by Caleb Goellner

From the Pros: Photography Workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop

Camera, lighting, and the perfect scene waiting to be photographed… How often do the elements align for a great photograph? How often do you open the picture of a lifetime (or at least of a vacation) to find that the image your camera captured wasn’t exactly what you saw in the moment? Post-processing allows the photographer to re-shape the image according to his or her tastes, desires or artistic vision.

For professional photographer Elia Locardi, getting it right in the camera is just the first step in creating an image that captures the sights, sounds and, essence of a moment in time. Locardi wants to capture more than a 60th of a second, he wants to share the entire experience of a location.   

In this video series, Locardi walks through his photography workflow using a Wacom Cintiq Companion, Lightroom and Photoshop. He reveals tips and offers suggestions on how to make your finished images as spectacular as the memory of being there.

In the first video, Locardi covers his process for importing photos into Lightroom. He shares insights on what he is looking for in an image during the selection process.  Locardi shows the benefits of Lightroom, including a shortened workflow for initial adjustments to color, contrast, and exposure before sending them into Photoshop for compositional refinement.

Video two kicks off with Locardi recommending ways of simplifying Photoshop. He demonstrates the key tools that help him improve photos in the simplest and fastest way possible. By using layers and painted on masks, he dispels the misconception that photo retouching needs to be time-consuming and confusing.

In the final video, Locardi reveals the last 10 percent – those small final steps that moves a photo from good to unforgettable. He offers recommendations for filters such as filters from Google/Nik and onOne.

By the end of the video series, photographers of all skill levels will have new tools and techniques to retouch their photos so they images they see on their screen match the experience of seeing the sights in person.