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Mastering Lightroom for Nature Photographers - 100 Level (Essential)

teacher avatar Paul Hassell, Pro Wilderness Photographer

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6 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Paul's Lightroom INTRO

    • 2. CAPTURE - It all starts when you press the shutter

    • 3. STORAGE - Organization is key!

    • 4. IMPORT - The journey begins!

    • 5. EDIT - The fun part!

    • 6. EXPORT - Know what nobody else seems to know!

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What would you give to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Ansel Adams in the darkroom? To watch him wave his hand beneath focused beams of light as a reverse image of Full Moon over Half Dome burned into the paper's silver surface. No two prints would ever be precisely the same. He was as much an artist here as he was in the field.

As much as I love to keep my teaching focused on in-the-field technique and creative inspiration, at some point you have to address the other HALF of the art form. This is a course for wilderness photography enthusiasts dedicated to that other half of the craft. I hope this course is much like that experience next to Ansel might be. Except that in the place of a darkroom, we have a lightroom. Instead of Ansel, you have me.

I have been shooting as a professional wilderness photographer for the past 15 years. I've been published in Time/Life, National Parks, Nature's Best, and National Wildlife.

I'm a purist. I started my first decade in photography shooting with slide film. Photo clubs made sure you followed rules!

So, if you want the guy who will give 7,499 Lightroom presets to make your images look just like his (over saturated and artificial as they may be) then I advise you look elsewhere. This is for the aspiring outdoor photographers who wish to train their eye (and hand) at editing their RAW images with ease and joy. For those who wish to truly be artists in the room of light. And to do so with as much simplicity and organization as possible, so that you can get back outside taking pictures, since that's what caused you to fall in love with this in the first place.

I believe you will see that it isn't about having profuse knowledge of every possible trick in the book, it is about acquiring a skilled hand with just a few essential tools.

100-level 1st hour - The essential stuff you MUST know so that your digital life doesn't become a monster and try to eat you in your sleep.

200-level 2nd hour - This is the fun part. I walk you through recent images of mine made in the Southwest US demonstrating tasteful use of the essential tools you MUST know in Lightroom. I intentionally leave out plenty of tools for two reasons. One, I only use the ones that we cover here. Two, it does you no service to waste your time teaching you things you don't need to know.

This is everything you need to know and none of the other shenanigans.

See you inside the Museum of Art!

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Paul Hassell

Pro Wilderness Photographer


Paul has been published in National Parks Magazine, Time-Life, and Nature's Best. He has shot wilderness photography professionally for more than 15 years. For nearly a decade, he has instructed beginner and intermediate photographers on-location in Patagonia, Alaska, Africa and beyond, leading them quickly through the fundamentals of outdoor photography and launching them into the exploration of their own creative vision.

