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The Photographer's Guide to Adobe Lightroom

By : Marcin Lewandowski
Book Image

The Photographer's Guide to Adobe Lightroom

By: Marcin Lewandowski

Overview of this book

It takes talent to be a great photographer, but in the digital era, it also takes a level of technical proficiency. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic was designed as a one-stop solution for photographers to perfect their final products on a desktop-focused workflow, which includes local storage of your photos in files and folders on your computer. Knowing how to efficiently navigate through Lightroom means that you’ll be able to concentrate on being creative instead of wondering “what does this button do”. Complete with step-by-step explanations of essential concepts and practical examples, you will begin with importing photographs into Lightroom. You’ll focus on how to sort through, sequence, develop, and export ready files in various formats, or even design a book and create gallery-ready prints. Next, you will learn how to make informed decisions within Lightroom and how to approach your work depending on the set of photographs you are working on. This guide also illustrates real-life usage and workflow examples that are not just for aspiring professionals, but also for artists and amateurs who are still getting to grips with the technical side of photography. By the end of this book, you'll be confident in importing, editing, sorting, developing, and delivering your photos like a professional.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
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Section 1: Importing Images into Lightroom and Exploring the Library Module's Structure and Tools
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Section 2: Developing Photographs in Lightroom Classic
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Section 3: Exploring the Export, Print, Book, and Slideshow Modules
14
Table of Keyboard Shortcuts

Detail

Lightroom's Detail tab is split into two seemingly unrelated categories – Sharpening and Noise Reduction.

Figure 6.63 – The Detail tab and its default Sharpening and Noise Reduction settings

Sharpening

As you probably know, it is us – the photographers – who are responsible for making sharp photographs. However, because raw, digital images can never match the sharpness of analog photos, tools such as Sharpening in Lightroom can help us add a bit more definition. Before we talk about the tool in detail, let's briefly explain how Sharpening works. Like any definition-enhancing tool in Lightroom, Sharpening is also all about tweaking contrast; it just does so in a different way. Sharpening is not a magic wand that can retrieve details or recover a photograph; all it does is look for edges in the photo that are defined by varying contrast and increases the contrast alongside them, making dark areas darker and bright...