 34s
    4. Removing and adding color
      5m 13s
    5. Using the Print module for virtual layouts
      6m 29s
  8. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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