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1. Paul's Lightroom INTRO: welcome to Paul's non boring Light Room 101 And to a one course entitled Becoming an Artist in the Room of Light. This is everything about editing. You actually need to know to be a pro, and none of the other shenanigans all and two packed hours. Yeah, what would you give to stand shoulder to shoulder with Ansel Adams in his dark room to watch him wave his hand beneath focused beams of light as a reverse image of full moon over half dome burned into the papers? Silver surface No. Two prints were ever precisely the same. He was a much an artist here in the dark room as he was in the field. As much as I love to keep my teaching focused on in the field technique and creative inspiration, at some point you have to address the other half of the art form. This is a course for wilderness photography enthusiasts dedicated to the other half of the craft. I hope this courses as much like that experience next to Ansel might have been as possible . Enable lens profile corrections ready that just little warp on the sides fixed it to get here Let's look at all the things we get over here, except that in the place of a dark room, we have a light room instead of Ansel, you have me. I have been shooting as a professional wilderness photographer for the past 15 years. I have been published in time, life, national parks, Nature's Best and national wildlife magazines. I'm a purist. I started my first decade of photography shooting with slide film. Yes, photo clubs made sure you followed rules. So if you want the guy with 200,000 presets to make your images look like hiss oversaturated and artificial as they may be, then I advise you look elsewhere. This is for the aspiring outdoor photographers who wish to train their eye and hand at editing their raw images with ease and joy. For those who wish to truly be artist in the room of light and to do so with as much simplicity and organization as possible so that you can get back outside taking pictures. Since that's what caused you to fall in love with this in the first place, right? I believe you will see that it isn't about having a profuse knowledge of every possible trick in the book. It is about acquiring a skilled hand with just a few essential tools. The 100 level. That's the first hour we learn the essential stuff you must know so that your digital life doesn't become a monster and tried to eat you in your sleep. Been there in the 200 level the second hour. This is the fun part. I walk you through recent images of mine made in the Southwest US, demonstrating tasteful use of essential tools, you must know in light room, I intentionally leave out plenty of tools for two reasons. One reason I cover everything I actually use. Second reason is you don't need to learn things you don't really need to know. This is everything you need to know and none of the other shenanigans See you inside the Museum of Art, where you can become an artist in the room of light 2. CAPTURE - It all starts when you press the shutter: Here's out. Tonight starts if you want to ask Question. Absolutely. Ask a question. There is no law against asking questions. However, some people talk too long, right? And so if you're that guy or gal, I'm just gonna hold up this sock and I'm gonna have Markham put it in your mouth. All right? So if I even so much is reached for the sock, just get the Q and let's let's, you know, move on. But, you know, 30 seconds a minute, Yeah. Get your question out. Beyond that, the smart wool is smartly going to find you. All right, so let's get started. Fire up light room. Right. And that how we start? No. Here's how we start Light room. Wanna want is the boring part. We start with the capture, right? So this guy, right, this this looks like your camera doesn't work. So So it starts with the capture, and we could go through all of that, right? We want to have a lock down on a tripod. There would have everything controlled as much as possible. Sir. Creative vision comes through. So let's assume you did all that beautifully, right? You have a phenomenal image shot in what mode? Jay Paige. Rawl. What? What is what you should in front of my wears a shirt that says I shoot raw at all times. I'm not a, you know, crazy person for the avenue shoot raw. However, Um, for the sake of tonight, I am definitely going to say, you know, that's this. We're gonna move into the 200 level here within the hour, uh, shooting raw. And the quick version of the story is J peg is a compression format so that it is easier to handle. It's easier to zip over to your phone really quickly. It's easier toe throw to Facebook, J pegs. Wonderful. But for the sake of being incredibly artistic, we want to actually start with a raw file movinto light room. And then we tweak it and do all the fancy fund stuff like a fancy artist would, and the Knoxville Museum of Art. And then we exported as a J peg, which comes back to that easy handle Khandala ble format. Is that a word, buddy? All right, so here's Here's what I like to dio for whom is this the idea of the whole computer part the digital thing, getting in there and in a organized manner. Who is that kind of new for just a little bit. Okay. Kind of new. Wonderful. Glad you're here. I promise. I make this really simple. Come on. Come on. You want to say I just said if you do speak for too long, you put a sock in it. So here's the deal. You take the photo, then what happens? Take the memory card out. Right. I call him flashcards because they always work for me. They still are compact flash card. You'll see that in the language that I use SD card, mini SD, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. The idea is you have a photograph and it's on your digital roll of film. Then what? I mean, really, take taking through it. Been like a movie to computer. How do we get to the computer? Thanks, guys, is the right so there might be a slot in your actual laptop or your PC? Whatever it is, we won't have PC Mac worse tonight. I don't allow that. OK, afterwards, maybe Eric. And so we stick them every card in here. Then it comes into the computer and we've got a bunch of files that pop up, and, um, they look very simply like, Let's grab. All right, there we go. See that little consistency? Horseshoe bend. All right. They look like this, right? They're just these minor CR two files coming from Canon camera. Don't let this Don't Don't take notes on this, right with ideas. A raw file format. It will not end in dot jp g unless you shot in a J peg format. And when we take our break, if you're going, what in the world don't let us stress. Yeah, I'll show you on your camera if you brought it or if you didn't in one of my cannons, maybe a similar your camera show you how to set that and then you'll be able to move forward appropriately. Tonight they come in as a raw file. Here's the problem. If I click on that, I can see it. But I can't do much with it. Like it It's just not a handle herbal format. So, um, I got ahead of myself. What's the next thing that we're gonna do? We're gonna take those files and organize them in some capacity. All right, so that that sounds easier than it is. Right? So let's say you have on this drive 3. STORAGE - Organization is key!: So you have on this drive. Oh, by the way, did I put the photos onto my computer? I put my photos onto this guy, which is an external drive. Okay, So the concept is you never want to actually store anything on your computer. Um, because your computer will crash right or will break. Or, at