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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here in this brief chapter, I want to focus in on tethered capture. Now what tethered capture allows us to do is to connect our cameras to our computers, and what you can do is you can capture images on your camera that will be saved directly to your computer's hard drive. Lightroom will then automatically import those photographs into its Lightroom catalog. It will generate previews, so you can start to evaluate and work on your photographs. Now why would you actually want to work with tethered capture? Well, you may want to do this because you are a studio photographer, or perhaps you have an art director or someone who wants to see those images right away.
So as you are capturing them, they can view those photographs right inside of Lightroom. Or perhaps you find it difficult to evaluate your photos on that small little LCD screen on the back of your camera. Well, by using tethered capture in Lightroom, you can have a much larger preview really quickly, as it imports those photos into Lightroom. Well, here what I want to do is first talk about setting things up and then next, dig a little bit deeper into how we can work with white balance in order to expedite our overall tethered capture workflow.
Well the first step, of course, is to turn our camera and then connect our camera to our computer. Next step, in regards to working in Lightroom, is to go to the File pulldown menu. Here we want to choose Tethered Capture and then Start Tethered Capture. Now one of the things that you want to do is you want to give your photo shoot a name. Here you can see I have a demo name "booth-demo," and it shows me my naming convention based on this photo shoot, or this session. Now I can select a destination where these images will be saved--in this case, my Exercise Files folder.
Next step, I can go down and add some metadata. I could also create a preset. For example, I will go ahead and choose New, and the new preset that I want to create is one with my copyright information, so that every time when image is imported into Lightroom it will have this information on it. Now I'll go ahead and add all of this here and then click Create. You can see here that you can also add some keywords as well, "demo, lynda.com," and also how about "ventura?" All right, here I will click OK.
The next thing that we'll see is that we have this Tethered Capture dialog here. This shows us the camera that we are working with. This shows us some other elements in regards to our exposure, our shutter speed, our F stop, our ISO, our white balance. Then we have the option to control our Develop settings. What I want to do first is just take a demo or a sample image. I want to see how I am doing here. So to do that, I can either click on the Shutter Release button on the camera or I can click on the Capture button here. Now currently, I am inside of this little recording booth, and here at lynda.com, I found some of these really interesting kind of nested Russian dolls here. And they just have some neat graphics painted on them, so I thought it will be fun to include those.
Well so far, so good. I have my first image, yet I am noticing that there are a few problems. There are few things that I am going to want to modify in order to make sure these images are coming into Lightroom in an even more effective way. Well let's take a look at how we can improve this process a little bit, and let's do that in the next movie.
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