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Lightroom 2: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Processby Nathaniel Coalson
Synopses & Reviews
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the primary software-of-choice for today's digital photographer. As a new tool, using Lightroom requires mastering new skills—not always an easy task. Compounding the challenge, many photographers don't have fundamental knowledge of digital image processing. Lightroom 2: Streamlining your Digital Photography Process offers you the digital imaging fundamentals and the Lightroom-specific skills you need to quickly learn and retain a mastery of Lightroom.
Written and designed by a professional photographer, designer, fine art printmaker and instructor, this book is designed to simplify and accelerate the learning process and is unique in both content and presentation. Nat Coalson is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop, and has taught photography and imaging classes and workshops for many years. The approach taken by Lightroom 2: Streamlining your Digital Photography Process is based on over 20 years of professional experience in photography, printing, and imaging, and the methods of instruction were developed through the author's work with students and clients.
At 400 pages, this book clearly explains how to use all of Lightroom's controls, and much more. Beginning with the original image capture, all the way through importing, editing, processing and presenting photos, the text also explains fundamental imaging concepts every modern photographer needs to know. Not just the "how" but also the "why". Not just recipes, but core skills you will use again and again. And by developing stronger technical skills, you will be able to focus more on creative expression.
The content of Lightroom 2: Streamlining your Digital Photography Process also demonstrates a simple, practical workflow. You will learn real-world, professional-level production techniques through straightforward examples and easy-to-follow instructions.
The book is divided into nine chapters:
Each chapter describes in detail specific aspects of the Lightroom workflow and includes step-by-step sequences that summarize the topics presented. Throughout the book, you will learn and integrate concepts quickly and easily through numerous shortcuts, tips, reminders and warnings. Lightroom 2: Streamlining your Digital Photography Process includes over 300 color figures, including screenshots and illustrations, plus dozens of the author's own photographs.
In addition, Appendices provide a reference sheet for the most useful shortcuts, a comprehensive list of additional online Lightroom resources and a guide to optimizing Lightroom performance.
Lightroom 2: Streamlining your Digital Photography Process gives you a complete mastery of Lightroom and the digital photography workflow, as well as a solid foundation in digital imaging. As a result, you will be able to produce the best possible photographs with the least possible effort.
Foreword by renowned landscape photographer William Neill.
Professional advice that can revolutionize your workflow
In this book, photographer Nathaniel Coalson teaches you the most efficient and effective ways to process images in Lightroom 2, allowing you to work smarter and faster to produce high quality images. You will learn professional techniques and shortcuts that let you spend less time in front of your computer and more time behind the camera, where creativity and vision begin.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Professional Shortcuts will guide professional and prosumer users through streamlining their workflow in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Offering a solid workflow process and a variety of tips, tricks, and shortcuts to save photographers valuable time, this book will be written by an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and experienced professional photographer and Lightroom consultant, Nat Coalson. At 352 pages and including stunning four-color photography, this book will cover the entire Lightroom workflow from capturing images using the appropriate settings to importing, organizing, processing, and finally presenting images. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Professional Shortcuts will save photographers valuable time behind the computer, so that they can spend more time behind the camera.
About the Author
Nathaniel Coalson is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop. In addition to photography, his 20+ years of professional experience include graphic design, prepress, and interactive media. For more information, and to view more of his work, visit www.NatCoalson.com.
Table of Contents
How to use this book.
CHAPTER 1. DIGITAL IMAGING FOUNDATIONS.
The State of the Art.
Anatomy of a Digital Image.
Pixels and resolution.
Color Management Essentials.
ICC profi les.
Calibrating and profi ling your display.
CHAPTER 2. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKFLOW.
Criteria for an Effi cient Workflow.
The Digital Photography Workflow.
Non-destructive image processing.
Introduction to Develop presets.
Saving your work.
Original, master and derivative files.
Bringing it All Together.
CHAPTER 3. THE LIGHTROOM WORKSPACE.
Image display area.