the very least, it will fill up on space. Who's ever had that happen? Yeah, every hand went up from the road, right. So? So that's going to happen eventually. So you want to get the process of storing to these guys? I got 12 of them, right? And then eventually, when these air drop proof, these Lacey's I've done it. I once had some sort of spear. I think it was It went basically through it and stopped working. But other than that, they never stopped working there. Wonderful. Let's see, Rugged is the name of this one. So I travel with ease back up to that and then to a 2nd 1 while I travel in an ideal world . If not, you can kind of storm some rest. Let's do this right when you get home. Then you back this whole thing up to a big clunker. $80.1. In other words, cheap in this world that plugs into the wall. It's four terabytes or something. And then in the perfect world, really doing it right. So I've been back that one up to 1/3 drive, and that third drive goes somewhere else in different locations. So building blows up, you know, nuclear blast, whatever. My photos are great because they're out in Oak Ridge in a bunker. Not really, but put him at your mom's house, putting a friend's house, you know? Take him, take him somewhere else. Um and then you've got him. It's all about replication. Got that? That makes sense, right? But he's nodding. Yes, yes, But here's here's what I'm gonna recommend on this drive. Will you have other stuff other than photos? Some? Yeah, some of your going. No, no, never. It's photos, photos of my life. No, I got other stuff on here too. You mean this? It's personal, right? Get your taxes on here. You gotta let so. But what I'm showing you is that top left because the organization is important. Are my photos And can you can I see that right there. What it says is a flash card. The concept is this. I've done nothing to these photographs. It means they've come straight from my flash card. Nothing's happened to them. Some people I advised, the natural thing to them is raw. These air, my role files and they call it raw. Call it whatever you want to convey your name, but I don't recommend it gets that complicated. I want it to be just when you think of what is on there, name it that and use that forever. Never change it. I started with one underscore flash card. However long Digital started 10 years ago or so and I just haven't changed it since because it would get confusing. And that's the name of the game. Start with something and then don't Don't mess with it unless you have a really bad system . Start over tonight. All right. And, Betty, we've been through that right? You can reorganize import catalogs every places on that. But the idea of this basics 101 portion here is when I open that one flash flash card dates . So the next thing I do with in that folder by the way. Who needs to know how to make a folder? Michelle, You okay, so within one that slash flash card I hold down Control Click. Who knows on a PC what it is to get the new flow. So I write clicks the same thing. So on a Mac, if you have a mouse and you're not using a keyboard same things, right? Click. Excuse me. So I right click and you just see me click on new folder. Next thing I do wasn't put in the year 1st 2015 Underscore What's our date? 16. Ok. Oh, no one, right, 16. So the reason for that is they go nice and pretty. You don't put the year first all the sudden you got january this year right next to January the next year it gets really confusing. So do this. All I will say is, I'm not telling. You have to do it this way. I'm telling you, this is the way I do it. It's always worked and I've never had that headache. Awful cold sweat feeling. So if you have, then probably just start doing it this way. Um, what goes underneath my date My pictures, right? Wrong. The reason I don't just throw my raw files under that date is because sometimes I'll go to three different shoots in one day, Right? The 1st 1 was when my daughter was waking up. She's eating breakfast and had apple sauce in her face. So we go with new folder apple sauce, right? And I'm gonna put applesauce pictures under that one, then. Ah, son. Right. What should be really early. So that's backwards. Let's say I went to sunrise first, and then she woke up or she came to sunrise. That happens. So new Folder Sunrise on Foothills Parkway, Sunrise, Foothills. Right. Okay. And is that enough? It's up to you, right? Mark says it's not. You might want to say Sunrise, Foothills Smokies. Um, amazing, right? That maybe it's not a great keyword, but you get the idea, get a general descriptor. And then that evening, um, I went and photographed salamanders again, right? And, ah, it's a meet your neighbors processing M y en, um, salamanders don't use abbreviations like Sally's, um, salamanders, and I'll say Tree, mont. That's the organization have been working with, and so then see how it arranged it by alphabetically, I'm gonna click on my end. Premont dragged the images physically from this guy onto that folder. And are they going on my computer going right here? And then when I back out of this, it's nice and organized. Now, who's ever had Ah, had it where they're folders. Kind of like all over the place. You ever had that happen? Okay, all you got it. Hit is a command control or command option in the number one and they go by date. They're organized. Okay, There are other ways, once again in many different ways to do this stuff. But then the organized by date. So here's the important part. Have we gotten a light room yet? No. Can you do all this through light room? Yes. Yeah, You absolutely can't. Am I gonna teach, you know, because light room will burn up and obliterate. And there will be a new software. Hopefully not soon, but at least 10 years from now, we'll be using something else entirely under adobe related. Everyone's going. No, no, no. Um, yeah. You will. You be doing something else. And so the idea is, don't rely on the software to organize your life taking notes. Write that down. Don't rely on the software to organize your life. Have a manual system so that 10 years from now you still understand how it works once again . Do you have to use this? No, but I strongly recommend you don't go to a course and have an instructor set it up automatically in light room for you. You don't know how he did it, and then you just kind of plug him in and it organizes them. No, it didn't, cause you don't know where they went, and it backs him up. Where? That Where's the back up to the hard drive. Okay, show me the link. How did it get there? I don't know. Tom did it, you know? So that's why I'm going through this. This is just a fundamental And this is not the sexy stuff, right? This is the boring part, but it's really important Later when it gets confusing. Yeah. You doing? Dream on. You've been doing three months for several days, Correct? That's a project. Correct? You. How did you store that within your dates is by date so have multiple product three months project in December sorry to say it again. You find all your images, so it's a great question. So for that, we will be in light room, um, to locate stuff, but it forever. For some reason, I'm not in light room. Light room explodes, right? Like the whole company goes under or something. People hate the subscription model so much that they fold, Who knows? Uh, then, um, then I can go in by date. I generally I'm going to remember. I remember it being at the end of 2014 hours freezing cold. Yeah, his winner. Winner. You got it so I could do that right here. Good