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Why use Lightroom?

From: Lightroom 2 Essential Training

Video: Why use Lightroom?

In this movie, I want to conceptually answer the question, why use Lightroom? I want to do that by way of sharing a few images with you. This first photograph is a photograph of my friend Mike out at the Channel Islands and I love this photograph. It has some grit, it has some depth to it. And you know, using Lightroom deepens my appreciation of photography because it simplifies the process so that I get more out of photography. Another thing that it does for me is it helps me of a workflow that's interconnected rather than having to jump between different applications. I can stay in one place and I can do everything that I need to do.

Why use Lightroom?

In this movie, I want to conceptually answer the question, why use Lightroom? I want to do that by way of sharing a few images with you. This first photograph is a photograph of my friend Mike out at the Channel Islands and I love this photograph. It has some grit, it has some depth to it. And you know, using Lightroom deepens my appreciation of photography because it simplifies the process so that I get more out of photography. Another thing that it does for me is it helps me of a workflow that's interconnected rather than having to jump between different applications. I can stay in one place and I can do everything that I need to do.

And having that workflow that's fluid or interconnected is integral to an effective photographic workflow. Another thing that's important to me in regards to Lightroom is it brings a little bit of a smile back to the process. It reminds me why I got into the photography. It was for the passion of it, for the joy of it. And because the Lightroom is so simple and easy to use, I end up having more fun. I also end up creating images that I enjoy that much more. It brings more smile to my game. Another thing that Lightroom does is it helps me create a workflow that has pattern. Whenever I can create patterns in my workflow, I'm that much more affective.

So I can create templates or presets and use them again. And I can use them either as finishing points or as starting points to take images even further. Another aspect of Lightroom that's really important to me is it helps to expand my vision. Simply by minimizing the interface and getting rid of all the tools, I can step back for a moment. And I can think about the image from a different perspective. And that's incredibly important because when I'm working with tools I'm really focused on the task at hand. Every once in a while, you just have to step back from your work, step back from all the tools, and looking your photography with fresh eyes.

And Lightroom really helps me to do that. You know one of my favorite musicians is Jack Johnson. Here is the photograph of Jack from just a couple of months ago and if you don't like his music just run with me with this one for a moment. One of things I do like about his music is that it's simple, yet profound. Somehow, his music reduces things down to the essentials. Another story, I was on a train in the Swiss Alps now, sitting next to this guy who looked like he was in the Swiss Army. So I asked him, "Is it true, do you really have a Swiss Army knife?" And he pulled out the knife on the left. Compare that with the knife on the right.

That's kind of like the amateurs do, all right? All the bells and whistles, it weighs five pounds, you can't even really use it. Yet the pro uses a tool that is distilled down to the essentials and uses that tool really well. And I value that. I especially value that with digital photography. Because our files are so big and it takes so much time to work on them, anything that can help me whittle away the nonessentials and get to the core things that I actually want to do and ultimately create images that are compelling, I love it. And for that reason, I really enjoy Lightroom.

Now, another reason that I enjoy Lightroom is because it helps me get away from the computer. Now I love the computer. I love working on my files in Photoshop and in Lightroom. Yet, I have other passions. And by using Lightroom, I can work on my images in more affective ways. And then I can get to shooting or I can get to my other passions. And you know when I do things like surfing like I'm doing here in this photo. It helped me create better images. Isn't that weird? When I get away from photography and do something I love and then come back to photography, My photography is that much better and Lightroom helps me do just that.

Finally, one of the things that I have noticed is that Lightroom has reminded me is that space matters. The context within which I work really matters. So I have a question for you. In your own workspace, your own office, what you need to do to transform that into a greenhouse of creativity. Transform into a space that you really want to go to, that you're excited to be in. Now, I'm excited to work inside of Lightroom because the interface is simple, it's clean, it's minimal. And I can really get to the art and craft of creating photographs quickly. And for that reason and the others that I have mentioned, I found that I use Lightroom because it deepens my overall photographic workflow and ultimately helps me to create more compelling images.

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Lightroom 2 Essential Training

