In this first video tutorial, I show you how to transform a picture from daytime to night in Adobe Lightroom, mainly by reducing the overall exposure and then applying a series of localized Radial Filters to create lighting effects. Continue reading
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.
Even though you certainly take pictures in many different places, you probably regularly take some at home, the office, some family or friends’ place, our simply at your favorite beach or garden. Just as with many parameters in Lightroom, location data (GPS coordinates, country, state, city,…) can be added as a preset, so you can save yourself some time by adding your favorite places to the presets list. Continue reading
The new version of Lightroom was released a few weeks ago and I finally upgraded. At first sight, you could think that it hasn’t changed much. The interface is almost identical to that of Lightroom 4 and there are only a few changes to some panels, which now include a few new features. Continue reading
The library is the basis for the organization of your pictures and therefore is, in my opinion, Lightroom’s most important module. Continue reading
Now that we’ve had a quick introduction to Lightroom’s catalog, it’s time to add pictures to it. This is done using the import window, which can be accessed through the File > Import Photos and Video… menu or using the Import… button on the bottom of the left panel in the Library module.
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The catalog, Lightroom’s central element, is a database that contains all the information about the photos in the library, as well as all retouches and adjustments that are made.
When you first use Lightroom, it asks you to create a catalog, which you can do by writing its name and choosing where to save it. In the selected location, a folder is created with the chosen name, for instance “my catalog”, and the following content: Continue reading
- Even though it is a very powerful software application, Lightroom has an elegant and simple interface. The learning curve is pretty low and excellent results can be obtained in a matter of minutes.
- The develop module offers a lot of easy to use tools for cropping, lens correction, color enhancements (brightness, contrast, saturation, etc…), noise reduction and much more.
- One of the biggest advantages of Lightroom is that all adjustments that are made are non-destructive, meaning that at any time it is possible to undo the changes or simply view the original pictures. Continue reading
Despite its name and unlike Photoshop Elements, Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom is NOT a lighter version of Photoshop. In order to avoid any confusion, from now on I’ll use only the name Lightroom when referring to Photoshop Lightroom.
Some retouching, such as cropping or changing the contrast or brightness of a picture, can be done in either Photoshop or in Lightroom, though not always with the same simplicity or flexibility. On the other hand, other things can be done in only one of those two software applications: working with layers, compositions and complex retouching can be done only in Photoshop, while Lightroom excels at cataloguing and finding pictures, assign them geographical coordinates, etc… Continue reading