Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Mastering Adobe's Next-Generation Tool for Digital Photographers

Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Mastering Adobe's Next-Generation Tool for Digital Photographers

by Mikkel Aaland


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596100995
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Mikkel Aaland is an award-winning photographer and the author of nine books, including Photoshop CS2 RAW (O'Reilly 2006), Shooting Digital (2nd edition, Sybex, 2006), Photoshop Elements 4 Solutions (4th edition Sybex/Wiley, 2006), Photoshop for the Web, 2nd edition (O'Reilly, 1999), Still Images in Multimedia (Hayden, 1996), and Digital Photography (Random House, 1992). Since 2001 Aaland has been a regular guest on G4's Call For Help TV Program with Leo Laporte. In 2003 he was a guest columnist for In 2004, Shooting Digital was named the best "Digital Photography" book of the year by the Designer's Bookshelf.

Aaland's documentary photographs have been exhibited in major institutions around the world, including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the former Lenin Museum in Prague. In 1981 he received the National Art Directors award for photography. He has contributed both text and/or photography to Wired, Outside, Digital Creativity, American Photo, The Washington Post, and Newsweek, as well as several European publications.

Aaland has been a pioneer in digital photography, an interest that dates back to a 1980 interview he conducted with Ansel Adams. When Aaland asked Adams what he would be pursuing if he were just starting out, Adams discussed at length his fascination with digital photographs of the planets. Aaland has pursued this new technology since its infancy. During the 1980s he reported on digital photography as west coast editor of the Swedish FOTO magazine, and wrote a column on the subject for American Photographer magazine. Aaland is one of the few orginal Adobe Lightroom's alpha and beta user, and he served as an unpaid advisor on the project for over a year.

Table of Contents

Foreword     xi
Introduction     xiii
The Lightroom Workspace Revealed     1
Lightroom Modules     2
Organizing the Lightroom Workspace     10
Creating Identity Plates     18
Importing Images into Lightroom     21
Importing Images into Lightroom     22
Import Photos Dialog Options     26
Creating & Using Watched Folders     40
Using the Library Module     43
The Library Module Revealed     44
Creating & Applying Keywords in the Library Module     59
Using the Metadata Pane     61
Editing a Day's Shoot in Iceland     66
Using Virtual Copies to Create Multiple Versions     75
Creating & Using Stacks     76
Using Quick Develop     80
The Develop Module     85
The Develop Module Revealed     86
Develop View Options     92
Cropping in Develop Module     96
Retouching Tools in Develop     101
Noise Reduction     106
Sharpening the Way You Like it     109
Lens Corrections     115
Develop Great-Looking Photos     119
Evaluating Tonal Distribution &Color     120
Adjusting White Balance     126
Basic Tone Controls     132
Tone Curve for Advanced Control     138
Color-Tuned Photos     147
Controlling Vibrance & Saturation     148
Adding Clarity     150
The HSL Color Pane     154
The Split Toning Pane     160
Color Calibrating Your Camera     162
Black and White and Special Effects     167
When to Convert to Black and White     168
Basic Black and White Conversion     174
Using Grayscale Mix for More Control     176
Adding a Color Tint     182
Getting A Cross-Processing Look with Split Toning     186
Pushing the Boundaries with Special Effects     188
Develop Recipes from Iceland     193
Controlled Toning     194
Mixing Light     198
High Drama     202
A Cibachrome Look     206
An Antique Look     210
High Key     214
The Velvia Look     218
The Bergman Look     220
Oz Colors     224
Exporting Files     229
Exporting Revealed     230
Editing in Photoshop & Other Applications     240
Saving Metadata to the Original File     246
Lightroom Slideshows     253
The Slideshow Module Revealed     254
Real World: Creating the Adventure Slideshow     262
Using Metadata and Custom Text for Slideshow Captions     268
Exporting to a PDF Slideshow     270
Creating a QuickTime Slideshow     271
Power Printing     275
The Print Module Revealed     276
Selecting & Printing a Single Full-Page Image     282
Adding Text to Prints     288
Printing Multiple Images     290
Lightroom Color Management     296
Creating a Web Gallery     301
The Web Module Revealed     302
Customizing a Web Gallery     310
Adding Text to Web Galleries     318
Index     323

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