night. Right. So could I type in three months, right? And even the individual images that I've exported as J Pegs already, right. And they're my treatment folders right there. So that's just that's within a Mac. At least that's the search function PC. Where is it? Somewhere in Italy, with those folders. I'll also put the date on this folders. You tell if you have all the rulers of the treatment. Okay. So sure, sure. So in this case, these air, these three everyone's I'm gonna click on in here and then down below it in this general region, it it shows me where it's coming from. My those are exported in this case, but yeah, so it it's you get the idea. Personal preference? Absolutely. So So. Some people are gonna say Smokies images, and they're all under this folder And then, um uh, images from the southwest. And they're all under this folder. And the problem with that is you end up having a disaster within that one folder. A disaster? Yes, The Smokies image made it in there somewhere. But it's a disaster. And so what I'm trying to get you to do is just you end up remembering when things happen better, you get the idea, we move on. Okay, so once we've gone through from capture to storing them were step two. So we've stored them on an external drive. What do we do now that they're nice and pretty and neatly organized here? Back him up. They got back him up. I didn't get into the fun part yet, right? We're getting there. But I'm gonna back him up to another hard drive. And once it back up to another hard drive, can you go in the 3rd 1 Sure. Yeah. Absolutely. Because one of those is gonna crash. Life spans generally five years. You say that again, One of them is going to crash. And you go? Oh, no. I bought it. Just It's been five or six years now. It's going to crash soon. Okay, Run and back it up. And, um And then when it does crash, that's fine. Don't sweat it. Throw in the trash like every other piece of technology, Unfortunately, and then by the next one, and back up your second copy to that, and then you still have peace of mind. And if your computer explodes, you don't have pictures on there. Anyway, down here making sense so far, what's after we back it up to this guy and then back it up to the 2nd 1 Then what? What did your next? All right, so I'm gonna put him in the light room. Okay, so I click on light room. That's the start. Okay, so let's let's look at where we import stuff. Let's Ah, let's pull this in. So we goto file import. All right. See that everybody file import. Is that for important into your you got it. Okay, track. You got it. But you do a little bit manually, right? So I'm about to import their Or I could go down to hear this button right here and just hit import right there. Sometimes people like to know where things are located. File import. You will not. No. And so that's what we're about to do is I want to go and shoot a few frames today so you could see an example of the images coming in, But we're going to hypothetically. So? So here's that. Here's the advantage. Let's say it looks like this, um, on the bottom. This drive the letter, I I mean, I physically write it on their, um and so I'm doing that alphabetically. Multiple drives at this point, but this is I drive. So where do I find it? There you go. So I click the little the little triangle I do. I need to mess with any of this stuff. No, I guess was the very first folder is always going to the 1st 1 because it has the number one on it. I had the little triangle dropped down. Call is pretty dates. Just since August, and this one's about full, unfortunately, and we'll start a h i j. We'll start j soon. Okay? And in granite, Elvia say Okay, well, what if you wanted an image from three years ago? It's not on here, is it? While I got to be at the office, right, I can do everything that's recent on this one. That's right here in terms of actually working with the raw file. And that's all I knew. One terabyte and used to a 320 gigabytes, which is 1/3 of that was really expensive. And then 1/2 a terabyte 500 gigabytes was really expensive, but getting a little more affordable now, terabytes. 150 bucks or less for something like this, right? That's if you don't get it on some steel killer deal. I usually walk into them all to the Apple store and go, go buy it because it's always a last minute thing. You're never going well, I'll need a new hard drive here in the next three weeks. I'm gonna go ahead and order. Wanna get your Oh, crap. It's full, you know? And then you Russian. Yeah, I got a trip coming up or whatever. So, um yeah, just five person. But let's go 4. IMPORT - The journey begins!: Let's go, Teoh. Let's go to our most recent, uh, shot here. Let's go to Let's go to December. Let's click on. There we go. Ok, says that this is a really good example. Um, it's very small riding. I realize that, but that says Zion Canyon Overlook. That happened in the morning, didn't it, Betty? Um Then there is Ion hit an arch than yours. I on Colaba Terrace, Flora. So that's my daughter, Zion Colaba Terrorist scouting Zion Moon on Patriarch's I on tour begins. Um, so that was all day one of the tour. I was running around and Betty arrived. And so the idea is there a lot of images that day? Uh, but on that particular shoot or that particular morning, they're group together. And how are they group together like this? I'm manually did it. Remember that. All right, so just reiterating to make sure it's just making tons of sense within that date at multiple folders and I threw those images of the folders. Now 90% of the time, you're not going to do this. Let's just be realistic. You're not gonna do this. Well, let me just real quick. Let me just kind of pull him on it. Look at don't do that. I I wish it was that fun and that easy, but unfortunately, it really is worth taking five minutes to put to file them away properly. And then when you get to this step, it becomes fun. So I click on a Zion, hit an arch, and ah, and then all the images pop up right here. See that? Okay. Are they selected? No, they're not selected, Unfortunately, because I've already imported those particular ones. Let's see, for the sake of the sand and that's what I was gonna go delete him and then put it back. And let's not do it right now. The idea is they're gonna pop up here. Um, you can select certain photos or you just like all of the photos that will be the default option. And then in keywords, I'm gonna type in everything I could possibly think of that relates to that batch of photos Zion National Park and see how it will pop up. It'll ah, it'll pop up with Ah, Zion. Um, let's go. Toe Canyon. Yes, a canyon. You see how the words are popping up as I type. What else do we have, Arch? See the word? The word arches already in the system? Because I've tagged something else with Arch before. In this case, it's the's. Right. Okay, so you get the idea. I'm gonna put my name in there if you do anything on the Internet. Um, when we get the export phase, ideally, you have your little watermark. Perhaps if you want to do that, and you have your copyright all embedded in their, um so your information will be in the metadata. It's called on the Internet when it goes into cyberspace, and it's published illegally in magazines. Eventually you can come back to it and say, Yeah, hey, that's mine. And they go, Sorry. And that's the end of it. But in theory, they then write you a check, right? Oh, it's yours. And we didn't know. But if you don't go through that process, you kind of miss the boat. So one of the extra steps I do