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A Modern Black and White Photography Post-Processing Workflow

Lesson 6 of 6

Editing And Publishing On Mobile Devices

 

A Modern Black and White Photography Post-Processing Workflow

Lesson 6 of 6

Editing And Publishing On Mobile Devices

 

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Editing And Publishing On Mobile Devices

What I'd like Teoh talk about now is how you share this, because I think that so many things have changed in this workflow. Captures changed edit ings changed. Moving from Photoshopped a light room has changed. So let's talk about how you can share your work and then we'll talk about sort of the fabric in between and some other information. OK, so a couple different ways to do it. One of my favorites eyes an app called Spark Page. Now you guys are seeing all these mobile APs, and a lot of people have asked me already. Boy, there's a lot of mobile apps. What all of those do these air? All free mobile APS, um, light room does require a membership to eater either the Creative Cloud photography plan or creative Cloud in order to take advantage of the full raw editing. But there all these APS you can use for free. The idea here is to make them easy enough for everyone and yet powerful enough for professionals. And so they just sort of call them off. Photoshopped fixes retouching, mixes comp...

ositing compass like a digital napkin drawn sketch. You might guess that those air for drawing and sketching. It's sparked page that I want to show you for sharing your vision. And this one is, ah, lot of fun. It's the whole spark brand. Things used to be called, um, sparking video was voice. They used to go by slightly different names, but they've won Editor's choice in the Apple store. They're really fun. They're really easy. Let me just show you how it works. So I launched this all all that any of these require is an adobe I d. And the reason for the adobe I d is so that we know where to grab your pictures from, and we know where to put them so that you can get to them across devices. Access is a big part of modern workflow. And so the first thing I'm greeted with is a bunch of inspirational content. This is people stuff that other people have already created. This changes all the time. There's all sorts of stuff in here, tons of different things. It's just choose this black and white one here. Uh, I'm gonna tap on that, and it's gonna call that up and what these are? What what pages allows me to do is make it like a photo block, an interactive photo block. And it's really easy to use as I pull up on this. I'm seeing the text. I'm seeing the images. There could be video in here. Um, there could be links in here. What's really neat about this is you. It makes you feel sort of heroic. It makes you feel like a publisher right away. It's really easy to generate content. Let me show you how to do it. In fact, I'll show you 1st 1 that I did. Um, well, dio we'll do a color one. Uh, just click play here. I can send this. You are? L'd anyone. This is this old truck that I found on I've been working to restore. And as I pull up here, you see that the image reveals itself. Needed a bath waiting to talk underneath There. There really was a beautiful truck have been sitting for 20 years. I can send this link around anyone, and they could interact with this on the web on a touch device, even more so when it comes to building it, it's not difficult. I'm just gonna hit plus, and we're gonna add a title. It's too live great Gonna add a photo and this is where it really ties in nicely with late room, I click on late room and say, Well, let's come into these black and whites here and we could just pick any different black and white image that we want. Go with that there. We can change the focal point of that to there. We can scroll down to start writing text there, and I'll show you the different sort of image containers you can have as well. You could have what's called a glide show where you pass through them. You could have a photo grid where we have, uh, multiple images like so you can have captions on all of those. Let's add a different type of photo just to show you how we can lay them out. Try to give some sort of consistency to this gallery. With this one, we're gonna fill the screen. We could have a caption on that fixer sadly, on fire right now. And when we're ready, we just press play and we've got this nice interactive reveals itself. I mean, I did that in a few seconds. You can. You can share your work really, really quickly and easily. So I think normally when we think about black and white, when we think about photography, it's really easy. And I do this myself to be rooted in the old work flows to be rooted in the old ways of doing things. To be rooted in, it has to start on end on the desktop, and it has to be from a traditional camera and thief. Final output is a print, and I I would challenge all of that. I would say that it's ultimately about conveying a message. It's ultimately, if we go back to where we first started. Hedda's editing is about sharing a feeling or an emotion, and so it doesn't matter what you create it with. It doesn't matter what you capture it with. It doesn't matter where you edit it. Um, and I would say that if you're new to photography, there's a tremendous tax because not only do you have to learn all the stuff that goes with photography, you have to learn all the stuff that goes with software, and I love Photoshopped. I've given my whole career to photo shop, but push ups nearly 30 years old, which means you have to get your head around 30 years of history just to get functional. And if you want to get really good, you're gonna have to go spend a couple weeks. You know it conferences throughout the year to dive really, really, really deep. And then that's gonna be a pretty narrow little channel. It's not to say you shouldn't do that. You should round out your skill set so you know how to do uniquely great things on the desktop and do that. There's certain work flows that are really important. But if you're looking for a way to come into this stuff and to get familiar with it quickly and easily, maybe that shooting mobile and editing mobile and you'll find that when you're ready, it's already good to go on the desktop. So I can tell you personally that I'm challenging myself this year to go to a mostly mobile workflow, and the hardware is getting there. The software is getting there. The publishing is getting there. It's ah, it's really refreshing. I know. I'm sort of sharing. The same sentiment is before I believe that Mobile is the future. That doesn't mean the desktop goes away. It doesn't mean that the traditional camera goes away. It means that you're no longer limited to one place to be creative. So where I want to take it in the last few minutes is to just, um, talk a little bit about what the experience looks like between these things and what I'll dio. That's a little different from before we will talk about later, um, on the Web. But we'll talk a little bit more about portfolio because portfolio of sandwiches really nicely against what I showed. A page. Think of pages, a way of sharing one particular gallery of images or one particular story. But if you wanna have a site for your portfolio, that's a great thing to do using Adobe Portfolio And you could, of course, use links from Page in there so the two can. They can co exist. Alright, so we're gonna bounce back over to the desktop and the common thread of all this. The thing that makes all of these not an island, is that the images