We have thanked Mike profusely for his calm and clear presentation on using LightRoom and Photoshop for post-processing without tears. He suggested three possible workflows and then discussed each, with demonstrations using his own images. It was not an easy task, with an audience consisting of some people who don’t shoot in RAW and don’t have these programs yet and others who are confident and skilled in their use. He managed to unravel the complexities in a very cogent way for the uninitiated and to suggest alternative routes for those who might not have seen that particular shortcut or effect. In particular, he was very helpful in showing how Lightroom can be preset to take images into Photoshop for editing and back, with a logical file structure within the catalogue. His advice on sharpening was also very helpful and interesting; he recommended a website, ‘Cambridge in Colour’ for more information on sharpening and ‘Fastone’, a free viewing app. It’s always impressive in these more technical sessions for the speaker to handle interruptions and questions without losing their place or becoming distracted. In the time we had, Mike limited his attention to the two Lightroom modes, Library and Develop and it was obvious that there was very much more to say about working with both programs than can be covered in one session. We look forward to Steve Hayward’s pre-meeting sessions, starting in January, when members will have the opportunity to continue exploring aspects of digital post-processing.
To an accompaniment of the whistles, bangs and flashes of fireworks night, Julian Rouse gave us a "Lightroom 5" master class. Compressing 3 days of learning into an hour whilst competing with rockets is no mean feat, and so we thank Julian very much for his expertise and forbearance. We learned how Lightroom, unlike photoshop, has been designed with photographers in mind: from first importing an image to be processed without altering the underlying file, through adding map data, sharing a collection of images with friends or clients to creating self-published photobooks. The workflow will suit some, but not others and members were also able to share their tips for improving workflow through Lightroom.
All could benefit from tutorials in the "develop" area of Lightroom, as many of the controls are familiar from Photoshop. Julian methodically worked through the different sliders and controls using cleverly picked photos which demonstrated the exact image adjustments. Never has the "clarity" slider been so clear!!
Julian has his own flickr stream - julian_r "the rousey" and also can be found giving a fuller exploration of lightroom at royal photographic society London regional workshops (next one 23rd November): http://www.rps.org/region/london/events/view/3292