Adobe® Lightroom® Q&A with Demonstration Part 1


Advanced Adobe® Lightroom® 5 Workflow


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Adobe® Lightroom® Q&A with Demonstration Part 1

Real specific questions that maybe we haven't covered or maybe you want to know about a burning question about want to go into those and the first of those and by the way, I just did this while you were talking I just made this cool little print I love it super cool all in light room love it fun and that was actually using by the way our it was using our one of our pre sets that we have online e I used the milky way warm film preset that we made yesterday so anyway that's also going to be available online at creative life behind for those people who purchased the course um so first question goes on ginny and it's your uh your issue is that you want to make a whole bunch of different images at the same time. So the thing that's nagging me, my work flow is social media, so I want to be able to push one button and light room and send let's say an image and text maybe teo to pinterest to wordpress I'd like to build put text with a photo and have a post go up and etcetera, etcetera, etceter...

a just once and it everything's excised correctly and sent out correctly I don't wanna have to go anywhere that's what I would like to know okay, so the sad answer is that there's no one button that's going to do all that for you immediately you could send it to one social service that would then send it out to others and there are those that will do that little send it posted here and then they'll send it for instance I use whose sweet andi I'll post something on who's sweet and it'll send it to twitter it'll send to facebook it'll send it tio google plus it'll send it to a lot of from places but I think what you want to know is how can you make light room size things differently for different purpose this is all in the same time without me having to add it to a whole bunch of different exports because you could take this image let's just say this is the image we want to post out you could take this image and you could shift command amari shift command e and export and then you could create a siri's of presets and you could say ok I want a big one for print and so export that one and then as soon as you've done that one export again and then say I want a block one and then export that one and then I want a email one and then export that one and then I want a facebook one and click on that and export it so that's that's fast but it slower than we want to go so as long as we have presets inside of our priests inside of our export dialog box, it was just a matter of export hit export hit another priest exported another preset export hit another preset and it would send those out and they could all go out simultaneously. But as fast as that is it's still a bit annoying and really light room should have a nested export? It should on dh. So if anyone from adobe is watching again, I have asked many times for a nested export it should be I should be able to have one preset that then select a number of presets and all of those export at the same time from the same set of photos that should happen, but currently it doesn't, and so with that we're going to come up with a solution, and so my solution is based in published services. Published services allow us to do a number of things, and so what you can do is you can create a published service and let's just go in and make a the first thing we want to do when in order to solve your particular issue, I would go in and first create a collection, a collection that's going to constantly be the feed for this broadcast and if you click on that collection and just creating any collection and we'll put it in side of the creative live discussions and we're just going to we're going to make it really, really obvious name that's never going to be repeated so I'm doing zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero zero whatever so it's got to be a name that's not gonna be repeated because we have to use that name inside of our auto published services in order to find the images that you're putting in it okay, so whatever that is how many zeros that is and I'm gonna copy that command c for copy now once I create this and I'm not and I mean I I guess I could include that selected photo right now because that's the one we want to send out immediately but I'm not going to include it because I want to drag into it later so you can see everything happened so I'm going to create that and I have I have I have a zero zero zero zero zero a folder that has nothing in it you can see that there that's the first step now once we have that that is going to be the place that we drop stuff and then it's going to send it out two other places actually more like mohr mork correctly they're goingto other things are going to be looking at that and pulling from it so now we can go to our published services and create published services and what I've done is I've created too that I like tio I named them on the potent six, eighty and omnipotent twelve hundred now those right here I created them last night when you because you ask this of me and I thought, well that's it okay let me see if I can come up with something so omnipotent six eighty and omnipotent twelve hundred is something that's powerful enough to see beyond what it's supposed to it'll find those images and pull men and so what I've done is I've asked it then to create on auto situate see this little thing right here it's an auto collection it's a called a smart collection and that smart collection is looking for things so it's looking for something you could tell it if I color something blue publish it and it would just it would pull it in so you could just use blue is the tag that means I want this to go to everything and it would pull it in and do it and then if you unglued if you took the blue tag off of the image it would pull it out of that service and then it would pull it from all the services depending on how you set