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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.
I want to take a couple of minutes to share with you some strategies, which I think will help you get even more out of this training title. I want to do that because we are going to dig into some advanced techniques. Now here is my assumption: I assume that you have a really good base or foundational understanding of Lightroom, and then what you want to do is take your skills to the next level. Well, how do we do that? Well, in a course like this, one of the things that is essential is that you take really good notes, but then beyond that what you want to do is you want to figure out a way, how you can share the information that you're learning.
Something deep and profound happens in regards to learning when you share, or when you're forced to articulate something you've just learned. In other words, let's say you're learning about the topic of Lightroom catalogs. Well, after you have learned about catalogs, meet up with a friend or a colleague and share or articulate what you've just learned, and by doing that, that information will stick. Now another thing that you want to do is take your time with the content. You know, sometimes, what I'll do when I am learning something which is a bit more advanced--let's say I am reading an article on some topic--I'll read the article through once just so I know what's there.
Then I'll go back a second time, and I'll really focus on mastering the content. And you want to take advantage of the medium of this course. Sometimes you'll need to do that. Take your time with the content. Watch a movie and watch it again if you need to, in order to really gain or master that particular subject, or the content that we're discussing in one of those movies. Another thing that you want to keep in mind is that we're learning all of this advanced stuff not just for the sake of it; rather, we're getting good at Lightroom in order to create better photographs, because that's what Lightroom is all about.
In other words, we're going to learn advanced techniques in order to make more powerful, more engaging, and more compelling photographs.
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