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Why use Photoshop Lightroom?

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Why use Photoshop Lightroom?

All right! So here I thought it would be helpful to ask the question why Lightroom, and to answer it by showing you a few pictures and talking about some of the qualities that I found to be helpful with Lightroom. I love this comparison here of two different Swiss Army knives. This is the one on the left that those in the Swiss Army actually use and then over here is one that weighs close to 7 pounds. Now, Lightroom in a sense is like this tool over here. It's really compact, it's condensed, it's effective. The tool on the right, well, it's almost bloated.

Why use Photoshop Lightroom?

All right! So here I thought it would be helpful to ask the question why Lightroom, and to answer it by showing you a few pictures and talking about some of the qualities that I found to be helpful with Lightroom. I love this comparison here of two different Swiss Army knives. This is the one on the left that those in the Swiss Army actually use and then over here is one that weighs close to 7 pounds. Now, Lightroom in a sense is like this tool over here. It's really compact, it's condensed, it's effective. The tool on the right, well, it's almost bloated.

There are so many features there that it's almost unusable. And so what Lightroom is all about is simplicity, it's about how can we be really most effective. And each tool that's included here say on this knife is really evaluated. Is this a core super important tool, super important feature? Well, if it is, it's going to be included there. Another reason why Lightroom is good in regards to workflows, it allows us to have focus. Here are a couple of photographs of World Champion Surfer, Kelly Slater.

Whenever you're around someone who is the best in the world, you see something different in their eyes; they have a different type of focus. And Lightroom is one of these tools which allows us to have this really sharp focus. I'm here to work on my images. I'm not here to do all these other kind of crazy effects or creative kind of off-the-wall things, but the core is photography. How do I make my photographs more compelling? Lightroom is also about extending our vision. It is a creative tool in the sense that it helps us think beyond things.

It helps us process our files or extract data from our files that we couldn't have extracted in any other way; in other words, Highlights and Color and Tone and Detail and Clarity and Sharpness. It helps us think about photographs in an extended way. It helps us lift our photographs from that raw state, that raw capture, we'll talk about that later, to something which is polished and complete and intriguing and engaging. Another thing that Lightroom does is it helps us improve our overall speed.

It helps us become more quick. Now, this isn't just speed for speed's sake, rather it's about speed in order to get to the good stuff. And by having a tool which connects workflow, which I've been kind of talking about a lot here, it speeds up that process so that we can get to the good stuff. Another reason why Lightroom is a powerful tool is that it creates a workflow which is cohesive, and bridges do that, right, they connect one spot to another; help us cross this body of water. Now, Adobe Bridge is really effective in doing that, but Lightroom, it just takes it to a whole another level and, again, we'll talk more about this in this course.

It also helps us get into the details of our photographs. So we have this broader picture of connecting our workflow and also this smaller picture of making sure our images are picture perfect, so to speak. Another aspect of Lightroom which I think is important is it gives us this context. This is an older photograph of my office, where I teach at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, and there is something important about space. My dad, who designed and built the home that I grew up in, taught me that.

When you enter into a room, it affects you creatively in a certain way, and Lightroom in a sense does that. It's designed in a way to be relatively minimal, we can minimize and customize the interface in a way that the space can help us focus in on the image, to be more creative. Whenever I talk about space in the classroom, I always like to raise this question in regards to your own space. What do you need to do to transform it into being a greenhouse for creativity? Now, Lightroom, the tool, does that, we enter into Lightroom, it's a really clean and elegant interface, and it helps us to be more creative, but what about the rest of your workspace? Because getting good at Lightroom, it's not just about software; it's about becoming a better photographer.

And part of becoming a better photographer really is your own space, your workspace. So I wonder what you could do today to perhaps improve that, to make it a greenhouse for creativity. All right! Moving back to this whole idea of workflow; well, here I'm again trying to ask this question, at its core what is Lightroom and how is Lightroom different, or integrated with these other tools? Well, it helps us as we capture images, import them, and finally output those pictures. And one of the reasons why I like Lightroom personally is that it helps me get to my other passions.

I'm all about software which simplifies my own workflow, so that I can be more effective, be more creative, capture those images that I really want to capture, and then also get out in the ocean, which is something I absolutely love, in a sense that Lightroom helps us get to those other passions. It's not a tool which is so consuming that it takes so much time to learn and to work with, rather it's a tool which helps us to be nimble, to be creative, to be effective, so we can get to those other things. So in sum, Lightroom 4, what's it about? Well, here are the things, at least in my mind, that I think of with Lightroom; helps us to be quick, speed.

It's a simple application. Helps us to be more creative and enhances our passion, focuses in on those details to be more precise and it expands vision. And for me, I think Mark Riboud said it best, Photography, it's about savoring life at 1/100th of a second. And so this tool has helped enhance my overall workflow, it's helped ignite my workflow with a bit more of passion. Now, for you, you'll have to make that decision for yourself. And I think it's helpful to step back and think about this tool in this sense, it was created by photographers, really for photographers, in order to have a more effective, efficient, and creative workflow.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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