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Lightroom User Group Featuring Special Guest Stu Maschwitz

Join us on Wednesday, December 5th for the last Lightroom User Group meeting of 2012! This meeting will feature special guest presenter Stu Maschwitz.

Stu Maschwitz is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer. He has overseen visual effects on films from Star Wars to Sin City, and has directed numerous TV commercials. He designed the Magic Bullet color correction tools for Red Giant Software, and pushes Lightroom's capabilities to their limit when processing his still photos. Maschwitz will demonstrate his advanced Develop module workflow for achieving a cinematic look.

We will meet at 6:30 for pizza and socializing, and the presentation will begin at 7:00. Limited parking will be available in the Adobe garage. Hope to see you all there!

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  • Benjamin W.

    Ask and ye shall receive! Stu has made his presets available to this group for the low introductory price of three dollars! If two of you buy, he'll have enough to get a beer.

    https://gumroad.com/l/lrpresets

    1 · December 13, 2012

    • Mitch F.

      You cannot nest folders as typical of OS hierarchy, LR ignores as I surmised, LR coding follows web #, alpha hierarchy as evidenced by need of underscore. Sans Adobe input, Housekeeping becomes bunglesome with numerous presets, solo mode would be nice within containers as would nesting. Thanks William for pointing out "Import" is for individual templates. With presets I developed, I used "#_name" convention in folder naming to assist my workflow; those presets incorporated of Stu's I renamed, this aided my idea of housekeeping. I must say, where would caveman have gone, if that one cat had looked at cave drawings and not thought, there might be more...

      December 17, 2012

    • Benjamin W.

      Stu is correct, it is, unfortunately, not possible to group folders within folders in the Presets panel.

      1 · January 3, 2013

  • Phil M.

    i wonder why stu is using a $2000. [masked] lens that gets rid of vignetting then he adds vignetting to his edits with such abandon.

    December 6, 2012

    • Mathew L.

      So he gets more control

      December 9, 2012

  • SteveM

    Far exceeded expectations

    December 6, 2012

  • Richard A.

    While Stu undoubtedly knows his Lightroom, his presentation was rambling and disorganized.

    December 5, 2012

    • Peter v.

      (hello enter key!) ... just wanted to finish with a Bravo! and thank you Stu! Thoroughly enjoyed and thought provoking.

      December 6, 2012

    • SteveM

      Ben, Thanks for the thoughtful reply to Richards comments. There are enough how-to videos on the web to show us how the software works. The creative process is much more difficult to uncover. I found Stu's presentation equally informative and entertaining. Bring on more unscripted and outlined presenters please! Thank You!

      December 6, 2012

  • Mitch F.

    I adopted Stu's HDR thoughts from day one and anti-global edits in LR3. For me LR 2 was not useful in light of an ACR/PS w/ Viveza workflow. LR3 had me mostly using it & dropping plug-ins, but linear thought had me married to a "top down" usage. LR4s engine allowed me to rethunk my process. The highlights had me burning 360s. I now capture slightly bright, adj temp and go local. Being a "landscaper", it took me sometime to love up on presets, siding with syncs for LKQ images. But now, I smiled seeing Stu's temp presets, as I OCD'd too. The go big or go home philosophy is a stretch for me, as I make Yosemite photos; everyone & the dog knows what Half Dome looks like. I've been look'n at split toning presets and Stu threw me a curve there as well as RGB curves, my puny noggin has been protected by a thick skull, so Late Nites Ho. Damn you Stu. I have always leaned right, as to vignetting, but I've been cropping & inducing the lens flaw back. Anyway w/ 47 characters, I bow out. Good times

    December 6, 2012

  • C N

    seems to me that having a menu of presets available makes for a great interface. perhaps this is something that can be incorporated as a standard part of the next edition of LR. Stu was right in that all you need to do then is simply, quickly and intuitively react to visual changes with gut emotion. i think the fact that the current interface requires you to fiddle with sliders means that not only do you lose valuable time trying to figure out where to place the slider, but you also lose that first gut instinct of trying to match your emotion to the aesthetic.

    December 6, 2012

  • Joao B.

    Awesome

    December 6, 2012

  • Joao B.

    I couldn't agree more with what is being said. It's easy (kind of) to learn to use the tools, but it's priceless to see how a professional brings his images to life.

    Stu is a great presenter and this was definitely one of the best sessions that I have attended.

    Thank you!

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Benjamin W.

    A recording of Stu's presentation is now available on the Discussions page.

    2 · December 6, 2012

  • Art B.

    It took a bit to get used to Stu's style, but in the end, for me it was a very effective presentation. Because of Stu's casual and off the cuff approach, I felt like we got to see the relationship between Stu's distinctive vision and how he manifest that through the software. It was his ability to intuitively express himself through lightroom onto the image that I found very helpful and insightful. As he said it was about expressing our own personal vision, and I can see how his aesthetic perhaps came more from a film/video perspective then photographic. For example I don't see myself adapting the 2.5 to 1 ratio for much of my photo work, and I'm not sure I would agree that "everything" benefits from the split tone, pushing to the edges kind of approach, though I do think it will be helpful in a good number of situations. At the end of the day I feel like I left with a better appreciation of channeling an aesthetic through the software intuitively, and that, in my opinion, is huge.

    3 · December 6, 2012

  • Thomas T.

    I left inspired to get out and make great photos. My digital workflow has been heavy on getting it right in the camera. Now I'm convinced that Lightroom is much more than a cropping & color correction tool. Big thanks to Stu for showing us his techniques. His custom "presets pane" stole the show.

    1 · December 5, 2012

  • C N

    hope he can share his presets.

    December 5, 2012

  • Sako H.

    Great presentation. I like the informal format and insights. Opinion from pro is always insightful and helpful. Enjoyed it!!

    December 5, 2012

  • Kyle M.

    Stu was a bit all over the place with his presentation, but really funny. He definitely knows his Lightroom and it was great hear from, and see the work of, someone who isn't a "professional photographer" and is less concerned with the technical precision or "correctness" of an image and more with it's feeling and emotional impact. I had to duck out early to fix my bike, so I missed the end. Everything I did catch was great though.

    December 5, 2012

  • Mitch F.

    Nice, like it when your work methodology is affirmed. One of those, you had to know the lesson to know the lesson... Kudos to Stu & Adobe... I, still must say, Adobe engineers, product dev, yea; customer service, boo...

    December 5, 2012

  • Chris M.

    Really enjoyed the session tonight. Appreciate Stu's philosophy and method of editing photos.

    December 5, 2012

  • John M.

    Very helpful in showing the scope of what is possible with the LR toolset. Also great to get encouragement to take a 'results-focused' approach to using the tools. Very good presentation style -- humorous and not too serious.

    December 5, 2012

  • Shon D.

    Will there be a video of this meetup for those who were unable to make it?

    December 5, 2012

  • Richard E.

    Sorry, will not be able to make it.

    December 5, 2012

  • Jim

    Is a computer needed or helpful to bring?

    December 5, 2012

    • Benjamin W.

      Not necessary, but you're certainly welcome to bring one if you wish, for note taking, following along, etc. Be warned that there may not be anywhere to plug in.

      December 5, 2012

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