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  1. 9m 27s
    1. Welcome
      37s
    2. Lightroom overview
      7m 22s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 28s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Photographic workflow puzzle
      1m 14s
    2. Why use Lightroom?
      3m 50s
    3. Lightroom and Photoshop
      2m 14s
    4. Lightroom resource links
      2m 13s
    5. New features in Lightroom 2
      2m 52s
  3. 17m 8s
    1. The Lightroom modules
      1m 40s
    2. Essential interface shortcuts
      4m 40s
    3. Customizing the Identity Plate and Module Picker
      3m 23s
    4. Changing the panel end marks
      1m 15s
    5. Changing the image background
      1m 39s
    6. Modifying other interface preferences
      2m 54s
    7. Dual monitor support
      1m 37s
  4. 21m 56s
    1. Importing and file formats
      2m 56s
    2. Importing preferences
      2m 16s
    3. Importing photos from a folder
      4m 26s
    4. Importing photos from a CF card
      3m 7s
    5. Using Auto Import
      2m 57s
    6. Using multiple hard drives
      5m 14s
    7. Creative tip 1: Handling your camera
      1m 0s
  5. 47m 27s
    1. The Navigator
      4m 29s
    2. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 39s
    3. Comparing two images
      4m 8s
    4. Surveying multiple images
      4m 21s
    5. The toolbar
      3m 26s
    6. Folders
      7m 1s
    7. Working with catalogs
      4m 4s
    8. Exporting catalogs
      5m 14s
    9. Defining catalogs
      59s
    10. Importing catalogs from laptop to desktop
      1m 30s
    11. Sharing catalogs between multiple computers
      2m 4s
    12. Using multiple catalogs to optimize performance
      2m 44s
    13. Creative tip 2: Backing up your hard drive
      1m 48s
  6. 10m 42s
    1. Presets
      2m 24s
    2. Quick Develop: White balance
      2m 24s
    3. Quick Develop: Image workflow
      3m 38s
    4. Synchronizing settings
      2m 16s
  7. 20m 25s
    1. Flagging, rating, and labeling pt. 1
      5m 40s
    2. Flagging, rating, and labeling pt. 2
      1m 26s
    3. Using Quick Collection
      1m 38s
    4. Collections
      3m 14s
    5. Smart Collections
      3m 47s
    6. Stacking
      3m 19s
    7. Renaming
      1m 21s
  8. 8m 32s
    1. Adding keywords
      2m 22s
    2. Creating keyword sets
      1m 5s
    3. Using keyword shortcuts
      1m 12s
    4. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 32s
    5. Keywording with the Painter tool
      44s
    6. Creative tip 3: Taking wide-angle shots
      1m 37s
  9. 7m 35s
    1. Filtering overview
      1m 38s
    2. Filtering by text
      1m 55s
    3. Filtering by attribute
      1m 44s
    4. Filtering metadata by keyword
      2m 18s
  10. 19m 4s
    1. Exporting files
      4m 26s
    2. External editing preferences
      1m 50s
    3. Editing inside Photoshop
      1m 45s
    4. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      1m 4s
    5. Editing multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      6m 18s
    6. Creating a panorama
      3m 41s
  11. 17m 42s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 39s
    2. Using the Develop module presets
      2m 4s
    3. Comparing the before and after
      2m 56s
    4. Using the Snapshots and History panels
      2m 35s
    5. Using the Histogram panel
      3m 55s
    6. Creative tip 4: Shooting in perspective
      1m 33s
  12. 41m 57s
    1. Correcting white balance
      3m 52s
    2. Complicated white balance made easy
      1m 54s
    3. Customizing white balance
      3m 47s
    4. Demystifying the Tone controls
      4m 10s
    5. Using the Tone controls
      6m 2s
    6. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Vibrance and Saturation controls
      4m 22s
    8. Creating and using virtual copies
      4m 32s
    9. Understanding clarity
      2m 13s
    10. Using the clarity controls
      3m 26s
    11. Typical Basic panel workflow
      5m 21s
  13. 34m 12s
    1. Cropping
      5m 48s
    2. Crop overlay
      6m 26s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 24s
    4. Perspective, composition, and crop aspect ratio
      4m 6s
    5. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 21s
    6. Retouching dust on a lens
      2m 44s
    7. Fixing red-eye
      3m 26s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 57s
  14. 42m 27s
    1. Adjustment Brush tool overview
      9m 51s
    2. Working with color
      4m 31s
    3. Whitening teeth
      5m 1s
    4. Enhancing makeup color
      3m 24s
    5. Creative color adjustments
      4m 41s
    6. Smoothing skin
      6m 31s
    7. Burning and dodging
      5m 39s
    8. Fixing exposure
      1m 33s
    9. Creative tip 5: Understanding f-stop
      1m 16s
  15. 6m 24s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      3m 18s
    2. Correcting an image with the Tone Curve panel
      3m 6s
  16. 13m 0s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 46s
    2. Using HSL to brighten based on color
      1m 30s
    3. Creative color with HSL
      1m 47s
    4. Desaturating color with HSL
      1m 25s
    5. Using the Color panel
      2m 21s
    6. Creative tip 6: Take your camera everywhere
      1m 11s
  17. 16m 25s
    1. Converting to black and white
      1m 48s
    2. Modify black-and-white tone with the Grayscale panel
      3m 13s
    3. Enhancing black and white with other tools
      4m 17s
    4. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 12s
    5. Creative black and white
      3m 55s
  18. 10m 42s
    1. Split Toning essentials
      5m 16s
    2. Advanced Split Toning tips
      3m 39s
    3. Split Toning a color image
      1m 47s
  19. 22m 7s
    1. Reducing noise in a grayscale photo
      3m 38s
    2. Reducing noise in a color photo
      3m 55s
    3. Sharpening in Lightroom
      6m 58s
    4. Advanced sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 58s
    6. Creative tip 7: Zooming effectively
      54s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      2m 56s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 24s
    3. Combining Post-Crop and Lens Correction
      2m 21s
  21. 5m 56s
    1. Understanding Camera Calibration in Lightroom
      3m 15s
    2. Creative color with Camera Calibration
      2m 41s
  22. 43m 13s
    1. About this chapter
      56s
    2. Portrait: Enhancements
      7m 34s
    3. Travel: Black and white
      5m 19s
    4. Surfing: Cleanup
      10m 0s
    5. Nature: Creative color
      8m 24s
    6. Portrait: Creative color
      11m 0s
  23. 19m 8s
    1. Slideshows and Collections
      1m 37s
    2. Using Slideshow templates
      2m 50s
    3. Customizing the background
      2m 33s
    4. Customizing the overlay elements
      3m 16s
    5. Customizing titles and playback
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a custom template
      2m 36s
    7. Exporting as JPG or PDF
      2m 58s
  24. 21m 53s
    1. Printing and Collections
      2m 36s
    2. Using Print templates
      2m 7s
    3. Customizing images settings and layout
      3m 22s
    4. Customizing guides and overlays
      2m 43s
    5. Picture Package
      5m 17s
    6. Creating a custom Print template
      1m 0s
    7. Print job settings
      4m 48s
  25. 15m 35s
    1. Web resource overview
      1m 40s
    2. Selecting images with the Library and Smart Collections
      2m 27s
    3. Choosing a Web Gallery template
      1m 30s
    4. Customizing
      3m 41s
    5. Output settings
      3m 51s
    6. Saving your template and exporting
      2m 26s
  26. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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