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The photographic workflow puzzle

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

Video: The photographic workflow puzzle

In order to talk about how Lightroom fits into this whole concept of the photographic workflow, I've created this slide here, which in my mind is a bit of a visualization of the photographer's workflow, from capture, over here on the left, all the way to importing our images and storing them on hard drives, to different forms of output on the far right. And we have different tools that we can use in order to go through this photographic workflow. Now, the trick of course is, is to have a tool which helps us all the way from capture to output, and Lightroom is one of those tools which helps us connect this workflow.

The photographic workflow puzzle

In order to talk about how Lightroom fits into this whole concept of the photographic workflow, I've created this slide here, which in my mind is a bit of a visualization of the photographer's workflow, from capture, over here on the left, all the way to importing our images and storing them on hard drives, to different forms of output on the far right. And we have different tools that we can use in order to go through this photographic workflow. Now, the trick of course is, is to have a tool which helps us all the way from capture to output, and Lightroom is one of those tools which helps us connect this workflow.

Rather than having to hop and skip or break up our workflow, it's kind of a one-stop shop. It allows us to create a workflow which is fluid and cohesive. Yet, before we get to that, I want to step back for a moment and talk a little bit about how Lightroom fits into this whole idea of these other tools. In the beginning we had Photoshop of course, and Photoshop was amazing and it was all that we used. Then all of a sudden Bridge came along, and Bridge and Photoshop were connected. They were becoming these two tools that we used together.

We started to create the sense of workflow, where we started in Bridge, selected a photograph, and then opened it in Photoshop. Then all of a sudden Bridge got better, with the introduction of Adobe Camera RAW. Here we could make these global corrections, we could start off in Camera RAW and then we could finish our photographs in Photoshop. But then, as things progressed, Lightroom came onto the scene. And initially it was a little bit confusing, or even now for you it may be confusing. Let's say you're coming from that background of using Bridge and Photoshop, well, how does Lightroom fit into this equation? Where does Lightroom go? Well, really Lightroom was created in a sense to replace Bridge and Camera RAW.

It does what Bridge and Camera RAW can do, but it does even more. Now, notice that I'm not saying that Lightroom was designed to replace Photoshop, not at all. Lightroom and Photoshop are really interconnected, that's why I have this little bit of an overlap here. The official name of Lightroom, you know what it is, right, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Lightroom is part of the Photoshop family. And what's happened is as Lightroom has gained a little bit of traction and as people have realized the power of this tool, how it helps us out with our workflow, from capture, all the way to output, people are using it more and more and they're using Photoshop less and less.

Because in a sense it's a condensed version, it's a tool which allows us to be more effective and creative, and I'll talk a little bit more about that in a second. Now, I also should point out that we're not completely getting rid of Photoshop. In my own professional photographic workflow, I always start with Lightroom; I work on my images there. Yet, if a photograph is going to be a on a cover of a magazine, or if it's going to be printed in an important way, I finish that photograph over here in Photoshop. So I still am using these two tools together in really incredible ways.

Now, what about Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW? Well, there still are times and places when this tool is effective and it's helpful. There are times when you don't want to have, let's say, some photographs in your Lightroom catalogue for some reason, you can use Bridge as kind of a window to browse your photographs or to access other file formats that you can't import into Lightroom. So in a sense I want to create this diagram just to highlight this idea that while Lightroom allows us to have this really strong workflow, this isn't a tool that lives by itself, rather it's part of a suite or a family of other tools that we can use in order to effectively process and work on and output our photographs.

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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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