Knowing how to use Lightroom 5 will totally enhance all your post production needs to have the best photographs for any situation.
Lightroom Training Video
When it comes to using editorial software to produce the final finish to your photographs, there are some excellent choices to choose from to create the best finish on your photos. My personal choices are with Adobe and Corel only because these are the ones I have used the most.
The point is you can use what you’re comfortable with in most cases. Each photo editing software package has there pros and cons and today we are just going to go over what can be done using one. If you use a different editor the concepts are the same, just a different layout generally and some features may or may not exist. You may be using a free or open source software package that you like. Either way that’s fine, it’s all about enjoyment and having your photos the best they can be for you.
For the sake of this post, I’m going to be referring to Adobe Lightroom 5. I have a detailed set of videos that will cover Lightroom from beginning to end. Like most editors you will have some main modules such as:
The main one that everybody likes to use and concentrate on after loading in their photographs is the Develop module to start modifying their photos. Most people don’t care about the map, book and slideshow as much but usually the second most important one is the library module.
I would like to take this time and mention the video is with Anthony Morganti where he is using RAW photos and the pictures I am displaying and not JPEG. You can check out this post “RAW vs. JPEG images” if you’re not familiar with the difference between the two.
So to get started the first photo below will show you a typical raw file, in this case, a beach line overlooking the ocean with a lifesavers chair just of the centre to the left as an unprocessed raw file.
From this picture, you also get a screenshot of what the desktop area of Adobe Lightroom 5 looks like. You can see that there are panel bars on each side of the image showing a list of clickable functions. You also have the ability to click the panels to close them off. That will give you a larger viewing area of your photograph under processing.
In the right panel is where you will find your toolbar containing all the key options you will use for processing your images.
- Cropping Tool
- Spot Removal
- Red Eye Removal Tool
- Graduating Filter
- Radio Filter
Also on this panel you will have a drop down menu for Lens Correction Tool that Lightroom 5 has profiles built in for camera models and type and lenses for correction. With this, you can correct for the lens distortion, barrel distortion, etc. from known equipment by the simple click of buttons.
You have the ability to remove and clean up the chromatic aberration captured on images that contain objects like poles etc. that end up showing colour fringes along the edge such as red, purple, green caused by the lens. This symptom tends to be more predominate in a dark area of a picture rather than in brighter areas.
With the control buttons, you use for adjusting changes to your photos you can simple double click for control resets from previous use and start rendering your new photo. These controls will allow plus or minus effects to increase or decrease picture attributes when working on your photos.
This next photo below is the same as the one above but this time it has been processed using the different controls and functions available with Lightroom. Notice the difference between the two and that is with these low-resolution photos for this website. Real before and after photos from your camera on your computer are far superior in quality than what you see here.
Basic module colour balance will give you access to controls to manipulate different features of your photos. You can set your sliders so when your working on landscapes, you take the shadows control all the way up which will open up all the dark areas in your photo.
Crop tool shows the rule of thirds on your screen, but you can change it to different patterns for where and how you what to set up for your focal point. From there you can use various features to make multiple adjustments to the appearance of your photo.
With the Spot Removal tool, you can quickly remove something or even someone that may be in the distance that you no longer want in the picture then, replace them with a sample spot to make it disappear.
Red Eye tool for people that have red eyes in any of your shots can easily be removed to regain a proper photograph of the person or people in the picture.
With the Graduating Tool to change from any angle approach for the variation or degree of shading will quickly set the mood from washed out, to warmth or vibrant colour placed back into your photos.
Radio button works something like a flashlight, spotlight to highlight an area on a photo where you may want to emphasise an area better or less than what the original picture is trying to portray.
The Brush tool can be changed in size so you can highlight or darken in an area or parts of your photo to manipulate or mainly make corrections for the look of your finished picture.
You can also eliminate sensor dust with the Spot Removal tool by sizing over the spot to delete it out and replace it with a sample from a localized spot of similar appearance to insert as a patch.
Immediately below I have included a side by side shot of a before and after image showing a raw photograph that is unprocessed to the finished processed stage.
Lightroom uses an import button and media auto-detect that allows it to sample your images of the memory card before you import your images that are non-evasive before loading. Importing raw photos does give you more options to create that perfect post production photograph with all the extra controls and functions Lightroom offers.
Lightroom also works on JPEG format pictures as well. Lightroom 5 and most other editing software will work on both types of picture files. You simply get more power working with RAW over JPEG. Your camera has already processed all your jpeg images from your camera. That’s why you can share, print jpegs right away while your raw photos need to be processed with a photo editing software first.
So take the tour on the Lightroom training video that will take you from beginning to the end on how to create great post production photos for all your photographic needs.
” Hi once again, I’m Travis Smithers author of Say It With Photographs where you will find tutorials on photography, editing software, cameras and accessories. The use of post production equipment and their operation to the creation of fantastic gifts for you, friends and family, enjoy. Comments and questions always welcomed here!”