MacVoices #23192: Jeff Carlson Authors a Lightroom Compendium (2)

In Part 2 of our conversation about Adobe Lightroom: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features author Jeff Carlson explores the usability of Lightroom’s features for landscape photography and the masking feature,which allows for precise adjustments without affecting the rest of the image. The importance of understanding Lightroom’s capabilities is emphasized, and the Jeff explains how this book aims to guide photographers in approaching their editing process differently. We also touch on Lightroom Classic’s plug-in system and its flexibility in integrating with other applications. Jeff shares insights on exporting images from Lightroom, editing them in other programs, and re-importing them versus using third-party plugins within Lightroom. We wrap up by discussing AI’s influence on photography. (Part 2) 


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Show Notes:


0:00:47 Exploring Portraits and Retouching in Lightroom
0:01:01 Different Types of Photography
0:01:11 Introduction to general-purpose photography and adjusting tone, color, contrast
0:02:25 Importance of Lighting in Product Photography
0:04:01 Creating a color mask to selectively brighten the grass in a landscape photo
0:04:10 Capturing the Beauty of Landscapes
0:09:12 The limitations of AI-powered photo editing tools
0:11:35 Using Topaz Sharpen AI for precise image adjustments
0:15:20 Workflow implications of using third-party utilities for image editing.
0:18:08 No functional difference between utilities, just workflow and time commitment.
0:22:03 Excitement over a 40% discount on options
0:23:31 The amount of work put into the book
0:28:25 Jeff’s recent work and website:
0:30:29 Plans to discuss generative AI in the future
0:31:34 Connecting with Chuck on social media and show notes.


Adobe Lightroom: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features (Rocky Nook link

Adobe Lightroom: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features (Amazon link)


Jeff Carlson is an author, photographer, and freelance writer. Among many other projects, he publishes the Smarter Image newsletter, which explores how computational photography, AI, and machine learning are fundamentally changing the art and science of photography. He’s covered the personal technology field from Macs and PalmPilots to iPhones and mirrorless cameras, publishing in paper magazines, printed books, ebooks, and websites. He’s also the co-host of the podcasts PhotoActive and Photocombobulate, writes for Take Control, has spoken at several conferences and events.

He lives in Seattle, where, yes, it is just as gray and wet and coffee-infused as you think it is.


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