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Ted’s Lightroom Tips: LIGHTROOM COLOR RANGE MASK

Change colours using Lightroom Color Range Mask. 

There are times that you want to apply adjustments to specific colours in your photos. Lightroom Color Range Mask provides excellent control for this job.

1 MINUTE LIGHTROOM TIP

Applying adjustments to specific colours makes image editing even more fun.

 

I only wanted to change the blue colour to green in this example. Here is how it goes: 

  • Open the picture in Develop Module.
  • Go to the MASKING tab, and select the “COLOR RANGE MASK.”
  • Click on the eyedropper to choose the colour that you want to tweak.
  • On the right panel, adjust the HUE to achieve your desired colour.
  • Make all other adjustments, and Lightroom applies them only to the selected region.
  • All done!

Lightroom Color Range Mask

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Quick Camera Tip: SWITCH TO RAW

Are you ready to Switch to RAW?

 

I am sure you have heard that shooting in Raw Format is the best before. It is true. However, there are many facts that you need to consider before switching to Raw.

If you choose to shoot in RAW, you can enlarge photos beyond the sensor’s resolution of your camera, and the scene of the image will contain high contrast. However, the image will not be ready for display (in print or digitally) right out of the camera. Raw files need post-processing, so you need to make them compatible with printers or displays.
If you are ready to do post-processing, by all means, start shooting in raw and enjoy the benefits.

Switch to Raw

Shooting in raw format
By shooting in Raw format, photographer can capture and maintain more data.

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Ted’s Lightroom Tips: LIGHTROOM PRECISE SHARPENING

Use Lightroom Masking for Precise Sharpening

Sharpening a photo needs lots of safeguards. You don’t want to overdo and apply too much sharpening. On the other note, you may want to use the sharpness on specific parts of an image. For instance, you may want to sharpen the eyes, eyebrows and lips in a portrait without enhancing the skin details.

1 MINUTE LIGHTROOM TIP

Lightroom Sharpening Mask makes it possible to visualize and control the sharpen areas. Here is how:

 

  • Open the picture in Develop Module.
  • Go to the DETAIL tab, and start adjusting the sharpness, detail and radius to your liking.
  • Hold down the OPTION/ALT key while clicking on the MASKING slider. The whole image turns to white, which indicates that the sharpness applies to the entire picture.
  • Moving the masking slider, part of the image turns black, which means the black part of the photo does not get any sharpness.
  • There you have it! Adjust the slider to keep the white mask on the areas that you want to sharpen

Lightroom Precise Sharpening Tool

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Ted’s Lightroom Tips: LIGHTROOM SMART COLLECTIONS

Lightroom Smart Collections: Work Smarter

One Minute Lightroom Tip.

Lightroom Smart Collections provide remarkable assistance for organizing photos without duplicating images. Here is an example:

Most of the time, I search for fast or slow shutter images. So, rather than checking the metadata of thousands of photos, I created two Lightroom Smart Collections. Therefore, Lightroom places pictures in these collections automatically! 

1- In the Lightroom Library module, click on the (+) on the “Collection” tan

2- From the dropdown menu, select “CREATE SMART COLLECTION..”

3- Name your collection. I named this one “Fast Shutter.”

4- Click on the “RATING” and hover over “CAMERA INFO” and select “SHUTTER SPEED.”

5- From the Rules dropdown menu, select “IS LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO” and then set the rule for the minimum shutter speed. In this example, I set it at 1/1000sec. And click on CREATE!

6- That is all there is to it!

You can assign different rules for Lightroom Smart Collections to organize pictures automatically.

Lightroom Smart Collections

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Ted’s Lightroom Tips: LIGHTROOM CROP TOOL

Using Lightroom Crop Tool to Fix Imperfect Compositions

Composition plays a significant role in photography. Lightroom Crop tool helps photographers correcting or modifying their design and create dynamic compositions without affecting the original photos. 

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For instance, in landscape photography, the Horizon should be straight. Lightroom Crop tool allows you to straighten the Horizon.

Using Lightroom Crop Tool

Lightroom Crop Tool to save the composition!
Lightroom Crop Tool to save the composition!

The other day, I was walking to work and saw a beautiful butterfly. There was no time for me to grab my camera, so I reached for my smartphone and hastily took a shot.
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As I was expecting, the composition was anything but perfect! Thanks to the Lightroom Crop tool, I could fix the image.

Here are a couple of tips for cropping a photo in Lightroom.

Lightroom Crop Tool Tips:

Tip Number 1: Lock the Aspect Ratio

If you need a particular look for your photo, for instance, a square format, lock the aspect ratio.      

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By unlocking the Padlock, you can do free-hand cropping. This feature is beneficial when there are not any requirements.

Using Lightroom Crop Tool: Free-hand

Unlocking the Aspect Ratio, you can crop photos in free-hand mode.
Unlocking the Aspect Ratio, you can crop photos in free-hand mode.

Tip Number 2: Adjusting the Horizon

The Crop tool offers Auto straightening. However, in some pictures, the auto tool does not work correctly.

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You adjust the Horizon Manually by using the LEVEL tool or going to the corner of the photo and rotating the image.

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Tip 3: Changing Crop Orientation

While in the Crop tool, you can change the crop orientation by pressing the letter X on your keyboard.   

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That is all for now.