is just One of the key words I put in is my own name. Sometimes the year see, in 2014 pops up, and I'm just putting a comma between each of those words. Then the fun part I'll hit import. So they're gonna come in looking just like this, All right? They're all there, and you can talk all through him. I'm using my arrow keys to take a look at him. I want him to open up a little bigger, gonna hit a space bar, and then I can toggle through with my Roki and look at him all nice and easily, and then want to go back to the grid. It's very nice and convenient. Just hit G grid. All right, so I go to my grid and, um Then after I've done that, the next thing I do is what the next thing I do is I I create a stack, create a stack. So the the idea is this If you bring all your images in the light room even though you manually had them nice and organized, the problem is then got a 1,000,000 photos in there. And who has been through that before? You go like this. Good. All photographs. You go to this and you're going me naming here on your own nail nail. Now, now, right for like, a year through all your pictures. Well, White Room stinks. Is what I would say That's no fun at all. Yet so many pictures. It takes forever. My case. It doesn't. This is several years worth of information. I went through it really fast, but who's ever had that problem and any sort of stuff? They just They're going, they're going, They're going. They never stop. Right? So let's go back to everywhere we go. Oh, how I'm doing this, by the way, this sort of going forward and we'll come back to this. But there's a bunch of stacked images. After you had a stack in just a second, I'm gonna click on any one of the ones I want to work with. I go down to the very bottom of library. You just scroll through that and it says Folder, Zion, Hidden Arch. What's this click now? The only ones I'm looking at her in that folder. See that? And this is the folder system. Over here is 24 it says in that folder. So making sense so far? Yes. So that's a little side side note. That didn't matter that much. Um, here's where I get to do. I gotta stop him, so I select them all. That's command a right. Um What's that? What's on? Ah, PC Euro controlling So can control Air Command A depending on PC or Mac, You see out highlights all of them. Then I picked the one I really want to play with. So in my case, it's maybe that one right there. You can see I've started. I cared about it. Uh, control, click or right click on the one that I care about most. Then I go to stacking group in the stack while law. So what I just did is think of it like a library. Hence the name in a library. You have a lot of books. You have stacks that are related pairs, right? So that's all Children's books or it's all books on Lions. That one's all on tigers. That one's all on flowers, right? They're stacked. And so what I've done visually, this is all this does. This doesn't do anything for your organization other than visually. So when I go to all photographs, um, like I said, I've got a lot in there. There's 38,000 in there. Um and so when I got that all photographs. And then I looked through and I try to find that one visually that was at the top. There it is, right that wasn't that hard to find their it ISS and I hit Space Bar to see that image. Now, if I want to see all 24 I can click right there on the number 24 right down there or grid for G G's grid. Or I can click on it right there. It doesn't matter. But when I click now, I'm looking at all of those images. Those 24 images and what I've done is I've un collapsed the stack. So you're taking a stack of books collapsing them. But then, if you want to see what's in that stack spilled out on the table and you're looking at the whole stack of books, that's the idea that makes sense so far. Okay, any questions? Is that basically, like keep going album? Cosi. I don't use it that much. I'm usually like three times, but it sounds like it's like an album. And then yes, there you go. It's a great illustration album cover Exactly. So let's say let's use that language from my photo. So I've created a stack or an album using my photo. And then what I'm doing is I'm telling it, I want that one on top. And what is it called in my photo? It's called album cover. So what if I change my mind? I want that one to be the album cover. All I do is I click on that 20 of 24 right there. Click Now it's at the very beginning. It became my album cover. Now I click on that one of 24. Anytime I click on the very 1st 1 they all collapsed into a nice little stack. What if the ones I imported from later that day I want to see them? Where? How do I get to him? Where are they? School? Over here, the left and go to all photographs. There they are. There's later that day, right? And so by Stack, I'm just looking at the top of the top image of each of these stacks. The album cover essentially right, and so I'm visually able to see that's the best shot in the whole bunch in it. So I'm visually able to see what happened in a sequence, but I'm not overwhelmed by gazillions of images. Is that making sense? What's next? Next on the list is editing. All right, we're ready to do that now. How long does this actually take? All right. So I take the card out of the camera. I'm going to read. Repeat, Haven't had to use this year. That's nice. I take the card out of the camera, put it in here. Filing on here by date. And by subject matter, sometimes you have multiple subjects within that one date, right. Then I come into light room, I go to file import. There's import dialog is what is called it pops up. And within that, if, for some reason, your stacks air looking funny, they're looking like this. Where's my picture? Whatever you call this, you call it Tom or Lisa. Are frog or whatever you call it. Whatever you want. I have mined by alphabetically because I have other things by numbers and dates and things . So these air drives are alphabetical. I go and find I drop down, find the date and sometimes the reality is you will have filed improperly because I trained you. And then you'd actually didn't have time to pull him in the light room. And I've done that. I've gone through and I've clicked on a stack and then I'll click on this and go, Oh, man, all those came out piloted. Not in this case, but let's pretend they did. They came up, highlighted it. I never brought those in the light room, which means they're beautiful. Raul Images masterpieces sitting on an external hard drive somewhere. It's a digital shoebox, right? Used to story of four by six is from Wal Mart, you know, in the shoebox. This is a digital shoebox. They can get stuck there, but at least organized for crying out loud. So they're organized. But then then I go through a keyword. Did it anything that released those images And you say, Well, there's a frog in their you know, Let's say was, there's a frog frog. Um, and there's, Ah, turtle turtle in there. Well, when a shot, these at, let's say IMEs nature center. The problem is, um, you know, center, What have you done to it? The problem is, you say well, that was not of a frog that was thought of a turtle Is that concerning anybody? Yeah. Okay, So what we can do is go and just select certain images, right? Can select that one, and then go down whole shift and select the next one. And then we've selected a batch and then just keyword those individually. Why? I don't recommend that is this you won't do it. That's why. Will you actually do it? No. Because if you have a batch of 200 that's not a lot of pictures. That's gonna