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Lightroom | Workflow Quickie | Mini Tut

December 15, 2010

So today I thought I’d go over a little of what I personally do in Lightroom. Everyone has what works for them. I’m just sharing mine. :)

Amy’s Uber Quickie Lightrom Workflow:

A brief overview of my basic Lightroom workflow is to import and backup. I rename the file by the client’s name or event leaving the file numbers original. Then my flagging system is super system. I might have to pass through 3 times but I keep it simple for flagging. I use TWO keys on my keyboard on photos when I’m culling a session (or my own personal photos). Those two buttons are P for PICK and X for REJECT. Period. No colors, no numbers. I either want it or I don’t. I found that if I use any other system, I end up with way too many unnecessary images on my hard drives that are filling up quickly. On my first pass through I P the images I absolutely drop dead adore. and I also hit X over the ones that are obvious rejects- closed eyes, unflattering motion blur, funny facial expressions, crazy comp, out of focus etc…. Then before I do my second sweep- Delete ALL rejected photos so far. Gone. Don’t have to worry about those guys anymore. We are looking for the best of the best OR what moves me the most. Sometimes those are not the same. 😉 I usually repeat this 2 more times on average.

Once I get to the editing part- I look over the feel of the images. Clean? Black and white? Vintage? What kind of vintage? Soft and pastel? Or that 70’s Show type vintage? Those are questions I ask myself. :) I must note here- that although my version of ‘clean’ to many other pros may not be quite ‘clean’…it’s my version of it. I labored over skin tones

8 Comments

  • Lela · Posted December 16, 2010 at 4:02 am · Link · Reply

    This is beautiful! The image, her outfit, her sweet face. Love it!

  • Denise Snyder · Posted December 16, 2010 at 6:25 am · Link · Reply

    Amy your presets have been sooooo helpful! They’ve really done wonders for my workflow. Love your little tutorials! Thank you!!!

  • Cheryle · Posted December 16, 2010 at 6:43 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks for showing what you do Amy! Beautiful!!

  • Destiny · Posted December 16, 2010 at 11:03 am · Link · Reply

    Amy, Thank YOU a MILLION times over. Your actions, presets, and tutorials have made all the difference to me! My workflow is getting faster and faster and its all because of you. Merry Christmas and keep up the AMAZING work!

  • Darci · Posted December 16, 2010 at 11:18 am · Link · Reply

    Thank you very much for this article and tutorial!!! I am so new at editing that I read these and its all a foreign language to me! I just got Lightroom for 30 days and I am soooo lost but hopefully I can try it again!! Love your blog!!!

  • Jodie · Posted December 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Love all of your presets and the info you always give!! Your photos are always soo stunning! :)

  • Natalie · Posted December 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm · Link · Reply

    What a nice tutorial. Thanks

  • jules · Posted January 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm · Link · Reply

    thanks so much for the beautiful tut! she’s gorgeous and your pp rocks!

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Lightroom Freebie | Haze It | Lightroom Preset

November 19, 2010

*please remember all my presets are currently made for RAW images. they can be applied to jpgs but the effects are very strong and may require heavy tweaking.

Ok so not a true “haze” in the Photoshop sense. But it does a fair job of pretending to be. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite little presets that I apply over many of my presets. It does not adjust color or white balance. It does adjust tone curve, brightness, fill light, contrast, blacks, recovery and applies a little vignetting. That’s why I apply it AFTER my favorite preset (that does adjust color). Or you can just manually adjust exposure (it does not affect exposure slider), colors, color balance, temperature, calibration and whatever little things you want to adjust. Apply a Tint for more fun! Thennnnn apply my <haze it>.

Most often you WILL need to adjust this to your image. That is normal for presets. Presets are a starting point. Images are like snowflakes- no two are truly alike from artist to artist. Lighting, skin tones of the persons in the image, cameras, lenses, and even settings ALL affect the image you pull into LR to adjust.

If the image seems to have too little contrast- push the blacks and/or contrast slider. If it’s too washed out- decrease the dark and shadow sliders in the tone curve. Image looks weird in the places where the shadows are supposed to be? Then decrease the fill light slider until it looks right.

