Getting Started With Lightroom

One of the things I like best about Lightroom is the awesome organization system that you are able to set up and easily maintain. A lot of people who are new to Lightroom don’t take advantage of this system and are missing out on the best part of this amazing photo editing and organizational program. 

I have more than 50,000 images in my Lightroom catalog and I am able to find almost any image in a matter of moments. And the program is so intuitive, that if you have “misplaced” an image, it is easy to connect it again with the Lightroom catalog.

Here are some basic considerations when you are first setting up your Lightroom catalog. 

Photo Storage

It’s important to know where you want to store your images and what kind of back up you are using. Because I use a laptop for the majority of my work, I have 3 external drives that I have set up to automatically back up my files. I have one external drive (that holds mainly my photos) that backs up to a second drive. The third external drive is for my full computer back up. This system works for me because it is pretty simple, and I have two copies of all of my files. It’s not if your hard drive crashes, it’s when. You can also use a more advanced system such as a Raid which will automatically give you mirror backups of your external drives and it comes in a variety of drive sizes.

 

Folder structure and organization

Consistent folder structure is important when first working in Lightroom. You need to consider an organization system that works for you and stick to it. For example, I prefer to organize my folders by destination, then by date. Lightroom will automatically set up your folders organized by date. For me, organizing by date just doesn’t work. Do you remember where you were October of 2016? I don’t. I do remember that I was in Yosemite in the fall of 2016, so I prefer to label my folder Yosemite_2016_10. That way I can easily find my fall Yosemite pictures and not have to remember exactly what date I was there. It is also important to be sure that all of your folders are named in a similar fashion. It wouldn’t make sense to call one folder Yosemite_2016_10 and the next folder Winter 2017. Since I was in Iceland in February of 2017, that file would be labeled Iceland_2017_02. All my folders are similarly named.

 

Create Only One Lightroom catalog

Lightroom is set up so that you can create as many catalogs as you like. I prefer to only have one catalog so that I can search my whole batch of 50,000 images by file name, keyword, or star rating. If you have multiple catalogs, it defeats the purpose of Lightroom’s amazing organizational system. It will only be able to search one catalog at a time, so if you had different catalogs by year (for example), you would have to search every catalog in order to find a specific image. There is a consideration that Lightroom may slow down a bit with a large number of images stored in a catalog, but with recent updates to Lightroom, the program buzzes along with no problem.

In my Lightroom Quick Start class, I cover these topics and a lot more to get you on your way to using Lightroom as your go-to editing and organizational tool. This 4-week class covers the basics that will get you up and running quickly in an efficient way. Try our next Lightroom class and learn to use the essential program for editing and organization.

If you are interested in learning more about iPhone photography and Adobe Lightroom take one of my classes on these subjects right here at BPSOP!

BPSOP Instructor – Holly Higbee-Jansen

HollyHolly Higbee-Jansen is photographer, trainer, blogger, and workshop leader who enjoys teaching and the creative process. Her passions include teaching photography workshops in beautiful locations in California, Iceland, Costa Rica and the American West with her husband Mark. Holly also teaches online classes on Lightroom, Photoshop and photographic technique. Get Holly’s Free E-Book on “Landscape Photography and the Light and find out about her newest workshops at Jansen Photo Expeditions.com.

Reach Holly by email at hhjphoto@gmail.com and read her blog at: JansenPhotoExpeditions.com/Blog

Holly Teaches:

Lightroom Quickstart

Lightroom

Do you want to learn to create images that show the beauty of the scene you saw when you took the photograph? Do you want to learn the other essential side of digital photography, photo editing and get up to speed quickly?

This course is designed to get you up and running FAST in this incredibly powerful program. In this two week information packed class, you will learn how to import, organize and perform simple and effective editing processes that will let you produce beautiful adjustments to your pictures.

iPhone Photography
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In this class, we will introduce you to the magic of iPhone photography using several shooting and editing apps that will give you the ability to make your pictures sing in a fun and easy way. You will learn how to crop, change saturation, brightness and affect the overall look of your pictures with HDR, drama and grunge filters and other techniques. You will be amazed at the simple and effective methods.

Photographic Vision

In your efforts to expand your photographic vision of understanding exposure, don’t forget that you will need to start limiting your vision as well! Let me explain.