take a long time. Ah, that one is, um, you know, my child tilted her had left that 10 that's not of her at all. It's my my son. His name's George, and it just gets too complicated. So get the gist of it. In these key words. If you really love organization, you can do it all later to the ideas your just importing in things that kind of like a filter that air pretty much common to all. And then I hit import right down here in port. Right? So cancel in this case and come back and stack them right? So I have them all open. Let's say it's all of these and get an example. Folder. Boom. Okay, so I am all within this folder. I select all So command a I right click on the one I want to be a top of the stack. I select stacking group in the stack. The truth is, you have to see this about 15 times in a row before it really makes sense. And if you've already done it, great. We're getting to the sexy part soon, I promise. But if you've never learned this, you will have to see this about 15 times. You've seen it twice now. Um, so that's the point of the recording. All right, So do you. Gotta go. You gotta go home and do it. So take the notes that remind you of these steps. Um, anybody saying back to me, I won't do that to you, but let's just talk. Talk through it real quick. Car comes out of the camera. Flash card. SD card goes in here to go to the computer. Now goes to there. But the computer is in between. It's the vehicle to get into their We organize them by date than by subject matter. Then we get to play. We bring him in a light room, we hit import important dialogue box, Find the date, find the folder underneath that date, Click on it. They all pop up. Then I go over the keywords title. You know, Tom, comma birthday party, comma, whatever you want to call him, um, you know, Smokies, comma foothills come a parkway, you get the idea import, and then we go in. They showed up, all looking like this. We command air Select. All right, click stacking group in a stack and boom. They look like that. So that doesn't actually take that long, does it? It takes a little bit of explaining. Yeah, when you do the keywords and then import does that keyword all those keywords? All of it. You could go back later and lacking in individual ego will already have original. There you go. Good. Good work. Yep. So So here the keywords to this photograph right here. Keywords are moon moonrise, National Park, Upper East Canyon, Zion, Zion National Park. Um, you know, I I didn't do my own system there, so I need at least put my name on there. So I put my name on that one because I'm gonna use it. Whoops. Granted. Is that essential? No. It'll come in. That's another step later. But that was one I would have normally had My process. I don't know why. Um oh, in full moon. So let's do the word full. The word moons already in their great. So I added that one in there just to that one. Specifically, um, to this one. Let's see if we even have deer on it. Nope. See, I didn't have deer. Didn't matter to me that much snow. My favorite picture in the world. But if I'm going to use that, I want to make sure it's keyword it properly. Click on any one of these. Um, And there you go. I have gone back and done that. See it? Mule deer right there. Maybe I had it on that one too. I just didn't see it. Yeah, I did. Did I? Yeah, I did. So I didn't see it, so I had mule deer in there. But I did that after the fact. So I came in and I can I can click once that selects the 1st 1 of ah, mule deer in this case. And then I go down to wherever the end of it is. Hold down. Shift click again in that batch. Selects all of those so that when I go in there and I type in mule deer right here, it adds just to those that answer that question. Question. All right, so let's do the edit part. This is the fun part, right? 5. EDIT - The fun part!: This is the fun part, right? Right. Yeah. All right. So let's do this. So let's go. Let's grab that same set of of images. Where was it, Zion? Hidden arch. So these images right here now that I have to find him in that little vertical column right there? No, not necessarily. I go to all photographs right here and there they are. Visually, I like that. Were photographers, visual people. Somebody go in here and I'm going. Teoh, select the hidden Arch Pictures used the drop down. All I'm doing is I'm selecting the number 24 they go there they are slide out in that phone so I can hit space bar the right arrow key and kind of looked through him just like that. That's one way to do it. Let's do this to give it. Give you an idea of how I would edit a photo. Let's do this. We're gonna go to develop. All right. So the idea is libraries the organization, and then you pull one off the shelf, right? And you say, All right, I want to add it. This and that's only going to develop. So we're developing it just like in the dark room. This is the light room room of light. Put that back for all right. Get the idea. That's why we did it in library just for that moment right there. So let's go to don't look at what I'm doing right now. Just just don't even don't you pay attention. La la, la If you do want to know how to create a virtual copy to right click and go to this little guy called Virtual copy. What I've just done, though, is I created this image is now and two places there and there. Where's the actual raw file? That's always there. I've never actually working with the raw file. That's what's so interesting. These are just sort of overlays their mirrors of what's there. That's why Light Room's really need to show you the neatest thing in light room of all in just seconds. So let's go to the image that you saw a minute ago, which is that that's I edited. Images edited, edited, image, complicated. Um, this is the unedited version. See that? Okay, that's how it started, cause I created a copy of the original how it looked, and that's my finished image. What I wanted to show you is the coolest thing in all of light room. Ready? Copy. What I'm about to do. I'm going to copy all of the things I have done to that image file. Check off in this case will get advanced to the next course check. All copy when I go over to this image, which, for the sake of example, of course, is the same. Originally, I've done a bunch of stuff. Might have taken me five minutes, maybe 10 minutes on the long end. Happy paste. Wow, that didn't impress you then. You've never tried any editing software anywhere or you already know this. That's the power of light room. What if that change was the same for this image? Paste don't editing. Great. So But what if you have been under that? That's another key. You want toe learn? Because these air actually, my real pictures. I don't want to go confusing myself at it. Undo. Okay. And how did I do? Edit. Undo. Yeah. Control Z or command Z on a Mac. So let's go down here and let's say you know, it's the same morning. Same general area But, you know, I don't know if it's gonna be the exact same changes. Let's just take a look. Copy, paste Pretty darn close. It's in the right ballpark, isn't it? Uh, what I change. Um, see, right now, my screen there love it. So what would I change? I would see if maybe increased exposure just to touch, okay? And not my highlights Down just a little bit. Crease my contrast. Just a touch. And that's looking in the right ballpark right there. The idea is I didn't have to start from scratch at least. So a copy paste, a batch correction that I know it's gonna be pretty close. And then I can just tweak a few things and I'm in the right ballpark. So that