Lightroom Tutorial: How to EDIT Photos like a Professional!

hey guys I’m sort of in this video I will be talking about some Lightroom editing tips that will help you to edit your photos like a professional now in this video I won’t edit a photo from start to the end but I will show you different tools in Lightroom that you can use in different types of images to get professional results so without wasting any time let’s get started so we are in the Lightroom right now and the first thing we’re going to talk about is clipping so when you take images with your camera you won’t be able to understand whether the images are completely underexposed or overexposed just by looking at it you need someone to tell you that these parts are underexposed or overexposed that is where the clipping are going to be very very helpful so this you see is the highlight clipping and this you see is a shadow clipping so when I turn on the shadow clipping you will see that there are certain parts that appear in the blue color that means that parts are actually underexposed so now what I have to do is to get rid of that I have to actually have to get my black points raised or maybe you can also deal with the shadows whatever you like so I’m increasing the blacks here to get rid of that underexposed parts similarly if you are editing this particular image and you increased a lot of contrast and highlights maybe even the exposure you will be getting a representation where you are over exposing the highlights right of course you won’t do that much but then again when you are decreasing the blacks if you accidentally it decreases the blacks a lot you will get a warning in the blue color that these parts are actually getting underexposed so if I turn this off the parts you see a complete black pixels so you want this feedback from the Lightroom so that you will understand where you have to stop the editing process so this thing is going to be really really helpful and as a professional you don’t want your images to look overexposed or underexposed if you’re not going for that look the next thing we are going to talk about is vibrance versus saturation now you will use the saturation panel to increase the intensity of the colors right to increase or decrease the intensity of the colors now when you increase the intensity of your colors by using saturation you will see that the colors starts looking fake I am purposely doing it plus hundreds so that you get the difference but then when you start increasing the vibrance you see the intensity of the color starts increasing but the natural look is maintained so even if I am at plus fifty maybe the colors are looking a bit more saturated because and I’m doing it intentionally right now to just show you guys but saturation is not going to give you a very natural result that as vibrance is going to give you a very very natural result okay so for in this example if you see if I am increasing my vibrance even up to like plus eighty still I’m getting good colors but the natural look is maintained but when I am increasing the saturation at about plus eighty you will see this color starts looking fake and I believe you know like according to me you might have different perspective but for me editing photos is making them look better but also preserving the natural look so I really really love that the next thing we are going to talk about is the tone curve now you have a contrast slider right here right if you increase the contrast or decrease the contrast you obviously change the contrast of the image that’s the point but now when you increase the contrast you don’t have the flexibility to choose whether the contrast is affected in the highlights or in the shadows in the mid-tones exactly which part is getting affected the overall image is getting affected so what I use is the tone curve the tone curve gives me a lot more flexibility so this is the highlights this is lights this is the darks and this is the shadows so this part is going to be your mid-tones between the lights and the darks so if you want to increase the highlights contrast then you can simply raise the highlights point as much as you like okay if you want to decrease you can bring it down if you want to increase again you can increase it and make sure the clipping is turned on so that you know you always get a feedback whether you’re over exposing the image and again if I want to decrease the shadows to get a bit of contrast I can do that if I want to raise the mid-tones if I think the mid-tones are too dark or too bright I can do that too so have a lot of flexibility when I’m dealing with the tone curve right here you can change a lot of things okay let me show you a different image where I’m going for a much more cinematic look so here actually I’m trying to get a much more cinematic look so now if okay let me just quickly edit this image so if I want to change the overall contrast obviously I can lift the highlights I can again bring the darks a bit but now if I’m going for a much more cinematic look I want to raise this black point not you see I can’t do that technically and that’s why you have to click this particular part right here and then it actually converts it to this particular curve you have two different curves if you didn’t know that now you know it right so again sorry for that I can lift the black points and I can give that that faded cinematic look I’m going for and then I can just darken the shadows just improve the highlights and just just by like few seconds of playing with tone curve you can see I’m really able to get that cinematic faded look you can be really really extremely creative with this particular tone curve you can deal with RGB you can deal with red green blue channels