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Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop

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You’ve captured great images with your DSLR, now what? Jerry Courvoisier provides an easy-to-follow road map for importing, organizing, and editing your images using the best features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS3. The combined power of using both programs—automation with Lightroom and specialized processing in Photoshop—offers a complete and flexible solution for serious hobbyists and pro photographers alike. In this accessible and beautifully illustrated guide, learn about:

  • The essential DSLR gear, with suggested computer and laptop configurations, digital darkroom and color management setups, and best capture formats for your style of shooting.

  • General preferences and display options to customize and enhance your workflow.

  • The Lightroom 2 modules to effectively organize, process, and catalog your images.

  • Integration with Photoshop CS3, including making panoramas and high dynamic range (HDR) images.

  • Advanced Photoshop CS3 techniques to create stunning results: converting images to black and white, painting with light, selective focus, diffusion effects, layer masking, and special blending modes.

  • Loaded with tips and techniques from a seasoned photographer, including a pre-shoot checklist for camera settings, Courvoisier delivers a digital workflow system that allows you to spend less time at your computer and more time behind the camera capturing great images.

    “Jerry Courvoisier is, plain and simple, one of the best teachers of digital workflow and image management working today. He demystifies the digital world for both the beginner and the advanced user. For anyone shooting digital pictures, this book simply has to be on your shelf.”
    —Joe McNally, photographer and author of The Moment It Clicks

