Adjusting Images/Postproduction

Use a post production software that you are familiar with to fine tune your images color balance, cropping, sizing and format.

I recommend Adobe’s Lightroom. If you’ve never used it before it will give you a short tour the first time you log in. (You should be able to login in CAD 100 or the DiSCO using your St Olaf ID when Adobe prompts you). If Lightroom doesn’t automatically initiate it’s tour then you can go to Lightroom’s “Help” menu and select “______ Module Tips” which module will depend on which on you are currently in. When Lightroom opens you’ll be in the Library Module. You will be using the Library and Develop Modules.

  • In the Library Module – when Importing select “Copy as DNG”
  • In the Develop Module – apply color adjustments using the sliders and/or by using the White
  • Balance Selector (looks like an eye dropper) – select an area of the photo that is supposed to be white or neutral gray.
  • Apply any straightening or cropping that may be needed.

Use the Lens Correction and/or Transform panel(s) to correct any distortion.

When finished editing, from either the Library or Develop Modules, select images, go to the File menu and choose “Export”.

  • Read and select from the relevant drop down menus.
  • Rename your files.

Under File Settings > Image Format :

  • JPEG is great for compressing and reducing image file size – so is perfect for the web, email sharing, and application
  • TIFF and DNG are much larger files but do not compress and can be viewed without special software

Under Color Space:

  • sRGB is a smaller space and used for web and screen based viewing
  • Adobe RGB 1998 or ProPhotoRGB are used for print based output

Under Image Sizing:

  • Quickly size images by longest or shortest edge or by pixels – great for applications. There are other options for sizing too.

If you have questions about Lightroom don’t forget that YouTube is a great and quick resource!