Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process [NOOK Book]


Manage your images with Lightroom and get back to taking pictures

Image management can soak up huge amounts of a photographer's time. Lightroom lets you effectively manage, edit, and present large quantities of images, and this book teaches you the skills that make it work. The authors, both photographers and Lightroom experts, walk you through Lightroom 5 step by step. Learn to streamline image management ...

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Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process

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Manage your images with Lightroom and get back to taking pictures

Image management can soak up huge amounts of a photographer's time. Lightroom lets you effectively manage, edit, and present large quantities of images, and this book teaches you the skills that make it work. The authors, both photographers and Lightroom experts, walk you through Lightroom 5 step by step. Learn to streamline image management tasks and get back to doing what you love — taking photographs.

  • Index your photos with Lightroom catalogs
  • Optimize every photo with powerful, easy image adjustments
  • Design and order photo books
  • Make your own professional prints
  • Use the map to plot locations where your photos were taken
  • Create a professional-looking slideshow
  • Publish your photos to Facebook, burn them to a DVD, or export them for further editing in Photoshop
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118684375
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 265,508
  • File size: 23 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Rob Sylvan is a photographer, trainer, and author who has been a Photoshop Lightroom Help Desk Specialist since 2007. Check his blog,, for Lightroom tips, tutorials, and FAQs.

Nat Coalson is an instructor, author, and photographer whose work has been extensively exhibited and collected. He's an Adobe Certified Expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