are in the cloud. So what that means is that, uh, any of the mobile content is full resolution files that get passed back to the desktop. They're just waiting there for me. Any of the desktop content that I want to sink with Mobile. I just say I want to sink this collection when I do that discreetly. I don't wanna sink everything I've got because these devices can't possibly hold all of the images I have. So I want to be discreet about what I share, and maybe I want to change that. But if I'm in adobe dot com and I log in, it sees me and my little boy there, and it gives me a dizzying number of options here. All sorts of stuff. One of those is light from photos. And if I come in here just as we looked at before with our mobile course, we're gonna look at the black and white stuff that we've done. It's gonna take just a second load, cause I made a bunch of changes to it. It's a great example of this being in a totally different layout. Then we looked at before I could come over here and say, sort by custom, order have been used to looking at this and it's then going to rejigger it. So it's consistent with what I saw elsewhere, these air, all of those images, and they reflect whatever state I left them in. So if we worked on a particular file like this one, and we want to edit that, remember that nondestructive workflow that allows us to edit the images is present here, the Web workflow. It's not the fastest way to work with things, but it is possible. So if I want to revert that back to color, I can do that from anywhere. So the message here is access and edit ability. I could get to my stuff, and I can change it wherever I am, choose to save and exit there. So one of the things about every single one of those mobile app. So I showed you they can all open content from late room. So late room really is where I want most of my images to be. Am I gonna take every single thing I've ever shot on the desktop and pass it up there? No, it's not. That's not feasible for a number of different reasons. It's gonna take a lot of storage. It's going to be way more than any individual device is going to be able to hold. And it's gonna take a long time, even the fastest Internet connection in the world. Eyes gonna take quite a while to pass 10 terabytes of information or whatever else it might be s o my work flow right now is that everything I shoot in Mobile finds its way back to the desktop on some of what I've done on the desktop and then sharing with mobile, you'll find that the more you use it, the hand here it is. You can just get to it anytime. Eso a couple of other ways to take advantage of this content If we come in here to that same page. Adobe dot com on log Danan knows who I am. Had a lot of stuff here. If any of you have ever used be hands, I don't know if you've used that. It all be enhances our online portfolio tools acquisition we made a couple of years ago. B, hence is the power behind portfolio. Beyonce allows you to take your individual projects and immediately like a light switch, turn them into Web content. I'm going to just jump right over. Be hands because usually it's a smaller group of people who are using that. But just know that if you are using be hands, what I'm about to show you is even easier than what I'm about to show. You. Come to the portfolio website and it goes to my portfolio dot com, and it sort of explains what it is, which is You can beautifully showcase your work really quickly and easily, and the way it works is you have all of these different templates. And so I'm just gonna jump right into edit. I'll show you will just mess with my Web page really quickly here. Hi, I'm Brian O Neil Hughes. Here's all my different photos, your stuff from the race track. I'm really into riding my bike and driving travel. I can jump into any one of these. There's more than a couple that are black and white. Here's IPhone, black and white people that are black and white. Um, we'll jump into this one bunch of black and white images from Labour Mobile, and if I want to add more to this, I can say Let's edit project content and let's add from light room and again that's going to allow us to go right back to that stuff. We were just looking at all up to date. Whatever state we left it in in this case will go a little deeper than we went before. And we will actually drop in one of these images just to show you what the exact experience looks like. It's gonna fetch all of those photos, every single one of them, and we can pick one of the ones that we want to go with. This one here. I'm gonna choose to import that, and it's going to drop that in right underneath the other one. And so at this point, if I preview it, this is pretty cool. It's going to allow me to preview this first on the desktop, as I see here, but maybe I want to look at it on the tablet or on a phone. And again, remember, when we're talking about publishing, think about how this stuff is being consumed in a modern world. It's probably not being consumed on the desktop. It's probably being consumed on one of these eso. Let's actually jump over and let's look at the phone in landscape. This is what that the site would look like on the phone. This is what it would look like in Portrait really limited. Let's go back to the home page of the site and we can weaken, jump in and out of every different state there. And when we're ready to save that, we can just update our project. It's gonna bake that file in there, and then we will just choose to save our changes. And we can publish that, um, right away. I'm to get that just a moment toe load, their return home and it any point we can update our site, we can preview our site. You can put links to your other social properties and what not? And you can make your own site really, really quickly and easily. I I have absolutely no expertise in the Web at all, but you can switch your layouts really, really quickly. So just one last thing I'll show you. If I wanted to switch layouts, I'm just gonna click on that, and it's gonna take me into all of this. Prepackaged content Square covers more design oriented, bolder colors. This one is new. We just added this for photographers like three days ago. It's dark background, really easy to change it after the fact. So common theme throughout everything. Accessibility, flexibility, making changes, one place editing them somewhere else. Hopefully, you've learned that not only is a black and white workflow Maura about color than black and white, because do you want to take it as far as you can in color, But it's something you can do everywhere. It somewhere you could do anywhere if you hold onto just one thing from everything I showed you. And I know I talked about a lot. Reuse the content that you've made. If you come up with some black and white images that you like, save them is presets. Take the time to do that because the to work flows, you can use our. You can either load them and sink them with other files as you bring them in. Or you can copy them and paste them on the mobile device. All those ones you've worked on the desktop, you could just touch and hold to copy and paste them another file. And no, I've talked a lot. That particular site that I talked about, which is being used up. My portfolio dot com actually has a section just on black and white that not only has, ah, a few images, but it has a couple of free videos that I put together that are all about some of these work flows we talked about even got into a few things I didn't cover but brightening the eyes. There's a whole thing about that on a lot of that other stuff as well.

