10 LIGHTROOM tips you SHOULD KNOW!

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Today, I’m very excited about. I have been asked for another Lightroom tutorial since, well, my last Lightroom tutorial, which I think was like last summer. And it’s funny, too, because it’s one of the programs that I literally use every single day. I’m editing photos every single day. And a lot of people just kind of use it here and there and you fire it up and fix a photo up and then maybe you don’t use it for a couple weeks. But there are so many features within Lightroom. And we’re talking Lightroom Classic, CC, that’s what it’s called now. There are so meany features inside this application that, I mean, I don’t think even half the amount of people are taking advantage of. And I can say that because for like the first few years I used the software

I didn’t use any of these things. Now I’m using them all. So today’s video is 10 tips in Lightroom that you didn’t know about that now you’re going to know about that you’re gonna use every single day. And I would’ve made that the title, but I just don’t think that would be good for the algorithm. Okay, let’s start off with number one. Okay, number one is Auto Tone. Now, this is a great way to begin editing your photos, especially if you’re newer to the software, you don’t have an extensive knowledge base yet of the software platform, but you kinda wanna get going, you’re not sure where to start. Auto Tone is a great place to start.

Not many people know about this. Some of you may, that’s super cool. But you’re just gonna come on up here to where it says Exposure. Now if you notice, right above that it says Tone and over to the right it says Auto. If you click Auto, it’s going to auto-adjust the settings for you to what Adobe Sensei thinks is a good edit. Kind of like a good base, a good starting point. So I usually notice that it drops the highlights, lifts the shadows, kind of fixes the exposure. And by no means is this the finished product, but it gives you a good place to start. So, tip number one is Auto Tone. We’re moving on to number two. All right, tip number two is resetting your edits. Now, obviously, the very bottom right, we’ve got a reset button.

