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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, we are going to talk about how you can use the Bridge in order to get photos from your camera. Yet first I want to point out a preference. You remember those preferences we talked about? You can navigate to the Bridge pulldown menu and then choose Preferences. There is the Preference that says, When Your Camera is Connected, Launch the Adobe Photo Downloader. You definitely want to have that on, so go ahead and click OK. On the other hand, if you haven't selected that option, you can click on this icon here to get your photos from the camera. That will then open up the Adobe Bridge CS4 Photo Downloader. I'm going to go ahead and move this over to the right-hand side here and I'll tell you why. You will notice that I have the source, the images that I'm going to import and my Import Settings. You will also notice that at the bottom of this dialog there is a button which allows you to view the Advanced dialog. Now typically when you see a button like that, you want to press it. Now with this dialog, that is definitely the case.
Now here I have the photos I'm going to get. There are 43 photos and these were all captured yesterday on a hike with my daughters, Annika and Sophia, and now I can see the previews of those, and I can scroll through these previews, and as I scroll through these previews, I may say, oh, you know what? I can definitely tell her eyes are closed in this one or it's out of focus. I'm going to click on the check box so that, that one is not imported. On the other hand you know there are times when you just want to grab one image quickly, you could choose UnCheck All, and then scroll through the photos, and then look at the previews, and say, you know what? I really just want to grab this photo of Sophia here real quick. Perfect, okay. We can also choose Check All to import all these photos.
All right, what are the Save options? Well, Save options. I'm going to save this to a particular folder. In this case in my Pictures folders. That's fine. Create Sub folders based on when they were shot? Sure. We have a number of different options here. Can be based on the date, or we can organize the date the way that the date is formatted in a number of different ways, year, month and day. That looks pretty good to me. Rename Files. Do I want to rename these in any way, shape or form? Again, I have a wide range of options. I'm going to go ahead and choose Do not rename for now. If you do decide to rename the file, you can check this option to Preserve the Current File Name in the XMP file. That way you will always have that original file name. You can at least search for it based on the metadata.
Now you have a couple of Advanced options, so you can open in Bridge once you have imported these. Great. And you can view those files after you have copied them on your computer. You also have the ability to convert these files to DNG, and that's exactly what I do. I'm actually converting all of my raw files to DNG. Now there is a little bit of debate on that of course, whether DNG is better or not. Yet in my opinion, I'm all for it because it's a non-proprietary raw format. Now do I want to delete the original file, that is clear the compact flash card? In my case I'm not going to do that, because actually I want to keep those on that compact flash card. I want to keep them there, until I have actually viewed them in the Adobe Bridge, and then backed them up to another hard drive. So I have them in at least two locations. Now I can then create a second location where I can save them. Where do I want to save the second location? Well, in this case, I'll go ahead and save them to a separate hard drive. So I'm going to click Choose here, and then choose this hard drive here, and I'll create a new folder and I'll call this folders photos_backup and click Choose. Now I'll be able to save those to a second hard drive.
All right, well, I can apply some basic metadata, and all the metadata I'm going to apply here is my copyright. Once I have gone through all the settings, all I need to do is press the Get Photos button. It will then give me a progress report of how the import is going, and here you can see it's slowly going through this. And keep in mind that what it's doing here is a couple of different things. It's converting these files to the DNG format, and you can see that. And then it's also copying the file to our hard drives. All right, now that this is complete, it then takes me into that folder where I imported these files. Now this juncture, I can begin the editing process and I can click on one of the images. And this first image that I clicked on I really like. So I'm going to go ahead and give this a star rating. I'm going to give this a one star rating, so I'll press Command+1 on the Mac or Ctrl+1 on a PC. Now lots of times what happens for me when I first seen an image, I get excited about this, so I want to press that spacebar key. That will take it to the Full Screen View mode, and I'll say, yeah, that's definitely a keeper. It is even better than a one star. I'm going to give this a two star Command+2 on a Mac/Ctrl+2 on a PC.
Press that spacebar again to go back to the Essentials view and to continue the editing process.
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