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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, let's get to capture in some photographs. Well I have my camera connected and you may notice that I have a really low f-stop and a high ISO, because here I am in this closed room, I don't have very good lighting. But I have set an old camera on this yellow chair and I want to take a picture of it. And I want to bring this to my hard drive right in the Lightroom. Or I can either capture the image by clicking on this button or I can simply pick up my camera and aim and then take the photograph. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. All right, there is our first shot, and then I'm going to capture one more here.
And let's take a look at these pictures. Here they come into Lightroom. Now as I mentioned again, I have a pretty low light scenario, but nonetheless, we can start to see the image come into Lightroom. What's interesting about this is, you can see that these two pictures even have a little bit different composition, so why I used Tether Capture? Well, this can help you decide how exactly do I want to photograph this whole camera? Well this second shot, I like a lot better than the first shot, if we make this smaller, you can kind of see the difference here. Also see that my exposure and everything was just a little bit better.
The other thing that we can do here of course is we can zoom in on whatever we are photographing. We can ask ourselves, do we have enough detail, how was the noise, how does this look? Now what's interesting about this is we can take this even further. And initially what I want to do is just get a little bit creative. So for example, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and select from this pull-down menu one of our presets. I am going to go to Color Presets and choose Cross Process 3. Now that's not going to apply the preset to this image, but to the next one that I'm about to capture.
So let me go ahead and capture one more photograph here. Oh wait for that to come in and then you are going to see it's going to load and then it's going to load that Cross Process Preset. What's interesting about this is, we can use these presets for creative purposes like I'm doing here, just by way of a demo or we can dial-in presets which might work a little bit better for our particular images or setting. Maybe, we know that the client really likes images to have a certain level of contrast or sharpness, therefore, we can choose that preset.
Even a preset that we've designed and built ourselves, that can then help out so that as that image is coming up they've already seen a little bit of contrast and clarity and sharpness added to the photograph. So they are viewing it closer to the way that it's going to be finished. Because you and I both know RAW images they just don't look very good, because they're RAW, we have to process them in order to make them look good. So again you can use you these Develop settings, and this is just immensely helpful, especially when working with clients.
Okay, well so far we've taken a look at how we can do this and capture images and perhaps even apply a Develop setting. I want to take a look at one more scenario which has to do with White Balance and also Tether Capture, and let's look at that scenario in the next movie.
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