Using Lightroom and Quicktime Pro to process images for stopmotion

Here's my first-ever video tutorial - and the first time you get to hear my voice (except for those of you who have spoken to me on the phone before - hi Ron! .. and Marc - and Kelly if you still hang out here sometimes). A couple of things that I thought people would want to know about and that really need to be seen in video tutorial form. 

Lightroom is an amazing tool, and perfect for working with images for stopmotion because of one factor - the Sync button, which lets you work on one image and then instantly apply exactly the same changes to all the other images in the folder. Lightroom only costs $150, so - not bad.

I also demonstrate use of a white balance card - something I recommend everyone should use. Sorry to inflict this on you - 17 minutes of my dull blather but to brighten things up I do make a few mistakes so you can laugh at me.  

I'll be posting this on my blog tommorrow, but here's a preview just for my SMA peeps. 

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Excellent! I can't quite put my finger on who you sound like. I think it's somewhere between Tom Hanks and Kevin Costner. You spoke clearly and concisely, and I found it easy to understand every word - not like some tutorials I've seen.

That white balance card looks pretty handy. Where would one get such a utensil? I can perhaps do without Lightroom at this moment (at least til I have some spare, spare cash).

Also, the shot you showed looks great. It feels like it could be a scene-setter 

Hah! Thank you - I really hate my voice, it's good to hear something positive about it. Also I notice the volume is really low, but once you turn it up it does seem nice and clear. 

Let's see - a white balance card in the UK - how's about this?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&a...

Many different models to choose from. Or if you don't want to buy online try a local camera shop - if you ask they'd probably be glad to order one for you if they don't stock them. I'd go with a nice small one that can fit easily into your average shot. Mine came in a nice thick little plastic pouch with a zip-lock top - I keep it in there all the time so it doesn't get all dirty and de-neutralize. 

It is possible to use them even if you don't have a program like Lightroom - just place it in set as I show, aim your camera at it under your actual lighting, and set a custom white balance.

About the shot - that's my 6th or 7th take on it, and I'm thinking about doing it one more time, because I noticed some of the raindrops are gigantic - like fist-sized!! Geeze - talk about killing the sense of scale!! We'll see though - I'm not eager to do it again. I think I'll wait and decide later. Other than the giganto-drops though I do really like that shot. 

Ah, cheers. I never even checked Amazon. For some reason I thought they were uncommon, specialist tools.

I think most people hate their own voice. It's a natural deterrent, so we don't breed with ourselves. 

I think most people hate their own voice. It's a natural deterrent, so we don't breed with ourselves.

Bwaaaa-haaaaaaaaa-haaaaaaaa!!! 

And hey - Tom Hanks!! I never noticed it, and nobody has ever said that to me before, but I just went and listened a little bit, and I can kind of hear it every now and then - just a little bit of the Hankster! 

Nice tutorial. I also own Lightroom 4 but have never used it to do much more than view images while I dump my SD card of images shot on vacation.

It never occurred to me to use it for correcting images in essentially a batch mode as your tutorial shows. I've always used Photoshop before for this. Lightroom is so much easier. I guess a big DUH is in order.

Thanks for the enlightenment.
... Jbd

Thanks John. I first discovered Lightroom when I was looking for some program that would let me import and work with RAW images - nothing I had could do that, and since my camera does RAW I really wanted to - and I watched a few Lightroom tutorials - that's when I discovered you could batch process like that. As soon as I saw that the light bulb went off! 

I also love the fact that you crop visually - you actually move a rectangle around on the image and can see exactly what youre going to get - in Photoshop all I can do is type numbers into little boxes and then click a button and see how much it cropped off each side - if I don't like it I have to try again - and again...

No good! There may be be a better way to do that in Photoshop but if so I never found it. Lightroom is so much more intuitive and helps you to really make things look their best. 

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