I have just read this book for a better understanding of Lightroom. I first discovered Lightroom when I took up photography again and began to learn about the art of digital photography. After a bit of research I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements and got the basic principles of how it worked but I struggled to understand the connection of Adobe Bridge and I only understood that Adobe RAW was to be able to read my camera’s RAW files and nothing more. I then came across Lightroom read the reviews and decided to try it. It seemed to do all the things I needed and it didn’t need Adobe RAW however, I was a little confused as to why and Adobe had made it and where it sits in the workflow for a professional. I found Lightroom easier to understand and use; so I have found it my best programs for photo editing. Talking to other serious photographers, it appears that they all tend to use it more than Photoshop, which has been kept for just more extensive and complicated editing, as when required. This book co-oberates this idea as the intention of Adobe to create a more user friendly photo editing package and also recognising that not all photos will want or need extensive editing and also the feather in the cap of this software is the batch editing capability for commercial photographers who will need to do basic adjustments to RAW images for straightforward output.
However, Photoshop is much more than just an editing suit it offers photo management tools that allows you to archive and retrieve your photos in lots of different ways; so you can cross file your images and retrieve them using all sorts of methods from date, location, camera, lens, or search words. Lightroom is also compatible with Photoshop and an edited picture can be exported to Lightroom for further editing. This is a very good book to read it is 700 pages of detailed information and I would highly recommend reading it and keeping it handy on your book shelf.
Further to comments made by my Tutor, I have used the Burn feature in photoshop to reduce the highlight area to the left of the picture that my Tutor suggests pulls the eye.
My skills with Photoshop are still very basic and a thorough scrutinisation of the brick work will quickly reveal the work I have done with the ‘Healing Brush’. Although I hope that no one is going to look too closely at the brick work.
This was my original image that I submitted to my Tutor and based upon his report I have amended the image through Photoshop. I have tried to reduce the high light on the door but I don’t won’t to remove as I won’t it to remain a clue to the real identity of the entrance and the door keeper.
I have cropped in a little and used the healing tool to extend the brick work on either side of the door.
Further to my Tutor’s comments in his report for assignment 3, I decided to re-shoot image No.5, as my Tutor felt that the crop was too tight against the ‘soap-box’.
this is my new image.
D-800e, 24-120mm f/4 @ 92mm, 1/125 sec, f/13, ISO-125, flash used, daylight W.B. Adjustments in Lightroom, tint added in Photoshop, Hue 257, Saturation 3. Camera mounted to tripod and tethered to lap-top. A speedlight was mounted in a soft-box and remotely triggered using Pocket Wizard.
This is my new alternative presentation from my original work for assignment 2 based upon my Tutors comments.
My Tutor commented on two images that he felt should have been composed in landscape to be consistent with my other images and he felt that the last image was weak in comparison the the rest. I have therefor re-shot to offer better alternatives.
The first was referring to my dog and this was the original portrait version.
D-800e, 24-120mm f/4 @ 120mm, 1/20 sec, f/8, ISO-320, daylight W.B. Adjustments made in Lightroom to convert to black-and-white and then image tinted in Photoshop, Hue 257, Saturation 3.
This new version composed in landscape photographed in RAW and converted to black-and-white in Lightroom and tinted in Photoshop.
This next image Clive felt was weak.
Clive’s two objections were that again it has in portrait and he felt the colour was at odds with the black-and-white theme of the other images.
I can not re-do this picture to landscape as time has moved on and this bud has since flowered and gone. Furthermore, I was never one-hundred percent happy with it anyway, as I had struggled to come up with a better idea for an image. However, I have recently had a new idea that I like….
As you can see I have sketched out my idea of an image of myself suited and booted shaking hands with another suited and booted person whilst discreetly crossing my fingers. I want this image to denote a business meeting or interview and connoting a message of hope and optimism for the future. I set the camera up on a tripod, used one speedlight in a soft-box controlled remotely by Pocket wizards. The camera was set to manual and manual focus and tethered to my lap-top for picture control, I also used a separate Sekonic lightmeter to meter the flash.
D-800e, 24-120mm f/4 @ 120mm, 1/125 sec, f/6.3, ISO-125, flash used, daylight WB. Adjustments in Lightroom to black-and-white and colour tint adjustments made in Photoshop, Hue 257, Saturation 3. On reflection of this picture, I now consider that a second light would have been in order, set in front of me and to the left to help separate my right arm from the background. I could mess about in Photoshop to get better separation; but for this exercise I wont.
Using Clive’s suggested tinting I have produced new tinted versions of the rest of the black-and-white images. The originals are on the left and the new tinted versions on the right.