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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the first steps in regards to tethered capture is to of course set up your camera, dial in your composition and all of your camera settings, and then of course connect the camera to the computer. From there we want to navigate to the File pulldown menu and then select Tethered Capture and click on the option to start the Tethered Capture. This will open up a dialog where we can define a few capture settings. So first thing that I want to do is give this a session name, and I am going to call this Vintage_Camera, because we'll be taking a couple of photographs of an old Brownie camera.
The next thing that I recommend you check on is Segment Photos By Shots. You want that on, because it gives you the ability to segment or group your photos into different folders, and this is really helpful. Let's say you are shooting a product and you want to have a couple of different perspectives, or let's say in one shoot you have a couple of different products or perhaps you have a couple of different models, you'll see how this works in a moment. But again, go ahead and turn that option on. Naming convention, well, this is the good old options we have seen before. Then of course we can define a Location.
In my case, I'll save this to my exercise_files folder. Let me create a new subfolder here. I am calling this Tethered. Keep in mind that this is how I am naming this folder. You can name it whatever you want. But keep in mind that name there. We'll see that again. And click Choose. Metadata, I'll add my copyright information and then just a couple of different Keywords here, lynda.com and ventura, and that looks good and I'll click OK. Now because we selected Segment Photos By Shot, it opens up this dialog which says, "what do you want the initial shot to be called?" I will just call it the default Shot 1 and click OK.
Now once I do that, we are going to see that I have the tethered window here which I can reposition as needed. It can even be on a second monitor. I also have the folder structured that I defined or created in that Capture Settings dialog. Here is the main folder Tethered, inside of that this particular shoot we're calling Vintage_Camera. The first shot is Shot 1. All right. Well let's go ahead and click on the Shutter Release button and see how we are doing. Now when I do this, one of the things that you are going to notice that's going to give me a progress of transferring the file and then by default, it's going to open up a preview of the image.
Now in this particular case, if I look at it, I notice it's out of focus. If I zoom in even further, I realize, wow, it's really out of focus. So I am going to go ahead and actually focus the image and either click on the Shutter Release on the camera or click the Shutter Release here. This is then going to bring in the new image. And the nice thing about this, and one of the reasons why I am talking about focus is that what this will do for us is it will give us the ability to evaluate our photographs in some pretty astounding ways. In this particular case, I can see that it actually Made In USA is a little bit more sharp than the word Brownie.
But when I compare it to the previous image, I can see that, yeah, I am actually getting a little bit closer to what I am interested in capturing. So rather than evaluating the photograph on the back of the camera, I now have this much larger, much more interesting, much more helpful preview. Even when it's zoomed out, I can't quite see the focus very well. When I zoom in, I can see it a little bit better. Now another thing that's interesting is you will notice here that I have my Histogram panel open. Here it is showing me the dynamic range of this image.
Now, if I look at this and realize, you know what, it's a little bit underexposed, I could then modify my Camera Settings. I'll go ahead and do that, and I am just going to make this kind of drastic so we can see the visual change there. Capture another image, and let's take a look at our Histogram and we are going to see the shift, because this one is going to have an increasing overall exposure. So it's shifted a little bit more to the right compared to this one, a little bit more to the left. So again, this can be helpful in regards to dialing in your overall exposure. There is something else that you can do here, and that is you can navigate to the Develop module.
Now on the Develop module what you can do is you can click on these triangles to show different types of clipping, either in the shadows or the highlights. You can see that I have a little bit of clipping in my highlights, meaning a little bit of loss in information. This isn't that big of a deal, because in this particular case this is reflective content. But let me modify my exposure one more time here. So I am going to overexpose this image significantly, and let's take a look at these clipping indicators in this new file, then what we'll see here in a moment is it now there is clipping indicator is a little bit more strong.
So here is the image with the lower exposure, and that increased exposure. So what you can do is obviously start to take some of the strengths of Lightroom with this tethered capture, meaning it's not only there to just get an image, but you can start to get and evaluate your images in some pretty significant ways. Well, what else can we do here? Well, I am going to go ahead take my exposure back down for a moment and what I am going to do then is say that I really want to process images with the sepia tone. Well, in this option here Develop Settings I can go ahead and choose a different processing, and the particular processing that I am going to choose is Creative and then Sepia.
Now I may want to define this as a new shot. So I am going to click on Shot 1 and I am going to call this now Shot 2 - Sepia. Now when I do that what's going to happen is if you go back to our Library module, we will be able to see that. You can see I am in a new folder. So this time, I'll click on the Shutter Release button and in this particular case, we are going to see the image come in, and then we are going to see it process with this particular preset which is a sepia tone type of a look. And again, that's really helpful, and I can take advantage of any preset I've defined or used or created or purchased and that I have as part of Lightroom 3.
The other thing that you may want to do in regards to your shots is you may want to define let's say a different perspective. So I am going to go ahead and change the perspective here momentarily. Just a little bit different look with this one, and then go ahead and click on where it says Shot 2. I'll name this one Shot 3 and click OK. Now on Shot 3 I am not going to apply any Develop Settings, although I could if I wanted to. Rather this time what I am going to do is just get you into thinking about how you can have this different perspective. Here you are going to see with this image that I have changed my composition a little bit and I have angled a camera in a different way.
So you can see in a realistic situation, you can have these different type of images grouped in a different way. Now if you want to see the whole shoot, no big deal. All you need to do is click on Vintage_Camera, and then here you can see I have all of the different images that were captured in the shoot, and I can go through them in that way. Now let's say that we want to do this a little bit more efficiently. Well, there are a couple of shortcuts. If you navigate to your File pulldown menu, you'll see that Tethered Capture has a couple of shortcuts, just two. If you want to do a new shot on a Mac that's Shift+Command+T, you can do that rather than clicking on the word here, in my case Shot 3. On a PC that Shift+Ctrl+T. You can also show and hide this window, if this is a little bit distracting to you or maybe distracting to the art director or the creative director, you can hide that.
You can press Command+T on a Mac or Ctrl+T on a PC. Let's take a look at that one and all that will do again is show or hide this particular window. Now when you are done you can either navigate to the File pulldown menu and choose Tethered Capture and then Stop, or you can just simply click on the X in the far right corner of the Tethered Capture window.
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