Logging Photos in Lightroom 5: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace: Adorama Photography TV.

do in this episode we’ll talk about
logging stills in Lightroom for use on blogs videos and even books. Adorama TV presents exploring photography with Mark Wallace where you learn innovative techniques on
shooting a wide range of photography heres your host hi everybody welcome to another episode
of exploring photography I’m Mark Wallace and as you know exploring photography is
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so check it out in Adorama .com on this episode sort of a
continuation of what I’m doing to prepare for a world
trip all around the world for a few years and I talked about the year i’m
going to be using also updating GPS data in Lightroom in this episode were gonna talk
specifically about logging still photos and so the work that I’m going to
be doing I’m gonna be publishing a lot of images on my blog spontaneous world as well as I’m writing some photography books I
have to make sure that my images are prepared for those books and of course I’m gonna be making more
exploring photography video so a lot of those stills have to be prepared for video as well I need to be
able to do that very very quickly so we’re going to into Lightroom gonna be able to update the meta-data
tagged photos and then use export presets and publish
folders to do all the work for me automatically so that’s what we’re gonna
talk about in this episode and we’re gonna do a lot of stuff very
very quickly so we’re gonna jump into Lightroom a show you a few tricks but
before we do that check out these contests by Adorama alright well now we are in Lightroom
five and i wanna talk to you about preparing images logging them and preparing them for
three different things one using in blog specifically WordPress blogs the second thing we’re gonna talk about
with these images here is getting them ready for video and in
third you wanna talk about getting them over
to book specifically placing them in InDesign not normally we would talk
about things like going through your images these
are the images I shot a couple weeks ago as the images for the
GPS coordinates normally we’d go through here and we
would select the images we want to use not in our publications and stuff so I
doing here and I perhaps pick this image here press the
P button to flag that as pick I’d go through
here and say you know what that’s a pretty cool picture and I pick
that and so I’d have two choices so we’re gonna skip over that but I’ve got
these two images that were gonna work with today and I can go in here to the attribute tag
and say just show me the ones that are flagged and there we go we’ve got this
Silverstream kinda thing here in this copy shop what I want to do is talk
about this will point copy shop in Phoenix and so we’ve
got this little coffee house out front we’ve got this sorta
Outback this is a little a camper that you can actually in
the nicer parts of the year opens up you can actually get coffee
there eat outside it’s really sort of a cool little coffee shop from back kinda
deal so what I do is talk about that so what we gonna do is create our
Featured Image I’m gonna make this the coffee front of this and so let me show you
what our blog looks like so spontaneous world is the blog that Lex and I created for as a cataloging our
adventures around the world so you can see this is a standard
WordPress blogs a nice template with that featured images that are used
in the top bar here that scroll through so you can kinda see what’s going on with
different articles here now if I go into the
actual blog you’ll see the same images show up on as featured images if I go into one of the articles itself
you’ll see again we’ve got this big banner across the top and then if I go down here got some
small thumbnails that if you click you’ll see that they pop up this is all
standard word press stuff that you’ve seen a million times before or we can also
go into like this right here this backpack Jenga article that
lex wrote and you to see that this is an actual image that’s in the the article itself so its not in a gallery it’s just placed in so we’ll
make sure that we got these all prepared so we can upload them to our blog and they show up
correctly and the other thing this image at the
top if we resize the block its resized as well as part of
the template that we have so this ones going
to be a pretty big image so large screens will have a nice for
image as well now that we know how these are gonna be
used let’s go over to Lightroom see how easy it is to prepare it so this coffee imagery here
this is what I want to use for my featured image so what I want to do is
go to the developed module then I’m gonna click on the crop tool and
this featured image needs to be a sixteen by six aspect
ratio really wide to do that over here on the aspect
ratio you can use a shot and thats if you go in
here and start cropping that’s going to keep that same
aspect ratio or you can use a custom aspect ratio and you can see that I have a sixteen by
six custom aspect ratio how do I create that super easy you can
just go here and click enter custom and I wanna say I wanna
make one up here some might call it five by I don’t know 12 sort of a weird one but there you go a five
by 12 aspect ratio and now when I click this little
scrolly here you can see that five by 12 is part of my custom aspect ratios Lightroom will store up to
five of these so when you enter the sixth one the first aspect ratio that you create
