Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 13 of 34

Camera Calibration

 

Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 13 of 34

Camera Calibration

 

Lesson Info

Camera Calibration

Got to get you excited about what we're going to learn today. I have a few before and after images for you in case you didn't catch him yesterday morning, so in light room, these are the types of things that were going to be doing your correcting rather, as you can see from the photo on the left, I've got a severe killer cast, the lighting in that concert venue was yellow that's all there was to it, so we can correct for that easily in light room. I've also got all tiny bit of skin smoothing going on and just a touch of teeth whitening going on here, so we're going to be able to do that easily and non destructively in light room. Also, we can lighten the irises of the eyes and sharp of them and accentuate them. We're going to do a little bit of that light room has a fabulous adjustments brush where you can paint on adjustments in finally targeted areas, which is really handy. I've also done a tiny bit of under I lightning just a little bit. You've got full opacity control on that kind ...

of thing in light room so you can do the adjustment and then ratchet down the amount of it to make it look more realistic because we should not be making our models look plastic way all have little lines or dark areas underneath our eyes with the point it's just a lighting them just enough or that's not the first thing you see in a portrait. Not that they're bad giving somebody an extra two hours of sleep, which is nice. I also added a little bit of a color of relay on the lips here so you can cull a rise in light room. So if you this is handy on portrait like this, obviously, but another usage for it would be creative color effect. So let's say you've got an image or even this one, and I turned it into a black and white in light room. But then I went back in this cul arised some areas so you can make it look a little bit vintage. I know on greeting cards, they do that a lot interesting color effects. We also did some selective sharpening in this image, I sharpened karen's eyelashes and eyebrows just a touch, and you won't believe how easy this stuff is in light room, you don't have to worry about any of the masking and photocopy khun do this but it's a much more complicated, complicated process and light room. It just could not be simpler once you learn where the toilet is. We're also going to be doing some exposure adjustments and one of light rooms many, many superpowers is its ability to retain details or even recover details in the highlights. So we've got this white, tropical hi biscuits here that's very, very soft and delicate and almost translucent in places and light room just makes it easy peasy teo correct the exposure while retaining all the detail maximum detail in the highlights, we can also do selective color treatments here in light ran what we have here is actually a split tone going on in the background, which means I've mapped the shadows to a color tent in the highlights to another color tent, and then I've gone in and with the adjustments bresch revealed the original photos color on ly in certain spots so that's a real nifty trick. In my personal opinion, you have far more control over this kind of technique and photo shot, but it can be done in light room, so we're gonna we're gonna look at that. We can also create vintage effects and add a little bit of film grain to make the photos look really, really old. Also, you'll notice that the front on the right has rounded edges now light room, as faras I know and appreciate about this can't export a file with transparency. But what you can do is just make the edges really looked like the round of those edges. If I were to export that image on the right there, it would still have white behind it, so I couldn't put that on another color background have it show through so it looks like it has true rounded edges. You could do that over in photo shop, but I mean, this is fabulous, so this is very used awful in itself, even if he cannot export it as a png, like around five can re p angie's that's a file that that supports transparency, so if you knock out the background and say photoshopped, then you can save it as a png, and the file retains that transparency no matter where you use it light room can read pages, but if you bring one in any area that was transparent looks like it's filled with white it's not really, but it will look like that, so don't let that throw you what say, if you bring in your logo for using in oh, a photo book, which we're going to do tomorrow and just don't be freaked out. If you know what was transparent and it looks white in light room, it'll be okay also we have. Amazing tools for fixing color cast as you can see, but we also have some nice edge of in getting that we can control here in light room and we can determine whether it's white or black so dark edge vignette or a light edge vignette, which is what we have here and in some photos that can really be a nice final touch here's another example of a creative color effects with this one I've turned it into a black and white and then we've gone in and added a split tongue, which is again just mapping the shadows to a killer tin highlights to a color to it and you can't even control how much of the color tent appears in the highlights versus the shadows so amazing level of control with sliders because nothing's easier using sliders so let's get to it shall we? Okay, this class is going to be riddled with keyboard shortcuts I'm just warning