up your service but we're making hard drive ones because I'm assuming you want all of these different types to be on your hard drive so that you can then push them out two things on dh then we will also add a couple to various other like facebook and stuff like that we'll post things, but in this case what we did in on the potent six eighty is and I'm going to right click this and show you the setting someone edit the settings we created a published service here that's not going to rename the images and it's going to create a hundred quality j peg and it's going to size it down to six, eighty pixels and we wanted to actually size the the long edge to six eighty pixels and then we not sharpening it, but we're adding a watermark to it and we're going to save that. Then we also made another one another published service that does a twelve hundred pixel file so I'm gonna write click that and edit those settings and take a look down here and this one actually did have a change the file name but let's just have it not changed found him but you could have you could say I want this one because it's going to somewhere I wanted teo let's say it's going to facebook all right? And so are its going somewhere where I want the title to be available, so then I would go in and say I want to change the file name to the title of the photo and if the title is not available it will use the name of photo zero zero one on dh then I'm going to change the quality to ninety because it's going to go to a specific place that needs a smaller file srg b twelve hundred and then I'm sick I'm gonna put a watermark on it because I want my water mark on it so I'm going to do jared platt right quite okay and then I'm going to save that one so the top side the the main published service this if you if you right click this the hard drive published service right up here that's where you edit the settings and those settings set the rules for any folder that's under here so those are the rules for what it's going to do with photo right and notice when I went to that edit settings the location is this can't be changed once published service created but it's it's in pictures in the omnipotent drop area so you choose that area when you set up the service on dh then what and I got both of them going the same place but both of them are going to different folders so one is going to say six eighty auto on it and the other one's going to say you know, twelve hundred auto on or whatever so now if I go to the these are the these air this smart published services if I double click this it asks me in this box what I want to search for I'm going to tell it I want to find a collection that contains the name zero zero zero zero and hit save then I go to this one and I'm going to double quick that and I want to put the same zero zero zero zero here so there's that one so now those air looking at that specific collection waiting for it to receive something and once it does it will auto populate into these we can do the same thing here on facebook so I'm going to go to my platform ta gra fi page and I'm going to right click down here actually I think maybe I have are smart collection already set up here let's see oh that's okay, so let's let's make a new one because this is a different one so I'm in a right click here I'm gonna create a new collection and when I create a new collection is going to ask me what I want to do on this page and I want it to be um what do we want to call this? These were just, uh, new images something like that so these are the new images that you want to send but we're going to say opie for omnipotent and then the album name is going to be what I'm going to just call it art from the road it's good for me except that route I need to say rode on the worst speller on the planet okay road the location is anywhere and the album description is here is some art fromthe road as I travel anyone can see it so I can choose to let anyone see it and then I can put it in an existing album here or a new album here so there's a new album or I could choose an existing album if I wanted to um and then I'm gonna hit create so now that one see there's a new nowhere to go right there okay so those air new image opie but but notice I messed up I made it a full that I didn't make a smart album so I need to do it again right click create a smart collection go back okay so let's let's call this new images opie too all right, so what are we looking for? We're looking for a collection that contains that then we're going teo in the album name see existing album has already created that album uh dio art from the road see how it's already made because it's connected to facebook so it's already made that art from the road so I'm gonna put it in an existing album so I don't need to set anything up and hit create there we go and now this one's a smart album so I'm going to then go back to my images so I was looking at travel images and that image was that I was playing with wass right? Right there so I want this one to go out so I simply grab this and drag it into the zero zero zero and if I scan down here, you will see that all of these now have one image in them. This one does this one does and my facebook the new images has it now, it's just a matter of right. Oops, right click this published now, right click this published now, right click this published now and now if I if anybody out there goes to my platform tog ra fi facebook page they will see this image show up on that album they can like it. They can comment on it. And if they comment on it, it will actually come back here to light room. And I will see the comments that they make inside of light room right down here in the comments area of light room so let's, test that out those of you out on the internet go out there to facebook dot com forward slash platt photography and find this photo and it's and it's in an album called art from the road and do some comments on it and we'll see those come in right here on our comments here so I don't actually have to go to facebook to see