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How to use Adobe Lightroom (Part 4 of 5) - The Photography Express

How to use Adobe Lightroom (Part 4 of 5)

Welcome to the 4th session of how to use Adobe lightroom! I have covered A LOT of techniques in this video so I highly recommend you take some time and practice each skill that you learnt. In this video, I showed you how to make edits using the basic adjustment panel, tone curve, as well as showed you one of the most powerful tool in Lightroom called the “adjustment brush”. If you haven’t watched the last 3 videos I encourage you to check it out starting in video one here. Once you are ready let’s head onto today’s topic.

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Show Notes

1) Basic Panel Adjustments

In the last session we used the crop tool, spot removal tool and the graduated filter tool. But once we click on the basic adjustment panel you are going to see a whole new list of adjustments to choose from. These are basically adjustments that we already made when moving around the histogram graph in the previous session, however, the basic panel is going to let us make the edits in a more detail way.

Exposure – Sets the overall brightness of your photo.

Contrast – Spread out the lines in the middle of your histogram. It gives your picture a more solid feel. If you want to do a more detail edit you can use the Tone Curve (described below).

Tone curve – The quickest way to do this is to make the line a “S” shape. Starting at 1:56.

Highlights, shadows, whites and blacks – In my opinion if you did the contrast correctly you shouldn’t need to make adjustments here. Highlights makes the area that is already bright to be brighter or darker. In the video example it’ll be sky of the picture. Shadow makes the shaded area brigher or darker as well. In the video example it’s the trees. Whites and blacks makes the white/black pointers to be more exposed or underexposed.

Clarity – Add more texture to your picture. Please do not over do it.

Vibrance – Impact colors other than yellow and orange more. In the video example it’ll be other than cars on the highway.

Saturation – Impact yellow and orange more than other colors. Opposite to vibrance this is going to impact the color of cars on the highway.

2) Adjustment Brush

This tool lets you make adjustments to a specific area of your photo. In the video, I make the trees turn brighter but the rest of the photo is not affected. Starting 4:18.

Make sure to select the size of the feather. Feather is the fading effect on the outer circle of the adjustment brush. Select new mask then paint over the area you want to make adjustments. Set the exposure to extreme high or low when painting, in the video example I use the highest exposure to know where I am painting on.

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  1. Great tutorial! Thanks Gary!

  2. My favourite program! Great tips for beginners.

  3. Great information! Love LR!!

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