is gonna fall off it’ll store up to 5 of these so I want to use 16 by six that’s the
aspect ratio that our blog uses so I’ve got this here, I
will crop this in just a bit I’m gonna straighten it out just a
hair bring that over and i like it I may go with
that hot enter and now I have a nice crop image that
can be used as a featured image let’s go back to the library module, hit G to
go back there now we’ve got this image here this is of that sort of Silverstream notice on the right hand
side under meta-data I have these captions and so if you go you’ve got all these
different EXIF and IPTC there’s one that’s called large caption and
allows you a really large space to write captions and so I’ve already
written in here Silverstream coffee shop in Phoenix Arizona and you’ll see this comes into play
quite a bit as we go through this I’ll zip over here also entered in this
coffee image here coffee shop in Phoenix all
right let’s see how all this comes together the key to all these
things are custom exports and you can do like you can expert
something custom preset I’m sorry a custom preset you can create a custom
preset extremely easily so all we’re gonna do here is we’re going to
create a fake preset just so you can see how it’s used and
I’ll show you the ones that have I’ve already created so what we’re gonna do here is we’re gonna grab an image then go to File export click and they will have this export one file we had this little a
dialogue here the promising a million times we want to export this to a hard drive
and we’re gonna say we want to expertise to a specific folder
we’re going to put this in a folder called fake blog and then
when I want to do is I want this image to be a JPEG image Quality of
eighty sRGB because it’s going to be used on
screens and We’re gonna type in let’s say 800
pixels wide the resolution is good we’re gonna
sharpen this for the screen and we’re gonnaI use all metadata to except the location info and
you can create anything you want here so I’m just
gonna use those as my starting point and after the import I’m going to show
this in Finder now when I can do is, I have all of my
settings created and normaly you would just click export I don’t want to have to create these over
and over and over again so I’ll do on the left-hand side here you’ll see
their presets that are created I’m going to add a preset and so this
preset is going to be called lets call it 800 pixel image. create whatever you want and then in the
folder we create a new folder called fake blog and this is really cool because. I
say create here now you can have this export thats already setup so I’m gonna click cancel
here in the future if I wanna export one or
10 or a million files all I have to do now is go file export
with preset 800 pixel image if i click that it’s going to use all the settings that
we’ve already created The folder name the image size, all the sharpening everything’s there if I hit space you’ll see this is 800 pixel wide
image it’s all set up in our folder called
fake blog So thats how you create a custom preset so what
I want to do now is show you how you can a export these
so I’m gonna say export spontaneous world 1000 pixels
normal and its gonna say where. I’ve created this so
will ask me where to create this on the desktop create a
new folder and called temp blog is a temporary blog file say open and ok it exports that and there it is 1000 pixels wide ready
to go for the blog and the other thing I want to do is
export this guy here this coffee so I say export with preset I’ve already
set up a 1600 pixel wide featured image so I’ll click that its
already a set up to be the exact size they want
same folder I’ll click export that’s all done it’s going to zip through this file
really quickly and you can see on this one that actually had a renamed to
feature image and if I click that you can see it’s
all set up as well and we zip over to our
spontaneous blog blog I can create a new post and what I’ll so I’m going to
add media what i’ll do is upload a file select the
file I want uploaded some my desktop called temp
blog and here’s my first image this is the
image of that camper I click Choose there goes notice over here in the title silver gulfstream shows up and in the
description Silverstream coffee shop in Phoenix
Arizona shows up where did this come from well to go back
over the Lightroom you’ll see that in my meta-data here if I say quick
describe you can see that I have a title silver gulfstream captions Silvergulf Stream Phoenix Arizona and that matchs that it’s pretty awesome then I can start using those in my blog ,I’m not gonna creat this post but you can see that’s how you set things up for blog
it’s very very easy and quick. alright now let’s talk about
getting things exported for video now this is a little bit
different I’m gonna show all the different images here for video and for books one of the
differences is instead of exporting once you might
wanna exports something and then have to update over and over
again maybe crop it a little bit differently update the meta-data perhaps do some
different develop presets it’s not like you’re editing it once in being done you might have to tweak it a little bit and for that you might want to have a
folder that automatically is updated with all the images that you
use and generally these images are used over a long period of time so if you have to go back and edit a
video or maybe go back and edit a video in just parts have that to use in a new
project he want to have all those raw files to still be available sounlike
