33 – Lightroom workflow 1 via /r/Photoclass_2018

By | July 12, 2018


33 – Lightroom workflow 1

This one has been asked for many times over so I've decided to add it to this years photoclass. Now, this is my personal workflow (/u/Aeri73 ) and far from perfect or complete, it's just the way I use it and why.

Lightroom is just the software I use. Darktable is an alternative that is free, there are others. Just look for photo organizer or raw editor or cataloguing software.

Step one: importing

When a card is loaded in the computer lightroom opens the import photo dialog. This is how it's set up:

Lightroom importing

  1. where lightroom finds the photos to import. Eject after import is handy as otherwise you have to do this manually.
  2. Photos that are greyed out have already been imported, use the buttons 6 to select all or unselect all, use shift to select multiple files, check those you want imported. I just import them all, you can always delete unwanted files later.
  3. Render previews: minimal saves on space but you need a faster system to make it work. Don't import duplications is a good option to set. Make a copy to allows you to backup the raw files to a second folder or preferably drive. Below that you can rename photo's, I never use that.
  4. develop settings allow you to develop the photos in mass during import. This can be handy for just basic editing or really fast work.
  5. allows you to set keywords to photos. Do this, every time, it helps with finding photos later on. The better the keywords, the more effective your catalogue will be. Destination is where you set the target of the import. I use a foldername that describes the shoot or use the customer name if it's for a client.
  6. select or deselect all photos
  7. via import presets you can quickly set a certain combination of settings for the import. I have presets for weddingphotos, journalistic work, personal photos and other situations that demand a different import set. Personal photos go to different foldersystems, weddings have backups to different drives, journalistic work gets batchprocessed and so on.

click import to start importing your photos.

This will do 2 major things:

  1. it will make one or more copies of the raw files and save them on your computer
  2. it will add the photo to the library, create a preview image and set meta data to the photo

Lightroom library

Now you are in Lightroom and you should see your photos being imported. This can be really fast if you import from a drive, it can be slower when using a slower card for example.

What do we see?

  1. is your library, not explorer. Only folders that have been imported are visible and accessible
  2. use this menu to go the other modes in lightroom. Develop is where you edit, map is for location data, book I don't use, Slideshow neither, Print allows for printing and web is for gallery creation. I only use library, develop and Print.
  3. your histogram with the photo settings below it (when the mouse is not over the photopreview)
  4. use presets to edit photos. one or multiple photos
  5. set keywords to individual or multiple photos. typ them below the list, not in the list.
  6. Filter images on bases of flags, colours, stars and so forth. I use this a lot.
  7. Set the preview to : grid of photos, one photo, before and after view or multiple view (last one is just great for selection), set or remove flags, stars and rotate the photo

Develop

When you click develop you'll see a preview on the top left, below that presets (quickly setting a collection of developmentsettings), in the middle your image and than on the right the development pannel. the pannel, all closed up

The first thing you see is the histogram, leave this open at all times. Below it are the exif data, below that some adaptions:

  • Crop tool: aspect allows for precise aspect ratios, click the bar just left to angle and drag a line that should be straight to rotate or drag outside the frame. drag the corner to go from vertical to horizontal crops. tip: close the lock before changing anything and it will remain closed, open it first and all next resizes will be without aspect-ratio set, change size first and it's only for this photo you release the aspect ratio.
  • spot removal: scroll to change size, click once to remove and let lightroom find a reference, click and drag to do this manually.Use clone or repair depending on result, del to undo, drag borders to change site, drag second circle to try a different reference spot
  • red eye tool: click on the eye, drag sides to change size
  • graduated filters: click to set the "horizon" and change the settings of only one side of a photo
  • adjustment brush: same as graduated but you use a brush to paint where you want to settings to happen

End of part one. Next class will be develop mode itself.

assignment here

Submitted June 13, 2018 at 02:52AM by Aeri73
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