Joe and Mary Ann McDonald's

Wildlife Photography

March 2007

Tip of the Month

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Although I've just begun to explore the potential and depth of Lightroom, I'm incredibly impressed by the potential this program offers for digital management, applying metadata and keywords, organizing images into collections for easy reference, and, perhaps most impressive, a RAW converter that does just about everything. Here's some highlights:

There are Five Main Modules, including the Library Module that you'll use for editing images, applying metadata and keywords, checking for sharpness, and comparing two or more images on the screen at the same time.

On both sides of the preview window there are tabs for applying keywords, finding images via a variety of methods, including file names and keywords, and a 'quick develop' tab for a fast RAW conversion.






In the Develop Module you can compare the original RAW capture with your RAW interpretation. More exciting still, tonal and luminance adjustments can be applied to a specific area by simply laying the mouse cursor over that spot. In this way, I added intensity and color to the gorget of this hummingbird, and darkened the green background, without affecting the rest of the image.







Here's a closer view of two of the controls in the Develop Module. On the left, the Luminace control is highlighted, and sliders for controling the green, yellow, orange, and red have been adjusted, resulting in the image you see above. On the right, the basic exposure controls have been expanded, although the overall look is similar to the Adobe RAW converter. The Tonal Curve is completely new, and offers incredible control in specific areas of the image. Good by Levels!

Here's those same adjustments enlarged, with a larger view of the subject via using the Navigator - just like in Photoshop. There's also a History Palette for scrolling through your changes, and a Snapshot mode for capturing your variations.







The Print Module is easy to understand, and the basic printing operation is identical to using Photoshop. However it's extremely easy to apply a name tag for image proofs, or a border, or sharpening.


If you've wondered if having Lightroom is worth the expense, I'd venture to say Yes. At first look, I've found it incredibly powerful and I believe it will be the answer to effective image management via its keywording and search/find features.

It shouldn't be too hard to learn, either, although this July we'll be offering the first of what I suspect will be several Photo Courses on Lightroom. Hopefully, we'll see you there!



Our Past Photo Tips of the Month:


Framing with a Telephoto
Against a Desert Sunrise


 ProShow Gold
Digital Slide Program

 Workflow and Workload -
You Can Keep Ahead

 New Lens Covers for
Long Lenses

 Action Wildlife Photography Camera Settings

 Bring along a Point N Shoot

 Liquids in your Levels -
TSA Warnings!

 Effective Cloning in Adobe CS2

 The Helicon Focus Filter Revisited

 Action Wildlife Photography Camera Settings

 Keep Your Head Up
 The Best All-Around Lens

 The Pond-A Must-See shooting Location in southern Arizona

 DIGITAL- Digital Birding

 DIGITAL -Shoot for the Future

 DIGITAL-Shoot for the Future, Part II

 Capture 1's Most Useful Features

maximizing depth of field digitally

  Backing Up Your Digital Files - you'll need more than you think

 DIGITAL Photographing scenes with extreme exposure values

 NPN- Nature Photography Network - a digital forum for nature photography

 Digital Pro Image Management Software

 Watch Your Backgrounds
The potential of composites or shooting in RAW format

 A Great Website for Information - the Singapore Nature Photography Society

 Save Your Equipment from Crashing!

 The L-Bracket, the ultimate camera bumper

At the Pulse of Life
by Fritz Polking

 Carry Your Gear!

 Shooting in Inclement Weather

 Carry-on Luggage for small commuter flights

 Visual Echos Tele-Flash for the 580EX Flash

 Ask Questions
Before You Go

 Seize the Moment!

Geared Focusing Rail for Macro Work 

 Protecting your long lens from SAND, the pleasures of beach photography

 How do we protect our gear from dust, and carry our gear when on safari

 The Ultimate Flash Bracket
Padding Your Wimberley
Tripod Head

  Specular highlights and the flashing frog
 Using TTL flash with Hummingbirds  Testing your Flash's Aim
Maximum Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance - they're not the same thing!  If you see it, it's too late -- a lesson in anticipation  How do you shoot the Moon?
  Low level tripod work  A great depth of field guide  Wimberley 400 and 600mm IS plate

 Sigma's 120-300mm F2.8 APO HSM zoom lens

 Using The Wimberley Gimbal head with a camera body

 Sigma's 120-300 f2.8 APO
zoom telephoto lens

 Custom Function 4-1 for Nikon and Canon shooters

 Sighting in a very, very long lens
 The Nature Photography Network - a super website for images and information
  Take a Workshop First   Luck, what is it?  Don't take in baby wild animals

  Airline Carry-On Luggage -Let your concerns be heard!

 Disconnect -- travel precautions

Photograph America Newsletter
 Wildlife Portraiture

 Obey the Rules
The Ti Chi Stalk
Photographing Critically Endangered Sites Bushnell Night Vision Optics  Adobe Photoshop 7 for $300

 The Sibley Bird Guides

 Removing Cactus Spines

 Drying out boots with newspaper

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