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This course covers the newest features and enhancements in Photoshop Lightroom 4, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. Author and photographer Chris Orwig details the new video editing and sharing capabilities in Lightroom; its new book-layout features for creating Blurb photo books; the new Map module, to tag images with locations; and the various image editing improvements in the Develop module. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now that we have spent a few minutes talking a little bit about some of the new controls inside of the Develop module, in particular, in the Basic panel, let's explore how we can use those controls in order to improve our images. Well, if you have watched any of my previous Lightroom training courses, you may remember this image. And this is an image that I typically would use in order to talk about how you can recover highlights, because what would happen is, I would open this image up in Lightroom, Lightroom 2 or Lightroom 3, and then I would turn on the clipping indicator, and it would show that I would have clipping in the front area of this truck.
Well, something, kind of amazing, has happened here in Lightroom 4. There isn't hardly any clipping at all. And that has to do with the latest Process version. Now by default, this Process version will be turned on. And what this has to do with is that there's this new kind of powerful content over shadow and highlight controls, which actually extracts a wider dynamic range from a single capture in an image. In other words, they're taking the raw data from our photographs, and they are able to bring more out of that.
Let me show you what I mean. So I am going to go ahead and zoom in a little bit here so we can see this image. And I am going to take this back to the previous Process version. So this would be Lightroom 3 here. Now when I do that, you see all of a sudden, I have all of this clipping here in the front of the vehicle. Well, when I update this to Lightroom 4, all of a sudden all of that is gone. In other words, we are starting two or three steps ahead of the game even before we move any slider, which is absolutely amazing. It's really exciting. Now that we know that we have more dynamic range there, let's go to an image and I am going to select this photograph here, rincon surfer.
Now previously, to modify this image in the way that I am going to modify it, it took all of these elaborate steps. Let's take a look at how I can improve his image here with some really simple steps using these basic controls. Well, we've seen that the Exposure slider, we know about that, we can increase the Exposure, but keep in mind that it's able to tap into more of that raw data as I am making these controls, a little bit of contrast. Now my Highlights, remember if I drag to the right, they become brighter; if I drag to the left, they become darker.
Highlights in this image, we are talking about the sky in the ocean there. So I am going to drag it to the right and we can see it's brighter; drag it to left and now it becomes much darker. So I am able to really target that area of the image. Okay, well, I still have some shadow problems, right. If I want to brighten those up, which way do I go, right or left? Well to the right, brighten shadows; to the left, darkens them. Notice as I brighten these shadows, this is pretty dramatic. There's a pretty significant change here. Let me show you the before and after. Here's before, here's after.
It's able to do this without generating a lot of the artifacts or the noise that we saw in the previous version of Lightroom. So again, it's creating just a much stronger image. Now Whites, what does this have to do with? Remember, if I drag this to the right, it's that overall brightening; or drag it to left, it's the overall darkening, but it's not as strong say as Exposure. So it's a little bit more subtle there. And then I have some Blacks control over here. I am going to go ahead and drag these. Let's see one way or another, and then I might just warm these up adding a little bit of warmth there, just a touch, and then bring my Highlights down a little bit, make sure I don't have any clipping there in the sky, and I think that looks pretty good.
Well, let's take a look at the before and after. Here's before, and then here's after. Well, that's our first look at how we can improve our photographs using these new controls inside of the Develop module.
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