Lightroom 4 In-Depth – Developing and Editing Your Photos, with Matt Kloskowski

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:10)

Join Matt for a quick introduction to the material that will be covered in this class.

Lesson 2: The Only Difference Between Raw and JPEG (Duration 02:48)

Find out some of the minor differences in the options available for processing raw and JPG files inside Lightroom.

Lesson 3: The Process Version (Duration 02:54)

Learn about the role of the process version and which one you should choose for working with your photos in Lightroom 4.

Lesson 4: The Basics - Camera Profiles (Duration 04:56)

Matt shows you why choosing the camera profile in the Camera Calibration panel can be one of the most important things to do first in your workflow (plus a cool tip on Solo Mode).

Lesson 5: The Basics - Cropping (Duration 05:29)

Cropping can be useful for removing unwanted elements from the edges of your photo, creating a tighter composition, and changing the aspect ratio of your photo (or all of the above).

Lesson 6: The Basics - White Balance (Duration 07:40)

Lightroom gives you multiple ways to set and adjust the white balance of your photos.

Lesson 7: The Basics - The Tonal Adjustment Controls (Duration 06:54)

Before you start making tonal adjustments on your photos, you need to understand how each slider in the center of Basic panel affects the various tonal values in a photo.

Lesson 8: The Basics - Shadows and Highlights (Duration 03:17)

One of the goals of the new Process Version 2012 was to give us more access to the details contained in the highlights and shadows regions of our photos. Learn how you can recover this detail with minimal impact on other tonal regions.

Lesson 9: The Basics - Setting the White and Black Points (Duration 07:35)

The Whites and Blacks sliders provide a fine level of control over the white and black clipping points.

Lesson 10: The Basics - Clarity (Duration 06:46)

The Clarity slider increases (or decreases) the amount of midtone contrast added to your photo. You can think of it as a bit of a detail enhancer adjustment when used in positive amounts or detail softener when used in negative amounts.

Lesson 11: The Basics - The difference between Saturation and Vibrance (Duration 04:18)

Vibrance and Saturation are powerful color enhancing adjustments that work very differently. Understanding the key differences will help you know when to use each adjustment correctly.

Lesson 12: Before/After: Portraits (Duration 03:52)

Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a couple of portrait photos.

Lesson 13: Before/After: Landscape (Duration 03:33)

Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a landscape photo.

Lesson 14: Before/After: Travel (Duration 03:58)

Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a travel photo.

Lesson 15: Before/After: Sports (Duration 02:24)

Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a sports photo.

Lesson 16: Making batch changes (Duration 05:29)

Lightroom can increase your efficiency when working with large (and small) batches of photos shot under the same conditions. Learn how to synchronize settings across a range of photos.

Lesson 17: The Tone Curve (mention RGB is new) (Duration 03:53)

The Tone Curve is another way to adjust the amount of contrast in your photo, but with a very fine level of control over which tonal values are affected. Learn the differences between the Point Curve and Parametric Curve modes.

Lesson 18: HSL - Adjusting Specific Colors (Duration 03:21)

HSL stands for Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. Learn how to use these sliders to make large and small adjustments to specific colors in your photos.

Lesson 19: History and Undos (Duration 03:00)

Thanks to the power of the Lightroom catalog all of the work you do in the Develop module is recorded and saved in the History panel. This gives you the ability to step back through the history of adjustments to an earlier state or even all the way back to the start.

Lesson 20: Snapshots (Duration 02:41)

The Snapshots panel can be used to preserve particular states in the way you process a photo. This can be used to save multiple different versions of how you might process a photo, and give you a quick means to switch between those different states.

Lesson 21: Comparing the Before and After (Duration 03:05)

Comparing the before and after versions of your photo is a powerful way to see the affects of the adjustments you are making in your workflow. Lightroom provides you with a number of different before and after views.

Lesson 22: Creative Settings - Black and Whites (Duration 03:30)

There are a couple of ways to change your photo to black and white, but Matt shows you the best method for maximum control in the conversion process.

Lesson 23: Creative Settings - Split Toning (Duration 03:39)

The Split Toning panel allows you to add a tint to your highlights, shadows, or both. This is most commonly used with black and white photos, but can be used with color photos too.

Lesson 24: Creative Settings - Virtual Copies (Duration 04:49)

A virtual copy is a way to create an additional set of instructions for processing the same original photo in a different way without actually duplicating the photo on your drive.

Lesson 25: Creative Settings - Vignettes and Grain (Duration 05:37)

The Effects panel allows you to add creative vignettes and grain in your photos as a finishing touch.

Lesson 26: Detail Settings - Sharpening (Duration 05:31)

Capture sharpening is intended to compensate for the inherent softness in raw captures. You can get fine control over how sharpening is applied via the Detail panel.

Lesson 27: Detail Settings - Noise Reduction (Duration 06:03)

Noise is the enemy of digital capture, and Lightroom has a great tool for reducing color and luminance noise with minimal impact on important detail.

