Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Enhancing an Urban Landscape Photo with Lightroom and Photoshop.
I've prepared a couple of exercise files that you can use if you're working along with me through this course. If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com training library, you can download the exercise files from the page for this course on the Lynda.com website. If you're not a premium member of this library, then you can use your own urban landscape photo to follow along with me. After downloading your exercise files and unzipping them if they're zipped, I suggest you put them on your desktop so they're easier to find. Here you can see my exercise file folder on my desktop, and I've opened that folder so you can see what's inside.
There are two sub-folders. The Begin sub-folder contains the raw version of the file that we're going to use as our project photo throughout the course. The End sub-folder contains a TIFF version of that file. Just to give you a sense of what the photo would look like if you apply all the adjustments that I suggest in this course. In order to use the exercise files in the course, you have to import them into a Lightroom catalog. So let's switch over to Lightroom to do that together. In Lightroom, make sure that you're in the Library module. Go down to the bottom left of the Library module and click the the big Import button.
That opens the Import window. On the left side of the Import window, in the column labeled Select a source, navigate to your Desktop and to the Exercise Files folder, and select that folder. Now in the center part of the Import window, you should see two photos. skyscarper.dng which is the original raw file that we're going to start with and work with throughout the course. And skyscraperend.tiff, which is an example of how the photo will look with all the adjustments we apply in the course. Make sure that both of those thumbnails have a check mark next to them.
So that they'll both be imported. Go up to the top of the Import window, and make sure that Add is selected there. Then go over to the right side of the Import window, open the File Handling panel if it's not already open, go to the Build Previews menu, and select 1 to 1. It doesn't matter what the other settings are here. All you're going to do is come down and click the Import button at the bottom right of the Import window. That will take you back to the Library where you'll see a progress bar at the top left as Lighten imports those two photos and builds previews of them.
Here in the Library module, expand the Folders panel if it's not already open. Expand the Exercise Files folder in that panel, if it's not already open. And select the Begin sub-folder. Now, make sure you have the Begin sub-folder selected, not the End. And now you'll see skyscraper DNG, the raw photo that we're going to work with throughout the course. And now you are ready to begin working through this project with me
In this course, Jan Kabili details a collection of straightforward techniques for making urban landscapes look their best. Jan begins in Lightroom: optimizing exposure, fixing distortion problems, and making selective tonality adjustments. She also reduces noise, sharpens the photo, and shares her favorite techniques for painting with light. The course concludes with a dip into Photoshop, where Jan makes some final refinements before returning to Lightroom for output.
- Optimizing tone and color
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Fixing perspective
- Painting with light
- Finishing the photo