The Photographer’s Post-Production Lightroom Video Tutorials
I am very pleased to report that Gavin Gough has just released a fantastic series of video tutorials on how to use the development capabilities of Lightroom. It is called The Photographer’s Post-Production Lightroom Video Tutorials and concentrates on developing images in the Develop module.
I really cannot praise the approach and content highly enough. I am reveling in putting it into practice. It is a great successor to the Photographer’s Workflow (see review below). To have both at one’s fingertips is a great benefit to any photographer. In fact, I would say they are indispensable.
There are 5 sections, Your Workspace, Colour, Tone, Atmosphere and Final Steps, which are subdivided into 20 short videos (ranging from 5.30 minutes to 15.42 minutes).
In each video Gavin presents a number of his own photographs and discusses how to use Lightroom to achieve the desired effects.
The first section Your Workspace deals with initial preparations before the real developing starts – he refers to a number of useful shortcuts, how to correct lens distortions, cropping and straightening.
Then the fun starts with the second section dealing with Colour. He shows how to ensure that as much detail as possible is retained in the image and remove chromatic aberration which can happen in cases of high contrast and how to decide on white balance, hue, saturation and luminance and finally how to work on split toning to achieve the right atmosphere. As an aside he explains how to create sepia and selenium images.
The third section deals with Tone, namely exposure, explaining how histograms work, tone curves and vignettes. He also teaches you how to create and store your own presets.
Section 4 deals with Atmosphere by explaining clarity and vibrance and a number of useful techniques for portraits, and those tools which can focus in on particular parts of the picture, rather than alter the whole thing. These are the gradient filter, radial filter and local adjustment brushes. In this section he also deals with processing black and white photos and looks at Lightroom’s black and white presets.
The final Section 5 is called Final Steps and deals with sharpening, which I always find difficult, removing dust spots, noise reduction caused by using high ISOs, and finally exporting the image.
To accompany the tutorials there is an ebook, which contains a summary of the final decisions Gavin made to his own photos, fifteen of which you can download yourself and work on and compare the results of your own work to his.
It’s a treasure trove. The Photographer’s Post-Production Lightroom Video Tutorials is at a very reasonable US$69 and can be obtained from http://www.gavingough.com/photo-postproduction