Focus on the “Develop module” in Lightroom
The develop module is where you will spend most of your time in Lightroom. Once you are inside, note that on the right hand side you see panels such as basic, tone curve, HSL all the way down to camera calibration. Remember that the Lightroom interface is set up in a way that you should make photo edits from top (basic panel) to bottom (camera calibration panel). It is ok to edit photographs from a random spot but what I found is that some adjustment is dependent on what you made previously. For example, if you changed the highlights before adding exposure it doesn’t work as well as adding exposure before the highlight.
The “basic” sliders inside the develop module
When you click the basic panel you will see a whole list of adjustments sliders (temperature, exposure, clarity etc). Ignore them for now but focus on the histogram that is on the top right hand side of Lightroom. You should pay close attention to the histogram before starting to make adjustments to the photo. In fact, you can move the histogram lines around by clicking on it and drag left or right. Doing this may save you time with the adjustments sliders later on.
What the histogram does is that it is a visual guide to the range of tones or brightness level of your photograph. You don’t need to be overly obsessed with the details in the histogram but there are two things you need to know: The Blacks and The Whites. On the graph, the blacks is on the left and the whites is on the right. If any line touches either side of the graph that means some areas of your photograph is either too black (underexposed) or too bright (overexposed).
Go over the quick adjustment panel
Crop overlay (starting at 3 mins 21 sec)– it lets you crop out any areas of the photo you don’t want in the picture. This is very easy to do and self-explanatory.
Spot removal (staring at 3 mins 58 sec)– it lets you repair a selected area of the photograph by sampling from another area. In the video, I showed how to remove the light pole near the bottom right section of the photograph (I should say security camera pole in the video).
Graduated filter (staring at 4 mins 55 sec) – This is the best tool to work with the sky. In the tutorial, I showed you how to change the sky’s color to more purple using this tool.
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