In addition to the common contrast and exposure (brightness) settings that are included in even the most basic photo retouching applications, it is possible in Lightroom to modify individual ranges of brightness, which allows for precise adjustments. There are a couple of ways to do it, though, and new users of Lightroom are often (and justifiably!) confused with the settings in the Basic and Tone Curve panels.
Here’s a quick tip to greatly improve most dull pictures in 10 seconds. Probably even faster, actually! You can do it in Lightroom or with the equivalent tools in Adobe Camera Raw.
The goal is to enhance colors and contrast, as well as give more depth to images, in just a few quick and easy steps.
The Camera calibration panel in Lightroom’s Develop module gives you the ability to quickly, and sometimes greatly, improve your pictures’ colors before you start playing with the other tools. I’m not talking about adjusting specific settings here, which I admit I never do, but just checking the available profiles and selecting the one that gives the best results. Continue reading
First introduced in Lightroom CC 2015, the Dehaze tool is located in the Develop module’s Effects panel. Though I discovered it almost by accident, it has quickly become one of my favorite tools in Lightroom. Continue reading
Just like Photoshop, Ligthroom makes extensive use of shortcuts. And just as in Photoshop, there are so many shortcuts in Lightroom, some quite complicated, that it’s next to impossible to remember them all. So here are the ones that I find the most useful, not only because they are associated to very common tasks, but also because they are pretty easy to remember, many of them being just one key. Continue reading
A small option appeared in Lightroom 5.2, which is very useful for spot removal. It’s Visualize spots, which is in the toolbar when the Spot removal tool (Q key) is activated in the Develop module. Continue reading
As I often mention, keywords are essential to having an efficient and easy-to-use catalog. Fortunately, Lightroom offers multiples ways to tackle that task; you just have to find the one that is best adapted to your workflow. Continue reading
Lightroom offers three methods to classify your pictures, namely the stars, flags and colors. When I started using Lightroom, I was wondering which one to use and in the subsequent months I went back and forth from one to another. After a trial and error period, I finally found something that worked for me. Continue reading
The fastest way in Lightroom to find pictures taken last New Year’s Eve or on your birthday is doing a search using the capture time metadata. That is, if your camera’s clock is on time!
Indeed, all digital cameras record the capture date and time within the EXIF metadata, which also contains other information such as aperture value, ISO speed and other technical details. Continue reading
In the Library module, the filter options are very useful to quickly search for pictures with certain criteria.
At first look, it seems that they cannot all be displayed at the same time without first configuring some search criteria Continue reading