Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Book description

In her long career as Product Evangelist for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Julieanne Kost has taught thousands of digital photographers how to get the most out of Adobe's digital imaging software, in seminars, presentations, and blog posts ranging from nuts-and-bolts tips and tricks to inspirational tutorials on creating sophisticated artistic effects. As Lightroom has grown into the premier image organization and editing tool for photographers, she is often asked by her students and other fans to outline her own Lightroom workflow in a book. This is that book!

Using her own stunning images as the starting point, Julieanne shares her working methods with the reader, starting from the initial idea for a photo project, continuing through planning and executing the shoots, and spending the bulk of the time describing the post-capture workflow: organizing the images in Lightroom, performing basic and advanced edits, off-loading images to Photoshop for special purposes, then packaging the project for publication and distribution as a book, slideshow, or web site.

Readers will reap the benefit of Julieanne's long and deep experience with both Lightroom and Photoshop as well as her refined artist's sensibility. The book deftly combines practical information about working with the camera and computer, but under Julieanne's guidance the practical is always presented in the service of maintaining and supporting the photographer's vision for the overall project.

There are other books on using Lightroom to catalog and edit images, but they tend to be general-purpose manuals that cover any and all types of images and uses. This book focuses on those techniques and workflows that Julieanne finds most useful for her own photographic projects; in this case a series of images shot from the window of a moving car going through a variety of landscapes at different times of the year.

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Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Phase I: Telling Your Photographic Story
    1. Chapter 1. Personal Projects: A Necessity
      1. Want to Do, Not Must Do
      2. Your Passion, Your Project
    2. Chapter 2. Fear and Risk
      1. Push Through Doubts
      2. From Failed It to Nailed It
    3. Chapter 3. Discovering Your Personal Project
      1. What’s Your Story
      2. Instinct and Intent
    4. Chapter 4. Finding Inspiration
      1. Don’t Get Too Comfortable
      2. Look, Then Look Deeper
    5. Chapter 5. Limiting the Scope of a Project
      1. Work Backwards
      2. Questions to Ask
    6. Chapter 6. Moving the Project Forward
      1. Write It Down
      2. Be Accountable
    7. Chapter 7. Perseverance
      1. Look In to See Out
      2. Pause, Don’t Stop
      3. Train Your Vision
  8. Phase II: Making Photographs
    1. Chapter 8. Being Prepared
    2. Chapter 9. Master Your Tools
      1. The Right Tool at the Right Time
      2. Fine-Tune Your Settings
      3. Open and Closed
    3. Chapter 10. Motion Blur Techniques
      1. Blur, Pan, and Stop Motion
      2. Rhythm Not Rules
  9. The Photographs: A Visual Interlude
  10. Phase III: Organizing and Editing Your Images in Lightroom
    1. Chapter 11. Organizing Your Workflow
      1. Organizing and Importing Images
      2. Customizing Lightroom
    2. Chapter 12. Editing and Culling Images
      1. The Edit Cycle
      2. Tough Choices Made Easier
    3. Chapter 13. File Naming, Keywords, and Important Metadata
      1. Renaming Conventions
      2. Enrich with Metadata
    4. Chapter 14. Making Collections
      1. Let Lightroom Do the Work
      2. Taking More Control
    5. Chapter 15. Sequencing Images
      1. Lead the Viewer
      2. Sequencing in Lightroom
  11. Phase IV: Transforming Your Story in Lightroom’s Develop Module
    1. Chapter 16. Removing Distortions and Correcting Perspective
      1. Remove Distortion Automatically
      2. A Matter of Perspective
    2. Chapter 17. Cropping
      1. When to Crop
      2. How to Crop
    3. Chapter 18. Dynamic Range and Histograms
      1. Dynamic Range
      2. The Histogram
    4. Chapter 19. Making Basic Adjustments
      1. White Balance and Tone
      2. Vibrance, Saturation, and Clarity
      3. The Point Curve
    5. Chapter 20. Comparing Edits
      1. Undo and the History Panel
      2. Comparing Versions
    6. Chapter 21. Advanced Tonal and Color Adjustments
      1. Targeted Adjustments
      2. Split Tone and Tone Curve
    7. Chapter 22. Removing Dust and Small Imperfections
      1. The Spot Removal Tool
      2. Retouching Larger Problems
    8. Chapter 23. Making Selective Adjustments
      1. The Graduated Filter
      2. The Radial Filter
      3. The Adjustment Brush
    9. Chapter 24. Sharpening and Noise Reduction
      1. Sharpening Basics
      2. Noise Reduction Strategies
    10. Chapter 25. Special Effects
      1. Vignette Options
      2. Grain for Effect
      3. Removing Haze
    11. Chapter 26. Automating Changes
      1. Previous, Paste, and Sync
      2. Presets
    12. Chapter 27. Converting to DNG and Saving Changes
      1. Why DNG?
      2. Saving Changes
    13. Chapter 28. Exporting Images from Lightroom
      1. Export Settings
      2. Reusing Settings
  12. Phase V: Post-Processing with Photoshop
    1. Chapter 29. Opening Files into Photoshop
      1. The Passenger Seat Plan
      2. Handing Off Files to Photoshop
    2. Chapter 30. Removing Imperfections in Photoshop
      1. Choosing the Proper Tool
      2. Removing Reflections
    3. Chapter 31. Making Selective Changes in Photoshop
      1. Selections
      2. Adjustment Layers
      3. Masking
    4. Chapter 32. Saving Files in Photoshop
  13. Phase VI: Presenting Your Project
    1. Chapter 33. Constructive Criticism
      1. Technique
      2. Composition
      3. Concept
    2. Chapter 34. Sharing Work with Others
      1. Share and Collaborate
      2. Ask Questions
      3. Write About It
    3. Chapter 35. Printing the Perfect Image
      1. The Print Module
      2. RGB or CMYK
    4. Chapter 36. Making Books in Lightroom
      1. Book Module Basics
      2. Modifying the Layout
    5. Chapter 37. Making a Slideshow in Lightroom
      1. Slideshow Templates and Settings
      2. Add Audio, Adjust, and Save
    6. Chapter 38. Backing Up Your Photography
      1. Backing Up Images
      2. Lightroom’s Backup Catalog Setting
    7. Chapter 39. Parting Thoughts
  14. Index

Product information

  • Title: Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Author(s): Julieanne Kost
  • Release date: December 2015
  • Publisher(s): Adobe Press
  • ISBN: 9780134278384