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Imaging Programs

Lightroom 5 Workshops

Lightoom Classic CC

We highly recommend the use of the latest version of Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom, available in free, one-time, 30-day trial once you establish an account, in our workshops and work flow, as it is based on Adobe Photoshop, the standard for the industry.

It also makes it easy for us to show you, the workshop participant, how easily you can tweak your photographs on your own computer. Lightroom CC and 6 use quite a bit of memory, so if you have an older computer with less than 4GB of memory, you may be safer to stick to Lightroom 3 or your own imaging program. That said, and as you can imagine, we cannot know all imaging programs out there, and we do demonstrations on different participant images in Lightroom on their own computers, so you can watch and apply those same techniques using your own imaging program. We will, however, look over your shoulder and make suggestions of what you might do to strengthen your photograph.

We find Lightroom to be a really great, intuitive tool for editing, removing those dust motes that plague digital sensors, and for finer tweaks that can be made easily in this great program without actually changing the digital negative file. The new parameters and adjustments for the histograms and color and tone adjustments are terrific, and the radial filter is superb. and there are numerous other features that make imaging so much easier.

Photoshop was conceived and designed by techie-steroid engineers who developed the program for graphic artists. While photographers started using it, it was never particularly intuitive or easy to use, especially for beginners, in spite of vast improvements over the years.

Lightroom, on the other hand, was actually designed by photographers for photographers — what a concept — and now that it has so many more tweaks and features than its first version, most professionals and amateurs who use it agree that it is a dream come true. For more on Lightroom, check out our Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures' blog using this search.

These are obviously not required, but plug-ins can make your life a lot easier and produce better results than using your straight imaging program. Many are available for a discount if you are a member of ASMP, NANPA, and NAPP, to name several organizations. Some of the plug-ins I have used for years and are for Lightroom and/or Photoshop, including:
  • Dfine, by nik Software/Google (excellent noise reduction when Lightroom doesn't quite do it)
  • Digimarc, (invisible watermarking for your images, may need to be manually installed)
  • Perfect Resize, by OnOne Software (for upsizing/downsizing photographs without losing sharpness)
  • PhotoKit Sharpener, by Pixel Genius, CS (great sharpening tool done in layers)
  • Sharpener Pro, by nik (another great sharpening tool)
  • SilverEfex Pro, also by nik (amazing b/w conversions)
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Stitching Programs for Panoramas
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The first digital pano I did, all hand held.
For those who want to do stitching, however, we recommend Autopano Pro, by Kolor, even over Photoshop and definitely over Lightrom, although both are ever improving. Stitching, for those who are not familiar with this term outside the sewing room, is the process by which you put together several individual photographs to make a larger one. Panoramas are probably the most common application for this technique, but remember, panoramas can be verticals, too.  Autopano Pro has a demonstration version. It is unlikely that you will want or need Autopano Giga.

Before every workshop, we send our participants a list of what they will need.

Digital Asset Management
Digital Asset Management, for those who don't know, is the hopefully-efficient process that takes your digital images from your camera to your computer, processes them, and catalogues them. There is a four-part series on this at the Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures' blog. Check out and start at the bottom for the first (oldest) article in the series.

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