I talk about Lightroom a lot, as you will have noticed. The reason is that Adobe Lightroom is hands down the best workflow tool I know. Workflow meaning “what happens between arriving home with the camera to the finished product”.
Lightroom 6, as you will have seen, is a step forward. It has its issues—for now, the speed of the face detection module is way below par—but you can work around those, and they will be fixed.
But you do need to learn how to use it. Thank God it’s not Photoshop: it takes days to learn, not years. But it does take days.
Enter some help.
On May 30, I teach a workshop at Vistek: Lightroom and Workflow”. In it, you will learn backup strategies, computer strategies, Lightroom workflow and editing, and much more. Seating is limited, so sign up soon.
The same is true of the Flash workshop this Saturday in Oakville.If you missed the Vistek workshop, come on Saturday: 1pm, see http://learning.photography/collections/training-300-advanced/products/flash. Seating limited, so be quick if you want in.
Now, a (repeat of) a little flash tip.
If your flash looks too dark in the photo, why is it? It could have two very different reasons:
- Metering is wrong; the TTL circuitry decided on too low a level.
- With the current ISO and aperture, you simply do not have enough power (eg the ceiling you are bouncing off is too high).
To know which one: set your flash to manual mode, full power (1/1). Shoot. If the picture is overexposed, you had reason 1; if not, you had reason 2.
To solve the issue: For reason 1, go back to TTL and use flash compensation. For reason 2, go back to TTL and lower the f-number and/or increase the ISO.
That’s all – pretty simple, but often overlooked.