a blog were you just uploaded to the Internet and then you delete them off your hard drive these you want to hang around for a
while so I’ve done is on my video drive I have actually
created a at folder here called videos, and then up here we have a folder called ADTV
stills those are Adorama TV stills and you’ll see that it’s totally empty
I’ve just created that as a placeholder, so we can create
this video so now what we’re gonna do is how do you
take these video images these stills images and music video
andup date a folder over and over well that the key to that
is something called publish services these are very very similar to export presets the difference is their
lives. So as you update folders and images and it will actually tell you hey your
folder on your hard drive is out of sync with the images in Lightroom let’s take a look what
we’re gonna do here is on the right we’re gonna click this little plus button and we’re
going to go to the publishing manager and in here what we’re going to
do its we’re going to add a new service and this is going to be hard
drive and the name for this is ADTV video stills so create that all right now we have this description
ADTV video stills what I wanna do is export these to not
the desktop I don’t want to do that I want to go and
choose a folder on my video drive here and we want to go
to our videos ADTV stills that’s where we
want these to go. so now that we have those will leave the
the names normal when ago here and we’re gonna have these
export as JPEG files we wanna crank these up so there pretty high quality so we’ll have them about eighty that seems to work just fine sRGB
is perfect for this we want to resize
these were gonna resize the long edge what we wanted to you is, normally our videos are 1080 so all say 1080 as the height of our image and we’re gonna sharpen these
for screen. We’re gonna leave all the meta-data in there and that’s
good so what we’ll do is save that now what I can
do is notice we have this little folder here called
ADTV stills and I can go in here and grab a few of the
images so I’ll take this we’ll take this just drag
it over tob ADTV stills now if I click on this we’ll see that there are three images
that need to be published when I click Publish what’s happening is
this is the same thing as exporting images it can apply all the
settings that we created the image sizes custom names or whatever you need to do
and its storing those go over here to finder its storing
those in the folder that you set up so here they are so we have this image here we have this
image here we have this image here. now watch what happens if I go in lets
say to this image and we’re gonna go to the
developed module and I’m gonna make it lets say black and white fine that’s cool
and now when we go back to our ADTV stills
notice this says modified photo to republish so it knows that we’ve
modified something on our Lightroom a catalog thats out of sync with the
folder that we created I clicked publish its gonna overwrite that
file in the folder with a new file so now if we go back
over this folder we can see that there it is to black and
white image now now the beauty of that is if you’re
editing in Premiere I what will happen is it will
automatically pull the most recent image so if you have one
person it’s editing images and another person thats editing video you don’t have to worry about
getting new assets over and over again as long as you both pointing to the same
hard drive everything stays in sync and that’s the
beauty of published folders and publish services. Now I’n gonna
show you one more thing really really quickly we’re gonna use the same strategy for
updating books so I going to InDesign you’ll see that I’ve created this little
frame here it doesn’t matter if you know InDesign or not this is just an
image placeholder what this will do is it will
automatically pull meta-data from our image and create a caption so check this out what we’re gonna do
here is we are going to go back to our develop module in our library module here and we will
go to our most recent data there we go get this guy right here so
this is our image that we shot downtown and I go down to our described here our large caption and I’m gonna say skull
lady in Phoenix there we go So I’ve got that you know what I will do here
now is I’m just going to drag this to my little published folder here called
on the go and noticed that shows up I will click
Publish now watch what’s gonna happen here this photo here is going to be published with
the settings that I created and if I got it InDesign I will click my little Photoshop file here dragon in and notice skull lady in Phoenix shows
up and the way that that happened is in
InDesign there something that’s called object and then we can do captions and you can do caption set up and you
can tell it what to pull it from we tell it to pull
from a description once I have that setup then it will go to this automatic pull that from the image
itself so in designs that some really cool
features the bottom line is as your logging images think of these
different things export presets and public services as
ways to automate what you’re doing so it doesn’t matter
where these are going if it’s going to a book going to a blog going to video you can
create presets or published services that automate everything for you to
keep everything in sync it’s really awesome so dig in and try
some of these things yourself. Alright well that’s a ton of
stuff that we just learned in Lightroom and don’t forget if you I don’t know
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