Class Description

Are you exploring the world of black and white photography and wondering how to best handle the workflow and processing? Join Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Adobe Photoshop Hall of Famer, as he shows you how to begin thinking in black and white. You’ll learn: 

  • The importance of raw 
  • End-to-end processing in Adobe Lightroom CC 
  • Localized editing in Adobe Photoshop CC 
Bryan will also explain how you can use Adobe Portfolio to display your creative work. By the end of this class, you’ll have a good understanding of how you can use black and white photography to add to your existing color images.



Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.2 - 2015.3  

Reviews

creativelive student
 

He is a great teacher, but I resent the confusion over the wonders of producing and sharing photos and videos with apps and mobile devices, vs. producing fine art or high quality specialized portrait or landscape or wildlife, etc. Standards have not gone down just because so many people have great access to producing good things. Great literature is still great literature, no matter how many people write good things. Same is true for the visual arts. Short cutting the methods that produce great work, including producing great black and white and great prints, doesn't produce greatness. I love his idea, I follow them, but that is no reason to negate the traditional greatness that still has no shortcuts.

JIll C.
 

Bryan lays out a comprehensive, yet efficient approach to converting images to black and white and included many examples in this course. It's more than just clicking the "black and white" buttons in Lightroom or Photoshop. I especially like the suggestion to make Presets of the various B&W conversions I've used so they can easily be applied during import. Bryan also covered very quickly various other very useful and fun Adobe products including Adobe Spark Post and Portfolio, and I even made a Spark Post during class and posted it to my facebook page. Lots of interesting content in this class, which I'm definitely going to watch again!

Margaret Lovell
 

I wanted to learn more about creating a black and white workflow. I'm just starting out, and so far, my attempts have been fine. I want to get better at it. Bryan's course made the whole process seem easy and didn't rely on cheap outs in creating them. I learned how to better use Lightroom when it comes to creating black and white photos.