This preset will make your colors look washed a little. Not because it actually changes the colors but because it lightens the darks and shadows so much AND the fill light sprinkles light evenly everywhere in the image. And this is why it appears a bit hazy. It’s delicious to me. I love it. 😀

Here we start with a sooc image. I did crop but made no other adjustments. This is my girly pie Skye. 2 and full of sass and humor.

camera: nikon d700

lens: tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

settings: 62mm | f/2.8 | ss 1/800 | iso 640

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Now here we have my sooc image and I applied my Jasper preset from my Jewels collection. Ruby looked pretty awesome too. The pink tones of Ruby made this very girly and if you move the slider warmer it makes it a warm pink- oh yum. Ope- call me a side-tracked sally sorry. On to Jasper. 😉 Jasper was the one I selected to make my sample here. Not sure if you noticed but I like warm golden images usually. 😀

I made a judgement call to not tweak it here since I knew what {haze it} would do. But just so you know- I almost always need to tweak a preset. Even my own. :)

looking lovely. i like! she kept sitting down in the wet grass. making her petti all dirty and getting leaves in her fluffy scarfy boa thing.

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Alrighty. Now we’re at image #3. I took the previous image and simply applied {haze it}. That’s it. Now I didn’t want to tweak it here. But I find sometimes after applying {haze it}- I want to add more blacks or contrast and back off the fill light a little bit. I personally never move the recovery slider. I like what it does to my skin tones here and it allows me to really push the fill light and shadow sliders without having blown spots. I Don’t use the recovery slider past 30. Ever. Personal choice but after 30 skin looks weird and pasty to me. Just an Amy tidbit, I guess. :)

*Also note that if your image is greatly overexposed to start with and you end up needing to use the Exposure slider more than -.52 or so…this preset looks really weird and you may want to skip it. 😉

So here is my final. I may or may not pull it into Photoshop if I wanted to do some local burning here and there or tweak colors more (prefer to do that in PS personally). I know you can use the adjustment brush to “burn” – I just really prefer PS for that myself.

Voila!

Isn’t being in the digital darkroom fun?

Download. Install. Play. Enjoy.

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4 Comments

  • Amarie · Posted November 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for your awesome freebies!

  • Denise Snyder · Posted November 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you! Your presets are awesome… and you’re very generous with the freebies!

  • Chris · Posted November 22, 2010 at 9:19 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks for another great preset!!

  • Shari Fox · Posted December 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm · Link · Reply

    I just stumbled on your website.. and I am so loving it here. SO many lovely tid-bits!
    I just upload (Thank You very much) some of you free presets. I am so giddy with happiness. I love Lightroom. I love how you make it so much easier to move around in.

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New Presets added to the store! ::: Jewels | LR Raw Presets :::

July 19, 2010

Six lovely jewel inspired {aio} presets. Use the helper presets to fine tune your results. For Raw images only. These presets work a little funny- tweak exposure AFTER you apply it. Sounds backwards right? 😉 Apply an {aio} then adjust exposure, bump the blacks, adjust fill light- you might even need to add a recovery preset. Adjust all the sliders you desire to tweak in the right panel to taste. When you’re all done- adjust the tint slider and warm it up or cool it down. Done. Mere minutes to a masterpiece. 😉

Here is a before and an after with the recipe- just so you can get the most out of these and see how I use them.

And here is the {aio} Jasper preset. {aio}s are a starting point, remember that. For best results- begin with a well lit and not too deeply shadowed image (especially on the faces) and then… tweak using the helper presets and your sliders in the right panel. 😀 If your image has a lot of shadows on the face- you will need to spend some time in the Tone Curve for some more heavy duty tweaking.

In this image I applied {aio} Jasper, {exp} -.69, {recovery} 15, {blacks} 18, {fill} 8 and then adjusted the tint/white balance sliders to taste.

All six presets: Jasper, Malachite, Peridot, Ruby, Sapphire and Topaz change up the calibration and hues a bit. Adding a slight Split Tone and really making use of the blacks, contrast and tone curve. Change it up, tweak it, apply your favorite actions over it when you are…most of all- have fun!

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  • Natasha · Posted August 28, 2010 at 3:29 am · Link · Reply

    Heey, didn’t know ya had these presets. Man… I LOVE ALL YOUR STUFF!! :)

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