Using Lightroom Crop Tool: Adjusting the Horizon

Keep Horizon straight
Keep Horizon straight

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Ted’s Lightroom Tips: LIGHTROOM IMPORT ALTERNATIVES

Lightroom Import Alternatives Explained

Lightroom Import alternatives can be a bit complex. In this post, I will shed light on different choices and how they can affect your workflow. 

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Ted’s Lightroom Classic Import Tip:

To open images in Lightroom, you need to import them first. You click on the Import button, and you face four different options. What import alternative is best for you?

Let’s discuss them all. 

Lightroom Import Options

Lightroom Import Alternatives
Lightroom Import Options, and which one works the best for your application.

Copy As DNG:

Copy As DNG is the first option. Firstly, DNG Digital Negative (DNG) is a publicly available archival format for raw files generated by various digital cameras. And it addresses the lack of an open standard for raw files created by individual camera models and ensures that photographers easily access their files.

Secondly, it works only for Raw files.

So, if you shoot in Raw with different digital cameras, DNG keeps all your raw images in the same universal format. And generally speaking, DNG files are a bit smaller than manufacturers raw file but has the exact resolution.

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Copy:

Copy means that Lightroom copies the photos from the source (i.e. memory card) to the hard drive (external or internal hard drives). So, a copy of all images stays in the original source.

I highly suggest this option when importing new pictures to Lightroom from a memory card. 

Move:

As the name suggests, this option moves photos from the source to the new location. It removes the images from the source.

I recommend this option when you want to move pictures from one hard drive to another. For instance, when you want to move the images from your internal hard drive to an external hard drive.

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Add:

In this option, Lightroom registers photos in the source and ADDs only the data to the catalog. Therefore, the images reside in the source.

It is not a good option for memory cards. However, if you have a hard drive full of pictures and have already organized them to folders and want to have access to these photos through Lightroom, this option works the best. 

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Ted’s Editing Tips: Lightroom Portrait Retouching Tip

Easy Lightroom Portrait Retouching Tip

Lightroom has many powerful tools for all sorts of editing. Lightroom Portrait Retouching Tip covers a few of them.

Using Lightroom for Portrait Retouching

Most photographers prefer Photoshop for portrait editing. However, Lightroom provides pretty good tools for doing a quick portrait retouching. Here is a tip for quick Lightroom Portrait Retouching:

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1- Lightroom has the Global and Local Adjustments. For Portrait retouching, I use the Global adjustments to fix the issues for the entire image.

Lightroom Global Adjustments

Lightroom Portrait Retouching
Lightroom Global adjustments fix the entire image.

2- To remove large skin blemishes, I use the Lightroom Healing tool.

Lightroom Healing Brush

Lightroom Portrait Retouching
To smooth the large skin blemishes, I used Lightroom Healing tool.

3- The Lightroom Brush is a fabulous tool to apply the adjustments locally to the picture’s selected parts. I use the brush tool and the “SKIN SOFTENING” preset to soften the skin.

Lightroom Brush Presets

Lightroom Portrait Retouching
Lightroom Brush has many useful presets.

4- Using the “TEETH WHITENING” preset allows me to remove colours from the teeth.
5- I use the “IRIS ENHANCE” preset to sharpen and whiten the eyes.
6- I usually use two new brushes to apply SHARPNESS and SATURATION to the mouth.

Final Result

Lightroom Portrait Retouching
A few simple steps to apply Lightroom Portrait Retouching.

Final Result Zoomed

Lightroom Portrait Retouching
The result of using Lightroom Portrait Retouching Tip.

7- Finally, I use the EFFECTS tab to add a subtle VIGNETTE to the photo.

Final Result

Lightroom Portrait Retouching
Dropping the shoulders creates a relaxing mode.

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Ted’s Editing Tips: Lightroom User Presets

Easy Steps To Create Lightroom User Presets

In a previous article, I covered Lightroom Presets and how they can speed up our post-processing. This tutorial will show you easy steps to create Lightroom User Presets according to your taste or photography style.

What is Lightroom Preset?

Presets are certain adjustments that will be applied to pictures by clicking only one button. Lightroom is shipped with lots of default Presets, but you may or may not like all of them. Or want to tweak them to match your style.

There are tons of third-party presets available, some even free, that you can install and use, but in most cases, they do not represent your photography or branding style.

So get ready to create your very first Lightroom User Preset!

Creating a Lightroom User Presets for Instagram

For this Thursday’s Ted’s Editing Tips, I look into making a Lightroom User Preset.

Let’s get started by creating a Lightroom Preset for Instagram, and I want to call it “Morning Glow”!

In Lightroom, go to Develop module and start editing one photo. For instance, I cropped the image to 1X1, adjusted the Highlights and Shadows, increased the Whites to represent the brightness and contrast of a Summer Morning.

Morning Glow Preset

Creating Lightroom User Preset
I created a Lightroom user preset, and called it "Morning Glow."

When you are happy with the result, go to the PRESET panel, and click the (+) to create a preset with these settings.

In the next window, check the adjustment that you want to save, and save the preset. All done!

Now that you created the preset, it is effortless to apply a consistent look to all the images you want to just by one click.

Creating Lightroom User Preset

Lightroom User Preset
Select the adjustments that you want to save as a User preset.

Lightroom User Preset Comparison

Lightroom User Presets
Creating Lightroom User Preset is easy, and it can speed up post-processing time.

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