The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow

Lesson 20/47 - Introduction to the Develop Module in Lightroom®


The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow


Lesson Info

Introduction to the Develop Module in Lightroom®

All right, well, here we are. After two-thirds of a day, we're finally going to actually work up some images here at some point. We, this first section here was meant to be a little introduction to the develop module. We did that a little bit earlier today, but we can reiterate some of those points here just so people know we're in the library develop, library module here, excuse me, on my computer. If we skip over to the develop module, and we'll pull back out to these guys, and because it's compressed on this laptop here, it usually looks bigger, and you can see more in the panels on either side on your own laptop, or on your own monitor, but again, this is kind of your overall, overarching access to all of the different modules in Lightroom here at the top. So, we'll close that off. We've got our film strip here in the bottom, and if I go back to the library for just a second, we've got our raw images here. I'm going to cruise down to a collection of raw images I put together that a...

re options for us, working these up, just so I'm selecting that, and then, I'm going to back into the develop module, and I can just hit the D key to go in the develop module. So, we have all our presets over here. Interesting little thing is if you mouse over one of these presets, you notice how the image now changes both in the navigator window, just above, and also, in the main image window. So, you can actually kind of see the different presets there, and let me close that off because I've got a thousand presets, I think. Snapshots I don't generally use, and the reason I don't use snapshots that much is because you have to click back to each of those snapshots, and then you don't see the finished image. I'd rather create, so, in my process for working up images is kind of like my editing process. I'll take it so far, and then, especially if it's a portrait, I might create a virtual copy, and then take it a little further, and then create another virtual copy and take it a little further. That way, I can see all three images together in the library module and compare them on the same screen, which is much easier for me to figure out, "Well, that was way too far. "Maybe this is where it should be." So, we'll go through that, and collections are there, and I actually selected collections. So, we're in a collection right now. Okay, so, and then, on the bottom, nothing's really changed down here. If I click this panel off, you can see more of the toolbar down here. So, this is, basically, the window versus the grid. R and A is reference view. That's actually a new thing. You can actually reference a photo from the film strip to the reference photo. Wow, I haven't actually seen that before. They just updated Lightroom like six days ago, and I'm still finding little nuggets here. This Y, Y is before and after, and sometimes, as we'll see in the black and white moto, we'll use this tool to see which colors I'm converting into black and white and how light or dark they are. So, that's kind of a cool tool. If we go back to the main one, you've got your flags here, your ranking, your color of that image. You'll see this one's red. Some of these are green. Green signifies that I've worked them up already. The arrow keys just go between images. Play, this basically puts you right into slideshow mode. Zoom to fit, that, basically, just zooms the image preview to whatever you want. You can show a grid or not show a grid. You can see how big or small your grid is there and adjust that. Soft proofing is something that's in here, and you can actually choose to soft proof the image for, this is a profile for, this is a, I think it's an Ilford Gold Fibre Silk profile. I could choose Adobe RGB or whatever profile I want here. I just soft proof how it's going to look in that different color space. Gonna turn that off right now, and you can tag or untag so you show or don't show any of these options in your toolbar here. Just thought I'd show you the tool bar because there's a lot of good stuff in there, and as you'll see, for some of these, especially these tools up here, the adjustment brush, the graduated filter, this toolbar will change depending on which tool you have selected, and there might be items we'll look at in there along the way, but for the most part, down here, you actually have another filter. So, you can filter for three stars or whatever you want. If you have dual monitors, you can actually use this to put up your grid of images in library module in model, monitor, and have your develop module on the other, which is very useful.

Class Description

Setting up a practical and efficient workflow with your photography feels like a daunting part of your business. Internationally recognized photographer Michael Clark introduces you to techniques to allow you more time to shoot the images you want. His workflow philosophy is that you must first know how you are going to edit the image in post production to know how you need to shoot it.

In this class Michael teaches:

  • Best practices for a shooting workflow from setting up your camera to histograms and exposure
  • How to clean the sensor on your DSLR camera
  • Color management workflow including your work environment and monitor calibration
  • An overview of Lightroom® and multiple ways to speed up your workflow including file folder and batch naming as well as metadata and archival processes
  • Techniques to finalizing your images in Photoshop® with basic adjustments and retouching
  • Making fine art prints, choosing your printer, paper, understanding ICC profiles, and much more!

Michael covers everything you need to know in order to streamline your post production workflow in Lightroom® and Photoshop® and best practices for printing your art at home. Digital photography is far more complicated than shooting film ever was. Knowing the best practices for a digital workflow will make you a better photographer.


1Class Introduction 2Shooting Workflow: Set-up The Camera 3Shooting Workflow: Histograms and Exposure 4Shooting Workflow: Sensor Cleaning 5Overview of Color Management 6Color Management: Monitor 7Color Management: Workspace 8Color Management: Monitor Calibration 9Color Management: Do I Need This? 10Introduction to Lightroom® 11Download & Import Images With Lightroom® 12Lightroom® Preferences 13Six Ways to Speed-up Lightroom® 14To DNG or Not to DNG? 15A Logical Editing Process in Lightroom® 16File & Folder Naming in Lightroom® 17Batch Renaming in Lightroom® 18Entering Metadata in Lightroom® 19Managing Images in Lightroom® 20Introduction to the Develop Module in Lightroom® 21Lightroom® Develop Module 22Sharpening, Chromatic Aberration & Vignetting in Lightroom® 23Graduated Filters & Spot Tool in Lightroom® 24Converting images to Black & White in Lightroom® 25Creating Panoramas in Lightroom 26Creating HDR Images in Lightroom® 27Lightroom® to Photoshop® Workflow 28Export Images to Photoshop® 29Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Basic Adjustments 30Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Retouching 31Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Saving Master Files 32Make Fine Art Prints: The Cost 33Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Printers 34Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Papers 35Make Fine Art Prints: Understand ICC Profiles 36Make Fine Art Prints: Sharpen Image 37Printing From Photoshop® 38Printing From Lightroom® 39Compare Monitor to Physical Prints 40Printing Black & White Image 41Extended Workflow: Back Up Images 42Extended Workflow: Storage Options 43Extended Workflow: Archiving Images 44Submitting images to Clients 45Prepping Images for Social Media 46Alternative Workflows 47Final Q&A


a Creativelive Student

Michael is a true professional and readily explains all of the nitty gritty issues of a photographer's digital workflow, including important things like Color Management, Lightroom workflows, Printing, and more. He is eager to answer your questions and has a thorough knowledge (after all, he worked with the original engineers at Adobe and wrote a book on it) and passion that he loves to share. He can get way deep into the subject, which I found fascinating. You can tell Michael has great experience in teaching and also likes to learn from his students. He is very authentic, honest, and direct. I highly recommend this class, and look forward to another one of Michael's courses in the future!

a Creativelive Student

This is an excellent course. It reinforced what I already knew and enhanced my spotty skills with new knowledge. I really like Michael's explanation of saving the document for print and web and the importance of doing these differently. Using the histogram to show this was terrific. Each session there is some valuable gem.

Angelita Sanchez

A fantastic course to give you a complete view of the full process of photography. Michael is an awesome instructor, very organized! A clear mind, and an approachable instructor always willing to answer your questions! A must for all photographers!