Lightroom 4 In-Depth - Developing and Editing Your Photos By Matt Kloskowski

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Join Matt for a quick introduction to the material that will be covered in this class.
Find out some of the minor differences in the options available for processing raw and JPG files inside Lightroom.
Learn about the role of the process version and which one you should choose for working with your photos in Lightroom 4.
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).
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).
Lightroom gives you multiple ways to set and adjust the white balance of your photos.
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.
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.
The Whites and Blacks sliders provide a fine level of control over the white and black clipping points.
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.
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.
Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a couple of portrait photos.
Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a landscape photo.
Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a travel photo.
Increase your understanding of the basic workflow as Matt steps through the process of making adjustments on a sports photo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Effects panel allows you to add creative vignettes and grain in your photos as a finishing touch.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond the camera profiles and process version the Camera Calibration panel contains sliders for correcting colors rendered by the camera.
A preset is basically a recipe for one-click developing of your photos. Learn how to create and apply your own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to go beyond corrections with a cool creative use for the Adjustment Brush.
The Adjustment Brush can even help out with basic skin retouching and possibly save you a trip to Photoshop.
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Matt Kloskowski


Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of J T J T

    Outstanding Video Matt. Learned more today than I have the previous 3 years playing around with lightroom… Thank you

  2. Profile photo of iblanky1 iblanky1

    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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    Very good course! Good teacher! I have learned a few tips. Thanks ! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    That’s a very useful, clear and precise training course. So many new things I learned from it! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I think you just changed my life! LOVE Kelby Training! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great course, excellent teacher! Why don’t you teach Photoshop Elements 10 or 11?
    Thank you !

    —- No, I’d keep it between us

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    Very useful and comprehensive —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Enjoyed the course but could you please: have an announcement when you are finished and; recommend the next course to go to. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Yet another great course by Matt… —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    On the crop section I was wondering if there is a way to keep the aspect ratio but change the crop from a portrait to a landscape. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of AussieInLondonUK AussieInLondonUK

    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.
    Mark Patten. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Fantastic course!!!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of hubfi hubfi

    Fantastic- very user friendly presentation! Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of davore davore

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Sundra Tanakoh Sundra Tanakoh

    there is so much to say, but I can sum it all up in a few short words:

    Who needs a book when you have Matt to instruct you?! HIGHLY recommended. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    outstanding video. really enjoyed it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of alanplayford alanplayford

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of Bluejaguar Bluejaguar

    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. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Wayne King Wayne King

    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
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  20. Profile photo of LoisWA LoisWA

    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! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Matt Does an outstanding job teaching LR4. Very comprehensive class and I learned a lot! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of Steve Hinds Steve Hinds

    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.

  23. Profile photo of tweingeist tweingeist

    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?
    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of Bismark Bismark

    Can you please post the images you use in the classes so we can use them to practice. You did that for the LR3 class and it was great. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    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.

  26. Profile photo of 874395 874395

    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 —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Matt Just a great course on lightroom 4.Pickin up a lot of good stuff..Mike DuPonte Lutz,Fl. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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