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The Enthusiast's Guide to Lightroom

Book Description

If you’re a passionate photographer and you’re ready to take your work to the next level, The Enthusiast’s Guide book series was created just for you. Whether you’re diving head first into a new topic or exploring a classic theme, Enthusiast’s Guides are designed to help you quickly learn more about a topic, subject, or software so you can improve your photography.
The Enthusiast’s Guide to Lightroom: 55 Photographic Principles You Need to Know teaches you how to get the most out of Adobe Lightroom. Chapters are broken down into a series of numbered lessons, with each lesson providing what you need to get started on your journey to harnessing Lightroom's power in order to organize, process, and share your images. In this book, which is divided into 7 chapters that include 50 photographic lessons to help you conquer Lightroom, photographer and author Rafael "RC" Concepcion covers organizing, importing, developing, outputting, and sharing your images with Adobe Lightroom.
Written in a friendly and approachable manner and illustrated with examples that drive home each lesson, The Enthusiast’s Guide to Lightroom is designed to be effective and efficient, friendly and fun. Read an entire chapter at once, or read just one topic at a time. With either approach, you’ll quickly learn a lot so you can confidently dive into Lightroom and create stunning images.

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Get Organized
    1. 1. What Is the Lightroom Catalog?
    2. 2. The Difference Between Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile
    3. 3. Importing Pictures from an SD Card
    4. 4. Importing a Folder of Images into Lightroom
    5. 5. RAW or DNG—It’s Your Choice
    6. 6. Pick, Rank, and Sort Images
    7. 7. Iterative Culling in Lightroom
    8. 8. Viewing and Comparing Images
    9. 9. Making Collections in Lightroom
    10. 10. Making Collection Sets in Lightroom
    11. 11. Cascading Edits and Virtual Copies
    12. 12. Adding Keywords to Your Images
    13. 13. Adding Titles and Captions to Your Images
    14. 14. Syncing Your Collection Online
  2. Chapter 2 Developing Your Image
    1. 15. Adjusting White Balance
    2. 16. The Powerful Four—Exploring the Basic Panel
    3. 17. Managing Blacks and Whites in an Image
    4. 18. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
    5. 19. Managing Hue, Saturation, and Brightness
    6. 20. Making a Black-and-White Image
    7. 21. Creating Duotones and Tinted Images
    8. 22. The Lowdown on Detail and Noise Reduction
    9. 23. Cropping Your Image
    10. 24. Local Adjustments to Make Great Images Better
  3. Chapter 3 Next-Level Editing in Lightroom
    1. 25. Spot and Blemish Removal
    2. 26. Creating HDR Images
    3. 27. Creating Panoramic Images
    4. 28. Lens Correction and Guided Transformation
    5. 29. Stacking Effects
    6. 30. Synchronizing Your Settings with Other Images
    7. 31. Creating Lightroom Presets
  4. Chapter 4 Sharing Your Images via the Slideshow Module
    1. 32. Organize Your Images in a Collection First
    2. 33. Changing the Slideshow Layout and Color Settings
    3. 34. Adding Overlays to Your Slideshow
    4. 35. Adding Music and Adjusting Transitions
    5. 36. Exporting Your Slideshow as a Video or PDF
  5. Chapter 5 Creating a Book in Lightroom
    1. 37. Exploring the Book Layout Options
    2. 38. Managing Pages and Inserting Pictures
    3. 39. Creating Two-Page Spreads and Modifying Backgrounds
    4. 40. Creating Custom Page Templates
    5. 41. Creating a Custom Auto Layout
  6. Chapter 6 Printing Images
    1. 42. Setting Print Preferences
    2. 43. Choosing a Paper—Like Wine Pairing for Photography
    3. 44. Print Resolution
    4. 45. Get the Best Color with an ICC Profile
    5. 46. Soft Proofing Your Images
    6. 47. Creating Custom Print Templates
  7. Chapter 7 Forgotten Modules and Maintenance
    1. 48. Using the Web Module
    2. 49. Using the Map Module
    3. 50. Enabling the People Feature in Lightroom
    4. 51. Managing Lightroom Backups
    5. 52. Using Smart Collections
    6. 53. Finding Missing Files and Folders
    7. 54. Creating Smart Previews in Lightroom
    8. 55. Exporting and Importing Catalogs