Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Synchronizing key images in Lightroom, part of Creating Time-Lapse Movies with Lightroom and LRTimelapse.
- Once you get one image done you need to apply it to the other images and then tweak. So let's synchronize these settings. With the main image selected I'll press cmd + a and then choose Sync. It's important to sync everything. So click Synchronize and the rest of the images will update. Once that's done, go to image number two. And start to refine it. In this case it's close, I like it getting a bit darker, but I'd like to refine that slightly.
I'm gonna lift up the Exposure just a bit. Mainly in the Highlight areas. And let the Color Temperature get a little bit cooler. I like the color coming in there, a little pinkish as it goes to the sunset. You can refine any other adjustments as you see fit. Remember properties like the Graduated Filters can be animated, you can actually move that down if you'd like the darkness to drop a bit.
I could pull it down a little darker, in fact. And make any other changes that you want. When that's done, select the remaining images, and click Sync, forcing the changes to propagate forward. Go to the next image, make any adjustments, this case I'm gonna really start to bring out the Clarity in the stars, deselect the Graduated Filter, and bring up the Contrast just a bit, and let's start to lift those Highlights and the White point, there we go.
The Graduated Filter is a bit intense in this case, so I'll back it off. But I'd really like the Contrast to come through up there in the sky, looks good. Sharpen a little bit for the stars and go forward. Select that image, grab the two forward, and click Sync, and it updates. Go to the next image, make any changes that you see fit.
I'll just work with the image as a whole. Opening up the Exposure a little, and I'm gonna go with a White Balance of Tungsten, which tends to work better for the nighttime sky, you see it gets quite blue. In fact on this previous one let's switch that to Tungsten as well, but back it off just a bit to split the difference. That's looking pretty good there as it's transitioning.
Working on that second to last image I'm pretty happy, just gonna lift the Exposure a bit, and pop the Whites, there we go. Make sure that Clarity and Vibrance come through, select, grab the last one, and Sync. Synchronize everything. And simply check the last frame. Now it's looking pretty good here, remember I do want to let it go dark, because it is the transition of time, but I'd like the horizon to stay a little more visible.
So let's grab that midpoint there, open up Exposure just slightly as we get the glow coming through on the sky. So as you click through you can see those changes going backwards. Just set the image so it fits in the frame, click on shot one, and step through. Looks good. I could see the changes added to those files. Now what I recommend is you select these images here, cmd + a, and be sure to write that data.
Simply choose Photo, Save Metadata to File. This will force the Metadata to be updated in the sidecar file that LRTimelapse can read. Click Continue, and when the progress bar completes you're ready to switch back.
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- Organizing and renaming images
- Processing in Lightroom
- Using LRTimelapse for advanced workflows
- Reducing flicker
- Assembling movies
- Integrating other Adobe applications