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Anatomy of an Image

In this series, Bob will use the 4-Phases workflow to process YOUR image from Camera Capture to Artistic Expression.
Before processing the image, we will discuss… 
“the Photography” – the camera settings at the Moment of Capture.

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“From camera capture to expressive processing”of YOUR photos!
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Questions & Comments


  1. Vicki S

    HI Bob –
    This will see like something I should know….but early on when we set up my catalog, there is a file there called “Auto Imported Photos”. When I would connect the camera to the computer and download images, they would always appear in that folder listed in subfolders by date, and I would then file them in other folders. That went on for years. Recently those imports are now going to another random file instead. How do I direct them to the Auto Import file? Surely this is an easy fix, but ??? Thanks, Bob. Vicki :- )

    • Bob DiNatale


      Lightroom has a couple of features to assist when importing photos: – an Auto Import feature and the ability to direct your folder destination when Importing. 
      In preparation for this I make 3 folders: two folders where I keep my photos: [_Auto_Imported] and a [ ToBeReviewed] folder. the 3rd folder is on the desktop – [LR_Watched-Folder] 
      LR IA

      *** Auto Import ***
      When setting up Auto Import you need 2 folders: 1) a “Source” folder [LR_Watched-Folder]and 2) “Target/destination” folder [_Auto_Imported] (You can find this feature under the “File” menu.) To set up the Auto Import feature: from the menu select the “Eached Folder and the Destination folder – remember to check the “Enable Auto Import” box.Now, when Lightroom is opened, it will move any photos in the [LR_Watched-Folder] to the [_Auto_Imported] in your catalog. (The only caveat here is when you select the source folder [LR_Watched-Folder], the folder needs to be empty.) 
      The way we used this was, when you get photos by email, you simply download or save the attached photos into the [LR_Watched-Folder]. When you open LR, your files will be in your catalog in the [_Auto_Imported] folder. LR IA

      *** Directing File/Folder Location on Import ***
      You mention “photos appear in that folder listed in subfolders by date“.
      The only time I know when this happens is when you import your files in LR. You can specify a destination location (the [ ToBeReviewed] folder). You also can specify the folder naming convention to create folders by shooting dates. I use the [ ToBeReviewed] folder as a holding area to review my photos.

  2. Dennis A Holt

    I watched Mitch’s video and found it very well done and look forward to using his ideas when I do my next print job. I am looking forward to tonight’s forum. I didn’t send another image but will next week. I signed up for all your forums and wanted to make sure I am on the list for tonight…..
    Dennis Holt

  3. Hank

    To all Photo Printers

    Mitch Boyer has an excellent 24 minute video explaining the in’s and out’s of BPC, and how to optimize BPC on your Prints.

    Mitch has an excellent website, is a detailed instructor, and has some great videos on all things photography.


  4. Frank Vetere

    Can you tell us how to set import presets?

  5. Vicki

    I enjoyed Wednesday night session and got lots of tips in editing to practice. You clicked on things I had not used before. My one confusion is in the WB where you click on the eye dropper and take it over to the colors. On what area are you supposed to place it? I tried it and everything always got way too light. I will work with it more. I guess I’m not clear on the whole grey card thing and just shift the WB to the presets offered in the camera. Thanks, Bob. I will try to practice the new things in the next week.

    • Bob DiNatale


      The other night I used the White Balance tool in two ways…
      #1 The most common use is to remove an unwanted color cast from your photo
      You do this by selecting the white balance tool (eye dropper) and move it over a neutral area in your photograph… this will remove the color cast. Now, make sure you click on a neutral area: a light gray; mid-Gray even a light black (a napkin on a table; a white shirt, etc.). If it’s hard finding something neutral, zoom into the eyeball or the teeth.  
      This should take most of the color remove the color cast. Sometimes, the results may remove too much of the cast (a warm sunset or the cool blue of an overcast day). If you will like to return to the original white balance – just go back to the “WB – As Shot” or, you can even move your “Temp” sliders to be somewhere in between white balances.

      #2 The second way is when adding a color to an adjustment tool, like the brush or graduated filter
      When you open an adjustment tool, besides all the sliders available to you, there is a “color” box at the bottom of that panel. If you click in that color box you can use the eyedropper tool to pick any color in that box. 
      What I demonstrated the other night was to make the green trees in the back of the scene “greener”. Instead for picking “a green” inside the color box – I wanted to pick “a more representative green of the trees in the photo.
      To do this, simply left Mouse click and hold while you drag over the scene. LR will sample the color at the tip of the eye dropper and put it in the “color box”. What I did after that was to adjusted the “picked” “color” and adjusted the saturation and brightness while viewing the selected area to make the effect more pleasing.

      Hope that helps,

      • Dan Koretz


        I’m puzzled by your comment that things got too light. The white balance eyedropper should have very little effect on overall brightness. By the same token, it should have only minor effects on the histogram. What you should see as you click on different areas is movement of the temp and tint sliders–in particular, temp. The white balance eyedropper will set the WB as if the area you click on is neutral (as Bob says, regardless of how light or dark it is). If it’s not neutral, it will correct incorrectly. For example, if you click on an area that is is yellowish and is supposed to be yellowish, the software will assume you have clicked on something that is supposed to be neutral and will therefore move the temp slider too far to the blue end to compensate.

        What puzzles me is that I can’t find any way to replicate what you are experiencing. Maybe you could share a screen shot.

        BTW, for difficult situations, it makes life a lot easier to carry a small neutral surface, like the pocket-sized WhiBal card, and take one shot with that in it. It’s cheap and easy, and it can save a lot of time. Placing the eyedropper on the image of the WhiBal will give you a WB that you can then adjust to taste and sync to the other files in the set. I do this often when shooting events in odd lighting, and I do it with every studio macro shot.

        I hope that helps. Happy to trade screen shots if that would be helpful.

  6. Dennis A Holt

    I found the forum very effective and look forward to next weeks session. I do have many questions but didn’t feel that the group was best venue. Perhaps a private session would be better. Let’s discuss!

    • Bob DiNatale


      Thanks for the comment. I would ask encourage you, that if the questions aren’t of a personal nature, to bring your questions to this comment area for all to benefit.

      I sense we are all at different levels down our photographic path. The more advanced can offer their knowledge respectfully…while those just beginning their path can provide a perspective with their questions that can open doors for all of us.


  7. Suzi Teegarden

    I always learn something from these Anatomy of a Photo forums. Some of the learning is about photo editing techniques, but the most important lessons are in how to see. It’s affects how I see the scene I’m photographing and expands how I see the photos I process.

    • Bob DiNatale


      Your right, it’s all about seeing. To be unencumbered, to see what is in front us… and to feel what we see. If this happens prior to tripping the camera’s shutter or peeling away distractions in post processing, to reveal what we felt when standing behind the camera… ah! If these forums help you see more… I am pleased. Thanks for sharing.