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Loupedeck CT: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic

November 8, 2019


Hi, I’m Adam from First Man Photography
and today I’m going to show you how the Loupedeck CT can fit in perfectly
with your Lightroom workflow. So we start off on the home screen
once we’ve launched the Lightroom app, and usually the first part of my process is
to go through my images and rate them. We start off in the library module, and I can just hit button 1 to take me into the ratings workspace. Here on the left hand side on the dials
I have the thumb size, turning that and it will adjust the size
of the thumbnails in the library module. With the zoom dial I can just zoom into
an individual image, which is very useful. I can also then navigate between
the images with the main wheel and then look into them with the zoom dial. To bring up my rating, I hit FN+1
to bring up the advanced rating. Usually I will give mine a star rating,
so for this image that’s not selected I can click four stars or maybe even five stars. We can then scroll across, using the wheel,
to the other ones that I’ve not rated yet. I’m going to give them a rating of three
because they’re not quite edited yet. Through this workspace you have access
to all your normal functions you would always have in the library,
like “Add to quick collection”, or if I swipe across on the device like this,
I’ve got access to flags. So I’ll use the main dial to roll back to the first image, and then I’m going to click the number 2 workspace which, when I click that, automatically takes us from
the library module into the develop module, where I can then make some basic adjustments. The basic adjustments are set up on the dials here,
and to move to the second page of adjustments I can just swipe up
to get access to all those controls. But I think with this image, I just want to make
some basic temperature adjustments. So I can turn the first knob here
to add in a little bit more warmth to that image. I’m also increasing the tint a little bit,
to give you that sense of nice warm sunset feel. If I go a little bit too far, I can just press the dial down and it will reset that value. So it’s gone back to its original value and I’m just going to turn that up to about 11. The Loupedeck CT also gives me
quick access to the crop tool. Looking at this image, I think this
would look much better as a square crop, so I come up to my adjustments and click on
the crop tool to bring up the the crop in Lightroom. I then have all the adjustments I would like to make.
I might want to adjust the crop size, so I can make it down a bit like that
if I wanted to crop into the image and equally I can make fine rotations
using that knob there, or slightly bigger rotations using the wheel. I’m going to reset that because like I said,
this would look really good as a square crop. So I come back to the touch screen and I just hit 1:1
and that will make it into a square crop. Then just make minor adjustments with my mouse,
hit “Apply Tool” and it will apply that crop to the image, which I now think looks much better. Looking at this next image, it’s full of contrast
with those bright mountains in that dark foreground. When I have an image like that,
I usually want to exaggerate that contrast. I can do that using curves,
and it’s all easily controllable from the Loupedeck CT. Hitting FN+2 to bring up that second level of control,
I have access to all my curves. On the dial here I can adjust the highlights,
I can adjust the curve like that, come up to the darks as well and adjust it,
and have full control over those shadows. I can also use the main wheel to adjust
where the split occurs on that on that curve, so I can adjust the mid split like that,
come down to the low splits and do it like that and then again adjust it from there using the main dial. It just gives really nice control
over your curves and your contrast. You can also see on the device here
that we have some built-in curve presets that are shown in this layer of magenta controls
on the touch screen. Let’s move across to the next image here,
which is obviously full of color. Again, the Loupedeck CT gives me full control over
all of this color with the HSL panel in Lightroom. All I need to do to gain access to that is to hit number 3, as the the third workspace is the HSL. It appears on the touchscreen with
the Hue – Saturation – Luminance down the side. To adjust those controls, I just very simply turn the dial so I can affect the the Reds in this image, and you can see it moving up and
down on the scale there. Again, if I go too far one way or the other,
I can just press that down to reset it. To get access to the other colors
I just swipe up on the touch screen here, that gives me access so I can
turn down the purples here if I want to. Again I’ve gone a bit too far, so just hit
down on that and reset it. Swipe again and you get access to the Blues,
and the same again for those Yellows and Greens. Let’s move on to this next image
which is black and white. What I will often do with my black and
whites is to give them a slight blue tone, I just think it looks really nice. I do that through the use of split toning,
which I have total control of using the Loupedeck CT. I can just press on number 4
to go into the split toning and to give it that blue tint
I turn the hues up to about 235, I then go up on the saturation to about 11
and then do the exact same thing with the shadows. Go to 235 which brings up that slight blue tone
and then go up on the saturation to about 12. It’s a totally personal thing,
but I think that looks really nice. You can take that a step further if you wanted
and go with completely different tones, having a green tone on the shadows there…
it’s completely up to you. Right, so I’m just going to hit the undo button on the Loupedeck CT to give me that blue tone back. I now want to add a little bit of sharpening to the image,
so I’m going to do FN+5 to bring up the sharpening. Then I have the control on the dials here,
so I can just give it a little increase in sharpness, not much, just subtle changes. I want to do the same with the noise reduction,
so I hit the noise reduction button there and then we’re adding some noise reduction, which works really well for this image because it’s very smooth, and it’s a long exposure as well which can
introduce noise, bringing it somewhere up to 13. Let’s move on to the next image, this is a picture that will look really good with one of my built-in presets. It’s a preset that I’ve made myself in Lightroom,
and I can assign that to the Loupedeck, which gives me very quick access
to improve and speed up my workflow. To get to the software for setting that up,
I can just hit on the home button to go back, and then just click the little Loupedeck icon there and that launches the software for me. I’m going to assign it into the color panel here,
because it’s mostly color settings that I’m adjusting. So I’m just going to click on the color setting,
go to the touch screen here, and create a second page of that touch screen. I can then go to “Develop Presets”
over on the left hand side here and just find my user preset
in the drop down box there I just need to select the second page there
and then drag my preset onto it like that. So that’s done in the software; we can now
go back into Lightroom and bring up that page: Workspace 3 on the device and then just
swipe across to that second page where my bad weather preset is there waiting for me. I can just hit that and it will put that preset onto that image which now has that hugely dramatic feel to it. Once I finished processing my images,
I then want to export them usually and I can do that by going to workspace 8 on the device, which gives me all my export settings. I can also assign export settings
automatically to the Save key, so I can just press down on the Save key
and the Export panel comes up. I can also take my most commonly used presets there
and assign them to the touchscreen as well. As you can see, the Loupedeck CT fits into
every single stage of the Lightroom Classic workflow. It can improve efficiency and speed
and you can also customize it in any way that you see fit to just be specific to your workflow. I really hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to
using the Loupedeck CT with Lightroom Classic!

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