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
      1. Dedication
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. Introduction
    4. One. The Gear
      1. One. The Digital SLR Camera
        1. DSLR Advantages
          1. Lenses
          2. Sensors
          3. Other Advantages
        2. Megapixels
        3. Memory Storage Cards
          1. CompactFlash and Secure Digital
          2. Protecting Memory Cards from Damage
          3. Memory Card Readers
        4. Image Formats: Raw vs. JPEG
          1. Reasons for Shooting in JPEG
          2. Reasons for Shooting in Raw
        5. Camera Settings Checklist
        6. The Histogram
      2. Two. The Computer
        1. Choosing Your Hardware
        2. Setting Up Your Digital Darkroom Environment
          1. Your Monitor
          2. Monitor Color Calibration Solutions
            1. Step 1: Settings
            2. Step 2: Profiling the Display
    5. Two. Streamlining Your Workflow with Lightroom
      1. Three. Basic Concepts of Lightroom and Workflow
        1. Why Lightroom Is What It Is
        2. Naming Files
        3. The Six Basic Elements of the Workflow
          1. 1. Capturing Images
          2. 2. Transferring Images to Your Computer
          3. 3. Organizing and Sorting
          4. 4. Editing
          5. 5. Developing or Enhancing
          6. 6. Presenting and Sharing
        4. Tough Decisions: The Editing Process
      2. Four. Setting Lightroom’s Preferences
        1. General Preferences
        2. Presets Preferences
        3. Import Preferences
        4. External Preferences
        5. File Handling Preferences
        6. Interface Preferences
        7. Choosing Your Catalog System
          1. A Single Catalog System
          2. Multiple Catalog Workflow (MCW)
        8. Catalog Settings
          1. General Settings
          2. File Handling Settings
          3. Metadata Settings
          4. Metadata Formats
            1. EXIF: Exchangeable Image File Format
            2. IPTC: The International Press Telecommunications Council
            3. XMP: Extensible Metadata Platform
      3. Five. The Display Options
        1. The Five Rules
          1. Rule 1: The Module Picker
          2. Rule 2: The Panels
          3. Rule 3: The Filmstrip
          4. Rule 4: Important Key Commands
          5. Rule 5: Enjoy
        2. Workspace Overview
          1. Menu Bars
          2. Identity Plate Editor
        3. Central Image Display Area
          1. Grid View
          2. Loupe View
          3. Compare View
          4. Survey View
          5. Zooming
          6. Lights Out View
          7. Secondary Display
      4. Six. Importing Your Images
        1. Creating a New Lightroom Catalog
        2. Importing Images from a Memory Card
          1. Previews
          2. File Handling
          3. Backup To
          4. File Naming
          5. Information to Apply
        3. Importing Images from a Folder
      5. Seven. Organizing Images in the Library
        1. The Library’s Left Panel
          1. Catalog
            1. All Photographs
            2. Quick Collection
            3. Previous Import
          2. Folders
            1. Volumes
            2. Folders Panel
            3. Adding and Deleting Folders
            4. Renaming Folders
          3. Collections
            1. Simple Collections
            2. Smart Collections
        2. The Library’s Right Panel
          1. Histogram
          2. Quick Develop
          3. Keywording
            1. Keyword Tags
            2. Keyword Suggestions
            3. Keyword Sets
          4. Keyword List
          5. Metadata
          6. The Toolbar
        3. Editing Images in the Library Module
          1. View Options
          2. Flags
          3. Star Rating
          4. Image Editing: Round One
          5. Image Editing: Round Two
          6. Image Editing: Round Three
          7. Stacking Images
          8. Creating Virtual Copies
    6. Three. Image Processing with Lightroom’s Develop Module
      1. Eight. Adjusting Images in the Develop Module
        1. Overview of the Develop Module
        2. The Develop Module’s Left Panel
          1. The Navigator Panel
          2. Presets
          3. Snapshots
          4. History
          5. Copy and Paste
        3. The Develop Module’s Right Panel
          1. The Histogram
          2. Shadows and Highlight Clipping
          3. The Local Adjustment Toolbar
          4. Basic, Tone Curve, HSL/Color/Grayscale, and Split Toning
          5. Detail, Vignettes, and Camera Calibration
          6. The Develop Toolbar
          7. Before and After View Mode
      2. Nine. Global Develop Corrections
        1. Basic Image Adjustments
        2. Tone Curve Adjustments
        3. Hue, Saturation, and Luminance Adjustments
        4. Split Toning Adjustments
        5. Detail Adjustments
        6. Vignettes
      3. Ten. Local Adjustments
        1. Crop Overlay
        2. Spot Removal
        3. Red Eye Correction
        4. Masking and Local Adjustments
          1. Graduated Filter Tool
          2. Applying Graduated Filter Effects
          3. Refining Your Graduated Filter Adjustment
        5. Local Adjustment Brush Correction
          1. Brush Characteristics
          2. Applying Adjustments with a Brush
      4. Eleven. Exporting Images from Lightroom
        1. Color Information Management
        2. Exporting Images
          1. Exporting Files to Disk or CD
          2. Export Location
          3. File Naming
          4. File Settings
          5. Image Sizing
          6. Output Sharpening
          7. Metadata
          8. Post-Processing
      5. Twelve. Exporting Images to Photoshop
        1. Lightroom External Editing Preferences
        2. Photoshop Preferences and Color Settings
        3. The External Editor Round-Trip Process
    7. Four. Adobe Photoshop: The Digital Darkroom
      1. Thirteen. Simply Photoshop
        1. Assembling Panoramic Images in Photomerge
        2. Multiple Images as Layers from Lightroom to Photoshop
        3. Quick Compositing Separate Image Elements
        4. High Dynamic Range (HDR)
          1. Processing HDR Images
        5. Smart Objects
      2. Fourteen. Photoshop Adjustment Layers
        1. Creating Selection-Based Adjustment Layers
        2. Brush-Based Adjustment Layers
        3. Fine-Tuning Your Mask Adjustments
      3. Fifteen. Multiple Raw Image Processing
        1. Raw and the Paint with Light Process
        2. Raw and Smart Object Layers
      4. Sixteen. Layer Blend Mode Magic in Photoshop
        1. Multiply
        2. Screen
        3. Overlay
        4. Color
        5. Luminosity
      5. Seventeen. Photographic Effects with Photoshop
        1. Selective Focus with Lens Blur
        2. Diffusion Effects
      6. Eighteen. Black and White in Photoshop
        1. Seeing in Black and White
        2. Black and White Adjustment Layer Conversion
    8. Appendix
      1. Web Resources
        1. Camera Manufacturers
        2. Mail Order Photo Supply Houses
        3. Tripods
        4. Panoramic Imaging Resources
        5. Sensor Cleaning
        6. CompactFlash Cards and Secure Digital Media
        7. Inkjet Printers
        8. Tech Info Sites
        9. XMP Information
        10. Print and Web Publications
        11. Online Book Publishing
        12. Adobe Photoshop
        13. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
        14. Organizations and Associations
      2. Keyboard Shortcuts