Learning Lightroom For The First Time

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Lightroom is a wonderful program. I’ve been using it for the past few years. In this article I am going to offer you some Lightroom support, tips and tricks and let you know where you can watch a Lightroom video guide I have designed for you.

So what’s so good about this program? The fact is that this is a really trouble-free program to use. It’s designed for photography rather than graphics and effects, as Photoshop is. Photoshop is an awesome software program but if you want to do swift edits on lighting, exposure, white balance and other colour manipulations only then Lightroom just might inspire you.

One of the first thing to know about Lightroom has five major tools and a variety of panels made up of of sliders. The sliders are controls that allow you to turn features of light and colour up or down. These options can boost or decrease the intensity of light and colour within your photograph. The tools are positioned at the top of the panels; crop, spot removal, red eye removal, graduated filter and the adjustment brush. Each one of these tools plays a fundamental part in retouching and manipulating the lighting within your photo.

Let’s take a look at Lightroom’s primary tools:

Crop tool: The crop tool puts a grid over the top of the photo. You then move the outer areas in to crop your photo. You can move the edges in close to your subject. You can tip your scene, rotate it and even make your horizontal a vertical one in its place.

The spot removal tool is like the clone tool in Photoshop. Once you click this tool, your curser turns into a little circle. Whatever is inside this circle is an area that’s copied. You can place this circle over any area of the photo. Whatever is inside this circle means it now gets duplicated over the top of any area want to select. Envisage cutting out a piece of paper and placing it over something else. That’s kind of how it works.

The graduated filter tool is ideal for making skies really blue. You can select this tool and click on the top of your photo. Simply “pull down” the curser towards the center. This is like pulling down a semi transparent blind over the top of the photo. You can darken the selection of the grad filter to give skies that “picture postcard blue”. This tool is ideal for beach and landscape photography. It works any way you click and drag the grad filter. It works from the top down, the bottom up and from the sides inwards.

The red eye removal tool is a handy tool for red eye. In portraiture we can find that the flash creates red spots off the back of the retina. It is brought on by a directional light from the flash. To beat this, it’s a good idea to bounce the flash off the ceiling, or use a diffuser. If you can’t do this, and it does create red eye, then this tool can help.

Next the adjustment brush is a clever little thing indeed. The adjustment brush is perfect for selecting individual areas of the photo and making alterations to them. Let’s say you have a landscape photo. You are quite proud of this photo but feel the trees are too dark in the background. Simply pick the adjustment brush, go over the region of the trees (just as you would painting) and then pull down the exposure.

When you select the adjustment brush, another panel will come up. This panel is asking what you would like to do inside the selection of the brush. In other words, you can darken, lighten, modify hue, sharpen, boost colour, etc. This is such a handy little tool due to the fact it does not have an effect on the rest of the photo, it simply affects the area you run over with the brush.

It’s exactly like creating a painting with oils or water colour. When you want to do something to an region of the photo, just choose the adjustment brush. You will have several alternatives to change an area of the photo in any way you like.

Next we have the history panel. This panel sits at the left hand side of the workspace. (A workspace is simply the screen and layout.) Every time you create an edit within Lightroom, whether it is making use of the adjustment brush or alter the white balance, this panel records it. This is ideal for when you want to go back to a particular point. For example if you transform the photo to blue, then green, then red you may think “I don’t like the way the photo is now, how do I get back to the point when the photo was blue?” You will find that the “undo” function only works up to a certain point. While the history panel can take you back as far as the beginning of the photo editing development. It is a very handy panel indeed.

Lightroom is a wonderful tool for photographers. It can help you do a range of improvements. Photo editing is a big part of photography. Lightroom is straightforward and simple, and will allow you to do that editing with less hassle. Everything is laid out before you. If you have ever used Camera Raw you will discover that these are comparable programs in their functions and options.


The Benefits of a Compact Camera

For decades there have been little pocket cameras that made it easy for anyone to take a relatively good photograph under a wide range of conditions. Technology, however, has made the pocket camera, or the compact camera, more high-tech than ever imagined.

Consider that a well-made modern compact will come with everything from optical and digital zooms, dozens of presets and modes, and even the option for taking video clips. The main question for many is – are they suitable for use for an enthusiastic photographer to start getting some good shots? The answer is “yes”.

Just like DSLRs, however, no two compacts are identical, and it pays to understand how they can be used to best effect. For one thing, they are a great way to scout out locations and make photographic notes about the types of settings and equipment that a photo session might require.

For example, let’s say that an enthusiast photographer has been invited to a wedding, but there are some serious limitations about the use of flash in the church. With their compact camera in hand, the photographer can go to the location and use it to capture images of the areas in which they will photograph the couple and the event, and to also take all kinds of metering from the various sites as well.

Of course, a compact isn’t just a tool for weddings or Sunday family BBQ shots; they can take some good images on their own. This is enhanced by the availability of manual settings that allow a skilled photographer to control the camera’s behaviors, but most also make some very interesting presets available too. Consider that many have upwards of twenty preset modes that can allow someone excellent photographic results within candlelight, nighttime, sporting events, and a host of other scenarios. These are especially benefited from the photographer’s pre-existing knowledge about the needs of different settings too.

Where zoom and wide-angle photography are concerned, the modern compact has a nice array of lenses built into their little frames as well. Some go as low as 10mm to allow for a nearly “fisheye” wide angle image to be recorded, and others have a digital zoom of up to 12X as well. While the digital zooms are usually considered somewhat inferior to optical zooms due to their massive amounts of blur and noise, they can still be exceedingly helpful to a photographer out in the field.

It may be helpful to have a compact camera in a modern photographer’s store of tools and equipment.

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