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Beginner Workflows in Lightroom

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Tips for Optimizing Workflow

Tim Grey

Beginner Workflows in Lightroom

Tim Grey

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5. Tips for Optimizing Workflow

Lesson Info

Tips for Optimizing Workflow

let's talk briefly about optimizing photos as well. So once we found that image that were sort of happy with, Let's go ahead and take a look at this image, for example, and if I want to apply some adjustments, I want to change the appearance of that image. That's where we switch to the develop module. So again, in light room, the various stages of our workflow are divided into modules. The library module for organizing the develop module for optimizing the book slideshow, print and Web modules for sharing our images. And so now that I've kind of gotten things organized, have gone through my organizational workflow, at least the basics of it. Now I can switch to the develop module and take a look at this image and apply some adjustments to the image. And one of the things that's really interesting is that we have presets available so we can define and apply presets to our photos. But let's first talk about sort of overall strategy for how you're optimizing your photos. Once we've identi...

fied an image that we want to work with. Then we go to the develop module and we have a whole bunch of adjustments. I'm gonna hide some of my panels here just so that you can see more of those individual adjustments at any given time. Look at all those colored sliders and we got split toning whatever that is, and we can sharpen and reduce noise and lens. Correct. Oh, my goodness, I could spend all weekend here just optimizing a single image. There's a lot of stuff. Well, a couple of tips for you. Number one is to think about the photo. Were photographers were thinking about photographic image? Don't get caught up worrying about all these sliders and buttons and knobs. Think about the image. And what does the image need? Does it need more? Pop doesn't need to be more subtle. Does it need to be made more dramatic or whatever the case might be? What does the image need? Or most specifically, what do you need for the picture? What is your goal? How do you want to interpret this particular image? And then you can prioritize, in other words, thinking about what the image needs and then looking at what's available. So familiarize yourself. We have basic adjustments. Those are pretty straightforward, a tone curve we have H sl color and black and white. Those air some pretty interesting adjustments. Actually, a lot of photographers gonna gloss over these, obviously, if we're converting the black and white. That's pretty straightforward, because we're just using sliders to adjust brightness values for different colors from the original color version. So I can take the blues and brighten or darken them, for example. But with H S. L. We can also apply some subtle adjustments to individual colors. Still, with a full color image split toning so I can apply a color tint to the highlights versus the shadows independently sharpening. I think we're all familiar with adding concept as well as noise reduction lens corrections. So some of this is actually technically not lens corrections. This is photographer position corrections, because, remember, a lot of perspective is based on where you were standing. If you're really, really close to a building now, you have to look up at that building. Now the top of the building looks like it's leaning inward a little bit. That's not a lens correction. That's a photographer correction versus actual lens corrections, where we're using a very wide angle lens, and we get a little barrel or pincushion distortion or some chromatic aberrations will color fringing in certain areas. But we can compensate for both. Here in Linz corrections effects where we have been getting as well as adding film grain, very retro feel like you don't have enough film grain in your digital photos. You can add that after the fact de haze, which is a wonderful tool for literally reducing the amount of haze in a photo and then camera calibration, which I would say most photographers generally don't need to worry about. But the point here is just be familiar with what's there and then The approach that I take is generally optimized the image in terms of overall appearance, my interpretation of the scene and then solve any problems. Is the image a little noisy? Is there some color fringing in certain areas? Was the perspective a little off so sort of corrective? Are there dust spots up in the sky or somewhere else in the photo? So thinking about those basic issues

Class Description

Take your first steps into a more organized photography practice! Join Tim Grey for an extensive introduction to Lightroom's capacity for increasing your efficiency and improving your workflow. Learn how the program is organized, and begin to apply its powerful tools to your own photo storage system. Tim will share examples of his photo workflows and learn how to share existing files with ease.

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 - 2015


Pamela Richardson

I enjoyed Tim's friendly and professional style of presentation. I appreciated that he was methodical in his approach, and was very clear in his explanations of every step that he was taking. It is quite clear that he has extensive experience in teaching. He presented at a good pace so that I was able to make notes and absorb the information. I have used Photoshop since August 2015, but I have steered clear of Lightroom. I had been afraid to use Lightroom because I was confused about the process of switching back and forth among Bridge, Lightroom and Photoshop. I have been doing extensive photo editing using other software since 2002, but am new to the Adobe products. After watching Tim's class, I have gained enough confidence to start using Lightroom, because I now understand that it is very powerful, can be used to process raw files, and has excellent tools for creating both panoramas and HDR photos (that are still raw which is great!), and more. I learned a great deal from this course, and would highly recommend it! I am very grateful to Creative Live for providing Photoshop Week 2016, and also grateful to the many amazingly talented and knowledgeable presenters for graciously sharing their knowledge and experience.


This is a great class to help get you started. Tim is a great presenter. Would love Creative Live to have Tim back to teach.


Thank you so much for your straight forward and comprehensive lessons. I am new to LR and have been waiting to import my photos until I watched this lesson. Now, I feel like I can move ahead with confidence.