Saturday, March 22, 2014

Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide

Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide

Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide

Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide
PDF ebook with video tutorials
87 double-page spreads
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“I’m absolutely loving everything about your book! It’s fantastic on all fronts.
And your videos are a gigantic bonus; extremely helpful. I love the clarity of your instructional style.”
— Chris Dierdorff

Here it is! My latest ebook, Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide, is now available.
I’m really excited about this new ebook, because I’ve been able to incorporate features that make this more of a hands-on learning experience. First, you can download the original Raw files used as examples in the ebook, and then follow along with each step yourself – just as if you were attending one of my workshops.
Second, when you purchase the ebook you get exclusive access to eight videos demonstrating different aspects of Lightroom’s Develop Module, like using the Adjustment Brush, Spot Removal Tool, and Point Curve, advanced retouching in Lightroom, and much more. It’s great to read about a tool or technique; it’s even better to watch a demonstration, and then try it yourself on the same image.
Of course the center of all this is the PDF ebook. All the material is brand new, including the examples, where I take you step-by-step through processing six images in Lightroom. You’ll get to see my workflow in action, with a variety of images – high contrast, low contrast, color, and black and white. You’ll learn many specific techniques and tips, but perhaps more importantly, you’ll gain insight into the decision-making process that so many photographers struggle with. How much contrast is enough? How far can you push the saturation without making the image look garish or fake? What’s the right white balance?
And there’s much more. The first section of the ebook is devoted to understanding the Develop Module, and especially the big changes that happened with the introduction of the 2012 process in Lightroom 4. There are many things going on under the hood that haven’t been talked about much (not even by Adobe, for some reason) like the automatic highlight recovery, and how all the Basic Panel Tone Controls are image-adaptive – that is, they auto-adjust their behavior based on image content.
Here’s just a partial list of things you’ll find in the ebook:
  • Understanding the 2012 Process
  • An in-depth look at the Basic Panel Tone Controls
  • Image-adaptive behavior: how Lightroom’s tone controls auto-adjust their behavior internally based on image content.
  • New features in Lightroom 5, including the Advanced Healing Brush, Visualize Spots mode, and Smart Previews
  • Default settings: where should you start?
  • Establishing a workflow
  • Adjusting white balance
  • Using the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter
  • Using the Target Mode in the HSL Panel
  • Straightening leaning trees
  • Handling high-contrast scenes
  • Converting images to black and white
  • Using curves
  • Using the spot removal tool
  • Advanced retouching in Lightroom
  • Integrating Lightroom with Photoshop
  • Using targeted curves with layer masks in Photoshop
And if you’re still using Lightroom 4, everything in this ebook still applies. In the instances where I use tools that are new to Lightroom 5, I also explain how to do the same thing in Lightroom 4.
And that goes for ACR too! All the tools in Adobe Camera Raw are essentially identical to Lightroom’s Develop Module – they’re just laid out differently, and sometimes work slightly differently. But everything I talk about in this book can be done in Adobe Camera Raw 7.0 or later.
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