Lightroom: 6 Tips that every photographer needs to know

Lightroom is the the essential app for Photographers. Whether simply sharpening your photo, or deep diving to creating your masterpiece, Lightroom can do it all. but with such a huge application, there are so many nooks and crannies That are left untouched, but are almost necessary to give your photos that boost. That is why today, I want to give to you 6 Simple tips in using Lightroom that can change your need for the app from every now and then to an essential item you use every time.

1.) Giving Your Colors a Boost with Luminance Tool

While doing outdoor photography, it can sometimes be difficult to expose correctly for the land and the sky at the same time in a photograph, which thanks to Luminance, can be rectified quick and simple.

I know Some users (Including myself) may be tempted play around with a saturation slider instead, but this can only result in the whole image getting overly saturated to the point where it looses that energy that it had before. Also its just never a good move to play around with it. Instead, using the Luminance Tab in the HSL panel will do the trick.

If (for example) you need to enhance the blue sky in a picture, reduce the luminance of the blue channel to get the blue colors darker, doing the same with different colors depending on what you wish to enhance. This tool allows you to specifically adjust colors to your own needs, which is probably the biggest tip out of all of these I can give you.

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2.) Saving yourself Time: Importing Presets with Photos

Most photographers who do batch processing, dealing with hundreds or thousands of images at a time will usually want to reduce post processing times by automatically applying a preset on import. If you have a preset that you always use after importing pictures, then right click on that preset and select “Apply on Import.”

You should now see a “+” sign next to that preset to say that it is active. Any pictures that you import from now on will have this preset applied on import, which (from personal experiance) cuts down time significantly.

3.)  Specify Your Image Sharpening

All Lightroom users make use of the sharpening tool at some point for its power to bring fine detail to your photos. However, if you do not use this tool effectively and correctly, it may result in unnecessary areas getting sharpened, especially while working on faces or Macro shots.

The sharpen slider is in the “Detail” panel of the Develop module and all you need to do is, drag the Masking slider to the right while holding down the “Alt” key till there is a white outline on the areas that you wish to sharpen.

This will now tell Lightroom what areas of the image need to be changed when you make changes to the Amount, Radius and Detail sliders in the “Sharpen” panel.

And did you know…?

Holding down the “Alt” key while using the Amount, Radius and Detail sliders in the “Sharpen” panel will allow you to see the effect taking place clearly in Black and White!

Here are some further uber-quick tips if you didn't know them already!

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4.) That Old B&W Preview Trick

To preview a photo quickly in B&W, just press the “V” key on the keyboard to toggle between B&W and color. Kind of a simple trick, but hey, we're not trying to be complicated here.

5.) Landscape or Portrait? Flipping the orientation

To flip the orientation of your images (Landscape and Portrait) quickly, press the “X” key on the keyboard while using the crop tool to toggle between both orientations. Another simple trick, but it'll save you time in the long run.

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6.) The Lightbox Effect

To dim the display for just the panels in Lightroom, press the “L” key on your keyboard. This helps you focus in on your work, giving you a feel for the final product. Pressing “L” key once, dims the surrounding areas, pressing “L” again makes the surrounding areas completely dark, and pressing “L” again returns back to the original screen.

Thanks For reading! If you think anyone else can use this knowledge, then don't forget to share it. If you're interested in other photography Tips, Tricks, and photo Inspiration, then check out the links below:

> Camera 101: Understanding the basics to master your camera

> 9 ways to capture beautiful portraits

> 20 MOTIVATING QUOTES from Inspiring photographers

>8 Tips to Jumpstart you on your photography Journey

Till Next time,

Dallin Spencer

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