what people think of the image but also if I hide this let's uh let's go to our pictures and go to yours are on the potent uh oh they're on foot drop see those two folders? Those two folders have photos in him and there's your that one is six hundred and then this one is going to be twelve hundred and it's got my logo on it because I told it to put the logo on it so when you go backto you go backto light room now do you really do need to reload tio have those comments show up? Are they just going pre populate automatically typically speaking I think we have to weigh have toe well, I'm not actually sure because most of the time I'm just publishing right? But we'll see so I'm publishing I don't see anything coming up yet but well see there's like thirty comments already are there really? Yeah. Okay, so the's came on super fast. Okay, so we're gonna we're gonna let's say published now come on in come these folks are fast they are so there there we go so super quick wow, good job awesome saw awesome sauce okay, so if we make any more presets, we're gonna call one of them awesome sauce and see yeah, so there's all of theirs and their light counts right down here too you can see how many people like it so it's your own personal feel good session right here or hopefully could be a bad session. You you pulled something that's not so good people like hey, I hate you so thanks for being so nice, everybody. Um okay, so that's that's how I would do that and I know that it requires you to right click post right click published right click published but it's better than export export export and in most cases you can connect directly to the service so like for instance, for me smugmug goes directly to smugmug. I don't have to send out. There are no j pegs sitting around for me to then upload it's raw images j pegs air up there like there's, never a j pegs sitting on my on my computer waiting to be pushed up. S o in most cases, you can send it out now because you have the ability to take the file name and put it as the title. If we had titled this image than the file name would have become the title and in many cases for instance on facebook, if you put something in the title on description, those things can show up on facebook okay, so facebook's already caught up with that in word press the title and description show up in the all tag and the they don't call it description they call it uh some something like description, so they call it something different, but it shows up in those two spaces on dh, then if you want to put it onto the actual public caption, then you need to copy and paste it into the caption because they don't quite or look for a plug in that would then reroute it to the caption, so those kind of things come and play with the, by the way, everything inside of the metadata so the metadata has a lot of different places, there's title there's caption, but then if you expand the meta data to all of the meta data there's title caption label copy name up here there's a lot of different things here there's job title, there's headline and I think headline sometimes we'll go where you think description is supposed to go. The headline will go there instead. So what you do is go in and fill in all of these and you could even just say headline inside of there and caption here and then just see where whenever you're investigating new service, just type in what it is and then post to it and see what comes up if the headline ends up being in the the caption then you know what type in and then just typing in the headline and by the way there's a really handy tool on photographer's toolbox dot com I believe and it's it's a tool that allows you to edit your metadata menu so that shows on ly the things you use so you can choose I want this this this this and this in my head in my metadata menu and it will come up with your own different, you know? So you've got all these presets where you looking at? Ok, I want only the location data where I want on ly the default data, but you can create a preset that will on ly shou you say you're minimal data and I'll just show you that stuff and you can choose what is going to be put into that list so I think it's on photographer's toolbox but it's something like meta data, you know, personalize er or something like that so photographers toolbox is a great place to be so right. Questions more questions from the internet you've got a question? Yes. Okay, um okay what suggestions? Additions or changes would you make to workflow for someone that does landscape photography say they do a road trip multiple days and they do a lot of pan knows where you will have like nine images for basically one final image an excellent ok, good that's a great question. Eso landscape photography is something that I did a lot when I was younger. I thought I was going to be the next ansel adams like that was my goal, and then I realized that he had already done that like he'd already taken that name. So I was like, there's, no point in trying to be ansel adams, because someone already wass and so I decided I'd do some different, but I ran around with a four by five camera and running up and down hills and and out in the desert. I loved it. It was absolutely fantastic, but landscape photography is a whole different breed of photographer because it's patient it's, a patient photographer, it's someone who shoots less, who works very hard in finding the spot, waiting for the light, waiting for the moments, waiting for and then capturing it. But now we shoot a lot of panels, and we shoot a lot of hdrs, which require multiple shots, and then those they're all going to end up is one shot, so I would go. I'm going to go to a set of photos here if I go down went to stonehenge there saw here stonehenge and so in this photo, and I'm going to take this of photos so I have eight photos that are a panel of stonehenge, and I'm going to then go to a collection and create a collection of that not I'm not created collection because that's, the right work flying, create collections so that we can