You will get to know the Lightroom layout and workspace, importing a set of files into the catalogue and starting to organise the files into collections, and adding useful file information. You will explore the opportunities for viewing and aids for analysing the pictures. You will start to use the convenient quick develop editing tools.
We will explore the digital image-editing workflow. The usual flow is to correct and optimise before we enhance, interpret or exaggerate. The basic areas to consider are cropping, cloning, colour and tone. Taking each in turn, we will correct and clean up the pictures in a measurable and controllable way. We will investigate techniques to control digital noise, colour distortions and lens corrections. We will work on individual files and also start applying corrections to batches. We will create and apply pre-set corrections.
Having corrected and optimised the picture files, we can start interpreting, enhancing and exaggerating – the fun part of image-editing. We can try colour to black-and-white conversions, using the many pre-sets to guide; we can selectively boost or restrain colours; we can add grain and textures, vignettes and split tones; we can mix and match these effects and create and save our own favourite effects. We can apply adjustment effects to selected picture areas.
Image editing is all good fun, but how do we know where to start? Or when to stop? We’ll have a look at some photographic styles and techniques from photography’s rich history to give us some ideas and then try to replicate them. We will discuss ways of using the programme and the technology to develop photographic projects. And we will look at how Lightroom can help us to export those projects as books, prints and slideshows.