Top panel (Module Picker).
Bottom panel (Filmstrip).
Left module panels.
Right module panels.
Hiding and showing panel groups.
Change panel size.
Expand and collapse individual panels.
Add and remove individual panels.
Panel end marks.
Scrolling panel tracks.
Panel Input Controls.
Lightroom Menus and Commands.
Commands and shortcuts.
The Lightroom Application Window.
The Secondary Window.
CHAPTER 4. DIGITAL IMAGE CAPTURE.
Capturing High Quality Image Data.
How a digital camera captures an image.
Raw image capture.
Why not JPG?
Maximizing dynamic range.
Getting Sharp Captures.
Using a tripod.
Using Lens Filters in the Digital Workflow.
Neutral density filters.
Obsolete lens filters.
Workflow: Digital Capture .
CHAPTER 5. IMPORT PHOTOS INTO LIGHTROOM.
Lightroom Data Architecture.
Digital Photo Storage.
Guidelines for folder and file naming.
Renaming photo files.
Import Photos into Lightroom.
About batch processing.
Setting up the import.
Presets and templates.
Workfl ow: Copy Files from Your Camera and Import them into Lightroom.
What Happens During the Import.
Workflow: Import Existing Files from Your Hard Disk.
Workflow: Shooting Tethered with Auto Import.
Alternative Import Workflows.
Catalog and Image File Backups.
Backing up Lightroom catalogs.
Backing up image files.
CHAPTER 6. ORGANIZE YOUR PHOTOS IN LIBRARY.
Catalog panel sources.
Folder panel sources.
Hard disk drives and volumes.
Folders and subfolders.
Managing folders and photos.
Dealing with missing folders and photos.
Keywords as sources.
Collection and fi lter sources.
Working with Thumbnails in Grid View.
Changing thumbnail size.
Grid view style.
Grid view options.
Selecting and Deselecting Images.
The active photo (most selected).
Add, Subtract, Intersect.
Grouping Thumbnails into Stacks.
Rotating and Flipping Images.
Working with Large Previews in Loupe View.
Zooming in and out of images in Loupe view.
Showing photo info in Loupe view.
Comparing Two Images.
Comparing More than Two Images.
The Secondary Display Window.
The Metadata panel.
Titles and captions.
GPS and altitude.
Saving metadata to files.
Reading metadata from files.
Keyword List panel.
Rating Photos with Lightroom Attributes.
Marking rejected photos.
Using Filters to Create and Modify Image Sources.
Filters controls on the Filmstrip.
Saving fi lter presets.
Processing Photos in Library.
Removing all Develop settings.
Fast metadata changes with the Painter.
Converting raw fi les to DNG.
Workfl ow: Editing the Shoot.
CHAPTER 7. PROCESS YOUR PHOTOS IN DEVELOP.
Plan for Processing.
Evaluating the photo.
Maintaining maximum quality.
About composite images.
Applying camera profiles.
Adjusting tone and contrast.
Dodging and burning.
Special eff ects.
Comparing before and after.
Creating multiple versions of a photo.
Applying Settings to Multiple Photos.
Auto and Default Settings.
Workfl ow: Develop a Photo.
Workfl ow: Roundtrip Editing with Photoshop.
Example Before/After Photos.
CHAPTER 8. EXPORT IMAGES FROM LIGHTROOM.
You’re Done in Develop…Now What?
Original and derivative files.
Planning the export.
The Export Dialog Box.
Export Workfl ows.
Burning a DVD.
CHAPTER 9. PRESENTING YOUR WORK.
Making and Presenting Slideshows.
Setting up the slideshow.
Previewing the slideshow.
Presenting the slideshow.
Printing photos from Lightroom.
Setting up the print job.
Printing the job.
Workfl ow: print from Lightroom.
Making Web Galleries.
Selecting a template.
Customizing the template.
Deploying your Web gallery.
Exporting Web galleries.
Most Useful Shortcuts.
Optimizing Lightroom Performance.
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