Typical Develop Workflow

To get the best results with the least amount of effort, you should follow a standard set of steps for all your work in Develop. In this chapter we'll cover all the individual adjustments you can make, and you'll learn how to dramatically speed up your workflow using Develop presets. First, let's outline the order of the Develop workflow you'll use to process most of your photos:

1. Global rendering

1.1 Default settings and Auto settings

1.2 Camera Calibration: Process and Profile

2. Crop and straighten

3. W hite balance

4. T one adjustments

4.1 Exp osure

4.2 Blacks

4.3 B rightness

4.4 C ontrast

4.5 Cla rity

4.6 T one Curve

5. C olor adjustments

5.1 Vibrance and saturation

5.2 Selective color adjustments

6. De tail

6.1 N oise reduction

6.2 S harpening

7. L ens Corrections

7.1 Dist ortion correction

7.2 Chromatic aberration and fringing

8. L ocal adjustments

8.1 G raduated Filter

8.2 A djustment Brush

9. S pot Removal

You'll fi nd that the majority of your photos will benefit from applying all or most of these standard adjustments, so we'll examine these in detail. Then, in the latter part of this chapter, we'll also take a look at some of the possibilities for special creative effects you can achieve within the Develop module.

Process as far as you can in Lightroom

Many photographers who have been using Photoshop, or other image processing software, for a long time have a natural inclination to do a minimal amount of work in Lightroom, wanting to switch to the other program as soon as possible to finish the photo. (If you're one of these folks, I believe you're cheating yourself!)

Practice processing the image as far as you possibly can, using Lightroom alone, before switching to another program.. .you won't regret it! When you've mastered the Develop controls in Lightroom you will not spend nearly as much time in other software.

About composite images

Any photo that is made of more than one original capture is called a composite. Currently, Lightroom can't produce composites. To combine multiple images you need to get them out of Lightroom and into other software, like Photoshop. Processing individual images that will become part of a composite requires special consideration. If, during processing, you start thinking of combining multiple exposures—in any fashion and for any reason—you'll need to start considering exports and external editors; covered in Chapter 5 and 9, respectively.

For now, as you're looking at processing individual images in Develop, learn to make the most of the tools available. You may find that in some cases—especially those that at first glance appear to require blending exposures—can be fully accomplished in Lightroom.

You will find images that in the past may have required compositing now can be successfully processed with just one capture in Lightroom.

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