you, but a set of my favorite keyboard shortcuts can be downloaded for free if you just enroll in the class and enrolling in the class and no way means that you have to pay for it so it would be great if you pay for it but you don't have teo but if you do enroll then you can download that that cheat sheet and it's got a lot of the keyboard shortcuts that we're going to be using today so here we are in light room and we are in the library module for the moment and let's just take a peek over here on the left hand side of our interface and just discuss very briefly where we are, so it is important when you're editing in light room to know where you are and you could think of this left hand list is kind of like your source list or your map where are where am I am I in my folders, which means you are in the folder directory structure on your operating system on your hard drive so we talked a little bit yesterday about how I organize my pictures in the year folder and then I make location folders so where would you like to go today? Do you want to go to pompeii? Would you like to get an appeal? Ebay, but that is looking at pictures that are that haven't imported in delight room but that's looking at my hard drive structure so as I scroll down, we get to the collections area and we finished up yesterday talking about collections, and so I've made a collection here for you, and if you do purchase the class, I am gonna provide some of these images here that I've got in this developed collection and it's just an album that I've made so I can easily get to the pictures that I wantto show you these techniques on I will be providing some of these for you guys who purchased the course to download and play along with, so that will be a handy thing so that's, where we are in our lightweight room realm, we are in a collection also, you noticed that I have several collections here in this list and they're in a little shoebox kind of like icon so you can organize your collections in folders and when you do that you get this little shoebox icon looking thing and you can create those folders by simply clicking the little plus sign at the top right of the collections panel and choosing create collection said I wish it said create folder of collections that be a little bit more descriptive of what it was, but nevertheless that that is what's happening and it just keeps your collect shit list from not being a mile long, you know, so you can collapse and expand those collection sets and itjust tidies up your your collections area a little bit. One note about those collection sets or folders of collections rather is when you do that you can choose the sort order of those and where is that? Oh, here this so the only bad thing it's not a bad thing the only pain about those collection says is that if you do create a collection set, then you can't change the you can customize the sort order of your collections so you can on lee sort them by name or by kind so if I sort them by name, see how they they changed a little bit over here so it is a little bit of a pain just say no that you can't rearrange the order manually in which those collections appear inside of a set, so don't let that three so I'm gonna change that fact that kind there we go your collection sets will appear at the top of your collection list what might be might be kind of handy alright now to the develop module. So now I'm gonna go into my collection here that I physically made it's a manual collection not a smart collection so it doesn't populate itself automatically. I physically added photos to it, you'll notice it has a little plus sign beside of it right now that's because I have right clicked or control clicked on it and chosen set as target collection that just allows me to add photos to that collection by tapping the b t the look your keyboard shortcut for you okay, so the first thing we need to do is talk a little bit about camera calibration, so I'm gonna go ahead and go into the develop module by single clicking the image and then tapping the d ki d for develop and we get a nice big pre v here I'm gonna go ahead click the downward pointing triangle at the bottom of my film strip just to hide that temporarily. Here we go so we get a nice big tropical hibiscus here now color calibration is handled in this panel on the right hand side. If you scroll all the way down in the developed module, you're going to see a little panel called camera calibration. Now, as I clicked this panel name, you're going to notice that the basic panel, which opened automatically is going to close itself that's because I am working in solo mode in these panels, so if you want to turn that on option, click on a mac or all to click on a pc the panel name and that just makes each panel. If a panel is open and you click another panel, the previous panel will collapse, so you're not in scrolling hill. Ok, so we're going close my history and for a moment, camera calibration. What the heck is that? Well, if you look in this camera calibration panel, you'll see that we have a poppet menu of profiles each were those profiles is going to change the way the colors look in your image just a little bit, you can think of it like going into best buy to purchase the t v have you ever noticed when you look at a wall of tvs the color is not the same on any of them? Well, which one is accurate? Well depends on your eye which one looks best to you so that's kind of what this menu lets you control you can think of it as a color translation mechanism so like a babel fish for color for you scifi fans out there e love douglas adams so in the digital realm this is