Adobe Lightroom allows post processing and file management for photographers, It allows you to create catalogues and open any file into any partnered adobe app. Although Adobe Lightroom has issues when trying the clone tool or creating a HDR effect.
Importing to Library – When you import files to Adobe Lightroom, the files move from the left of the screen, to the right of the screen. On the left, you can select the source of your files, whether it’s your memory stick, or an external hard drive, or some other form of storage. Then, all of the available images for import will appear in the centre of the screen, and you select the ones you want. Then before you hit import, there are some additional options.
Renaming Files – The very first thing to do is rename the files.
This enables you to quickly find files. You can always rename the photos when you export them if you’re not happy with your initial naming. Under the ‘Apply During Import’ section, you have the option to develop your photos, add keywords, and copyright information. Under develop settings, this is where you can process the photos, using Lightroom presets , this will save time later on if you already know what you want to do to your photos. You could also use Lightroom’s own presets or you can create your own, or you can purchase other presets on the market. Finally, under Metadata, you can add in your own copyright information here.This will help if when people want to contact you.
Destination – Now you can select where your files are going to end up. Your Lightroom library is in your pictures folder. Simply navigate to this folder, and create a subfolder, using a sensible name. When you’re all done, hit import, and you will soon be ready to develop your photos.
Develop Mode – This is where you can do most of you’re editing, and Lightroom makes it easy for you to get through my photos quickly once you get the hang of it. On the left you have your presets, and on the right, is the develop options. In this first tab, you can make all of your initial major adjustments such as crop, spot removal, red eye reduction, graduated filter, my favourite tool to use is the adjustment brush it makes it really easy to select parts of the image and adjust things such as exposure this is where photoshop lacks.
Basic Developing – you can move onto basic developing. The first thing you can do is turn your photo into black and white, or keep it in colour. If you choose to keep the photo in colour you can then adjust the white balance. Then you can adjust settings such as exposure, contrast, highlights and lowlights, clarity, vibrance and saturation. You can take things further such as curves, colour saturation, and split toning, but these adjustments are usually much more subtle, so you can have a play with them yourselves.
Detail Editing – Sharping, Noise Reduction, to clean up your photo, you can make them sharper. The sharpening controls are really good in Lightroom. I used this in this project as with many of my photos i wanted to make the images seem aged. Underneath sharpening, is noise reduction. When you sharpen an image, the noise is going to stand out more, and when you reduce the noise, you’re softening the photo.
Lens Correction, This is one of my favourite functions of Lightroom, because it allows me to remove chromatic aberration. The reason chromatic aberration occurs is because of a small fault within the lens.
Exporting – When you’re finally happy with your photos, you can export them from Lightroom. To export, go to File>Export, Export location, Select where you want the photos to go, and create a new subfolder if you need to.
Metadata – You can now choose which metadata you want to be attached to your photo when you export it. If you’re putting your photo somewhere where you would like to remain anonymous, then you can remove all of the information.
We where asked to design the Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon album art. Below i have created a step by step process on how I created the design.