You can hit that and it throws that photo right back to when you imported it raw. But, sometimes maybe you made tons of adjustments. Maybe you were playing with that curve line and you were sliding things left and right, having a grand old time, and you don’t really wanna hit reset and just wipe that baby clean, you just wanna reset a couple things. So instead of having to slide the sliders back to zero and just try to, oh, went too far, oop, little bit, oop, type zero, boom. For the sake of speed, all you have to do is just double click on the actual effect. So let’s say my exposure’s down here and I wanna reset it to zero. Double click the word exposure, boom, back to zero. So like imagine, if you were sliding all over the place, all you gotta do to reset one of those features is just double click the name and it’s gonna go back to dead zero. You are good to go. Moving on to tip number three. Tip number three, grid overlays. This blew my mind when I first saw it and I spent a good five minutes wondering what the heck it was and thinking to myself, how have I never, how have I never seen this? How have I, this is so much fun. When you’re gonna go crop a photo, you usually head over here to this little jobby, this little square icon known as Crop Overlay, which you can also access by hitting R on your keyboard. Once you’ve hit R on your keyboard, try hitting the letter O but continue cycling through the letter O, keep hitting it. You’re gonna see a bunch of different grid overlays to help you get different types of composition. One of the ones that I particularly like is the one with all the dimensions for a five by seven and a four by five and a two by three to kind of show me where the photo would look good if I cropped it for that specific aspect ratio. Another fun one that’ll probably throw you for a bit of a loop, pun intended, is the golden spiral, which a lot of people look at and they go, huh? Now, you might be asking, what the heck am I gonna use this golden spiral for? And it’s kind of like a little bit more of like an advanced rule of thirds. If you know the rule of thirds, placing your subject in that lower quadrant of a photo, the golden spiral is supposed to kind of guide the eye, guide the viewer’s eye through the photo, in kind of like a sweeping motion, so that you’re moving around and you’re looking through the entire frame. It’s supposed to help you compose your photo to get that exact effect when you are cropping through images that you’ve taken. So again, hit that R on your keyboard, cycle through your grid overlays using O, you can land on this golden spiral. But if you wanna actually move that spiral around and flip it so it’s inverted or left or right, you can do that by holding shift and hitting O and that’ll flip the spiral around to wherever your composition is, so you can kind of follow that flow to help your compositions just look better. That is tip number three. Mmm! Tip number four, boof. We’re talking lights out. You wanna hit L on your keyboard. That’s gonna isolate the photo that you’re working on. It’s gonna dim that background so that you can get a clear perspective, uninterrupted, no distractions, of the photo that you’re editing. Hit L again on your keyboard, it’s gonna black out everything entirely in the background so that you can just see that photo. And it’s a great way to just kinda tap that button, sit back, take a look at your photo, and be like, hmm, what do I need to change? Or sit back and just admire the work that you’ve done. Now, if you wanna lessen how much that background dims or increase it, you can do that in the preferences by going up to File, Preferences, Interface. And under Interface, you’ll see the Lights Out tab, you can change the dim percentage. So I have mine set to 90. You can make yours whatever you want, but that’s just by hitting L on your keyboard. Bah, lights out, boosh. This is tip number five. We’re callin’ this level out, man, just level out. So if you wanna make your horizon straight, yes, you can hit R on your keyboard and then kinda rock that photo left and right using your cursor on the side, but is it exactly precise? I mean, it’s pretty good, but how do we get more precise? Well, you can go over and click on Angle. So once you click on that little level, what you can do is come over to the photo, click and drag to kind of match the straightness of your horizon and it’s gonna fix that for you. It’s just a little more precise, when you’re trying to nail that straight horizon. Because you know, you’re surfing through IG, there’s nothing worse than when you see a photo and it looks amazing, but it’s just a little, it’s just a little off, man, I can’t double-tap that. I’m sorry, I just can’t do it. I’d love to do it, but I just like, double tap, I’m scrolling, man. That is the level, super useful, I use it all the time. Tip number five, moving on to number six. All right, number six is before and after. Now, this is a very popular shortcut, but something that a lot of people don’t use enough. You can use the comparison view, after you’ve edited a photo to check the before and after so you can see how far you’ve come during an edit. That is accessed by clicking the little Y button down at the bottom left corner, here. That’s gonna bring up a side-by-side comparison. I don’t use that one as much. What I like doing is hitting that slash button on your keyboard. That’s this one right here. While I’m editing, I can drag those sliders, I can tweak different things, I can add presets, and all I have to do to see the original to what it is now, to see if I’ve maybe gone a little too far or if I need to kind of go a little bit further or I like where I’ve arrived with my edit, all you gotta do is just tap that slash. That’s gonna show you before and after and that’s super fast. I don’t have to go down and click anything I don’t have to see two images. So the before and after feature using that slash button, where it’s very obvious that you would do that, it’s just so helpful having it right at your fingertips. And I think more people should use it because it’s a really great tool to kind of tell you if you’ve over-processed your image or, you know, if the original was better. And you can just get there with a single tap, with a stroke, without even having to look. So that is one of my favorites, even though it seems like one of the most obvious. It’s one of the ones I use daily. Like, I actually use these every single day. What does that say about me? Do I edit too much? No. All right, folks, moving on to tip number seven. Boop. That’s a six, isn’t it? I’m sorry, bah. Number seven is