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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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