separately as well if you want that so it really really helps you to be a lot more flexible and if you like kind of practice getting used to tone curve you will be used to it and then you will understand it’s a really really great tool to get good professional looking results now before going to the next point let’s talk about responsiveness this video is sponsored by skills sure now skill show is an online learning community where you can learn photography videography editing anything related to business technology where the experts in the respective fields will actually teach you you’re getting high quality classes high quality tutorials so like in this example Chris Burkard is giving his landscape photography tips and I think that’s amazing because like professionals from those particular fields giving you tips expert advices it’s really a really great thing and if you don’t want to pay and if you want to try out there’s a link in the description below you can click that and you will get Premium Membership for two months totally free remember it’s only for first 500 people so grab it as soon as possible the next thing we are going to talk about is the detail panel now when we’re talking about the detail panel the idea is to get a good sharpening just let me reset this one so now if you see just let me zoom in a bit more so you can see better so now if you see the image is technically sharp right everything is in focus but now if I increase the sharpening the image is getting sharper but if I’m all the way increase the sharpening to 150 it’s again starts looking weird right so there has to be a limit for sharpening now I shot this image at is 100 and why I’m saying this because looking at the ISO is very important since I shot this at is 100 I know my image doesn’t have a lot of noise and I can increase the sharpening to get the details so now if I’m shooting at is 100 I will use amount of somewhere between 80 to 90 here 85 is looking good maybe even 80 will look good and then I will increase the luminance of about just 10 to 15 somewhere about 12 or 13 okay so luminance is basically going to be the kind of option which you’re going to use for noise reduction but again if you use too much of luminance again your image becomes soft so you have to make sure about the amount of luminance that you’re increasing so now when I’m using luminance and the amount the thing is everything is actually getting sharpened if I hold the alt button and click here you see it’s all white meaning everything is getting affected and then as I slightly increase or the slightly slide the masking slider you will see there are certain parts which are getting black right and the black parts the darker parts are not going to get affected so I’m going to increase my masking at about 35 and see if you see this particular parts were in black and I don’t want this particular parts to get affected just because they don’t have any kind of subject and it will add unnecessary noise if I sharpen those parts that is why with the help of masking I’m removing those parts but I’m sharpening the other areas and if there’s any kind of noise I’m still getting rid of it now in similarly when I’m actually editing image which which was shot at higher ISO so for example talking about this particular image this was shot at ISO 6400 so if I again like sharpen it a lot you will see the image gets sharpened but there’s and lot of noise right I will just reduce everything so you can see there’s a lot of noise right here now we want to get rid of this noise but we still want the image to be sharpened so that’s why what we are going to do is we’re going to see the ISO okay so this was short at ISO 6400 now since it was short at ISO 6400 I won’t go till up to 80 85 like I did before but I will stick to about 70 or 75 70 looks good then I will use the luminance of about 3035 what you can do is subtract the amount from hundred and use that as luminance this is not a strict formula but something that works for me so now while using luminance I’m going to use the luminance of about 30 to 35 a good starting point can be you can subtract the amount from 100 and use that as luminance this is not a strict formula but it works for me so now if you see again these parts are also getting sharpen it so what I will do is I will hold the alt button and I will slide the masking so that the parts which I don’t want to be sharpened are getting black so I know now the noise has been removed if you see the noise has been removed a lot you can again remove the color noise as well so the image is still sharp but I have got rid of the noise so that is what is very important with using the detail panel you have to understand why sharpening amount masking and luminance is very very important the next thing we are going to talk about is local adjustments now when you are doing certain adjustments in your image maybe you’re increasing the exposure or decreasing the exposure it actually affects the whole image but what if you really want to target a single part or some parts of the image and not the overall image then the local adjustments are going to be very very useful so there are two kinds of local adjustments mainly in Lightroom one is the graduated filter so graduated filter works like this so if you see this parts are getting affected so now when I increase the luminance only this part will be affected okay it starts graduating from this particular part and this part won’t be affected at all so this is but how you can actually use the graduated ND filter what I like to do is I like to just you know darken the top part and the bottom part of it so that the emphasis is on the center part of the image on and not on the top and bottom part so I like to do that