Don’t Touch That Dial: Setting Lightroom Camera Defaults

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Don’t Touch That Dial: Setting Lightroom Camera Defaults from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Don’t touch that dial… unless you have to. If you set your camera defaults in Lightroom, you may not have to. Setting Lightroom camera defaults is a great way to save time in the develop process of your Lightroom workflow.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers and photo enthusiast throughout the world.

Jared Platt’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is coming to Seattle and San Francisco in January and to Texas and Colorado in the early spring. Sign up and learn more at www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

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The New Math of Lightroom 3 (Process Versions)

Lightroom 3 has a few great new features in it, but the best feature is the math behind the curtain. This is what Adobe calls a Process Version. It is essentially a new set of algorithms and other mathematic equations that I would never understand, that make our images look better. And all throughout high school, I thought math would never be useful to me. It turns out that it is very useful, as long as someone smart employes it in my photo software.

Lightroom 3 can employ the older math from 2003 (used in LR 2) or it can employ the new math inherent in LR3. The new math is beautiful and worth updating images that you are taking a second look at, but it is not advisable to update everything all at once. Check out this podcast to find out why.

The New Math …

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Using Publishing Services in Adobe Lightroom 3.2

As a photographer, I like shooting and don’t like trying to mess with Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, Blogs, Portfolios etc. I don’t have the patience for it. Accessing different accounts and uploading photos, etc. I want people to see my work, but I don’t like the wasted time. Enter Lightroom 3.2: now with Publish Services, I can upload photos to various online services without ever leaving Lightroom. Publish services are plug-ins made by the various sites to expedite the process of sharing your photos. Look for more to come in the future. They are super cool.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Pictage Partner Conference in New Orleans. This year will be even better than last year.

In addition to speaking at Partner Conference and teaching a shooting workshop there, my Lightroom Workflow Workshop at the Pictage Partner Conference in New Orleans on November …

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Pre-Visualization

Hey everyone,

I am gearing up for Pictage Partner Conference in New Orleans. This year will be even better than last year. I am even teaching a shooting workshop this year. It is not your typical shooting workshop. I am calling it “Shooting with Socrates.” Well in thinking about all of my lectures and workshops at the Partner Conference, my usual Lightroom how-to post turned out to be a bit more about photography and less about Lightroom, but I think it is a worthwhile thought to make.

In addition to speaking at Partner Conference and teaching a shooting workshop there, my Lightroom Workflow Workshop at the Pictage Partner Conference in New Orleans on November 8th is FREE for all Partner Conference attendees. So sign up for Partner Conference and come learn how to speed up your post-production workflow.

My Lightroom Workflow Workshop will be in a city …

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Using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 3 (Part 2)

I have already done a video about the adjustment brush, but I just finished working on an engagement session, where I used the adjustment brush to do something you would think you need to go into Photoshop to do. So I thought I would pass it along to you.

It always amazes me how far we’ve come. I feel like my grandfather who talked about growing up without cars and how he remembered the very first crank ford in town. Well, I remember when instant review was a Polaroid (and not an iPhone Polaroid app). I remember retouching images with a brush and some spot tone and a q-tip with bleach. I remember when Adobe programs didn’t even recognize RAW files. And now, I am free to do almost everything I need to do to an image without ever leaving the RAW format, without touching …

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Using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 3

Using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

I try to stay out of Photoshop as much as possible. Why? Because Photoshop is like an addictive habit and once I am in there, I will spend way too much time on a photograph. So, my general rule of thumb is to only go into Photoshop when someone is paying me to do so.

So, that means that when I have an image that needs just a little bit of help, some of the localized adjustments that I used to do in Photoshop, I must do somewhere else. I can do most of them in Lightroom, without having to open Photoshop, and as a bonus, they are all sync-able from one image to the next.

In this video tutorial, I go through the process of working on an image with the adjustment brush to fix and …

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Using Target Collections in Adobe Lightroom 3

Collecting images for various uses is made even easier with the addition of the Target Collection feature in Lightroom 3. This is just a quick tip on how to use this new feature. I use it to collect images for clients and vendors alike as well as for workshops and examples, etc. It is a fantastic feature, small as it may be, it really is a great addition to the Lightroom.

Using Target Collections in Adobe Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

For more information about my workshops, go to jaredplattworkshops.com. My next workshop is in LA on August 19, 2010. Sign up on the web at www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

Written by Jared Platt Jared is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops …

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Keywording in Adobe Lightroom 3

Adding keywords to your images makes finding them later on extremely simple, but most people don’t do it because it takes too much time. Well, Lightroom has made it simple. With the right tools and method of keywording, you can get it done quickly. And a 15 minutes now can save you hours later. So start keywording!

For more information about my workshops, go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

Keywording in Adobe Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

THE LIGHTROOM WORKFLOW WORKSHOP and PUG TOUR:

The Lightroom Workflow Workshop Tour is coming to your city. I will be speaking at the local PUG groups and then holding a workshop in each city the following day. I am looking forward to meeting you all and teaching you everything I know about speeding up your workflow. First stops are: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Vegas. Go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com to learn more and …

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Using a Secondary Display in Lightroom

There are lot of different ways to review images in Lightroom, but the best way is only available to those who have a secondary display. Having two monitors cuts your Lightroom selection time to about 1/4 the time you would ordinarily spend, and that’s after cutting your workflow time in half with my other recommendations. If you don’t have a second monitor, it is worth the price to go out and get one.

Using a Secondary Display in Lightroom from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

For more photography lessons and tips, go to www.jaredplatt.com.

Throughout the rest of 2010 Jared Platt will be touring the country offering Lightroom workshops. To learn more and to attend The Lightroom Workflow Workshop, go to www.thelightroomworkshop.com and watch the video below.

The Lightroom Workflow Workshop Tour 2010 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Conquer your workflow demons with Jared Platt as your instructor. The Lightroom Workflow Workshop Tour …

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Using XMP Sidecar Files to Sync Lightroom with Bridge and Photoshop Camera RAW

Lightroom is my preferred platform for viewing, selecting, editing and delivering images, but occasionally, I need to open images directly into Photoshop, or view a folder of images in Bridge. In either case, the XMP data is the key to making a seamless workflow for that kind of circumstance. This Lightroom lesson explains how to use XMP data to allow a synchronous interaction between Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop Camera RAW.

Using XMP Sidecar Files to Sync Lightroom with Bridge and Photoshop Camera RAW from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Don’t miss the Lightroom Workflow Workshop and PUG Tour coming to your city soon. We start in Pittsburgh in July and are traveling across the country throughout the rest of 2010. Go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com for more information and to book your seat now. Learn how to cut your workflow in half and get a lot of great gifts from our sponsors, including the …

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