8 Essential Adobe Lightroom Techniques
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8 Essential Adobe Lightroom Techniques

8 Powerful techniques to help boost your Adobe Lightroom Skills.
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Created by Mr Paul Charlton
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create high quality Black & White photo conversions using a variety of tools & methods.
  • Create panoramic images from 2 or more photographs.
  • Create HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs from 2 or more photographs.
  • Process HDR images.
  • Effectively sharpen photographs for screen or print.
  • Correct bland and boring skies and make the end results pop!
  • Remove skin blemishes and imperfections & smooth the skin tone.
  • Deal with exposure issues in your photographs.
  • Effectively use the Graduated Filter for a variety of purposes.
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Requirements
  • A copy of Adobe Lightroom installed (full copy or 30 day trial).
  • A basic working knowledge of the Adobe Lightroom interface and tools.
Description

By the end of this course you will be able to harness the power of Adobe Lightroom with these 8 Essential image editing tools and techniques, including: 

- Black & White 
- Panoramic Images 
- HDR (High Dynamic Range) 
- Effective Sharpening 
- Creating Powerful Skies 
- Skin Smoothing 
- Dealing with Exposure Issues 
- Working with the Graduated Filter. 

Take your photography to the next level with these easy to follow and powerful photo editing skills; all explained in a straightforward, jargon free way. Step-by-step examples, with full color images showing you every step of the entire process. Don't just learn parrot fashion, understand what each step involves, why it's being used and how it improves the end result. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at beginners with a basic understanding of Adobe Lightroom.
  • This course is NOT aimed at seasoned users of professional image editors.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
02:08:30
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Course Introduction & eBook
2 Lectures 01:47

Welcome to the 8 Essential Adobe Lightroom Techniques training course.

Harness the power of Adobe Lightroom with these 8 Essential image editing tools and techniques, including: 

- Black & White 
- Panoramic Images 
- HDR (High Dynamic Range) 
- Effective Sharpening 
- Creating Powerful Skies 
- Skin Smoothing 
- Dealing with Exposure Issues 
- Working with the Graduated Filter. 

Take your photography to the next level with these easy to follow and powerful photo editing skills; all explained in a straightforward, jargon free way. Step-by-step examples, showing you every step of the each process. Don't just learn parrot fashion, understand what each step involves, why it's being used and how it improves the end result. 

Preview 01:24

This comprehensive eBook covers all the techniques used throughout this Udemy course as well as some additional tips, tricks & techniques to enhance your newfound skills.

8 Essential Adobe Lightroom Techniques eBook
00:23
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Create beautiful Black & White photographs.
5 Lectures 37:54

A brief introduction to the Black & White chapter.

Preview 00:56

This method of creating Black & White images demonstrates how to use the Desaturation method. While this is one method of creating Black & White images, it is not the preferred method. 

Method 1 - Desaturation
02:19

This method of creating Black & White images demonstrates the most versatile method of creating powerful Black & White images in Lightroom. This lesson covers how to use this method and details why it offers the most control over your conversions.

Method 2 - Black & White Mode
06:00

In this video I demonstrate how to use on 6 sliders in Lightroom to get a great looking Black & White image. If you need to get your edits done quickly, this is a great technique that still provides fantastic results.

Preview 02:36

The Google Nik Collection is a great suite of plugins that can be used with Lightroom, and since they are now completely free; I've included this bonus video demonstrating how you can achieve amazing results with this powerful plugin for black & white images.

Bonus Method: Nik Silver Efex Pro
26:03
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Panoramic Images
1 Lecture 03:35

In this lesson I cover how to combine multiple photographs into a panoramic shot. I cover how to select the images, initiate the panorama function, as well as explain how to get the best results from your images.

Creating a Panoramic Photograph
03:35
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HDR (High Dynamic Range) Images
2 Lectures 12:19

In this second stage, I cover how to combine your images in to a HDR composite ready for further processing. in stage 3.

Creating your first HDR image
06:28

In this third and final stage I cover how to process your newly created HDR image.

Preview 05:51
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Effective Sharpening
2 Lectures 08:35

In this first section I cover the tools available to you to sharpen your images. Discuss some of the Pros & Cons ready for a practical example in stage 2. 

Introduction to the Sharpening Tools
01:07

This this second lesson I cover how to use the Sharpening tools to get sharp images and avoid some common issues that can cause degradation in your final images.

Sharpening Your Images
07:28
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Making Your Skies Pop!
3 Lectures 16:04

In this initial stage I'll show you how to make some general edits to the example photograph prior to focusing on enhancing the sky.

Basic Edits
03:54

In this second stage we'll turn our attention to the sky. We'll look at adding more color, making the clouds stand out, avoid causing problems in others parts of the image by making selective edits to the image.

Selective Editing
08:27

With the sky fixed, we can concentrate on making the whole image balanced and deal with any issues that may arise after editing the sky and clouds.

Final Image Edit
03:43
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Skin Smoothing & Blemish Removal
2 Lectures 12:15

In this initial stage we'll concentrate on removing any noticeable imperfections and blemishes in the skin ready to apply our skin smoothing technique.

Preview 03:29

With the blemishes removed, we can now move on to stage 2 - skin smoothing. The key skill we'll focus on in this section is retaining a realistic effect from our skin smoothing.

Skin Smoothing
08:46
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Correcting Underexposed Images
3 Lectures 17:14

In this initial stage I'll go over how to selectively mask parts of the image to ensure our editing is localized to the problem areas.

Masking the Problem
07:43

In this second stage I'll show you how to deal with the underexposed portions of your image to rebalance the overall tonality of the sample photograph.

Exposure Correction
01:45

The final stage allows us to focus on editing the photograph as a whole now that we have corrected the exposure problems.

Final Image Processing
07:46
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Understanding the Graduated Filter
3 Lectures 18:21

In this overview I'll explain what the Graduated Filter is for and why it is such a great tool.

Overview
01:36

In this practical example we look at how to use the Graduated Filter to deal with differences in exposure between the sky & ground.

Compensating for Exposure Differences
06:07

In this Creative Effects section I'll show you how to use the Graduated Filter to apply a pseudo shallow depth of field effect in your photographs. I'll also demonstrate how we can stack multiple instances of the GF to enhance the effect.

Creative Effects: Simulated Shallow Depth of Field
10:38
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In Closing
1 Lecture 00:26

In this section, I'll recap on the skills covered throughout the course and provide information on additional resources available.

Closing Comments
00:26
About the Instructor
Mr Paul Charlton
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Hi, I'm Paul, from South Wales, UK and I am a passionate Musician, photographer, web & graphic designer, mountain biker and gamer who enjoys all things technical! I love all forms of photography, but relish the opportunity to shoot Motorsports, wildlife and live bands.

I've worked as an IT trainer for 10 years, specializing in digital media and design. I've been lucky enough to provide work for some amazing industry magazines (.Net, Digital Photographer, Computer Arts, etc.) and had my photography featured in magazines and online.

I'm the owner of a successful web & graphic design company trading for over 12 years alongside developing over 200 training videos on a range of design and audio production topics and authoring 2 eBooks on photography and Adobe Lightroom.

Join me as I share the skills and techniques I've developed over the years to capture and edit amazing, eye catching images.