01 Getting Started 1

GETTING STARTED: Foundations for Success 2

How to use this book 3

Workflows 6

Example Lightroom workflow 6

Configuring your computer for Lightroom 7

Installing Lightroom 11

Lightroom Fundamentals 14

Saving and backing up your work 21

Essential troubleshooting 22

The Lightroom workspace 23

How to ensure accurate color for your photos 37

02 Import 41

IMPORT: Indexing photos and videos with Lightroom catalogs 42

Overview of Import workflow 43

What to do before importing 43

Importing files for the first time: Add 45

Copy files from a camera 47

What happens during an import 51

The Import window 52

FROM: Select a source 53

Source 53

Import method 55

Main preview area 56

TO: My Catalog or folder Destination 59

File Handling 60

File Renaming 61

Apply During Import 64

Destination 66

Import Presets 68

Show fewer options: the Compact Import Window 69

Import from Another Catalog 69

Tethered Capture 70

Tethered Capture Setup 70

Auto Import 74

Next steps 75

03 Library 77

LIBRARY: Managing your photos with Lightroom 78

Edit a shoot 80

Working in Library 82

Catalog panel 84

Library previews 84

Navigator 85

Library View Modes 86

Grid view 86

Selections: Choosing the photos to work with 89

Rotating and flipping photos 92

Stacks: Grouping items together 92

Loupe view 94

Compare view 98

Survey view 99

Using the Secondary Display with Library 100

Folders panel: Work directly with folders on your hard drives 101

Managing photos and video files in Library 107

Synchronize Folder 112

Collections: Organize things however you like 114

Collections panel 114

Quick Collection 116

Smart Collections 117

Output Module Collections 118

Collection Sets 118

Managing the Collections panel 118

Introduction to Publish Services 119

Attributes: Tag photos with identifying marks 119

Filters: Show photos and videos based on criteria 122

Example Filter workflows 124

Quick Develop 128

Keywords: Tag your photos for search 131

The Keywording panel 132

Keyword List 134

Working with metadata 139

The Metadata panel 140

Metadata presets 145

Metadata Status 146

Using the Painter 150

Working with video in Lightroom 151

Example video workflow 151

Next steps 155

04 Develop 157

DEVELOP: Making your photos look their best 158

Example Develop workflow 159

Make a plan for processing 162

The Develop workspace 164

Understanding the Process Version 165

Default and Auto settings 168

Histogram 168

The Basic panel: Essential adjustments for every photo 171

Tone Curve: Modify tones based on ranges of luminance 182

Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT) 185

HSL / Color / B & W: Adjust color by range 186

Split Toning: Apply creative color treatments 188

Detail: Fine-tune sharpening and noise reduction 190

Lens Corrections: Fix image problems caused by the lens 195

Effects: Add vignettes and simulate fi lm grain 203

Camera Calibration: Precisely control raw image rendering 205

Before/After 206

Crop Overlay: Cropping and straightening your photos 207

Spot Removal: Retouching photos in Lightroom 212

Heal Dust Spots 212

Red Eye Correction 215

Local Adjustments: Dodging, burning, and so much more 216

Working with Graduated Filters 222

Apply a graduated filter 223

Working with Radial Filters 224

Apply a Radial Filter 224

Working with Adjustment Brushes 226

Navigator panel 230

Presets: Apply multiple Develop adjustments with one click 230

Set Default 235

Snapshots 236

History: Track changes and go back to any point 237

Collections 238

Virtual copies: Create multiple versions of a single photo 238

Apply settings from one photo to others 239

Soft proofing 241

Soft proofing a photo 242

Converting color photos to black and white 248

Next steps 251

05 Export 253

EXPORT: Creating new copies from Lightroom 254

Basic export workflow 255

Export methods 255

What to do before exporting 256

Email photos 258

Working in the Export window 260

Export To: 261

Export Location 262

File Naming 263

Video 265

File Settings 266

Image Sizing 270

Output sharpening 273

Metadata 274

Watermarking 275

Working in the Watermark Editor 275

Post-Processing 278

Export presets 279

Burn a CD/DVD 280

Export plug-ins 281

Publish Services: Synchronize your photo collections 282

Publish to Flickr 283

Publish to Hard Drive 285

Changing Publish Services settings 287

Edit In other programs 289

Edit in Photoshop 291

Open as Photoshop Smart Objects 292

Next steps 294

06 Map 297

MAP: Plot your photo locations with GPS coordinates 298

Working with photos that already have GPS data 300

Adding GPS coordinates to photos using the map 300

Adding GPS coordinates to photos using a tracklog 300

Navigator 301

Saved Locations 301

Collections 303

Metadata 303

Map display 304

Location Filter 306

Map Toolbar 306

Sync Metadata 310

Keeping your location data private 310

Next steps 310

07 Book 313

BOOK: Design and order photo books in Lightroom 314

Publish a book 314

Create a new book with a custom layout 316

Preview panel 318

Collections: Create and manage Saved Books 319

Book previews 320

Book Toolbar 321

Book Filmstrip 322

Book Preferences 323

Book Settings 324

About Book templates 325

Auto Layout: Create a book with one click 325

Working in the Auto Layout Preset Editor 326

Page panel: Add or change pages 328

Guides 331

Cell panel 332

Text panel: Add text to photos and pages 334

Type: Style your text 336

Background panel 339

About covers 341

Create Saved Book 342

Send Book to Blurb 346

Next steps 347

08 Slideshow 349

SLIDESHOW: Present your photos and videos on screen 350

Make a Slideshow 351

Preview 351

Template Browser 352

Collections 354

Slideshow Toolbar 355

Options 356

Layout 358

Overlays 359

Backdrop 364

Titles 366

Playback 367

Preview and Play Your Slideshow 369

Impromptu Slideshow 370

Create Saved Slideshow 371

Exporting Slideshows 371

Next steps 373

09 Print 375

PRINT: Make professional prints yourself or at a lab 376

Making a print 377

Preview 378

Template Browser 378

Collections 380

Page Setup 381

Main preview area 382

Print Toolbar 382

Layout Style 382

Single Image / Contact Sheet 383

Image Settings 384

Layout 384

Guides 386

Page 387

Picture Package 389

Image Settings 391

Rulers, Grid & Guides 391

Cells 392

Page 393

Custom Package 394

Print Job 395

Print and Printer… 400

Print to JPEG File 401

Create Saved Print 403

Print troubleshooting 403

Next steps 405

10 Web 407

WEB: Create browser-based photo galleries 408

Build a Lightroom Web Gallery 409

Preview panel 409

Template Browser 409

Collections 411

Main preview area 413

Web Toolbar 413

Layout Style 414

Find More Galleries Online 415

Customize your Web gallery 416

Site Info 416

Color Palette 419

Appearance 420

Image Info 423

Output Settings 425

Upload Settings 426

Create Saved Web Gallery 428

Preview in Browser 429

Export… 429

Upload 430

Next steps 431

11 Catalog 433

WORKING WITH LIGHTROOM CATALOGS: Advanced photo management techniques 434

Catalog Settings 435

Catalog backups 439

Maintaining catalog integrity 442

Upgrading catalogs 444

Using multiple catalogs 445

Export as Catalog 448

Import from Catalog 449

Working with Lightroom on multiple computers 451

Road Trip Workflow 452

Next steps 455

Favorite Shortcuts 458

Appendix 459

Index 473

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