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bravozulu

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« on: July 17, 2013, 01:44:05 PM »

Completely new to PP. I fired up LR 5 this morning for the first time. I prepared yesterday by watching a few YouTube videos on LR 5, including one by a Frenchman. I have a long way to go.

As a preliminary, does LR 5 care what lenses I am shooting with to make perspective correction? If so, where is that information entered? Also, I understand the difference between a Managed Library and Referenced Library. For a hobbyist who doesn't shoot much, which is preferable. (hint -- I'm running an older iMac with only 6Gb of RAM.)
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Re: Newbie Questions
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 02:29:40 PM »

BZ,

I highly recommend the LR4 & 5 videos available on this site.  You'll go from zero to well down the road w/ LR in short order.  Also, Jeff Schewe's book "The Digital Negative," (you can get it on Amazon) is an in depth look at PP.

I'm not connected in any way - just grateful partaker of knowledge from both. 

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Re: Newbie Questions
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 03:45:38 PM »

As a preliminary, does LR 5 care what lenses I am shooting with to make perspective correction? If so, where is that information entered?

Yes, and it simply gets it from the EXIF data - ie information recorded in the photo by the camera.

Also, I understand the difference between a Managed Library and Referenced Library. For a hobbyist who doesn't shoot much, which is preferable. (hint -- I'm running an older iMac with only 6Gb of RAM.)
You're thinking about another program - Lightroom always uses regular Finder folders.

Look up Julieanne Kost's free videos on Adobe's site.

John

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 05:27:14 PM »

BZ,

I highly recommend the LR4 & 5 videos available on this site.  You'll go from zero to well down the road w/ LR in short order.  Also, Jeff Schewe's book "The Digital Negative," (you can get it on Amazon) is an in depth look at PP.

I'm not connected in any way - just grateful partaker of knowledge from both. 

Rand

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Re: Newbie Questions
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 05:50:26 PM »

BZ,

I highly recommend the LR4 & 5 videos available on this site.  You'll go from zero to well down the road w/ LR in short order.  Also, Jeff Schewe's book "The Digital Negative," (you can get it on Amazon) is an in depth look at PP.

I'm not connected in any way - just grateful partaker of knowledge from both. 

Rand
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013, 01:33:54 PM »

In addition I recommend to get the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (e)book by Martin Evening. It is essential to invest enough studytime in Lightroom. Then Lightroom realy performs.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013, 02:22:27 PM »

I too will recommend the Digital Negative.

Now when you are starting is a good time to think about your archive organization. I prefer to organize my images in my own folder structure, then let Lightroom import the photos from that structure and work within it. ("Add" photos without moving them.) Note that any changes to the photos inside your regular folders on your hard drive MUST be done from within Lightroom, so don't go moving or deleting folders or files in the Finder or LR will get confused.

For my personal photos I have a folder for the year, then a folder for each event or assignment inside. I also make use of captions, keywords, and ratings to keep track of photos so I can find things easily. Smart Collections work remarkably well to keep track of images as long as one is consistent about adding information to the files.

Lens Corrections: Lightroom has a pretty good catalog of cameras and lenses. Open the Lens Correction tab, choose the Profile option, and click Enable Profile Correction. LR should automatically choose the right lens. I have this set up as my default when I import photos, so every image has the corrections applied automatically. (Note that Lens Corrections won't work for some lenses, such as those from manufacturers who build the corrections into the raw conversion data, like Panasonic, or from old manual lenses that don't provide any EXIF data to tell LR what they are.)

Good luck and have fun.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2013, 10:32:58 AM »

Another good source of information is George Jardine's site and tutorials. Check out http://mulita.com/blog/.
The videos are full of great information.
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Re: Newbie Questions
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2013, 05:50:50 PM »

bravozulu--

I too am on a steep LR5 PP learning curve, and after buying, reading and studying the materials covered in "The Digital Negative"  by Jeff Schewe, and the "Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book" by Martin Evening,... I've moved the "yardsticks" on my LR5 PP learnings.

The LuLa videos on "Camera to Print and Screen" and "Advanced Lightroom 4" where also very helpful.

Leszek
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Re: Newbie Questions
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2013, 04:07:06 PM »

In addition I recommend to get the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (e)book by Martin Evening. It is essential to invest enough studytime in Lightroom. Then Lightroom realy performs.

Boudewijn Swanenburg

Good advice I think.  I have all his books from the beginning of LR.

Glenn
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