Resizing in Lightroom and Photoshop

Great Question:
How do I go about trying to save my photo to make sure it meets the assignment requirements?   I used Lightroom CC but was unsuccessful and proceeded to try Photoshop and it worked on there to just save it in the format required for the assignment. If I need to clarify please let me know! Thank you for your time!

 

Answer:

Quick Steps on Exporting Images in Lightroom:

  1. After you have imported and processed your photo(s), go the the Library module at the top right-ish corner of Lightroom
  2. Choose the photo(s) you want to export in the film strip at the bottom.  You may hold down the Command/Control key to select more than one photo
  3. Click the Export button at the lower left corner of Lightroom
  4. In the new window, work your way down
    1. Decide on your export location and if you want it in a sub folder
    2. Custom name the photo(s) to the assignment’s requirements
    3. Correct File Settings to:
      1. JPG
      2. AdobeRGB (1998)
      3. Quality is 80 or higher – the higher the number the better the quality but also larger files
    4. Resize to fit the Long Edge to 1920 pixels at 72 PPI
    5. Do not output sharpen
    6. Include All Metadata – but remove Person Info and Location Info if personal
    7. Do not watermark your photos for this class
  5. Click the Export button

Here is a sample of how the window should look.

Lr_Export

Quick Steps on Exporting Images in Photoshop:

After you have opened and processed your photos, you will want to resize them for submission.  When you resize in Photoshop, you are changing the actual size of the original image if you save it under the same name.  As we are sizing down, this means that your 1920 long images would not be good to print any bigger than a couple of inches in finished size.  To save your large files size, follow these steps.

  1. Process your large photo so that it looks like you want it to
  2. Save your large photo
  3. Go to File Save As and save your large photo again with the assignment requirement name
  4. Resize your photo by going to Image > Image Size in the top menu
  5. Change the Resolution to 72 PPI first
  6. Correct the longest side to 1920 pixels
    Ps_Resize
  7. Click the OK button
  8. Go to File Save As and save your now smaller photo as a JPG from the drop-down menu

Now all you will need to do is log into Canvas, go to the assignment, and click on the Submit button at the top right of the assignment to upload it.  Please remember to include your exposure notes in the Comments area of the upload.

 

Are allowed to do any other editing for the photos than cropping?

Question:
I was just wondering if we are allowed to do any other editing for the photos than cropping? I was doing my photo diary this morning and when I uploaded the photos to the light room, some of them are pretty light colored. I would love to add some contrast or do something else.

Answer:
After the Chair assignment, you may edit your photos so that they look the best they can!
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How should I brighten my images when printing?

Question:
Thank you, the info. you provided, it did help. I have been trying to print and the pics are printing darker than what they look like in photoshop. Any suggestions? Answer:
Yes, this challenge is not uncommon when printing.  Often the printer does not give you what you see on your monitor.  (Please take the Photo 285 class to learn how to get better results.)  🙂

Here is a link to a video of suggestions you can do to brighten your prints.

How can I find my exposure data in Photoshop, Bridge, or in my Nikon D5100?

Hi,

I found the following online at http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond5100/6 for your Nikon.  I believe you should be able to toggle through these displays by repeatedly pressing the playback button (silver triangle in the rectangle) on the back of your camera or possibly by pressing the triangle and then it “i” at the top of camera.  (If anyone can confirm this or correct it, please do in the comments section below.)

Inline image 1

OK, here are the different displays I found.

There are five display modes available in image playback, which collectively offer a comprehensive amount of information. By default, only the plain screen and luminance histogram – the first two screens shown in this selection – are made available, but shooting data, separate RGB histograms and a highlight clipping display screen can be activated individually in the playback menu.

Large image with file type, name and date information. Key shooting/file data plus luminance histogram
‘full screen’ view with no information ‘Second tier’ shooting data overlaid
Small image with WB information and RGB + luminance histograms Standard view with flashing highlight warning

As for finding the information with Photoshop, I created this video that covers Photoshop and Bridge

Finding Exposure Data with Photoshop and Bridge

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Are we suppose to color correct our images?

Question:

O.K., I don’t mean to be dense, but I think I missed something? I watched your video on design elements and how you gave us advice on how to take a better photo. I just need to clarify something. I thought we needed to shoot just in maual mode and upload pictures just as we shot them. Are we suppose to fix the pics before we submit? Like, add color, light, etc. Sorry, not sure why I missed this part of the class……..

Answer:

Thank you for the question.  Please know there is never any need to apologize for asking me questions.  We go over a LOT of material in this class.  When ever anyone needs clarification on any of it, please do ask.
You are to shoot in just manual mode from now on.  (You may use auto focus if you like.)  The Chairs assignment called for no manipulation of the images after being shot. This is meant to help you see what a full stop change (half the amount of light or double the amount of light) looks like.  After Chairs, you are welcome to manipulate your images in some photo editing software program if you like.  You may crop, correct color, increase/decrease contrast, sharpen, dodge (lighten an area) or burn (darken an area), etc… If you do not know how to complete a task and would like to learn, just let me know what software you are using and what you want to do to it.
As for missing this part, you have not.  We are still going to cover it.  I am just trying to keep your brain moving forward with my suggestions.  Points are not lost for not correcting images at this time – as we have not covered this in class.  I am just trying to help you all start to develop a more critical eye with your images so that they become stronger faster.
With all of this said, I would like to remind y’all that this is not a Photoshop class.  This is a photography class.  Any changes/corrections to your photo should be done to help promote your idea behind the image.  Cropping and enhancing a photo is encouraged.  Trying to correct an overall poorly exposed image so that it does not need to be shot again (in other words, putting lipstick on a pig) is not encouraged.  If you need to reshoot your images, then take on the lesson learning potential and do just that.  You will be better served by working with a great image than spending time trying to correct a poor image.  (Trust me, I know this from first hand experience.)  😉
Hope this is helpful,
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