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Sedona and Monument Valley

Photo By Garry Lester
Pro Critique
This is a striking example of dramatic rock and dramatic sky. One small improvement would be to show more detail in the deep shadows of the lower right. In the pre-computer day, balancing the sky with the dark pines and shadows of the foreground might be accomplished with a graduated neutral density filter. Such a filter can still help reduce the amount of after capture adjustment work. Without a grad filter, it’s preferable to choose an exposure that leans towards the clouds, but keeps the shadows as open as possible. That way, in the computer you can “burn” the clouds and “dodge” the shadows to arrive at a pleasing balance that retains as much detail as possible across the image. Rather a few cloud edges blow out a bit than the foreground plugs up.

Lightroom 2 Tip
Leverage Multiple Monitors
Lightroom 2 2.0 added support for multiple monitors, which can greatly improve the efficiency of your workflow when dealing with a collection of images. At the top-left of the Filmstrip panel, you’ll find two buttons, labeled "1" and "2". The "1" button will bring up a pop-up menu that enables you to adjust the display settings for the primary Lightroom 2 window. The "2" button will toggle the display of a separate window, which you can configure using the controls found directly in that window. This second window then can be dragged to your second monitor display so that, for example, you can view the Grid view on the second monitor and the Loupe view on the first monitor, allowing you to navigate among your images more quickly than using the Filmstrip panel (which, with this configuration, could then be hidden to provide even more available space on your primary display).

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