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Increasing the Brightness tries to preserve the highlights while increasing Exposure will scale everything. This image demonstrates it nicely: source: http://lightroomkillertips.com/2010/lightroom-exposure-vs-brightness/


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Exposure has a stronger effect on the highlights. Brightness has a stronger effect on the midtones. To quote from the Lightroom user manual: Exposure Sets the overall image brightness, with a greater effect in the high values. ... Brightness Adjusts image brightness, mainly affecting midtones. ... Set the overall tonal scale by setting ...


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The most important thing for photo editing is to get a good monitor, one that has a wide-gamut and can be color-calibrated. Those vary in price but can be gotten for as low as $450 USD for a new NEC Multisync P221W. Can spend more and get a similar model up to 30" in size but that depends on your budget. NEC sells them with or without calibrator. What I did ...


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Adobe Lightroom's single license covers installing it on both your main desktop and your laptop. It even allows you to install one copy on a windows computer, and a 2nd copy on a mac. How many computers are covered by a single license of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3? Subject to the terms of the software license agreement, the primary user of the ...


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In the Library module, right-click on an image and choose "Create Virtual Copy". This allows two copies of the image to be processed independently (for example, one could be black & white and one could be color). Because Lightroom does nondestructive editing, you'll still only have one source file on disk (RAW, JPG, etc) but the editing changes will ...


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In your command prompt, go to the folder and run this: for /f "delims==" %r in ('dir /b *.nef') do del "%~dpr%~nr.jpg" 2> nul Basically, it goes through the current folder, runs through the .NEF files, and deletes the JPG if present. It ignores any errors if the JPG is not there. If you want subfolders, include "/s" (without quotes) in the dir ...


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What features of Lightroom do you want to use then? The library is essential to the workflow of as it is where the images to be worked on are represented. Full sized images are not stored in the library catalog file, so it is not very large in relation to them. For example the library files from a catalog with 3023 files is only 43MB after flagging and ...


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The reason your "originals" look like the edited version is due to the way Lightroom works. By default, when importing, Lightroom puts a copy of your original import in its catalog. No matter what you do with your images in lightroom, there is already always an unmodified copy of the original. Lightroom does non-destructive editing by default. You can ...


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The exposure control stretches the histogram in a linear way, so it will affect the brightest colors the most. The brightness control affects the middle range more, so that you can make an image brighter without affecting the brightest colors too much. In the image where you increased the exposure, you see that the light blue color is brighter. In the ...


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In Lightroom, open the catalog with the photos, select the collection or filter so that only the files you are interested in are shown in the library grid (or undo a filter/collection if you want ALL files). Select all the files by choosing Edit | Select All (CTRL+A on Windows). Export as JPG by choosing File | Export (CTRL+SHIFT+E on Windows). In the ...


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As a general rule, the stitching program should get the highest possible detail of the images, allowing it to make the best out of it. Therefore, I would not pre-process the images as it might degrade the information. However, if you have a large amount of input images, it might get difficult to work with the resulting large picture afterwards, due to your ...


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Your images are too large, which is not exclusively related to being RAW, JPEGs can be too large as well. The solution is to send a down-scaled version to Flikr. Here's how: Right-click on the Flickr 'bar' under Publishing service. From the menu that appears, select 'Edit Settings', that is the first option. The 'Lightroom Publishing Manager' will appear. ...


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The usual recommendation is to start with removing the color noise. So you would move the color slider until you remove any visible color noise, and not cause any color shift to the photo. Once you are happy with that step you can move to the luminance slider and again adjust it to remove the luminance noise, - you need to remember that when the luminance ...


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Lightroom and Photoshop aren't really (supposed to be) competing products -- they're complementary products that overlap. Lightroom is all about managing your workflow, which just happens to include image processing in most cases. Photoshop, on the other hand, is image processing to the max, but it doesn't really do much to help your workflow. There's ...