see him and we don't waken keep going back to him, so disregard what I'm doing right now. This is just for for creative, live ease of use I'm going to call this panel, and I'm gonna put it inside our creative live discussion on include the photos create, okay, so there's my panel. So if you're in a situation where you have a set of images that you want to use like this, the first thing that you want to do with those images is find the set because you'll do a panel and then you'll do another panel, and then you'll rework it. You think that didn't quite work, and then you'll do another panel, or especially when it comes for me, for hd are so I do, ah, a lot of of architectural stuff as well, and I do ht ours, and I have a friend, you know, carlos martine, who was here at the he was one of our first students as well he's an excellent hdr photographer that does amazing stuff in new york and he does all these hotels and stuff like that but it's hdr is a whole breed of its own too because you you first have to set up and get your shot and then you take all of the different exposures and then while you're in it you're like now that didn't quite work I need to go a little bit more this way that way and so you end up with five or six different hdr sets until you finally find the one and so you'll go through those and find you know the one that you like and I always with an hd are always finding it based on the middle exposure because the middle exposure is the most normal and then you've got all the dark ones and all the light ones so you kind of scan through all your images and look for the middle ones and what I do and I don't have any hdr shots in here I don't think um hold on wait for it on no I don't have any hdr shots in here but the basic idea behind it let me go back to the actual job the actual shoots here if I was doing hd are here what I would be doing is I would be looking for that middle shot and then I would go find the next middle shot and collect that one and then the next middle shot in the next middle shot so that I was seeing all of the decent exposures and then I would go into the survey mode and compare all of the middle shots of the hdr that's how I would choose the composition for the shot then once I had the composition for the shot down and I was like, okay, this is the shot, then I'd go back into the grid and see where that one fell, and then I would collect all the ones around it, and I would stack up. So in this case, we've stacked are and that's, not quite the operation when you're dealing with panel, because you're not looking at one middle one, so at that point you're looking all of them, and so the best way to deal with a pan oh, situation is to take the panel and because everything's going to be, you want everything to be in one folder, by the way, so if I try and move this around, it won't let me see that because it can't move sub folders around, but if I go to the very base folder with this now, I can move this one around in comparison, and so what you're going to notice here is that here's, the panel look at the pano you've got this panel that starts over here and it comes over and ends over here. I don't know what this is. So where is that? Okay, that's, some other pano so I don't want that one. I want this one, and clearly this one got put into the stack, so I'm gonna highlight all of these not all of them to highlight all the ones that we have so far here, and I'm gonna unstaffed them. I just right click them and I'm going to go teo stacking and then unstaffed the whole set. All right, so now that we have them on stacked there, obviously selected and out of order kind of that that one got thrown down somewhere, so we want them to be not in use order, but in cash time order and that puts them see that they're so somehow I had taken this one, and then this is the tail and it's a little bit moved over so that's why? It was so weird. So now I'm gonna highlight the whole set and I can see it here. But the best way to see it is then hit the n ki and tab so that you can see now I can kind of see them together as they're going across and they're all separated so then I can look and see if is that gonna work? Yeah, that looks like it will work so if that's gonna work then I'm going to go back here to the grid and I'm going to don't select this one because if the primary selection is on the tail in it's going to put that on the top of the stack so I'm gonna go in and I'm going to select the front end and then I'm gonna right click the whole thing stack and then I'm a group it into a stack so now that stack is my panel now you could just collapse all the other stacks until you have all your panels into stacks then when you're looking at him, you just simply open up the stack and closed the stacks so that it's a little easier to look at but then when you're ready to go work on it it's a matter of highlighting that stack but you can't here's the thing you can't if I if I take this stack and I highlight the top of it and I go oh that's the stack I want to move if I take the stack and I move it say into this before after full folder here if I go like that into and I think I'm gonna it only moves one because it only moves the top of the stack so whenever you're gonna work on a pan oh, and you want to put it into another folder or you want to take it and put it into like a completely new a collection or something like that you want to open the stack, scan down until you find the back of the stack and collect the whole thing, then drag it over to your panel and that's this right? They're so now we have the eight on the panel and then it's a matter of highlighting the whole set and I'm going to go kind of the middle one and I'm going to go to the develop module it's working on this one but it's going to work on all of them at the same time because I'm going to do auto sync and in this case we do nothing that way on lee do auto sync if we do anything, it has to all be done to all of them, otherwise it ruins it so we're going to do as much as we can to the shot before it