Lightroom Transformations: Realizing your vision with Adobe Lightroom plus Photoshop, First Edition

Book description

Photographer and digital imaging expert Martin Evening's guiding philosophy when editing images is to ask, “What is the point? Does what I am doing enhance the picture, or is it just artifice for artifice’s sake?” In Lightroom Transformations, Martin applies this approach to a broad collection of images, showing you how to turn ordinary-looking photos into hero shots—without using fancy montage techniques or wacky effects. By giving each image his own interpretation and explaining the rationale behind the choices he makes, he shows how you can do the same when processing your photos.

Focusing primarily on techniques using Lightroom and Camera Raw—but also with Photoshop—Martin demonstrates how to manipulate the tones and composition of images to create photographs that correspond to your personal photographic vision. Filled with before-and-after shots with detailed explanations of how to go from an ordinary image to an extraordinary one, the book illustrates what you can achieve using Lightroom or Photoshop as a creative tool to enhance the natural beauty that lies within your images.

  • Helps you pre-visualize the end result you would like for your photos, and provides easy-to-follow steps for simple edits to polish almost any image

  • Includes tips on shooting technique to improve your images in-camera

  • Demonstrates how to recompose existing shots to illustrate how a photograph could have been shot and composed better

  • Includes short videos that demonstrate some of the techniques discussed in the book

  • Table of contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Introduction
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Contents
    6. 1. What Makes a Good Photograph?
      1. What are you Trying to Say?
        1. Essential Steps for Optimum Quality
        2. Framing the Image
        3. Image Selections and Rating
        4. What’s the Story?
    7. 2. Optimize
      1. From Camera to Print
      2. Lens Aperture and Shutter Speed Selection
        1. Factors Affecting Lens Sharpness
        2. Fixing Camera Shake in Photoshop
        3. Lens Corrections
        4. ISO Setting
        5. Capture Sharpening
        6. Noise Reduction
        7. How to Remove Moiré Patterns
        8. Tone Capture
      3. Lightroom Raw Processing
        1. Calibration Settings
        2. Basic Panel Adjustments
        3. Applying Camera Profiles
        4. Secondary Develop Module Adjustments
        5. Exporting from Lightroom to Photoshop
        6. Photoshop Image Editing
        7. Color Management
        8. Print Output
        9. Print Module Settings
      4. Archiving your Work
        1. Where Are your Files Archived?
        2. Storage
        3. File Formats
    8. 3. Tone and Color Corrections
      1. Tone Range
        1. Levels/Exposure Adjustments
        2. Lightroom Basic Panel Adjustments
        3. Exposure
        4. Contrast
        5. Highlights and Shadows
        6. Whites and Blacks
        7. Auto Tone Adjustments
        8. Hard-Clipping the Shadows
        9. Setting the Whites and Blacks in a High-Key Image
        10. Clarity Adjustments
        11. Tone Curve Adjustments
        12. Basic Panel and Tone Curve Adjustments
        13. Reducing Haze
      2. Color Adjustments
        1. White Balancing
        2. Vibrance and Saturation
        3. Applying a Custom White Balance Adjustment
        4. RGB Curves
        5. Boosting the Color Saturation
        6. HSL/Color/B&W Panel
    9. 4. Dodging and Burning
      1. Why We Need to Manipulate Our Images
        1. How your Camera Sees
        2. Localized Adjustments
        3. Adding an Effects Panel Vignette
      2. Photoshop Adjustments
        1. Adding Masked Curves Adjustments
        2. Adding Overlay Layers
    10. 5. Recomposing Photographs
      1. Framing the Image
        1. Cropping
        2. Angle of View
        3. Content-Aware Scale Adjustments
        4. Upright Adjustments
        5. The Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
    11. 6. Blending Multiple Images
      1. Merging Photos
        1. Stack Mode Processing
        2. Creating HDR Images
        3. Creating a Panorama Photo Merge
        4. Photoshop Photomerges
        5. Blending Multiple Flash Exposures
        6. Removing Street Furniture
        7. Layer Blend Modes
        8. Focus Stacking
    12. 7. Black-and-White Conversions
      1. From Color to Mono
        1. The HSL/Color/B&W Panel
        2. Enhanced Black-and-White Effects
        3. Desaturated HSL Adjustments
        4. Adding Border Overlays
        5. Black-and-White Print Output
    13. 8. Retouching
      1. Painting by Numbers
        1. Spot Removal Tool
        2. Red Eye Corrections
        3. Portrait Retouching
        4. Hand-Coloring Photographs
        5. Selective Blurring
    14. Index

    Product information

    • Title: Lightroom Transformations: Realizing your vision with Adobe Lightroom plus Photoshop, First Edition
    • Author(s): Martin Evening
    • Release date: April 2016
    • Publisher(s): New Riders
    • ISBN: 9780134399119