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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.
I thought it would be helpful to take a few minutes to talk about a really helpful, small device: the ColorChecker Passport. You can use this to improve your overall Lightroom workflow and to increase your color accuracy. Here's how you use it. You arrive at a location-- say here--and you walk your subject to the lighting environment where you're going to take the picture--say on this red wall-- and you have them stand there and say, "We're going to do a test shot," and they open up the Passport. You want them to hold it, so you can see it, so it's evenly lit. You don't want dappled light across this.
It's okay if it's small in the frame when you take a test shot. Then fold it up, put it back in your pocket, and you have your subject stand or perform or do whatever you're going to do for that shoot, and you can continue to shoot. And then later, you open up that first image in Lightroom and you create a profile, and you can use that profile to color correct all of those other images. So as you can imagine, this can really speed up your overall workflow, and it can improve your overall color accuracy.
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