The Adjustment Brush - How to Use Lightroom's Most Powerful Tool

In this video tutorial, I'll be showing you how to use the Adjustment Brush properly to make very precise selective adjustments in your images. You need to know how to use the tool's settings to make the most of it. But with this knowledge, you can take your images to the next level.

How to Enhance a Sunrise Image in Lightroom

In this excerpt from my Ultimate HDR Master Class 2017, I am showing you how to apply the right global adjustments and - more importantly - some clever local adjustments to bring all the glory back into your image.

How to Create an HDR Panorama in Lightroom

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use Lightroom to create one of the most complex types of images. We’re going to make an HDR panorama by merging and stitching 21 photos to get a single 180° image that has sufficient details in the highlights and shadows.

How to Create Lightroom Presets the Right Way

Lightroom's Develop presets are a great way to speed up and simplify your editing workflow. Presets let you store the develop settings you apply to one image and apply those settings to any other image with a single click. You may be used to applying presets that you acquired from someone else, but how do you create your own presets? In this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of how to start creating Lightroom presets yourself.

How to create precise masks in Lightroom

In this video, I am showing you a trick that helps you create highly precise masks in Lightroom. The idea is to take a 2-stage approach by first creating a mask that extends beyond the edges of the area you're trying to select. At the second stage, we're going to use the Eraser brush with the Auto Mask feature to get rid of the excess mask areas.

How to Stack Your Images in Lightroom to Clean up the Mess

If you're like me, you are bringing home all kinds of exposure series, panorama sources photos and macro images that you want to combine using focus stacking. Or maybe you like shooting whole sets of image in a street scene to be able to choose the best one later. All these multi-exposure photography techniques can create a complete mess in your Lightroom catalog so that you may not find anything or know which exposures belong to which. Thankfully, Lightroom brings a very effective tools to get rid of this chaos without having to delete any of your images: Stacking. Stacking is a photo management technique by which you group together a number of images that are then displayed as a single stack. So, you may have shoot 1000 images in the field, but when you apply stacking properly, you may only see 100 or them which make your task of organizing them so much more pleasant. In this video, I am showing you how stacking works and how I apply it to my mess... umm... my images. ;)

How to Add More Depth to Your Images in Lightroom

Did you ever wonder why some images give you that feeling of being in the scene instead of just viewing it? There are many different techniques for achieving this in your own photography, but one very simple trick is to add a slight vignette to your image. For most images, this creates a sense of being close and of intimacy. It draws the eyes of the viewers into the image, and it can simplify your photos. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to simply add a vignette in Lightroom and create that depth and closeness in your own images.

Advanced Color Correction in Lightroom Using the Color Tab

You probably know the Vibrance and Saturation sliders that let you control colors in Lightroom. These controls do a great job of equalizing the colors throughout the image (Vibrance) and controlling the overall saturation. But what if you need to work only on a narrow range of colors and not the entire image? In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to use the controls in Lightroom's Color tab to correct the Hue, Saturation and Lightness of different colors.

Adding Splashes of Light to Your Image in Lightroom

Sometimes you shoot a scene that you think has great light, but when you're back home, you're disappointed with the result. The intensity and color of the lights does not match your expectations. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to to intensify and shape those lights in post-processing using Lightroom. We will work with the Radial Filter tool to bring splashes of light into those regions where you want to have them.

How to Treat Noisy Images in Lightroom

Fighting noise in your images is one of the most common task during post-processing. But it's also a very challenging thing to do because with every bit of noise reduction, you lose details in your image that you need to get back somehow. So, it's a fine balance between noise reduction on the one side and sharpening on the other side. Both are necessary and both can easily be overdone. In this excerpt of my Personal Workflow for Lightroom course, I will show you how I am applying noise reduction to images that are somewhat noisy.

Lightroom Secret Revealed - The Scrubby Pin Trick

In this tutorial, I will show you how to fade a local adjustment in and out in Lightroom without the need for a plugin. The software gives you the ability to change the strength of a local adjustment simply by moving your your mouse - a trick that most people do not know. Your editing work will get faster and much more powerful.

How to Find the Best Lightroom Preset for an Image

If you have acquired some preset collections, it may not be easy to find the right preset for a given image. Usually, you will start at the top of the preset list and try each one. If you do this by pure intuition, you may quickly decide in favor of one preset, ignoring the rest of the list and then perhaps make some adjustments. However, if you are more systematic, you will want to optimize the outcome of this entire process and find the best preset for a given image. But how do you keep track of the good ones, and how do you narrow them down to find the one you like the most? If you are after the best preset for a particular image, you need an approach for culling the list of presets and reducing it to the best candidates. In this article, I will show you my favorite method for doing this. It involves creating a number of virtual copies of your image and applying the best candidate presets to them. This way, you can compare the candidates side-by-side and choose the one you really like best.

6 Power User Tips for Lightroom Presets

For a long time, I have dismissed the concept of using other people's presets in any image editing software. Originally, presets where intended to allow you to keep track of your own edits, and not as one-click shortcuts to copy someone else's style. That's simply not how image editing works. Finding the best adjustments for any given image is a complex task, and it heavily depends on the nature of the image. Applying a tailor-made set of adjustments to another image - maybe even an image by another photographer - is essentially a random process: Maybe you're lucky enough to find one that looks nice on your images. But more often than not, it's not a fit! That's why I think the 'industry' revolving around selling preset packages that seemingly allow you to edit a photo with a single click, is deeply flawed. But having said that, there are a number of ways in which presets can be very useful beyond merely keeping track of your edits. This is especially true for Lightroom, which has a very sophisticated ecosystem of presets. If you use those features in a clever way, they can really super-charge your post-processing work. In this post, I will give you 6 tips on how to achieve this.

How to Reverse-Engineer Lightroom Develop Presets

Lightroom Develop presets can be a rich source of information about other photographers’ processing style, and you can learn a lot about editing your images from analyzing someone else's presets. To do so, you need a technique for reverse-engineering a preset. That is, you need a way of looking at the different components of a given preset individually to understand which settings actually make them work the way they do. In this article, you will learn a simple but effective technique for doing this. Lightroom’s ability to turn on and off each section in the Develop settings will help you dissect a preset and possibly use only certain parts of it in your work.

How to relight an image in Lightroom

Sometimes when you post-process an image, you may notice that some more interesting lighting would have really improved the scene and made the photo more interesting. But, of course, now its too late as the photo has already been taken. Is it really? As I will show you in this video tutorial, there are some simple techniques that let you add lighting effects in Lightroom. We will be using the local adjustment tools to create splashes of light that look as if they where actually part of the scene when you created the original photograph.