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Lightroom Tutorials Are Back - Great For Learning Basic Real Estate Post Processing

Published: 14/05/2014

EnfuseBracketsAs I promised in the last Q&A post I've gotten Simon's Lightroom video tutorials, an uploaded them to my YouTube Channel. and created a Lightroom-Tutorial page that is an index to these videos. There is a link to the page along the top of the blog and I'm going to put up a Ad type link on the right hand side-bar.

It's been a while since I've watched some of these videos. Uploading and organizing them renewed my appreciation for them. These tutorials are a great starting place to learn basic post processing for real estate. The cover all of the basics.

Even though these tutorials were all done before Lightroom 5 they are all still relevant and useful for real estate photographers. I especially like the two tutorials on processing brackets with LR/Enfuse and using Enfuse with flash. These are ideal for beginning real estate photographers that want to shoot brackets and are a bit intimidated buy flash lighting.

One last thing. If you have questions about these ask me, don't bug Simon. I've turned off comments on the videos but left comments on on the index page, so if you have comments or questions on this leave them on the Lightroom-Tutorial page. Also thanks Simon for your generosity in donating these tutorials to the PFRE community!

Larry Lohrman

7 comments on “Lightroom Tutorials Are Back - Great For Learning Basic Real Estate Post Processing”

  1. Simon and Larry, big thanks for this. I've watched several of the videos and I'm still a beginner/intimidated as far as post processing goes, so these are really helpful!

  2. Thanks Larry & Simon,
    one issue I have is color correcting (or light balancing in Post) which I didn't see on the tutorials.

    I always do a custom white balance on each interior shot (using a lightdisc) which looks fine on the camera LCD. I also calibrate my monitor using an X-right i-1 Pro calibration device every month. But when I import my images to Lightroom 5, the interior images do not look as neutral as they did on the Camera's LCD.
    Do you or our fellow photographers have any suggestions on camera calibration in Lightroom?

    These are great Lightroom tutorials.

  3. I am really delighted that these videos will get a new lease of life : and big thanks to Larry of course for making the time to re-publish them. They were developed very much with Larry's guidance as to what might be helpful and workable for RE photographers looking to streamline their post-processing. I am only sorry that my current work commitments made it hard for me to monitor my original you tube channel and post new material/ answer questions. I hope people find them useful and I am delighted to chip in to the PFRE machine: the books, forums and generous advice by established photographers on the PFRE Flickr site have all been such a help as I developed my own techniques and business approach to RE and interiors photography.

  4. Ok Eric : can't resist this : my take on your neutrality issue: the image on your LCD will have your custom WB applied: and this should certainly have been carried through to Lightroom (assuming your White balance settings - preferably set via a preset applied on import - are set to "as shot": and not auto). That's the first thing I would check. Next thing to note is that your camera LCD image is a JPEG approximation of the RAW file you are presumably shooting : which means the picture style you have selected on the camera (for Canon e.g. settings like portrait, or camera faithful or camera neutral etc) will be applied to the LCD playback image: this has a bearing not on white balance as such but more on representation of colours : e.g. punchier reds for portrait images. When you import to LR it by default applies the "Adobe Standard" profile in the camera calibration tab right at the bottom of the options in the develop module. This may be leading to the mismatch you see : I have found Adobe Standard , while creating nice quite contrasty/ sparky images, to pump up the reds a bit : e.g. floorboards/ furniture. So I opt for camera neutral (NB this is just LR's attempt to match a generally agreed profile for that camera profile). If you want to get complex check out the colour checker passport with which you can create a bespoke profile for your lens and camera combination: but it isn't really essential. I would set your camera to the neutral picture mode and then (again adding this setting to a preset that can be applied on import) set Lightroom to import files with White Balance as shot and with the camera profile to match (so camera neutral or however your camera refers to them). That should ensure camera and monitor are at least on a similar "page". Lastly bear in mind your camera's LCD is a poor match for your calibrated monitor: I don't take the colours of mine very seriously but I DO notice a better correlation when I set Lightroom to not apply Adode Standard as a profile. My monitor is also calibrated (via an eye one like you) to 6500K which makes for a slightly cooler look to whites/ areas of neutral tone : some calibrate to 5500 (D50) and this gives a warmer look . The camera LCD may and probably is a lot cooler in WB terms than your monitor (bit like a laptop screen versus proper photographic monitor like Eizo, NEC etc) . So I would check that too as your monitor may simply be warmer than the camera LCD. Hope that helps/ doesn't open too many cans of worms!

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