Ditch Auto is about taking your camera and your mind out of Automatic mode to gain more control over the photos you take. After producing Ditch Auto: Start Shooting In Manual, feedback suggested that I do a workflow course. This is the first of many workflow courses to come.
Despite our best efforts, not all of our photos will turn out golden right from the camera. It is often that we have to run a photo through Lightroom and even Photoshop to give it that look we were looking for when we took the photo in the first place. The photo we will be editing in this course is a photo of my good friend's Subaru Impreza STI. The car is nice, but the lighting situation for this photo was not. The sun was almost gone and I had to stretch my camera just to get the shot. The result, was not a photo I was very proud of but I knew had potential if I just spent some time on it.
In this course I take a photo and edit it completely in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. You will learn my complete workflow for bringing an image back to life.
In this course I cover:
You will need Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to follow along with this course. Thankfully, you can now get both of these applications through Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99 per month. The benefit of Adobe's Creative Cloud is that you never have to pay full price for Adobe software and you get all of the updates and upgrades for free. I like their new subscription model because it allows me to have the latest software without having to drop at least $1,000 each year.
My goal is to help you become a solid Lightroom and Photoshop user and editor so you can get the most detail and definition out of your photos.
This course is for you or someone you know who struggles with Lightroom and/or Photoshop. If you have ever taken a photo that just didn't pop but you knew had potential, this course is for you.
Welcome to Ditch Auto: Editing Workflow in Lightroom & Photoshop. In this video I break down the purpose behind this course and attempt to prepare you to get started on learning Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
In this video I go over what we will be covering in this course and discuss what is needed to make the most out of this course. In order to follow along, you will need Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
I have included a full resolution JPG file of the Subaru Impreza STI photo for you to use as you follow along with me in this course. If you post this image anywhere, I would appreciate you mentioning me and this course. You can use the following to attribute me along with the photo.
Here is a link to Adobe's Website where you can find information about subscribing to the Creative Cloud for Photographers program: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/photography.html (This is a direct link, not an affiliate link). Prices mentioned in this video are subject to change because it's Adobe's software and subscription plan.
Here is a link to the Promo Adobe is running for existing users of Photoshop CS3 or newer to get Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers for $9.99 per month: https://creative.adobe.com/plans/offer/photoshop+lightroom
In this video we will cover the following:
In this video we start editing in Photoshop by using tools to remove distracting elements from the photo.
In this video we replace the dull sky with a sky photo.
Here is a link to the clouds photo I used: http://photodune.net/item/clouds/5927079?ref=jeradhill (This is an affiliate link, please use it so I get credit for your purchase. Thanks!!)
Some closing thoughts and what to expect next. This course is the first of many post production courses I plan to release to help you become a stronger editor in Lightroom and Photoshop.
I would love some feedback. Here are two ways you can provide me with your thoughts so I can produce better courses in the future:
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Hi all, I am a website designer and photographer who has been working for himself since graduating high school. I taught myself website design and development so I could start my own business. In 2005 I taught myself photography and started a photography business as a professional wedding photographer. Since then, I have helped hundreds companies and organizations market their products and services online. As a photographer, I continue to capture photos and produce video for weddings, events, conferences and more.
I teach because I was taught by so many through blog posts, articles and online videos. Teaching allows me to give back and teach others the way I would have liked to be taught. Many of my courses are free because I believe in giving back.
I am a husband and father with three amazing kids. You can learn more about me at my website. I hope to see you in one of my courses. Thanks so much!