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Lightroom Radial Filter

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Lightroom Radial Filter

Lightroom Hidden Gem series

Lightroom is probably the best program for managing and organizing images. Lightroom also has many hidden gems and in this article I am going to look at the usefulness of the RADIAL FILTER for selective adjustments.

You may have used the Radial Filter to adjust the exposure or add some effects to your photos like in these examples:

 

Lightroom Radial Filter to adjust the exposure and vignetting

Lightroom Radial Filter to adjust the exposure and vignetting

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Radial Filter

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Radial Filter exposure adjustment

Before and After Lightroom Radial Filter exposure and vignetting

Before and After Lightroom Radial Filter exposure and vignetting

 

Did you know that you can use the Radial Filter in Lightroom to create a shallow depth of field?

One of the most used cameras in the world is probably the iPhone. One of the main short comings of all smart phones, as well as point and shoot cameras, is they cannot provide a shallow depth of field to make our main subject more pronounced. In most of the workshops I teach I don’t have time to use my real camera, so I take photos with my iPhone. When I go biking I’d rather travel light and not carry heavy cameras and lenses. These are the times I wish my iPhone could make the background pleasingly blurred.

Thanks to Lightroom’s Radial Filter, now I can create a shallow depth of field effect in my images. Here are examples from one of my biking trips.

 

Adjusting in Lightroom by using Radial Filter

Adjusting in Lightroom by using Radial Filter

Radial Filter to Blur the background

Radial Filter to Blur the background

Radial Filter to adjust the exposure for the face

Radial Filter to adjust the exposure for the face

Using Lightroom Radial Filter Before and After

Using Lightroom Radial Filter Before and After

 

And here are some examples from my workshop images.

 

Original photo

Original photo

Lightroom Radial to Blur background

Lightroom Radial to Blur background

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As you can see, by adding a radial filter and reducing the Sharpness to -100% and adjusting the Clarity a shallow depth of field effect is possible.

 

Do you want to learn more about Lightroom techniques?

Our next Lightroom workshop is scheduled for September 15, 2014. Plan to join us where you will learn more about these hidden gems!

 

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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