ever hits photo shop so I'm gonna do a little exposure change on it I'm on a dark and the shadows are the blacks up, I'm going to bring the shadows down a little bit too I'm going to add a little bit of vibrant spring the saturation down um I want to change the temperature some because it was not a warm day it was a very cold day so I wanted to feel cold and then I'm going to go into the split toning now I could just go over and use a preset butt so you can see what I'm going to do I'm going to actually do it live and I'm going teo hold down the option key so I can see what I'm putting into the image so I'm gonna look for some gonna look for some blues there that's what I want to see that so the shadows they're going to kind of get that blue in him so there's without the blue and now I'm going to start adding the blue into it there I like that a lot good okay and then the highlights I'm goingto give it a little bit of warm so that it sets it off against it so I'm gonna go in here and I'm going to choose what warmth I want to add to it so I think I'm an ad kind of that warmth to it and then I could just say that I'm just adding a little bit of warmth to it and that makes this this green really weird and I suppose there's a little bit of moss or something in that makes it somewhat green but we're going to go into the hs cells and we're going to grab this little pointer the adjustment the and we're going to grab it and we're going to point out because we have no idea what that is and we're going to grab it and we're going to just dial it down or up we're changing the hue so it's not quite as green and I can take the saturation and de saturated so that whatever that is and see I'm moving it I'm moving and scrolling down so I'm collecting mohr data points and it's moving the yellow and the green down together so that it's not quite as and then I'm going to take the luminous and drag that down a little bit too so now if I zoom out you can see what that looks like this is before and this is after that was done okay now let's go to the tone curve and play with tone curve I'm going to play with some shadows so we do a lot of work to this because once you've got this done it's not like you come back to it that's the thing is it's different than regular photography you know like I'm shooting a wedding or whatever because each image is its own image and most of them stay raw the whole time it's different than that and so what you need to do is you need to pay attention to this and do everything the way it should be done because once you once you stitch it it's stitched and it's done now you're all in photos off, and you're no longer raw, so you want it, you want it to be stitched correctly. Now there is one caveat to that you could turn all of your layers that get stitched, turned them all the smart objects inside of photo shop, and then you could always write you could double click each one and go back to camera and readjust it, but then you'd be readjusting every single one together, so it's just better to, you know, I mean, like, you open this one, and then you have to remember, what did I do that one? And I would totally mass thing lt's up, so you're better off just finishing here and getting it done. So the last thing I think I'm going to do is take the saturation down quite a bit like that, and then I'm going to take the vibrance up quite a bit and really doing some weird stuff to this, but I like the idea of it being odd, so give it a little bit more blue and take the magenta up, and when I bring the magenta, but it gets rid of the weirdness of that green a little bit there, so let's go with that now, once I've done this, I'm going to then stitch it together, so I've got the photo as wanted and now it's just a matter of it, I'm gonna rename this so that it's normal names, so I'm gonna go file library renamed photo and it's just gonna be one through whatever so there we go, it's one through eight and now I'm going to go right click this and I'm going to go down to edit in photo shop, but I'm going down to photo shop merged to panorama and photoshopped, so now I'm emerging it toe panorama and photo shop it's going to do its thing once it's done, we're not going to really tweak it or work on it, because that could be the whole hours or the work or whatever ten hours or however long that is going to take eso we're just going to let the automation process happen here and then once and there's a lot of choices inside of like, I'm going to go for the perspective one here there's a lot of different options, but I'll do this perspective one, and I'm going to hit okay see planned images together, so I'm just gonna let it do its job and then once we're done, I'll show you will save it, it'll go backto light room and then we will stack that on top and then we'll continue working in light room on that image. Judge, because most of what we want to do can be done inside of light room. Not necessarily needing to be done inside of photo shop.

Class Description

Ready for a whole new approach to your post-production workflow? Join CreativeLive instructor Jared Platt for the ultimate three-day introduction to everything you need to know about working with Adobe®Lightroom® 5 (and beyond) to make your workflow efficient.

You’ll learn a basic, seamless Adobe® Lightroom® 5 workflow, and also how to customize that workflow to fit your specific needs — whether you’re outsourcing, taking pictures on the go, or working in a studio setting. Jared will cover ways to select and retouch images more productively. You’ll also learn about automating settings, plugins, and hacks that will help you work more efficiently. Jared will also guide you through the core image adjustment techniques every Adobe® Lightroom® user should know.

Jared will give you a step by step look at his entire workflow, start to finish. By the end of this course, you’ll have the tools you need to deliver higher-quality images and products while cutting your post-production time in half.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5