called color calibration and that's the translation between the colors that were captured in your camera in display a ble colors so display able on your monitor or principle colors on your printer so you're going to like one of these is better than another and it may depend on the camera that you're shooting with which one of these is more pleasing to you but as we trot through these different presets, you'll notice the colors in the image are changing ever so slightly now you all have encountered this in light room automatically. Have you ever noticed that if you open an image in the developed module all of sudden the color shifts you can even see it in the library module so your imported your images and they're scrolling through and then if you click an image all of a sudden the color shifts a little bit that's because your camera calibration profile is being applied automatically so that's where this is controlled right here so what we're gonna do is we're going to find the one that we like the best and we're going to set it is a default, but we can always change it later and we can create calibration process you know, as many of them as we want, so if you're shooting with different cameras and they handle color like if you're shooting with a cannon and you also have a nikon, you may want to set different camera calibration profiles on import so you can apply those profiles on import. We looked at that yesterday, so this is where this color shift is happening, so light room is just translating the color as best it can sew one of these will look better to you, and it doesn't mean that you have to stick with one at all. You know, depending upon what you're doing, you know, if you're shooting weddings, you may like one profile over the other so you can go back and forth, but I just wanted to show you that where this is where that color shift is happening because I get that question all the time. So for this particular image, camera faithful looks nice, but it's a little bit flat camera landscape is a little bit too saturated, so if you find one of these profiles that you like you can tweak it if you need thio by using these sliders right down here so this allows did fine tune your camera profile so that it looks good to you and there's no right or wrong answer with this it really is subjective, so set it up the way it looks good to you camera neutral was a little flat can't report your it for my own cameras I kind of like that one so let's roll without one also it's worth noting this process version menu right here so when we get new versions of camera raw, so camera is the plug in that you get along with but a shop in elements and it's a really it is a translator to convert your raw information into actual pixel based information. Well, adobe the develop module really is the camera raw technology is the same set of sliders that you'll see over in camera. Well, adobe updates the math behind all of those that interpretation every once in a while and when they do that's where you're going to see these process versions come into play here. So if we were to choose two thousand three, we'd be looking at the image as if it were interpreted with the math that we had back in two thousand three for this particular image, you're not going to see a big difference, but on some of them you might the last update we got was in two thousand and twelve, so it was two years before we had had a new set of math to interpret the information the two thousand twelve process version and I saw a little bit of shift between two thousand ten in two thousand twelve, the two thousand twelve process version is fantastic for highlights because it can recover even more detail in the highlights. So we're going to be talking about that in a little bit today, so just know that that is there and how to access it. You really do you want to be using two thousand twelve? So when we get up to the basic panel, if you're using another version and your next question will be, well, how how would I have used another bird? Well, let's say you're opening an image that you edited to three years ago, then you might want to update the process version or let's say you process the version of that image in camera raw through photo shop a few years back. Then when you bring it over in the light room, then you would want to update that process version and you'll know if you're using an older process version, because if I click on the basic panel up here, you'll have a different set of sliders because in two thousand twelve, adobe updated those sliders we used to have fill light and a recovery, so they're a little bit different, so if you open an image that you've previously edited and your sliders don't match mine, then just take a deep breath, don't panic, trot on down to camera calibration and then from this process menu right here, you're gonna choose two thousand twelve just handy little things to know, all right? So let's say, we've got this, this panel set up exactly like we want, but I am going to make sure that I don't have anything else going on. Any other changes I made make sure that I'm back at the original image, because what we're going to do is we're going to set this as a default in applying these settings as a default to the develop module means that those settings are goingto happen automatically to every image you open in the developed module the second you open it, so you want to make sure to click reset so that we've zeroed out anything else because we don't want to be applying exposer changes to every single picture because they will need different amounts of adjustment, so we're going to click the