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In this course, Rich Harrington and Abba Shapiro give beginning photographers a brisk look at using strobe lights in a studio setting—lessons that easily translate to the field and locations, inside and out. Learn why shooting with strobes and continuous lighting makes such a big impact on your photographs, and how to buy a good, affordable starter kit. Rich and Abba also show how to set your gear up, trigger your lights, and make modifications with accessories like reflectors, umbrellas, and soft boxes. Finally, learn how to make the most of what you have in a series of lighting challenges.
The whole purpose of shooting tethered is so that you can start seeing your images right away. And for most photographers these days, they're used to working with their images in the actual software tool. Maybe it's Photoshop Lightroom. Or you're using Apple's Aperture. Or another dedicated utility. Well, the good news is, is that by tethering, the images have been downloading through the whole shoot, and I could actually start to look at them. This means if I want to check critical sharpness, or exposure, or start to apply some looks or presets, I could begin that process while I'm shooting, which, quite simply, leads to less fixing it in post.
Let's see how it works. I'll switch out of the Library module and go into the Develop module. And, I could also close my Capture Control now, because I'm not using it. But, if needed, we could reinvoke that later with the File menu. There's all of my images across the bottom, and I can see things here, which is great. Let's twirl that down. Notice, I actually have histograms. So, as I step through looking at some of the different images, the histogram updates, making it really easy to evaluate that with precise accuracy.
There we go, and I see the different options. That's looking pretty good. Outside of proofing, I could start to use all of the standard controls. So, for example, let's zoom in here a little bit. I'll create a proof copy, and I'm just going to start increasing exposure. Taking that down, easy to make digital adjustments. I can work with my curves. I'll lift the highlights there just a little bit, and make my shadows a little crisper. I like how that's working. Notice, we can affect the overall presence with Clarity.
You generally don't want to put too much clarity into female features, but that works well, and I'm going to bring out her skin just a little bit more with vibrance. That's looking great. All my standard Lightroom controls are available, and I could start to really work with things like curves and toning. One of the things I love the most though, is the ability to take a look at detail. And you see how simple it is there to check areas of critical focus. Let's go into the eye region a bit. That's looking rock solid. Additionally, you can always zoom in, using your standard controls in an application.
And I could take a look and check those areas to see critical focus. Now I'm enlarged higher than 100% here, but that definitely worked. And as we pull out there, we can really check our photos to ensure that the results we're getting actually match what we think we're getting. And I'm very happy there. Abba's getting good photos. Now, as we take a look through this, everything else is available. So, the ability to simulate Lens Corrections, or the ability to even use some of the quick looks.
So, I've turned on Lens Correction there. It compensates a bit for the wide angle aspect of the lens. Showing me a little bit more truly, what the photos going to look like. And as I take a look here at the bottom, you'll notice some great effects. This is where we could play with things like, vignetting the edges a bit to really draw the focus in on our model. The good news here is if I come up with a certain developed look that I'm happy with, I could actually create a preset and then as the images load into Lightroom, apply that preset.
That's going to simulate the post processing or even start the post processing for me. Go ahead and consider tethering on set. As you shoot, taking advantage of connecting your camera right to your laptop computer or even a desktop computer if you're in a studio environment. And you can absolutely start to take better control, and see that the results you're getting are the results that you want.
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