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Friday
Nov302012

Watch Me Light Up the Room

On Wednesday, December 5, I’ll be presenting at the SF Bay Area Lightroom User Group. I’ll be showing off my “Develop module workflow,” which means I’ll be dropping the science on making the pretty.

I have a rather crazy methodology of working in Lightroom’s Develop module that uses hundreds of custom-made presets (UPDATE: now available, see below). I’ve been wanting to share it with y’all for a while now, and this seemed like a great way to do it. I hope you can come!

Reader Comments (22)

Any chance to have it recorded and posted up on the interwebs?

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterDaniel García

Stu -- will your talk be recorded for posterity for the geographically challenged? I'm still primarily an ACR/Bridge user (with side trips into LR now and again), would love to be the recipient of some science...

November 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff Smith

Sounds mindblowingly awesome. As I am geographically challenged too, I will most likely explode in envy. Damn!

December 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterSamuel H

Us east coasters dont feel the love :(

December 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterMichael Datny

I'd be willing to send a friend to film it.
Do we want it shot on RED or T3i?

It's Stu, let's DVX it.

December 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterGrant Ellis

The User Group events are usually recorded. Think good technical thoughts.

December 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterStu

Any chance that you´ll record it?
6000miles is a litte too far:)

December 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterPhilipp Buron

You can watch the recorded presentation here (bottom of page):

http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Lightroom-Users/messages/boards/thread/26298492

December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterDan Sturm

[in line to buy Stu a beer's worth of LR presets!]

December 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff Smith

Awesome. And I don't even have Lightroom.

December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterSamuel H

BTW: you mentioned that "people are red on the inside" and because of this they look better under warmer light, even if you correct white balance after the shot. Does this mean I should get tungsten-balanced lights instead of the (much more convenient) daylight-balanced lights? Or are you talking about even colder lights?

December 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterSamuel H

Amazing presentation! Lightroom is a fantastic tool.
You make it look so easy as always.
Love scrolling through the presets and "reacting." That is a genius idea!

Any chance we could get all those presets as a download?
I'll be glad to buy you that beer :)

December 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterEric Kuentz

Just watched the presentation and loved it Stu. Great mix of "factual" tech information to use as tools, combined with the "conveying emotional feel" discussion.

I didn't know all the information about the warm/blue original "lighting" so that was super helpful. I have often times tried to get that look and would have used a cooler bluer light or gel to try to achieve it...now I know why my skin tones looked so harsh and unnatural.

I have the same question about Studio Strobes and color temperature as Samuel H above???

Thanks Again for the great session. I'll look forward to seeing your release of your presets.
Jeff

December 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterJeff Petersen

As long as there's some warm wavelengths, then if you correct to bring them out, you'll bring forward the soft skin look. But you'll probably never correct a cool-lit shot as warm as you would a warm-lit one.

December 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterStu

When can i buy the presets? I want to support your drinking habit!

December 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterBrian Mc

how are you capturing the stills from movies? thats useful as F

January 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterJonathon Thompson

Stu, I'm just wondering if you use Prolost Flat settings for photos just as you do for video? In effect, I'm just wondering if it allows for more of a "blank canvas" from which to work with when you get to Lightroom. If not, why not?

February 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterKarl Spencer

Very good, watching this really touched upon something that has been nagging at me for a while now. Having done the HDR thing for some time now I find myself really want to get away from it. I use HDR now mostly in certain areas of my images and toned down and blended, I'm using lightroom more and photoshop less although I do use both in tandem usually. Your philosophy of cinematically 'telling a story' with photos and lightroom tools is refreshing and perhaps the best lightroom "tutorials" I've seen. And it helped push me in a direction that I wanted to go but, couldn't find the way. You should consider approaching Scott Kelby to do a tutorial for his site. I think HDR has place as a tool but, it's application needs to be carefully applied in most circumstances. Thanks for the presets!

April 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterJohn Novotny

I've been having trouble getting the video for this presentation to play on the Adobe Connect site. Not sure if it's just me, but I have tried on multiple platforms. Is there another link I could try to watch this from? I picked up the presets and I'd love to see this video as it has been highly recommended to me. Thanks!

May 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterEva Snyder

I've been using your presets for a few months. Wondering would grade differently for for different skin tones?

June 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterJohn Novotny

Hi John, I wrote about that question a while back. The short answer is that folks of all skin colorations tend to occupy a very narrow hue band, even if they vary widely in brightness and saturation. And people with skin on the outside of that hue band (very olive or very ruddy) tend to look better when they are corrected closer to the center in hue only.

July 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterStu
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