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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.
Here, I want to take a look at how we can make lens correction adjustments to our photograph when we have multiple images that we want process. Well, here in this folder, you'll notice that I've three images, and let's say that what I want to do is I want to correct these images. Well, I can of course select one image, and then go to my Lens Correction panel, and then click on Enable Profile Corrections. Now as I do that, we can see the before and after; the image is looking a lot better. It's correcting a bit of the distortion from this 50 millimeter lens being up pretty close.
It also does a nice job on correcting the vignetting. Here though, I'm going to modify that even a bit further. Well, what if I want to apply this lens correction to multiple files? What you can do is select one or more images by holding down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and selecting those files. Now, we're going to have a problem as we do this, yet first let's select those images, and let me show you the problem. If I want to synchronize all three of these files, I can go ahead and click on Sync...
When I click on that, it'll open up my Synchronize Settings dialog. Well, here what we could so is Check None, and then just turn on the option that we want to select here. In this case, what we want to do is use Lens Correction. So I'll go ahead and turn on that field there in order to highlight all of those variables. Next, we'll click Synchronize. Now, what this will do is it'll then apply this lens correction to all three images. Okay, well, what's the problem? Let's take a look at the first two photographs. If you look at our first image here, one of things that we'll see is this image looks a lot better; the second photograph again that's looking nice, as well.
Here's the before and after, some subtle improvements. But then when we go to this third image, all of a sudden it doesn't look quite good enough, and the reason is because it's using the same camera make, which is good, but it's also using the same camera model. So, it's not detecting what particular lens I used for the shot. In this case, I know I used a wide-angle lens. So, I'll click on this pulldown menu and then select that lens here, and this will then give me a different correction. So, the whole point is that when you're working with multiple files, if you know you shot it with the same camera make and model, well yeah, you can go ahead and synchronize across multiple images.
On the other hand, if you have varying lenses or varying focal distance, what you going or want to do is really enable this, but then choose the actual model lens that you captured that image with, so that you can make the most effective and best lens corrections adjustment.
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