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Chris discusses how misunderstood sharpening is. Sharpening is often perceived to be a necessity in the digital world. Partially that’s right. The anti aliasing filters and the de-mosaicing process will reduce the sharpness and detail in a picture. By increasing edge contrast, sharpening will increase the perceived sharpness. It will thus make the photo more crisp and easier on the human visual system.
Rick takes a lot of pictures of horses. He wonders about how to organise the thousands of photos. Chris elaborates on why creating a new Lightroom catalog for each new event means missing out on some of the most interesting and important benefits that working with a metadata-driven system will give you. Most importantly there is the ability to quickly find photos based on their properties. An example: show all pictures from 2011 that have the keyword “barbecue”, that have a rating of three or more stars and were shot with a wide-angle lens. Using both the automated metadata (EXIF) and the metadata that you provide yourself (IPTC) enables a whole lot of wizardry that you won’t get if you don’t keep most pictures together
This episode also gives the surprisingly simple answer on how to change some of the metadata on all of your pictures. No need to write scripts and manually modify the contents of XMP files, Lightroom will handle all that for you in virtually no time.
- Sharpening explained
- 1 Hour 1000 Pics – Lightroom Workflow eBook by Chris Marquardt
- IPTC Information Interchange Model – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia