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Workshop: Editing night photos in Lightroom and Camera Raw

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As another part of our winter program, we will be doing a workshop about editing night photos Jurgen-style in Lightroom, something we successfully did once before.

The way we will do this is that YOU need to submit photos that you wish to be edited. Either a photo with which you have real problems, one where you don't know what to do with or one that you think is good, but needs an extra kick. Problems with white balance, a photo with mixed colors, issues with composition or camera settings, no idea how to convert to B&W, how to bring out the stars in the sky or correct for keystoning? Trying to throw me off and see me fail? We will tackle it.

This will be a live demo and discussion, not a lecture, and I will show you what I would do with your images or how I would process them differently, but will also take your suggestions on what to try out. Most importantly, while I'm doing this, I will explain Lightroom's development module to you. I will *not* be talking about the other modules. Also note that you don't need to use Lightroom, you can still learn from the improvement steps or try to recreate them in Adobe Camera Raw, which is very similar to Lightroom.

Here is what you need to do and if nobody follows this, we won't have anything to do. I need every participant to submit to me no more than three images, but you NEED to send me your original raw data file (.NEF, .CRW, .ORF etc). Alternatively, you can send me a .DNG file (Adobe's raw format) or a .PS Photoshop file (leave the original as an untouched layer!). I will NOT accept or demonstrate JPG files, the editing latitude is not enough to make substantial improvements. Your files will remain confidential and I will delete them after the workshop is done. I encourage you to embed your copyright information!

See comments for how to submit images.

If you want us to see what you have tried or if you want to compare before and after, select the photo in LR, then choose from the menu PHOTO - SAVE METADATA TO FILE and send me the sidecar file, the .xmp file with the same name in the same location as your raw file. That xmp file contains all the edits that you made to it. We can save those and then change to what I would do, afterwards compare your and my versions. So, if you have a Nikon raw file named _JML7470.NEF, you also need to send me the _JML7470.xmp file.

If you are interested in

- using Lightroom to edit

- how to use the LR development module

- how to improve your photos (with or without Lightroom)

- how to tackle complex white balance or other issues

- how to see Jürgen sweat

then this workshop is for you. If you have no interest, whatsoever, in learning about Lightroom, editing or improving photos, or if you can teach this workshop without breaking a sweat, by all means, come to chime in, anyway. :-)

Your files NEED to be named in the following manner, please do not submit unnamed files!

LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-YOURNUMBER.ext

for example

Lobert-Jurgen-_JML7392.NEF and Lobert-Jurgen-_JML7392.xmp

I need your files no later than Friday evening, 19-February, 10 pm, files submitted after that may not get considered. Depending on the number of participants, we may not get to edit all of your photos but I will try to edit at least one of them.