Learning Lightroom For The First Time

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Lightroom is a wonderful program. I’ve been using it for the past few years. In this article I am going to offer you some Lightroom support, tips and tricks and let you know where you can watch a Lightroom video guide I have designed for you.

So what’s so good about this program? The fact is that this is a really trouble-free program to use. It’s designed for photography rather than graphics and effects, as Photoshop is. Photoshop is an awesome software program but if you want to do swift edits on lighting, exposure, white balance and other colour manipulations only then Lightroom just might inspire you.

One of the first thing to know about Lightroom has five major tools and a variety of panels made up of of sliders. The sliders are controls that allow you to turn features of light and colour up or down. These options can boost or decrease the intensity of light and colour within your photograph. The tools are positioned at the top of the panels; crop, spot removal, red eye removal, graduated filter and the adjustment brush. Each one of these tools plays a fundamental part in retouching and manipulating the lighting within your photo.

Let’s take a look at Lightroom’s primary tools:

Crop tool: The crop tool puts a grid over the top of the photo. You then move the outer areas in to crop your photo. You can move the edges in close to your subject. You can tip your scene, rotate it and even make your horizontal a vertical one in its place.

The spot removal tool is like the clone tool in Photoshop. Once you click this tool, your curser turns into a little circle. Whatever is inside this circle is an area that’s copied. You can place this circle over any area of the photo. Whatever is inside this circle means it now gets duplicated over the top of any area want to select. Envisage cutting out a piece of paper and placing it over something else. That’s kind of how it works.

The graduated filter tool is ideal for making skies really blue. You can select this tool and click on the top of your photo. Simply “pull down” the curser towards the center. This is like pulling down a semi transparent blind over the top of the photo. You can darken the selection of the grad filter to give skies that “picture postcard blue”. This tool is ideal for beach and landscape photography. It works any way you click and drag the grad filter. It works from the top down, the bottom up and from the sides inwards.

The red eye removal tool is a handy tool for red eye. In portraiture we can find that the flash creates red spots off the back of the retina. It is brought on by a directional light from the flash. To beat this, it’s a good idea to bounce the flash off the ceiling, or use a diffuser. If you can’t do this, and it does create red eye, then this tool can help.

Next the adjustment brush is a clever little thing indeed. The adjustment brush is perfect for selecting individual areas of the photo and making alterations to them. Let’s say you have a landscape photo. You are quite proud of this photo but feel the trees are too dark in the background. Simply pick the adjustment brush, go over the region of the trees (just as you would painting) and then pull down the exposure.

When you select the adjustment brush, another panel will come up. This panel is asking what you would like to do inside the selection of the brush. In other words, you can darken, lighten, modify hue, sharpen, boost colour, etc. This is such a handy little tool due to the fact it does not have an effect on the rest of the photo, it simply affects the area you run over with the brush.

It’s exactly like creating a painting with oils or water colour. When you want to do something to an region of the photo, just choose the adjustment brush. You will have several alternatives to change an area of the photo in any way you like.

Next we have the history panel. This panel sits at the left hand side of the workspace. (A workspace is simply the screen and layout.) Every time you create an edit within Lightroom, whether it is making use of the adjustment brush or alter the white balance, this panel records it. This is ideal for when you want to go back to a particular point. For example if you transform the photo to blue, then green, then red you may think “I don’t like the way the photo is now, how do I get back to the point when the photo was blue?” You will find that the “undo” function only works up to a certain point. While the history panel can take you back as far as the beginning of the photo editing development. It is a very handy panel indeed.

Lightroom is a wonderful tool for photographers. It can help you do a range of improvements. Photo editing is a big part of photography. Lightroom is straightforward and simple, and will allow you to do that editing with less hassle. Everything is laid out before you. If you have ever used Camera Raw you will discover that these are comparable programs in their functions and options.


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