Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Batch process the images in Camera Raw or Lightroom, part of Portrait Project: Fixing a Group Photo.
- In this chapter, we will be doing a workflow project where we will begin with the raw files as they appeared straight out of the camera, and we'll process those files here in Lightroom. Then we'll take a look at how we can bring those images over into Photoshop in order to combine the best expressions out of these two photographs together. Lemme set up the scenario a little bit for you. Here, you can see I have a portrait, and this is a portrait that I captured in Kauai on Hanalei Beach. It's a photograph of my friend Mike, and also his mom. And if we zoom in on the image using the Navigator panel, here I'll zoom in to, say, a one-to-three view, which will work well, at least on the monitor that I'm using here, you can see that Mike's mom looks great, but Mike is looking off to the right a little bit.
It's almost like something must have distracted him. Fortunately, I captured a picture right after this moment. Now Mike's looking at the camera, but I don't like his mom's expression as much. So what I wanna do, what we're going to do in this project, is combine the best expressions out of these two photographs into one image. And all of this will begin here in Lightroom. If you don't use Lightroom, you could do the same thing in Camera Raw. Alright, well first, let's go ahead and select both of these images down here in the filmstrip below. So we'll click on one of them, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Control on Windows, and click on another.
That will show you in the filmstrip down here, let me make that a little bit bigger so you can see that, that we have both images, which are now selected. Next, we'll go to the Develop module by clicking on the Develop module picker. Now, in the Develop module, what we wanna do is change our synchronize settings. So if you click on the button which reads Sync..., dots in Adobe applications means dialog. So click on that, it will open up a dialog, and it will say, "Hey, what do you wanna synchronize?" I wanna synchronize everything. So we'll choose Check All.
And the reason why we want to do this is because we want both of these images to appear identical in regards to our raw processing, so that we can then blend them together much easier once we get to Photoshop. So here, we'll click on Synchronize, and that basically just set that up for us. And what we'll do next is turn on Auto Sync by clicking on the flip switch, which allows us to change Sync to Auto Sync. Once we have Auto Sync turned on, if we make an adjustment to one image, lemme make an adjustment which will look a little bit strange.
Here you can see I made this image blue. You can see that it's now affecting both files here. So any adjustment that we make here will affect both images. I'm gonna go ahead and minimize the filmstrip, because we don't really need to see that. But what we do need to do is focus in on this great mother-son photograph. And in this image, I wanna make just a few minor adjustments. I'll go ahead and warm this file up by dragging my Temperature slider to the right just a little bit there. I'm gonna bring up my Exposure as well, and also a little bit of Contrast.
I'm gonna bring some light into those shadows, just dragging this slider up, you can see how we can illuminate those shadows. The highlights are getting a bit too bright, so we'll drop those back down. We can recover some of the detail that we have there. You can see how I'm bringing back some detail in the background, and just makes for a nicer look in the picture. And here, as I'm processing this image, really I'm making subjective adjustments. There's nothing which is right or wrong at this point, rather just trying to get this photograph to the place where I want it to be. I want it to be this, kind of a warm image with beautiful colors, so we'll go down to our Clarity slider and add just a little bit of midtone contrast, and then bring up our Vibrance to bring back some of the colors that were desaturated when we brought up contrast.
And then just bring in a little bit of color saturation too. Nothing major, nothing revolutionary here, some basic processing in Lightroom. Let's look at the before and after. Here it is, the before, and then I'll tap the backslash key again, and now you can see the after. And just to make sure, what we wanna do is go between our two images. To do that, you can use your arrow keys. So here I'll tap the left arrow key, and you can see now I'm at the first image. And I can go back and forth between these by tapping the right and the left arrow keys.
You also may wanna zoom out and just make sure that everything looks good in the overall photograph here. Well, we can see that the alignment of the photograph isn't perfect, right? Because I was hand-holding this, capturing this image at the beach. And that's fine. We'll be able to align things and blend things together in a moment when we get to Photoshop. Well, we have accomplished the first step. The first step was all about defining the project, and then making some basic adjustments to our photographs, either in Lightroom or Camera Raw.
Now let's move to the next step.