Teach Yourself Lightroom

Teach Yourself Lightroom


Complete guide to Lightroom on sale now! 223 pages of photo-editing tips and advice written by experts This new edition is fully updated and revised with even more helpful techniques.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 8.05

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publish with lightroom mobile

Watch video www.bit.ly/pmz66video As well as enabling you to sort your shots and overcome problems with colour, tone and composition, Lightroom Mobile is geared up to let you share your photographs with friends, family (and followers) in a variety of ways. If you want to make a presentation from your iPad’s screen (to a client at a wedding fair for example), then you can set up a slide show in a few taps, and even add animated transitions between each shot. If you’re under pressure to keep your Twitter feed updated with a constant flow of new content, Lightroom Mobile will resize a photo automatically to suit Twitter’s requirements and upload it to your Twitter account. You can also add your Lightroom Mobile processed pictures to newsletters or present them as slick-looking blogs,…

2 min.
trigger a camera

If you do a lot of studio-based shooting then you may find it useful to connect your camera directly into your laptop or desktop computer via a USB cable and import each photograph straight into Lightroom’s Catalog as you trigger the camera’s shutter. By tethering the camera to your computer and running Lightroom you can streamline the production stage of your workflow, because you won’t need to import a large batch of photos from a memory card later on. Looking at an imported photograph on a laptop’s larger screen or a monitor means that you can immediately spot problems such as a lack of focus more easily than you could if you were looking at the same photo on the camera’s smaller LCD display. This gives you the opportunity to adjust…

3 min.
working with lightroom mobile

Watch video www.bit.ly/pmz66video On the previous spread we created our first collection in Lightroom Mobile by importing photographs captured with a smartphone or tablet. By default the collection is called My Tablet Photos, but you can re-label the collection in Lightroom Mobile by tapping the three white dots at the bottom-left of the collection’s cover photo. This reveals a list of commands including Rename. You can also rename the collection after it has been synced to Lightroom on your desktop. Go to the Collections panel in the Lightroom Library module and right-click the My Tablet Photos collection label. Choose Rename from the context-sensitive pop-up menu that appears. If you rename the collection in one version of Lightroom, the name change will automatically be updated in the other. As well as syncing photos…

4 min.
publish photos with book

With thousands of photos cluttering your Lightroom Catalog, it’s likely that only a small percentage will be seen more than once in the Loupe view, while others will be scrolled past as space-saving thumbnails. A few of your favourite images may be printed, as we demonstrated in the previous chapter. Our final chapter is all about getting your best photos seen, and Lightroom has four modules designed to make that happen. As well as making individual prints using the Print module, you can share multiple printed images in photo books, courtesy of the Book module. A book full of photographs (such as a wedding album) will be seen much more often than a digital collection in Lightroom’s Catalog because of its more tangible nature. Lightroom’s Book module is packed full of…

2 min.
get a better perspective

Most buildings have vertical walls at a 90-degree angle from the ground. However, in photographs the walls often appear wider apart at the ground, but tilt inwards towards the top. These converging vertical lines are created by perspectival distortion. Tilting your camera to get the top of the building into the photo when shooting up close increases this distortion, as does using a wide-angle lens to fit the sides into the frame. To avoid these converging vertical lines, you could try shooting your subject from a more distant (or higher) vantage point, so you no longer need to tilt the camera upwards. This will help the subject’s walls run parallel with the edge of the frame. Alternatively, you could buy a specialist tilt-shift lens that counteracts the converging verticals as you shoot. As…

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the histogram

The histogram window is one of the most useful tools in the Develop module. The histogram graph performs a similar function to the medical chart clipped to a hospital patient’s bed. Just as a doctor or nurse can use a chart to help diagnose the health of a patient, we can look at the shape of a photo’s histogram graph to see if the image is under- or over-exposed. We can also use Lightroom’s histogram window to help us create an image that has a healthier spread of tones that displays more detail in its shadows, midtones and highlights. In the walkthrough below we’ll show you how to analyse a histogram so that you can understand how parts of the undulating graph equate to a photo’s tonal characteristics. Our TYLR04.dng starting image…