reset in once you find that profile that you want, and do you make sure that you have the two thousand twelve process version that's just what set a math? Are we using to interpret our images, then what we can do here is present hold the option key are all on a pc and the button at the bottom right of your interface changes to set default, so that will apply that calibration preset and that process version to every single image automatically that you open in the developed module, which is really handy that's something that you'd want to apply to every every image and again you consent, I'll show you how to set up specific presets here in a minute. Another thing that you might want to set as a default adjustment every time he opened an image in the developed module is in the lens correction panel, so let's, just click on the lens correction panel and open that. So here in the last correction panel, you've got several different tabs, so if you click on these words right here, they're going to give you a different set of adjustments. But the ones that you might consider turning on as defaults are the enable profile corrections because those that's goingto look at your men a data of your image and it's goingto attach a profile that's specific to your camera and the lynns. So if there's a any kind of geometric distortion or anything like that, that happens in camera that's specific to the camera in the limbs than light room's gonna automatically fix it on every image so that's, another good setting, just I have turned on as a matter of course, so let's, go ahead and click that and you'll notice I got a little bit of a color shift in my image. So it's, good to have that on just you know when you start out let's also turn on removed chromatic aberration. One of my most beautiful images got rejected from my stock photo because I had fringing, which is like these purple lee, bluish little pixels that appear in areas of super high contrast so so my image that I thought was just awesome. I've imposed the model and everything it was had a clock in, and it was this guy being stressed out falling asleep at his desk and I thought, that's going to be so perfect for sock and but the clock face was white and the numbers were black. And when the inspector zoomed in at a hundred percent, it was looking around it. The numbers on that clock there is a little purple halo around that clock, and it got rejected, and I thought I was going to get rich on that one image. Now, if you turn on removed chromatic aberration that's a fancy shmancy way and say in purple fringing halos around areas of high contrast, then light room will get rid of those for you, and I would have gotten my image accepted instead of rejected, so we're just going to turn that on. So just to recap these things are gonna happen. Teo, the images, when we bring him into the develop module case, we're gonna have a profile correction for our limbs and our camera. We're going to remove any weird color fringing in areas of high contrast, specially black in my areas and then in the camera calibration panel, we're going to make sure that the process version is the most current, because theoretically, that should do the best job of correcting your images, and then we're going to pick the profile that looks good to you now to set those as just global defaults, not as a pre set we're going to do that modifier key, so we're going to hold down option on the mac are also on the pc, and then we're going to click the set default button. Now, when you do that, you're going to get kind of a scary message that says, if you do this, you cannot undo it. Please note that these changes are not undoable, that just means that you can't use commander control z toe undo these changes. Big wood, because if you want to change this kind of default setting in any time you have to do is hold down that option or all canyon. So it's really not a big deal. So from this dialog box, we can say updates to current settings and that's going to apply that automatically late tio your images, I'm not going to that at the moment, but I've got other stuff going on if you wanted to save all that as a preset let's say you don't want to set it is in default you want to set it is a pre set so that maybe during the import process you could pick and choose between or maybe for my maybe for my forty d this profile camera calibration profile looks really good, but maybe on my five d mark three I might like camera faithful better than that, so you might want teo set up this kind of stuff as a preset instead of setting it as a default where it happens automatically so the way you can set that as a pre set, this is real easy, but it's a good one to memorize it is in that cheat sheet that you get for enrolling is shift command in so shift man in and for new preset and what this allows you to do is create a preset so we could call this one if I like if I liked these settings for my forty, I could say forty d and that way when I'm importing I'll remember for that import priests area was writes in the import dialog box you'll see it on the right hand side and it's in the panel called apply during import and you can access these develop preset so develop this means a preset you made in the developed module is all that means, so what you would do is turn all this stuff off by clicking check none and then you turn on process version calibration and what's the other thing that we did lens profile correction and chromatic aberration so anything you put a little check mark in is going to be applied when you tell light room to use this preset either during import after your images were