is the neatest feature in all of light room. Now you say What if a shoot, Let's go to example, undo Command Z. Let's go. An example in the library. Let's pull something off the shelf where that one change will apply to the entire folder. Whoops. Getting disorganized looking all these pictures there in the way. What I do collapsed them. Just click right there on that one of 25 And now all that we see is what's on the top of the stack. Um, so let's click on. This is interesting. This is just the morning at a cemetery nearby. That's the one that's on the top of the stack is the only one I've edited because it was the one that communicated what I saw. However, let's go, command. See, Right in developed module, not in library. So see, I makes mistakes too, because I get going pretty fast and you know So the idea is I can't add it in library. So if you encounter that, go up to develop and I'm going. Teoh, What I simply want to do is, um open it up and develop. Here we go. Open it up in, developed a copy. All the stuff from that one, and then I won't apply it to image number two 34 Do I have to go? Copy, Paste. Copy. Paste. Copy paste. Yeah. So I want to select all of those and we click the 1st 1 Hold down the shift key. Click The last one. I'm going to select the ones that I want in developed area there highlighted and they haven't had any correction to them? Um, no changes applied. I'm going to right, click or control, click go to develop settings and paste the settings because remember, I copied the settings a minute ago. They will be saved until I hit paste. And what just happened is the subtle changes I made that very 1st 1 applied to every single one of these and that awesome. Now I might change my exposure slightly on some of these and that sort of thing, but this gets me in the right ballpark very, very quickly. So let's see what this image looked like before I pasted you See, that pasted my settings. It started like this and did like this. And if you want to look over here, you can see what's happening. So let's again go to import, which means how you imported it. So it's sort of the original Raul appearance, and you see all those things are nice and lined up because they're all in the middle now on . The sliders have been touched. We'll get to the sliders in just a moment. We hit pay settings, looking all the stuff that changed that awesome, and I took the time to do that on the 1st 1 that I look and I see. Is that perfect? Is that right? No. This guy right here, the fact that it's white shows me that this history ram is a little too far to the right. Somebody was Well, what? He's flying ahead. Okay, we'll get there in just a second. Um so the idea is I would just take this exposure down that far. No, it don't you Another thing. I know I don't have to just grab and pull that thing. I could actually just click on the numbers, use my arrow keys, go down and just incrementally ever so gently I can change the exposure. I just thought is slightly over exposed. And now I've gently made a correction. That kind of puts it back in the right ballpark. Right? See how my little white triangle of death just went away. So that's important. Once again, this is Ah, Washington. Let this wash over. If this is really too fast and too confusing, we'll get there. The sliders. Air fun. Thank you. That's true. So you can slide him just like this, Right? Um edit. Undo. All right, you get the idea to copy again. Studying. So just click on the photo is there, But, um is does anybody know of a button? I click on the photo. Okay, so you got a click on the photo. I like that one. Um, command See? Right. Brings it up, and that's gonna be my copy settings. Some access. Okay. We'll get into a little more events stuff real fast. So that's what I wanted you to know for sure about editing. Go ahead. So, for example, say you shot six friend's house and I hit that cop feature. Get moved. Distortion up straight. My walls and a plant exact same number, like 78 or whatever toe all of them in one room. Maybe end up like this. Correct. So I had to do the tweets. You just go to that room and then tweak that just little bit like you got it, right? Yeah. It's not, um, sensitive to know the exact photo, but in general, it's gonna get your clothes. Absolutely. Yeah. Yeah. It saves you. You know, the Photoshopped days. Meaning just photoshopped. No light room, each image. You gotta work on it. Each image is it separate story. Um, Now, if you just want to pick out one image and work on it, that's fine. But if you pick out one of the old but I like the other 972 it's not instantaneous but darn close to it. Maybe 10 seconds, depending on the speed of your computer and you're up and rolling again. Nice shoe comes in. Hdr Yeah, Somebody console that man s so Yeah. So do you use light room yet? Yes. Okay. So the paper? Yes. I take a picture of the white core. Great. Carter would have risked your life balance One for 20 photos that do you? I'm trying to make myself OK. Do you like it? The one answer to question his question was simply, Do I photographed a white card in between the photos to then compare the white balance and all that fancy shmancy stuff? It's just not worth it to me. To me, it's not worth it. So try it out. I say that with anything tried out, which is the first step. Most people never get around to trying it all. Go home and try all this tonight to write your like not gonna go. What? Watch a movie. Go to bed, you know, and that's fine. But just like anything, you gotta practice it. So try the white card thing, and then go over here and develop and click on, uh, auto white balance and see if you like the result of that just as much is that white card. And I'm going to guess it's going to just as good a job is that whole white cards feel, um, that's an opinion. So give it. Give it a shot. Exporting you with me Still. All right, we got 10 more minutes in course. Number one file. I love this image. I think it's perfect. And we're gonna go into the editing being an artist in the Room of Light Next. So stay. Stay tuned. But I'm gonna go into file export 6. EXPORT - Know what nobody else seems to know!: export right here. Okay, You're ready. Right there. Whoa. A lot of stuff. Scary stuff. Okay, She got a lot of stuff. I'm gonna close it all for the sake of the example you come into. You did a file export, and then this is what shows up. Just handle one step at a time. Like any anything. That's a little overwhelming. One step at a time. Export location. OK, don't go. Don't look down here and all this stuff yet. It's hard to read it from where you are. Is the truth in the back. Can you read what any of those words are? Okay, it's good to know. So this what this says is export location, and I'm going to select a specific folder. I click on this ice. It's a specific folder, I say. Okay, let's put it in the specific folder. Next thing down. Just handle one step at a time. I'm going to choose which folder I want to go into. Okay, That's a whole process in itself. But don't export them to your laptop or your PC or whatever it is. Computer system. At least I don't recommend it. If you got gazillions of tons of tons of space go for it. That's fine, because this is there gonna be a little bit of J pegs is what they're gonna be, and we'll get more advance in the next step in the next rob classier. Um, I'm gonna select I. That's my external hard drive, remember? And within I I might even just select ah j I might select the J Peg folder. That's convenient, isn't it? So it just is gonna be all