Chris Orwig explains why carrying a camera around sharpens observations. Live from Photoshop World 2008, Las Vegas, Chris
shares tips and shortcuts to get more out of your images in Lightroom 2.
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Welcome my name is Chris Orwig and we are here at Photoshop World in Las Vegas. And you know one thing that I love about photography is that helps me notice things that I would have otherwise not notice. You know, simply by carrying a camera around with me, it sharpens my observation and that is what happens with this particular occasion. We are looking on an image inside of Lightroom and I want to share with you a couple of tips that will help you get more out of Lightroom and in this particular occasion, I was in Baja California in a surf trip and we are up on this sand dunes and we saw they swing and it was just absolutely beautiful. And how do I not had the camera with me, I maybe would not have really observed how spectacular this was but by looking through the lens and by framing the situation I was really able to zero in on what was happening.
So now that we are in Lightroom we brought this image here. I want to get more out of this image, just say that I want to convert this to black and white. Now, I also want a color version as well. So I am going to use a shortcut and there is a shortcut to create virtual copy. That shortcut is command apostrophe on a Mac, Ctrl+ ‘on a PC. You will notice down below in the film suite that I now have two versions of this image. Now, in this version here, what I need to do is take it to the develop module by pressing the D key. That will make it navigate to the basic pull down menu and here I am going to simply pull out all the saturation, work on the exposure a little bit, increase the blacks, and increase the contrast. I want to create a little bit of a mood here. I am going to increase my recovery slider to protect some of those bright whites.
Next thing I am going to do is navigate to the Vignettes panel and I am going to add a little bit of vignette here. I want to darken the corners here. Okay, while like that version of image. Yet, what I want to do is perhaps have another version of the image, so we see it we have a color. We now have the black and white but what about the version with a little bit of a tone. I will press command apostrophe on Mac, Ctrl+‘ on PC that will then create one more virtual copy.
Now here, I am going to navigate this Split Toning panel. This Split Toning panel, I am just going to look to add a little bit of color and highlights, we can see that I am saturating the tones there, making it nice and warm. I am trying to add a little bit of nostalgia to this particular image and the shadows, you know, add a little bit of color as well.
Now, with this particular image, let us say I am not sure if I like the tone that I have added. Here are a couple of compare shortcuts for you. You can press the backslash key that will show me the before. Now, you will notice that it shows me the before of the initial stage of the virtual copy, so it did not go all the way back to the color, it went back to the initial stage of that particular virtual copy. Backslash again, takes it to the after. Now, there are a couple of other interesting shortcuts here. I can also press the shift Y key, with that will do is it will show me a before and after comparing it side by side. Now, I like that because it helps me evaluate the image in a pretty unique way.
Now, there is one more shortcut I want to show with you and that is option Y. On PC that is Alt Y. Mac option Y, PC that is Alt Y and that is compare of top to bottom. Now, that I am able to compare the image, one of the things I notice is that the colors is a little bit too orange, I wanted to be a little bit more yellow. So I am going to ahead and press that shortcut again to exit out of that compare mode, so I pres option Y to exit out of on the Mac Alt Y to exit out of that mode. And I am going to take my saturation down and look to try to bring in a little bit more yellow. It was a little bit too pink, little bit too pinkish orange perhaps and now, I want to compare my before and after. You remember the shortcut key right? It is the backslash key, there is before and there is after. All right, well I hope that those few short