imported, I'll show you in a second her actually you can see it right now over here on the left hand side we've got a priest that panel so that this preset we'll show up over here as well so you can access it in several different places you're in import and also while you're processing here in the developed module, so it just depends on whether you wanna have some stuff happen automatically or if you want to be able to pick and choose exactly what happens but still trigger that you know automatically when you want all right and see when I clicked, ok, I've got my own set of user presets right down here so there's the one that we just made and again these air accessible in the import dialog box, but you can also run them here. So the panel and I'm seeing those in if I scroll all the way up, or do you remember about the scroll bars on either side of the interface? Because there's a lot of settings in each one, so see, we've got a preset channel right here, and as you can see, all of these pre sets are built in, so if you have download or purchase light room, you have everything that you're looking at right here. So these are some really great things when we get into sharpening these two sharpened presets right here, fantastic is great starting points, and then you confined to your depending upon how much sharpening you want to apply. But you can also use these presets as a learning tool, because if you click a preset, then you can come over here tio the right side of this interface and looking each one of these panels, for example, here's the sharpening panel it's called detail, then I can look and see what settings light room is applying so it's a learning tool for especially some of these looks, so we've got some cross process or actually, let's, just go ahead and apply a bleach bypass. Look to this image. So now I can come over here on the right hand side and I can start tooling around and seeing what light room did to create that affect its a great learning tool. The presets. So I can see right here that, oh, because all of these settings air set to zero by default, we're gonna discuss each one of these in painful detail or glorious detail. But as you click on these presets is a great way to get started in. Just look at what these sliders air set to you so I can see here that clarity was added, I can see oh, that vibrance was this slider was dragged to the left because it has a negative member. I can see that saturation was also dragged to the lift. It has a negative number so you can begin to reverse engineer some of these effects, which just helps you learn, then give you ideas. Okay, how do you get back to your original image ever, ever, ever? Because we're, uh, doing nondestructive editing here. Remember, our photos are not in light room. They live wherever you put them on your hard drive and in the light room catalog, which is a database, we have a text based photo record for every photo that points back to the original file so it any point I can come down here at the bottom right of the develop module in click reset that does take you back to square one the original image your next question will be so I'm pressing command z or control zito undo what I just did which was press reset so how do you get back? Step by step that's what our history panel is for so let's just take a peek at where that isthe and we'll talk about that one more later today but I just want to show you so here's our history panel on the left hand side the items at the top will be the most recent things that you did so you can see here that we apply to preset bleached by path before that we removed chromatic aberration cause we turn on that check box in the lens correction panel before that we enabled the lens profile so it's going to fix it kind of weirdness is coming from our lens we reset the settings and develop module because I was going to show you howto ad that is a have everything as a default we updated our current process version so you can see everything that you have ever done tio this file in history stays around forever isn't that a sweet thing very different from hell photoshopped functions because photoshopped has uh I think by default is set to the last twenty five things that you've done you can step backward in history that way but in like bring your history is always right there also what a great learning tool you know, you could take a screenshot and print this out and know exactly what you did to picture, eh? So if I wanted to go back one step in other words, all I want to undo is maybe the bleach bypass you could press commander control zito undo but you could also come over here and just step back in your history in photo shop your most recent action shows at the bottom of this list so just be aware that it's flip flopped I think this makes a lot more sense because you're more likely to access the stuff at the top of the panel in the bottom of the channel anyway, so but that is the difference between stepping back one step at a time and clicking the reset button which takes you back to your original image original original image now somebody out there on the great interwebs I'd like to say that because it's funny I think it's funny anyway loser anyway somebody's going to say, well, what if you want the bleach bypass but let's say I want to undo something down here I can't hit you can't pick and choose which history states to turn off it's. The last thing you did, or I mean, we can go all the way back tio here. But I can't pick and choose and say, we'll take that step out that keep these others. You can't do that.

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