Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the histogram to evaluate tones, part of Up and Running with Lightroom 5.
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The histogram, which you'll find here in the Develop Module and in the Library …Module, can help you to do two important things. …It can help you evaluate a photo and, when you're working on a photo in the …Develop Module, confirm what your adjustments are doing. …So it's a good idea to keep the histogram open, particularly when you're adjusting …total values in the Basic panel, as we'll be doing shortly. …The histogram is a chart of the distribution and frequency of total …values in a photo. The width of the chart represents black …on the far left, through shades of gray in the middle, to white on the far right.…
And under the chart, here is some useful information about the exposure settings …with which you took a photo. An in Lightroom 5, you'll find a status …indicator, indicating whether the photo is an original, an original plus a smart …preview, or a missing photo. Now back to the histogram chart. …The actual tones in the selected photo are represented by this mound inside the histogram. …
Then you'll learn key ways to manage your photos in Lightroom, from reviewing photos after a shoot to working with Smart Previews when your photos are offline. This part of the course covers making collections, adding keywords, and much more.
Next, the course introduces the Lightroom Develop module and its features for improving a photo's appearance, including adjusting tone and color, cropping and fixing perspective, converting to black and white, reducing noise, and sharpening. It explores how to make local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, and Spot Removal tools. The course ends with a look at the most commonly used Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and sharing online.
- Importing photos
- Viewing, sorting, and selecting photos
- Reviewing and rating photos
- Finding photos with keywords and filters
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Fixing perspective with Upright
- Adjusting color and tone
- Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
- Sharing photos on Facebook
- Exporting and printing photos