A comic reference to mastering the seemingly complex features of modern software:
“If you are normal you won’t know that…” –
We all have areas of expertise and skill – Julieanne Kost shares quite a bit in this online video. I created some Summary notes from the video – most ‘tips’ below are for Lightroom… This is one of the ways that I retain new information – take notes, then explore; so now I will share a list of topics covered in the video. I do suggest watching the video for your own take-aways. 🙂
“Escalate LIVE is more than a broadcasted photography conference. It’s a highly interactive conversation that will challenge you, inspire you and offer you a chance to change things for you and your business.”
The notes below are from the on-line video captured during the Escalate LIVE Be Boutique event held October 4–5, 2010.
Workflow used to be Bridge + Photoshop.
Now, Suggested workflow is Lightroom + Photoshop.
Should you use Bridge or Lightroom?
Lightroom – can maintain a database of online/offline files. Bridge cannot. Which one fits your needs?
Single or multiple catalogs? Depends on your needs (and your hardware – IMO/experience small catalogs work well: easy to archive images and catalogs when you keep them in the same working folders; much faster than using a large/huge catalog – again, in my experience…)
Lightroom 3 – performance should be good in the 2010 version…. Are ‘performance issues’ software or gear related? Some gear/environment questions:
- PC optimized for performance?
- Size of files?
- Location of images? (network?)
- enough RAM?, CPU?
If you don’t want to create a monster/master catalog with all images then a suggestion is to Create a Marketing Folder/Catalog – include the 10 best images from each shoot – you then have a semi-master catalog which can be used for both research and marketing purposes. (This is what I have been doing… Every photo gig has it’s own master folder and the Lightroom catalog for that gig is created in this master folder; backing up just one ‘gig’ is very simple – just copy the ‘master folder’ to the backup resource; restoring is just as simple… Remembering to make the backup is key!)
- Adobe TV resources
- Nine (9) – 15 minutes videos @ JKost.com – free
Need custom sort – use a ‘collection’…
Snapshots vs Virtual Copies
- Virtual Copy – when need separate image treaments
- provides ability to develop each copy differently (without making a ‘copy’; you are simply creating a ‘recipe’ for that version of an output file…)
- limit what is saved in snapshots, i.e. just vignettes, just color adjustment, etc.
Perspective corrections (are manual edit) vs lens corrections (which are auto-magic…)
Lens ‘profiles’ – auto-correction on import
- reset image that has already been imported
- enable lens profile correction
- set as default (future images will be ‘auto-fixed’)
- flip – press ‘X’ to ‘flip’
- custom crop ‘shapes’ (from the menu)
- Y key – before & after ‘split’
- drag ‘states’ (history onto image) to ‘apply’ an adjustment
- double click on slider names to ‘reset’
Photoshop Specific Items
- Content Aware Fill – Photoshop – Is the image too cluttered – didn’t get the photo you need? CAF provides an automated replacement option that ‘pulls neighboring pixels’ into the area that you want ‘filled’.
- Puppet Warp – 3d object manipulation – a real WOW type of tool… Need to un-slouch a subject?
Interview with J. Kost
- know your tools – there is no ‘instant solution’ – become a ‘master’; play and learn; use personal projects (just for fun OR to learn…)
- to master any tool/subject requires an investment – it takes time…