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How to get the most out of Lightroom

Useful Resources:
Lightroom Help / What's New in Lightroom 5

Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 presents an impressive and innovative upgrade

Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom Killer Tips site is one of the best free resources available, he also teaches paid seminars and classes.

B&H Creative Development in Adobe Lightroom Advanced Concepts Video:

Portait Retouching in Lightroom:
Very informative and helpful video for understanding how to make adjustments for people photography.

General concepts of Photography (mainly for reference, we will not spend a lot of time on this):
1. Which Format? Raw vs Jpg.
http://digital-photog... Technical detail
http://www.slrlounge.... Visual Guide

2. Exposure – Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. These three settings control how much light is captured by the sensor. Understanding how they affect each other will provide a better starting image.
http://photographylif... Basic explanation of these settings.
http://www.cambridgei... More in depth discussion of the Exposure triangle.

3. Priority Modes: Learn How to Use them on your camera to control the look and feel of your starting image

My Guiding Principles of post processing:
1. Pre-visualization - Look at your image and visualize in your mind what you want the final image to look like.
2. Start with the changes that will have the most impact overall. IE. White Balance corrections, Picture Mode settings, Lens corrections, and Clarity.
3. If you are unsure about what effect a setting will have, try sliding it to either extreme first before deciding on a final setting.
4. You don’t have to use all sliders/settings on every image, although certain sliders are likely to get some tweaks on every image including exposure, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, and contrast.
6. For RAW images, Lightroom applies a default of 25 to Sharpening across the entire image. Don’t forget to adjust your masking and other sharpening settings or turn it off all together.
7. Always check to see if you need Spot correction and turn the Visualize slider to Max. It is often difficult to see on screen without help. This is important as these items will often show up in print.
8. If the image is intended for print, add extra exposure (1/2 to 1 stop) as printing will usually darken the image.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Landscape Photography Tips June 11, 2016 1:01 PM Bob from D.
Tips for the Orchid Shoot February 9, 2016 4:22 PM Bob from D.
Making a DIY Light Box February 9, 2015 10:42 AM Bob from D.
How To Frame Your own Prints January 25, 2015 11:23 AM Ken C.
How to get the most out of Lightroom March 30, 2015 1:00 PM Ken C.
Lighthouse Agenda as of 27 June June 27, 2014 11:17 AM Bob from D.
Using a tripod to get sharp pictures December 2, 2011 1:31 PM Bob from D.
Wild Lights (Zoo) Tips December 5, 2014 2:07 PM Bob from D.
Is it sharp enough to print? (For Oct 21 meeting) October 8, 2015 12:14 PM GLLong
SCAVENGER HUNT October 3, 2011 12:45 PM Bob from D.
Printing - Notes from June 12 July 19, 2011 12:50 PM Bob from D.
Definitions used by the group March 26, 2011 10:21 AM Bob from D.

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