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