Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Quick Start Guide, part of Getting Started with Lightroom 2.
Let's take a short test drive of this ground breaking software for digital photographers. When you open Lightroom for the fist time you won't see any images. You must first import your photos into Lightroom. There's several ways to import your images into Lightroom but let's start with the most obvious way. The lower left corner here, the Import button. I'm going to click on this. Now, here's where I navigate, on my hard drive in this case, to the folder that I would like to bring into Lightroom.
So here I'm going to pick the most recent photo shoot that I've organized by date. I select Choose. Now this is going to bring up the import photos dialog box you see here. You may have show preview down here in the lower left deselected when you first open Lightroom. I suggest you click that and that will give the thumbnails that you see on right here as a reference to see which images you're actually bringing into Lightroom.
So, once you've made a selection from your hard drive or other media and the import photos dialogue box appears. There many options in this import photos dialogue box and we'll go over those later but on this short test drive I'm simply going to select Import. Now, Lightroom does not open files like Photoshop or other image editing applications. It doesn't also browse the image files as you do with Adobe Bridge.
This importing that we're doing now creates a image preview, and a link between the preview and the original image file. And when you work on your image in Lightroom, the program keeps a record of any changes in a database catalog. Never touches a pixel in your original image. When you import images, the images come into the Library Module, and you can see up here, I'm circling it with my cursor. The Library Module is highlighted. This is where you will organize, search, sort, rate, tag your images with keywords.
And you can also apply simple image processing to any number of selected images. Or if you prefer, you can apply a custom preset, all from within the Library Module. The Develop Module, which we'll go to next, is where some of the most powerful features of Lightroom can be found. I'm going to select a single image here from the Library Module and I'm going to click on the Develop Module up here. And this is going to bring this picture into the Develop Module.
Not only does the Develop Module provide an outstanding raw converter but also all the controls work equally well on JPEG or TIF images. After organizing your images in the library and processing them in the Develop Module, you can then go to the slideshow module and create a simple yet very effective slideshow. The Print Module, which is an ex-module here, is equally suited for processing single or multiple images.
It's set up to print some of the more popular sizes and print configurations such as contact sheets which you can also easily customize. The Web Module, which I'll get by clicking here, creates both HTML and flash-based web galleries quickly and easily. So both presets are available, but you can also easily create your own. The filmstrip, located at the bottom of Lightroom's workspace is the common denominator between the modules. The filmstrip contains thumbnail versions of all the images displayed in the main window of the library module.
And these images can be rearranged directly from the filmstrip affecting the slideshow, print and web sequencing. As you can see, Photoshop Lightroom is designed to streamline the process of importing, editing, processing, and sharing your digital images. Many of you will find the controls and menus extremely intuitive, and quickly grasp the underlying logic behind the modular design. In subsequent videos, I will go into great detail, explaining all the various components of all the different modules.
Although that can be discovered by simply experimenting on your own. There's a lot to this program that doesn't immediately meet the eye.
- Importing images
- Customizing the workspace
- Renaming files
- Working with Photoshop Lightroom catalogs
- Using the Library module
- Using the Develop module
- Using the Slideshow and Web modules
- Printing and exporting images