Before we begin I want it known that I am in the very beginning stages of adobe Lightroom, but this past week I sat down very determined to figure it out. I purchased Adobe Lightroom through creative cloud a few weeks ago, the first day I tried playing around with it to no avail. Needless to say I eventually figured out the basics and now I would like to share those basics with you. Lets begin shall we!
Editing Photos In Lightroom
Shooting in RAW
Shooting pictures in raw allows you full access to editing all of the picture without leaving out the small details. However, it is a large file and some programs don’t allow files that large, so before you start shooting in RAW make sure you have Adobe Lightroom. You can check out my other posts about shooting in manual and exposure compensation here and here.
To import photos into Lightroom, have your picture files saved to your computer and then drag them into Lightroom. When you open Lightroom your screen will look like the one pictured below.
Once your photos are imported into Lightroom they will appear in your library where you can select one to edit. Click the develop button which is located next to the library button.
After selecting your photo and hitting the develop button your screen will appear like the photo below. To the right you will find the editing tools. I played around with all of the settings until I found what I liked. You can do the same or you can try the ones I used and see if you like those.
In the picture below I didn’t bump up the exposure too much because the picture wasn’t very under exposed. I set it 1.10 and it really brightened the picture, and made everything stand out. Every picture is different and will require something different here.
Next I worked on the highlights. I increased them to 32 which helped bring out the subject without making the picture look over done.
I brought the shadows down to a 21 and enhanced the whites to make the background pop a little more.
For this picture I changed the contrast to 13. I left the clarity alone for this picture but you can play around with that to your liking. Below is the before and after.
Lightroom also has some presets available. If you want to play around with those they are located to left of your picture. You can also set your own presets here as well. In this same section there is a history tab that stores your previously used settings.
Exporting from Lightroom
Now that your photos are edited and you are ready to use them for your blog or whatever you wish to use them for, you will need to export them from Lightroom to your computer. Click the file button which is located at the top left corner of your computer (on a Mac that is). Then click export. This pulls up a page where you can select where you want the photo to go. Once you select those things click the export button.
There you go! Once you hit the export button you are finished! Stay tuned for more Adobe Lightroom tips I will post as I learn so hopefully you can follow along and learn with me!