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Photoshop Lightroom Adventure

Book Description

This beautifully illustrated and eminently practical book is the first to offer a complete tour of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.2, the integrated digital photography workflow application that allows serious photographers to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of digital images. Augmented by photos and case studies from a demanding road test in Iceland, award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland explains how Lightroom 1.2 can improve the way you work. After watching -- and often helping -- Adobe create Lightroom entirely from the ground up, Aaland (author of Photoshop CS2 RAW) was ready to see how well it would do in the field. He organized a group of 12 top-notch photographers for a trek to "Nature's Light Room", the pristine Icelandic landscape where each summer day is bathed in 22 hours of horizontal light -- and where the only studio was Lightroom on a laptop. In Photoshop Lightroom Adventure, Aaland uses hands-on knowledge from the trip to demonstrate how Lightroom 1.2 can help you create the best possible image under any conditions. This unique tutorial walks you step-by-step through Lightroom's:

  • Library module for uploading, sorting, tagging, ranking and adding keywords to your images

  • Develop module with Adobe Camera RAW for complete non-destructive color and tonal adjustments

  • Slideshow module, where you select and size images, and export the show to HTML, Flash, or PDF formats

  • Print module, which includes several templates for printing contact sheets or full images

  • Web module, where you can create Flash or HTML web galleries

With many gorgeous examples shot in the soft natural light of Iceland, this book lets you see the results for yourself. Mikkel Aaland's trademark ability to teach complicated topics on digital imaging with straightforward, easy-to-follow text makes this book a valuable learning tool for anyone serious about digital photography. This is not an update of previous Lightroom versions, but the first book that's completely up-to-date for Lightroom 1.2.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dedication
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
  6. The Adventure Team
  7. The Lightroom Workspace Revealed
    1. Lightroom Modules
    2. Organizing the Lightroom Workspace
    3. Creating Identity Plates
  8. Importing Images into Lightroom
    1. Importing Images into Lightroom
    2. Import Photos Dialog Options
    3. Creating & Using Watched Folders
  9. Using the Library Module
    1. The Library Module Revealed
    2. Creating & Applying Keywords in the Library Module
    3. Using the Metadata Pane
    4. Editing a Day's Shoot in Iceland
    5. Using Virtual Copies to Create Multiple Versions
    6. Creating & Using Stacks
    7. Using Quick Develop
  10. The Develop Module
    1. The Develop Module Revealed
    2. Develop View Options
    3. Cropping in Develop Module
    4. Retouching Tools in Develop
    5. Noise Reduction
    6. Sharpening the Way You Like it
    7. Lens Corrections
  11. Develop Great-Looking Photos
    1. Evaluating Tonal Distribution & Color
    2. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Basic Tone Controls
    4. Tone Curve for Advanced Control
  12. Color-Tuned Photos
    1. Controlling Vibrance & Saturation
    2. Adding Clarity
    3. The HSL Color Pane
    4. The Split Toning Pane
    5. Color Calibrating Your Camera
  13. Black and White and Special Effects
    1. When to Convert to Black and White
    2. Basic Black and White Conversion
    3. Using Grayscale Mix for More Control
    4. Adding a Color Tint
    5. Getting a Cross-Processing Look with Split Toning
    6. Pushing the Boundaries with Special Effects
  14. Develop Recipes from Iceland
    1. Michael Reichmann Recipe: Controlled Toning
    2. Richard Morgenstein Recipe: Mixing Light
    3. Angela Drury Recipe 1: High Drama
    4. Angela Drury Recipe 2: A Cibachrome Look
    5. Angela Drury Recipe 3: An Antique Look
    6. Maggie Hallahan Recipe: High Key
    7. Martin Sundberg Recipe: The Velvia Look
    8. Jóhann GuÐbjargarson Recipe: The Bergman Look
    9. Mikkel Aaland Recipe: Oz Colors
  15. Exporting Files
    1. Exporting Revealed
    2. Editing in Photoshop and Other Applications
    3. Saving Metadata to the Original File
  16. Lightroom Slideshows
    1. The Slideshow Module Revealed
    2. Real World: Creating the Adventure Slideshow
    3. Using Metadata and Custom Text for Slideshow Captions
    4. Exporting to a PDF Slideshow
    5. Creating a QuickTime Slideshow
  17. Power Printing
    1. The Print Module Revealed
    2. Selecting & Printing a Single Full-Page Image
    3. Adding Text to Prints
    4. Printing Multiple Images
    5. Lightroom Color Management
  18. Creating a Web Gallery
    1. The Web Module Revealed
    2. Customizing a Web Gallery
    3. Adding Text to Web Galleries
  19. About the Author
  20. Colophon
  21. Index