clipping. Clipping! Okay, I love this one. It’s super easy. Again, it’s another keystroke. Hit the letter J on your keyboard. That’s this one right here, just in case you, you know, you didn’t know. Hit J on your keyboard. You might notice nothing at the start and that’s a good thing, if you notice nothing. But, check this out. Once you’ve hit J on your keyboard, go up to the exposure slider tab and just like crank it, slowly crank it. And you’ll notice that as you are cranking it, those red clipping, those red highlights are starting to clip, but it’s showing you where it’s clipping. So sometimes our eyes, as much as we’d like to believe them, can’t exactly differentiate something that’s blown out to something that’s not. You might look at a photo and think, nah, it looks fine. But if you just hit J, science, computers, technology will tell you exactly where your photo’s clipping. And I use this a lot both in the shadows, if you drag it all the way to the end, it’ll go blue to show you where things are way too dark, and on the opposite end, red. So hitting J, using that clipping feature to be sure that you’re not clipping, woo, yes please and thank you. Tip number eight I like to call the radial brush adjustment. Now, instead of vignetting your photo in the sliders and just dragging that out, sometimes I like to just highlight a focus area of whatever shot that I took, which makes that area stand out more. We’re basically like creating a new lighting setup for this specific shot by using an adjustment layer within Lightroom. Now, this isn’t new technology, this isn’t groundbreaking, this is done all the time. But for those of you who don’t know Lightroom like this and would like to maybe dive in a little bit deeper, just, you know, kinda soar into that deep end, tread a little bit of water, this is for you. So go ahead and follow along. Here is a portrait of myself looking rather homeless. We’re gonna isolate that portrait so that the outside’s not as bright. And we’re gonna do that using a radial brush adjustment. So go over here and hit that oval. Now, what you’re gonna do is, under Effect, you’re gonna choose Exposure. And then you’re just gonna drag an oval. We’re gonna drag that to the center, make it however big you want, you can make it small, you can use these little buttons on the side here to just drag it bigger or drag it smaller, what have you. And once you have it to the area that you like, just go over here and adjust the exposure settings. That’s gonna make the whole background dark or the whole background light. Let’s go ahead and darken that just a little bit. And subsequently you can hit the Invert button down here and it’ll do the opposite to the area that you selected. So if you want a specific area of the sky darker, same thing goes. Here we’re just using a portrait. Go ahead and click that off. But once you’re done, you’re just gonna hit Close. And that is what your photo looks like. If you wanna see the before and after, like I taught you, hit that slash button, showing you the before and after. And let’s go ahead and throw that into isolation mode, just to get a better view. Look at us, learning things. That is a radial adjustment brush, one of my favorite things to do to really pull focus to something that’s happening in an image that I really want to be seen, be portrayed, I want people not to miss. Felt good. I like that one, that one felt good. Number nine, we’re calling this one size up. Super easy, you’re just gonna go over here to this panel. You’re going to drag it all the way to the left. Lightroom kinda comes standard with that panel really, really narrow, which literally gives you a false sense of how much you’re sliding all of those contrast sliders, exposure, highlights, because it’s just like the bar is this big, it’s literally like, it’s this big. So just slide it out. You can get way more precise, getting a way better accurate representation of how far you’re moving those sliders. I mean, just drag the panel out. So, that again seems like one of those like, that’s an actual tip you’re putting in a video? Hell yeah it is, because it’s super helpful. Size up, drag that panel out. Poof, mmm. All right, and the final tip is organize yo self. And I say that because Lightroom’s got a very good, efficient built-in organization system, just by hitting the numbers on your keyboard or a couple letters. And that’s gonna help you differentiate your good shots from your bad shots, to selects for clients to the ones that you wanna use for whatever. And it’s really important and it’s something that I use, again, I mean I use, I keep saying that I use all of these all the time, and that’s because I do, which is why I’m making this video. So first up, number one, you’re just gonna hit one through five on your keyboard. That’s gonna rate your photo. So if you like a photo, you hit five. That’s kinda how I do it. If I don’t like the photo, I just skip them and I just keep hitting five for the ones that I really like and if it’s like kind of mediocre, I usually land at around three. So that’s just using the number pad to rate your photos. Subsequently to numbering them, if you hit six, seven, eight, nine, that’s gonna change the color outline around that thumbnail. So maybe for the ones that you really hate so that you make sure you don’t pick them, you’re gonna hit six, that’s gonna give it a red outline, that means like no good. Moving on from there, you can hit P to flag these images, which is flagging it as a pick. And if you wanna unpick it, you can hit U. So sometimes it’s good if you even have a client, and you sit down with the client, and you can go through the photos and they wanna look at the ones that they like, and you can hit P for the picks that they have and unpick the ones that they don’t like. And you can star the ones that you like, so you could show them both, these are your picks, these are their picks, and then when you go back into the editing after the facts, it’s just way more efficient and you’re not gonna confuse your files, especially when you shoot something like an event or a wedding or you’ve got a job that you’re trying to do, some kind of corporate job. That is very, very helpful. So that is organizing yourself. That is the 10th and final tip of this video. And guys, I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you got something out of it. Hit that like button if you liked this video, smash it if that’s something that you’re into, subscribe if you aren’t already, and, and, I will see you guys in the next video. Peace! (energetic music)

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