It is estimated that the ‘dynamic range’ of the human eye’s ability to see light and dark simultaneously is around 16-stops. The best camera out there, arguably the Nikon D850, ‘see’s’ light and dark to the tune of only 9-stops, and yet most camera’s, on average, ‘see’ closer to 7-stops. So, if you don’t adjust your vision to think and ‘see’ like your camera’s dynamic range, you will miss numerous opportunities to create black backgrounds and black foregrounds as well as the many black shapes that are yours for the taking, including this image of pigeons and a traffic light I shot near NY’s Times Square.

Assuming we were shooting this scene together, our own eyes would easily see the detail in these pigeons including their varied tones of gray, while at the same time easily assimilating the blue sky into the mix without the sky or the pigeons looking too dark or too bright…

BUT the camera’s limited dynamic range of 7-stops CANNOT record a correct exposure of the much brighter blue sky and the much ‘darker’ pigeons in a single exposure because the dynamic range is beyond 7-stops. The fact is, as seen in the second photo in the comments section below, these pigeons and the light pole and traffic light that they are sitting on are in open shade against a distant background that is bright blue sunlit sky! If I were to set my exposure for the pigeons, that blue sky would blow out to an almost white color…not going to let that happen! I want silhouetted shapes against that deep blue sky so I set my exposure for the bright blue sky, thus rendering the pigeons as stark black ‘under-exposed’ silhouettes.

So, at least for now, rejoice at the opportunity to ‘see’ like your camera and and embrace it’s limited vision of NOT being able to combine light and dark into a single correct exposure and instead go out and create even more compelling compositions of BLACK backgrounds, foregrounds and silhouette’s; at least until the inevitable announcement that a new camera with a DR of 16-stops has arrived…heaven help us!!! Until then, you keep shooting!

You Keep Shooting,

-BPSOP Founder – Bryan F Peterson

Bryan Teaches:

Understanding Exposure & Your DSLR

Understanding Color, Seeing Color & Composing Color

Understanding Close-Up Photography

Mastering Nikon Flash Photography

The Art of Seeing

Understanding Composition

 

Creating a sense of place: Case Study #8

This post is one in a series on how to create a sense of place.


 

CASE STUDY: ROMANTIC STAY IN A COUNTRY LODGE

Next time you’re taking photos on holiday or during a celebration, include detail shots to flesh out your story. Details shots, when added together with photos of people, help show the mood of your scene.

Have a look at the images in this case study:

  • Outside view of cottage
  • Bed
  • Stonewall with sign
  • Flowers
  • View from window
  • Light on curtains
  • Sparkling wine in two glasses
  • Key in door

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Do you see how how image tells a part of the story? This is what you’re looking to do with your detail shots.

Each of these images is like a single idea, and by combining several, a story is created.

TIPS TO GREAT DETAIL SHOTS:

  1. Vary the camera angle in each shot. Shoot up, down, out, across, or through a subject.
  2. Frame your subject tightly to omit clutter. Reveal part of the subject.

 

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Photography Essentials

No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses.

 

Amazing Travel Photos Made EasyAmazing Travel Photos Made Easy teaches you how to create a collection of images that not only documents your holiday but that conveys how it felt to be there.

This course focuses on the creative side of photography and emphasizes getting all your shots in-camera.

You’ll learn how to get amazing travel photos using any kind of camera!

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Get your camera to finally do what you want!

Do you want to take better pictures but don’t know where to start? Or have you been photographing for a while, but the results are hit and miss?

Everything is explained simply and clearly. This easy to follow course is designed to grow your confidence and skill.

Even if you’ve been photographing for a while, Photography Essentials will help you get great shots consistently.

 

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1 gets you started photographing how you want your life to look and what you want more of in your life.

Ever wonder if the craziness of your life is, indeed, worth celebrating? The answer is a resounding YES!

Start taking images that that look like they came out of a glossy magazine.

This course focuses on the creative side of photography. You’ll learn how to capture images of your everyday life in a fresh and exciting way.

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2 takes you further by focusing on capturing the essence of your loved ones — think about the little things that you’ll always remember, such as how they hold their favorite coffee mug in their hands!

Do you wish you had images of your loved ones that capture who they are as a person? What about a series of images that portray your life as nicely as a wedding photographer portrays a wedding?

Get ready to have fun creating lifestyle photos that you can’t wait to share with your friends and family.

This course delves into creative ways to capture even mundane moments and beautifully photograph even camera-shy loved ones. They’ll finally stop saying they don’t like seeing themselves in photos!

