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In Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography, Ben Long outlines a full, shooting-to-output workflow geared specifically toward the needs of landscape photographers, with a special emphasis on composition, exposure enhancement, and retouching. This course also covers converting to black and white, using high-dynamic range (HDR) imaging techniques to capture an image that’s closer to what your eye sees, and preparing images for large-format printing. Learn to bring back the impact of the original scene with some simple post-processing in Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
If you have your own blog or web site, then you might want to host your own web galleries. You can easily use Bridge to create a flash-based gallery of images that's very attractive, with its own navigation system and everything. I have got these images here. I am going to select the all, because I want all of these images in my gallery, and I am just going to click on this Output button over here. When I do that, I come into this Output workspace. Now this is a little bit different than these other workspace presets. When I change from Essentials to Filmstrip or Metadata, it kind of just rearranges the existing panes into different orders.
This adds to the whole new output pane over here, which let's me do two things: Let's me split out PDF contact sheets, which can be handy if you need send Thumbnails to somebody, or let's me put out a web gallery. Web galleries, again, they are flash- based with their own navigation systems, and there are many different templates included, Left Filmstrip, Filmstrip, a Journal with a Filmstrip. Filmstrip refers to little thumbnails that you can click on for navigation. If you have been using Lightroom, you can get a Lightroom gallery. If you don't want to use Flash, there is a pure HTML gallery.
It's really worth just going through these on your own and finding the gallery style that you like. I am just going to pick Filmstrip here. And then within each template there are sometimes different styles, which have to do with colors and that kind of thing. So I have picked all of my images. I get to now just fill in the information for this gallery, so I will give it a title, and I can have a caption for the gallery, and I can go through and fill in all this information. I can put in my own contact information and e-mail.
You'll see where all these goes when we'll look at the gallery. I have got full control over the color of different elements. I can click on these color swatches and change things. I've got the option to choose to show file names, and I can control the Size and things of those. For the Flash galleries, I have got transitions and fades. Then finally, I've got the option to define an FTP server that the gallery will automatically be uploaded to. If you have a different way that you would deliver your content to your web server, that's fine. I am going to just tell it to save it to my local hard drive, because then I have always got the option of uploading it later.
Let's get out here to the desktop and make a web gallery folder and choose that. You can see that it's going to say that here and I'm going to call this LandscapeGallery. That's the name that it will have, in theory, in the files that it saves. So with that all done let's -- before we actually write it out, lets preview it. I can say Preview in browser, and it will actually build the entire thing and open it up in my default web browser, so I can look at it before I go to the trouble of saving it.
This is a little bit faster than saving it and opening it yourself in a browser or in a HTML editor or something like that. So it pulls out my default browser, and here it is. Now, it opened to the last sized window that I had opened. So you can see that it has put in my title here, and here is that little caption and fill in the contact name. I've got thumbnails down here that I can click on, and I can control thumbnail size in my parameters over here.
I have also got just basic navigation for navigating around. I have also got the option to lose the filmstrip and get bigger images. So this is just one of the templates with one of the styles, and what it's done - now if I decide okay I do like that, I am going to spit it out, I could, obviously, go through and edit any of these different things. So now I'm going to tell it save, and it's going to write up the files. When it's done, I have just a little folder full of images that I can move to my web server on my own, and here it is.
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