a lot but one thing you can also do is use a radial filter suppose you know I want to increase the clarity on this particular part of the cloud so what I can do is I can draw a radial filter and I can just increase the clarity here let me do it positive hundred so that you get to see the effect more nicely so now when I’m off now when I if I don’t have the invert checked everything else except this particular part will get affected that’s why I have to check the invert box so that only the part which is inside this oval shape is getting affected now feather is something that you have to be really careful of if I’m setting the feather to zero and if you say the image it looks rubbish right you can clearly see that this particular part looks different from this particular part and that is because the feather is zero but as I start increasing the feather you will see the transition becomes a lot more gradual now if you see the difference you won’t be able to tell because there’s a gradual transition so using the radial filter with feather can really really be very helpful you can actually create some very good local contrast by you know just darkening or brightening certain areas and you will be seeing that you will get different kinds of contrast just by using some radial filters the next thing we’re going to talk about is range mask now what if I want to darken this whole sky but I only want the blue parts to get affected so when I’m darkening you will see the areas which are not in blue are also getting affected right just let me adjust a gradual filter so that you understand more let me decrease it a bit more okay so now when if I only want the blue part to get affected I can use the range mask option the range mask is again the feature that’s available in the newer versions of Lightroom but very very helpful so when I use the color now I can select this one and I can select the color which I want to get affected so when I select this color you see the other parts don’t get affected so it doesn’t matter if I make it bright or dark the other parts are not getting affected okay so range mask is going to be extremely useful to target a particular part of the image and that is very very helpful it’s like local adjustments on steroids so it’s really going to be very very easy and helpful for you now one more range mask option is luminance so when you are talking about luminance I’ll just use a different example so you understand let me use this particular example so maybe I am using a radial filter and I want to brighten or maybe increase the shadows in this particular part so I increase exposure okay I am just increasing the shadows a bit but the problem is even these parts will get affected since it is inside the radial filter but I don’t want that to get affected meaning I don’t want the brighter parts to get affected right so I’m using the luminance here so luminance in you will actually get two options the range and smoothness so this is the darker part and this is the brighter part so let me show what I’m talking about so when I click on oil and I reduce the range you will see the brighter parts are getting black meaning those parts won’t get affected so right here if I see the brighter parts the extremely bright parts are getting black so I know even if I am using this filter the bright spot are not getting affected and the part I wanted to get affected is only getting affected right so my purpose is solved so range mask is going to be extremely helpful to mask out the things you don’t need and to mask in the things you need so yeah use it to your advantage the last thing we’re going to talk about is the D haze and clarity slider now D haze is actually available in the effects panel if you see right here yeah right here if I decrease the D haze it adds haste but now see this is literally magic if I start playing with the D hey sly everything that was hazy is gone right now so this slider is magical right it has really great features and can really bring very very good contrast and colors and can help removing the haze but the thing is there’s some cons of using this particular slider like if you see this particular rock is not actually blue but it has a blue color cast right now because I have removed the haze that’s the downside so now what I can do is I can use the HSL panel I can go to saturation and I can select this particular color and drag the saturation down so that the blue saturation the blue color saturation is getting reduced so I have removed the haze but I’ve also removed the blue color cast that I had so when you using the dehaze slider make sure that you’re playing with the clarity so that if it starts looking too fake you can reduce a bit of clarity you can reduce the color cast so that your purpose is getting solved but the natural look and feel of the image is still there so use the D haze slider you know it can really help in making your images look extremely extremely better again see right here if I go crazy the image starts looking fake but if I use a bit of D haze just about 20-25 it makes a hell lot of a difference them it makes the colors pop makes the images look much much better even right here you can increase the D haze and it will see again the colors are getting affected so use this slider but make sure you’re not overdoing it make preserve the natural look and feel of the image and I hope you enjoyed the tips and all the things I showed you in this video so that’s it from this video guys if you enjoyed the video make sure you drop a like and subscribe to the channel if you’re new to it if you want to see more such tutorials let me know in the comments below I will talk together next one bye

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