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Using Adobe Lightroom to Catalog Your iPhone Images

                                                                                                                                                 Taken with the iPhone 6s

Do you have a fresh new batch of pictures on your iPhone and you’re not sure what to do with them or you don’t know how to get them off your phone?

Do you shoot with your iPhone, but also want to find a way to import and catalog your images outside of the Apple Photos App?  

I have a solution for you.

Adobe’s Lightroom program is a good solution, but there’s a couple of things to keep in mind before you import those iPhone images.

If you are using your iPhone connected to the iCloud, your pictures will automatically go into your Photos app on your desktop computer. Since Photos is an Apple proprietary program, they have made it a little difficult to use an outside program for these images, but it can be done! 

You first need to export your photos out of the Photos app on to your desktop (or to a location you can easily find). This can be done by selecting the images you want to export in the Photos App. You can select just one or a whole series of images. Once you have made your selection, go to FILE / EXPORT / then select the location you would like your images to be stored on your hard drive. Once they are located on your hard drive, you can import them into your Lightroom catalog. 

For more information about importing your images into a Lightroom catalog, take a look at my Lightroom Quick Start Class where we teach you everything you need to know about setting up a Lightroom catalog.

Live Photos

Since the iPhone 6s model, Apple includes the “Live Photo” feature, It’s fun to use, but it can create some complications when storing your images. If you have the “Live Photo” feature enabled, it will record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture. You get a 3-second video with movement and sound as well as the regular JPG image. 

You don’t need to do anything technically, just be sure this feature is turned on. There’s a little yellow button in the middle of the screen on the iPhone that allows you to toggle it on and off as shown in the image below.

 

You can get creative with this feature, but you need to think about it first. Some of my favorites that I’ve done with this feature are my dog playing with a stick on the beach. I caught the still image as he was jumping in the air, but the 1.5 seconds before and after showing him jumping and running after the stick.  A moment in time caught in a 3-second video!

When you try to import these images into Lightroom, they show up as one JPG file and one MOV file. As long as you are aware of this, it’s not a problem. However, the live photo portion of it loses its functionality outside of the iPhone. If you would like to re-import that MOV video to your phone, you can email or airdrop the video to yourself and import into an app called IntoLive which will create a Live Video file for you again. If you don’t want to organize and catalog the Live Videos, simply turn off that function in your iPhone’s native camera app before going on a photo shoot.

Please keep in mind, iPhone images are taken with a cell phone and won’t have the same quality, number of pixels, or sensor size that you have in your DSLR. For that reason, I usually use these images for fun social media shots or to document a shoot for its GPS location abilities. If you compare your DSLR images and your iPhone pictures side by side, you will certainly notice the difference. 

I still find it important to catalog my iPhone pictures and have them easily identifiable and at my fingertips in my Lightroom program. Taking some of these tips into consideration will make the process easier and more fun.

If you are interested in learning more about iPhone photography and Adobe Lightroom take one of my classes on these subjects right here at BPSOP!

 

BPSOP Instructor – Holly Higbee-Jansen

HollyHolly Higbee-Jansen is photographer, trainer, blogger, and workshop leader who enjoys teaching and the creative process. Her passions include teaching photography workshops in beautiful locations in California, Iceland, Costa Rica and the American West with her husband Mark. Holly also teaches online classes on Lightroom, Photoshop and photographic technique. Get Holly’s Free E-Book on “Landscape Photography and the Light and find out about her newest workshops at Jansen Photo Expeditions.com.

Reach Holly by email at hhjphoto@gmail.com and read her blog at: JansenPhotoExpeditions.com/Blog

Holly Teaches:

Lightroom Quickstart

Lightroom

Do you want to learn to create images that show the beauty of the scene you saw when you took the photograph? Do you want to learn the other essential side of digital photography, photo editing and get up to speed quickly?

This course is designed to get you up and running FAST in this incredibly powerful program. In this two week information packed class, you will learn how to import, organize and perform simple and effective editing processes that will let you produce beautiful adjustments to your pictures.

iPhone Photography
Skagafoss-1
In this class, we will introduce you to the magic of iPhone photography using several shooting and editing apps that will give you the ability to make your pictures sing in a fun and easy way. You will learn how to crop, change saturation, brightness and affect the overall look of your pictures with HDR, drama and grunge filters and other techniques. You will be amazed at the simple and effective methods.

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