Lesson 28: Lens Corrections (Duration 05:48)

Profile based lens corrections appeared in Lightroom 3 and continue to evolve in Lightroom 4. Learn about the differences between the automatic and manual controls.

Lesson 29: Calibration (Duration 03:42)

Beyond the camera profiles and process version the Camera Calibration panel contains sliders for correcting colors rendered by the camera.

Lesson 30: Creating and Using Presets (Duration 07:10)

A preset is basically a recipe for one-click developing of your photos. Learn how to create and apply your own.

Lesson 31: Removing Sensor Spots (Duration 05:14)

Lightroom's Spot Removal Tool is primarily intended for seamless removal of sensor spots in your photos. The tool itself is easy to use, but Matt also has some great tips for finding all the spots hiding in the sky areas of your photos.

Lesson 32: Removing Red Eye (Duration 01:18)

The glow of red eye in your photographs is a sure sign of on-camera flash, but Lightroom makes it a snap to turn those red pupils black.

Lesson 33: Enhancing Skies with the Graduated Filter (Duration 08:59)

The Graduated Filter Tool allows you to apply a set of adjustments to a specific area of your photo (such as a sky) with a gradual fade to blend the effect into the surrounding area.

Lesson 34: Adjustment Brush - The Basics (Duration 08:56)

The Adjustment Brush is the best way to apply localized adjustments to just the areas of your photos you want to affect. Learn the basics of how to use one of the most powerful tools inside of Lightroom.

Lesson 35: Adjustment Brush- Getting Creative (Duration 07:14)

Learn how to go beyond corrections with a cool creative use for the Adjustment Brush.

Lesson 36: Adjustment Brush - Retouching Portraits (Duration 07:22)

The Adjustment Brush can even help out with basic skin retouching and possibly save you a trip to Photoshop.

Meet Your Instructor: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE…

27 Comments

  1. Matt I am going through the LR 4 course and think it is great. I am especially satisfied with your comments about soft-proofing . They matched exactly what I had found trying it the other day. Soft-proofing recommended changes that left me with a photo I would not want to print (dull, no color.} But when I printed it on my R2880, without the soft proofing, it looked great. Tom Nolan

  2. I am a great van of Matt's. Matt explains things so clearly. This course alone is worth the annul fee!!!! One small thing, the videos are cut too quickly.

  3. Matt, your presentations are always very informative and clear. I was disappointed to learn after attempting to download LR-4 that they have dropped using the XP operating system. What do you recommend.... Should I go to Windows 7 or Vista? What problems am I likely to encounter in switching?

  4. I just want to take this time to thank Matt for this course, it was complete and the only thing I think might be missing is the issue of sending photographs to CS5, as it seems you must select render using lightroom settings until the new Camera Raw 7 is released.

  5. I've gotten as far as the Spot Removal Tool video; great stuff! And I have to say the tip about the Navigator and the Page Down button is one of the best tips ever!!! Can't tell you how many times I've thought I got all of the spots and printed, only to discover, as Matt says, "Bam, there's another one!" Thanks for a great course. I've been using Lightroom since version 2 so I thought I knew pretty much but decided to watch the videos straight through; I've learned a lot, even about things not new to version 4!

  6. As usual Matt's treatment of the material is superb. This particular course is organized in such a way that is covers the subject logically but also alows you to go back to specific areas you want to review. One part of the video series is very annoying, however. Because of the quality, the video can only show small parts and then has to pause to let the buffer catch up. I hope there is a fix for that like reducing quality that allows you to watch the video without interruption Overall, I am VERY happy with this course Wayne King

  7. I spent a good deal of time today learning PhotoShop CS5 and reviewing LightRoom and I was not expecting to enjoy it. But I found both programs to be presented in a clear and energizing manner. THANK YOU.

  8. Brilliant Lightroom techniques and tips from Matt! Helped me enormously to understand all those wonderful LR provisions that I've simply been "playing" with before this course, but without really knowing what I was doing! It's given me the confidence to know that all things are possible with LR and even without Photoshop. I'll probably use LR for nearly all of my adjustments in future, and reserve PS for layering techniques. Many thanks for an excellent set of tutorials, Matt and Kelby!

  9. As always, Matt's course on LR4 is excellent. His ability to clearly articulate the points he is making and to integrate his knowledge about both photography and digital processing is outstanding. In my opinion, both Matt and Scott are the standards against which all other instructors are measured. I am greatly anticipating my first chance to hear Matt do a program live (the LR4 program) in Lansing on June 12.

  10. Enjoyed this course immensely. Thanks Matt. I have been with Liightroom for a while now and realised I was only scratching the surface. Your course has opened up many possiblities. I can honestly say I will be doing a lot more with Lightroom 4 as a 'down and dirty' approach to a time frame. While Photoshop will remain the 'full treatment' mode of operations when a retouch of a face or body is concerned. Great job, Matte. Cheers, Mark Patten.

  11. Sir, I have been working in Lightroom 4, for quite a few months, and now after watching your courses, I approach my RAW photos in a whole different manner than the way that I did previously. Thank you so much! I shall return!

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