stuff. That's J peg related. Click on it. And within that, you know, the last couple of months are gonna be folders within, um, the JPEG uh, within the J Peg folder. These air finished J. Pecs. Does that make sense? You do it a whole bunch of different ways. You could also on your external drive, you could have it could say within that Exxon Dr Assistant, choose and then you can put in sub folder treatment salamanders. They could be there, But the more you can create folders within folders within folders, the more organized you are. Everybody knows that from filing. So that's what idea of why I say first. I say choose J peg. So have a J Peg folder. I choose that. And then I put in a sub fold. It says Treatment salamanders. Okay, now I can also go over here. Click on I see, says I I could go to J. Peg. Um, and I can go Teoh create the folder here if I want to. It's the same idea. It's just trying to do it within light room. They want you to never leave, uh, over. Sorry way. Got it over. You got it? Yeah, I just want you know, I mean, it's physically there's there's a folder that's organizing the finished product, gaping about, put out. I could also treat my salamanders and then let's had multiple days up there. Click Treatment Salamanders Day One right? And then over here day to get the idea making sense. Okay, so let's let's fast forward and pretend I've exported J peg for day one Day two. Let's go back to light room, By the way, I'm backing. Set your corners to kind of swoop out of the way and stuff, and it's really handy. Um, so I'm gonna go in here, choose the tree Mont Salamanders folder. Okay, well, but there's not a Day three yet we're about to export Day three, hypothetically, choose put in some folder sub folder A three makes sense. Okay, That all is good as get that out of the way. File naming file Name is what's gonna be? I think the default Not sure Change it too much to know. But let's say as a default file name right here, it will show you the file name of whatever image I have selected in this case is that tree And the idea is you then can change that. According to these various options, I like to go with a custom name on original file number. So I'll go custom name, um, cemetery tree, and then it's going to apply the sequence number. So if I'm exporting a batch of 794 photos, it's gonna be one through 794. But at the beginning, it could be that name that's just nice and clean and makes sense who's ever gone through. You've gone to your finished images and ah, you've gone in, Let's say and you went here and you go, OK, let's rename. Uh, it's gonna be salamander one, and then you go over to the next one and you go OK sound, and that's going to take forever, right? So do it right on the front and let the machine work for you so that there is organized as you can get them. We're back to cemetery. Cemetery tree. All that looks good. Next step video irrelevant. Next file settings. What's probably the default PSD will get into the next section, but you could have PSD tiffs D and GS, especially if you're working with those. Anyhow, the original would be the raw file and exported as we're all files. Still, you get the idea. J. Peg, generally speaking, not for a fine art print. We'll get to that. But for the Internet, I start somewhere around in here, maybe 90 on the quality 90%. It's that subtle difference that makes it a little bit faster to load and upload and download and load. But it also is unnoticeable to the the trained eye. Even you're just not gonna notice that difference. So it's a good place to start color spaces. There's Adobe RGB, this pro photo. There's S RGB. If somebody prefers one of the other, I'll throw sock at you. Okay, so adobe RGB is plenty good, he says 1998 next to it. Who knows why? I guess that's when they started it. Image sizing. This is important. We'll get into this in the next section a little bit more. The simple concept is your choosing the resolution you're choosing, what with you wanted at if you had it set too long, edge on the widest with that making sense. That's if you want to resize it all. If you don't want resize it all, you want it to be 5300 pixels wide. If you're shooting a five d two or three or whatever, then you just hit uncheck that resize to fit button and, um, your often running so next. Output sharpening. You could mess with that. If you want, you can also not sharpen it and sharpen it. Later, we'll get to that metadata. So this is where you can have your copyright information applied automatically to the image pretty handy. If you hadn't done it on the import water marking, you can have a specific watermark applied to all of your images right away. Does that make sense? Pretty awesome. Let's in this case, not mess with it, and then post processing, you can have it do something. Like going to photo shop to work on it. Mawr, That's let's say do nothing. That's an option. Isn't it nice? And then we export. All right. You okay? Good question. Yeah. Your original images have never been touched. You got it. Those settings are like a separate file from it. So that when you do your export Yeah, I like to say it. Originals have never been touched. You got it. And that's the beauty of it, right? Because we're all ordinary, you know? We're photographers and we're obsessed. We got all the fancy gear, and we love you know, the that. It's it's in its pure form somewhere, but you're never gonna handle that. So it's just the idea of it's backed up from here to the other driving. Maybe that third drive right set your sister's house for mom's house, whatever as a raw format but the ones you actually gonna use and do something with our these J peg format images. And so that's why we got to get through this boring stuff as fast as possible to get to the fund stuff so that we can export beautiful J pegs put him online sharing with friends, etcetera. It's sort of like you've got your original images there. You did a ton of work in light room, and it's like an overlay. This is from my keyboard. It's like an overlay you created, you know, added a little, Let's see a little paint red paint here. Ah, little cooler blue paint here up the contrast on the whole thing. And then I place it over the raw file and go mushroom and I shoot up through that overlay my raw file and out pops A J Peg with all those changes applies, that makes sense. But the raw file never had to leave. It just went from projected light up through it. It's just like a dark room who's ever been in a dark room, right? You're projecting light through there, and then you're tweaking it and changing it and waving wands to dodge into burn. And then the end result is essentially like the J pick, the one you could handle and show people in that sort of thing. But the original Raul Negative is right there on the projection screens. I started playing something about that. Is that someday compact? Sure, Yeah, that's great. Yeah, she said. She said, You know why? Why did I ever edit it that way when you come back to it years from now and you can see right here on the left column all the changes that I applied to it so I can go to import, which is where I started. And that's how it looked. Not bad. Ryan Exposure was fine all that. But there are some things I wanted to do to it, and we'll get that in the next section. Let's put your hands together for phase one off this two part good stuff. We'll cover also, you know, um psd SJP take a five minute break. Grab some water outside if you want. Talk amongst yourself. I'll have arm wrestling contest where everyone. You