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A computer with a good processor and a high amount of memory (4GB or more) should run Adobe software very well. You should also consider a graphics card. It doesn't need to be a high end card but it should have plenty of VRAM. Details: Processor speed is important because graphics editing software (anything that deals with graphics really) does a lot of ...


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Jeffrey's Lightroom Exporter seems to be the most popular... http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies


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The photo was not found. It has even been delete or moved outside of Lightroom. If you have delete the photo, then delete them in Lightroom as well. If you have moved the photo, then you can click on the question mark and tell Lightroom where the photo was moved to. It will update its database and the question marks will disappear. If neither of those is ...


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Yes, this can be done. If you ignore the 'Devices' part of the Lightroom import dialog and instead look at the 'Files' part, ensuring you have 'Include subfolders' checked, you can cmd+click (Mac) or ctrl+click (Win) to select more than one source to import from. There is a video showing how this is achieved at this page on Petapixel. This works in ...


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It sounds like she's saving uncompressed TIFs. Ps will give you various options such as LZW or ZIP compression when you save. Since TIFF is lossless you can safely choose any of them. JPEG is not a good alternative as it is lossy; you will lose image quality.


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I use LR3's Publish To Flickr as well. My RAW files are 21MP, therefore to avoid the problem you mention I make sure the files are down-scaled to at most 2048 pixels vertically (my preference). Note that I first export my RAW files to JPEG, then publish my JPEG files. The reason I do this is because I want to keep a copy of my JPEG files on disk to share ...


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There is a bug in Lightroom 4 that can cause you to lose your point tone curve settings in existing images, as detailed here. This is a serious bug, if you use point curves. There are other relatively minor issues detailed at that link as well. The behavior of Pick/Reject flags changes in Lightroom 4. Now when you flag an image, the flag is global, instead ...


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Use the \ key. You should be able to figure this out by going to the View menu, Before/After and next to the menu items you'll see the shortcuts there. More shortcuts here: Adobe Lightroom 3 shortcuts


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Since I prefer to do as much editing of things like brightness, WB, contrast, etc. as possible before converting from RAW, I tend to edit each before stitching. I save final sharpening adjustments until after the merge. The nice thing about using Canon's Digital Photo Professional, which I normally use for RAW conversion, is that you can copy/paste a ...


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Yes the LR5 installer will migrate a LR3 catalog to LR5, automatically. Better yet, the installer will make a copy of your LR3 catalog, and only migrate the copy, so that your original LR3 catalog is left intact, in case there are problems. So have no fear, install LR5 (LR3 install will remain).


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I the single most universal and important thing will be to make sure the machine has an abundance of RAM. Memory needs for photo (and, if you follow the market into this space, video) are significant, and the one thing you want to make sure you're not doing a lot of is paging, as doing a lot of that will wreak serious havoc on performance. Now, what is "an ...


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An important thing to remember now that you switched to Lightroom is that you should try to do as much from there as possible. You will get used to it in no time. As you just found out, LR maintains a lot of information in its database and modifying the files on disc will put you out of sync. Another hurdle is to resist the urge to move files around from ...


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As someone who uses Lightroom and creates a fair amount of portraits, but there's one big area where I find Lightroom's tools lacking and I jump to Photoshop: retouching. Cloning - Lightroom has a spot removal tool which allows for a circular clone-like function, but if you need to do true cloning to remove blemishes, stray hairs, etc. you'll find that the ...


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The easiest way to do this is using a smart collection. You can use the Has Adjustments filter to show just edited photos, or the Edit Date filter to choose photos edited within a specific time period. I have a smart collection called "Edited this week" which is great for easily getting back to the photos I've recently worked on.


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I don't know where you're getting your information about Adobe Illustrator, but you've been misled. Photoshop costs about the same as Illustrator at the moment on Amazon.com, so I don't see how Illustrator is the "budget" choice. Maybe you're comparing with Photoshop Extended, but there are no features in Extended relative to standard Photoshop that you ...



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