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5 Adjustments I make to every Photo | Lightroom Editing for Beginners (Part 1)

October 5, 2019


some people mentioned to me that they
prefer not to shoot in raw because they think that the editing process can be
too long too complicated and overall very overwhelming
of course I strongly disagree with this and I am making this video to show you
how simple and how quick the editing process can be welcome to my channel
here I talk about photography and I make videos just like this one where I share
some editing tips so if you’re here for the first time it might be a good idea
to subscribe I don’t know if you can hear but right outside my studio they
are making a new fence or something anyways there is a lot of noise I hope
this is not disturbing anyways I thought that in order to make sure that all the
information I’m going to share about editing pictures in Lightroom can be
digested and easily understood also by people with less lightroom experience I
am going to make a mini series of three videos that will help you to edit your
landscape photography images in less than five minutes and today’s video is
dedicated to the 5 adjustments that I make to every single image that I import
into my Lightroom catalog I might do a separate video dedicated to how import
and organize your images in Lightroom and actually if you’re interested in
seeing a video about that just let me know in
the comments but for now instead I am going to show
you which are the five adjustments that I make to every single photo I import
and that will actually prepare my raw file to be edited in Lightroom let’s
dive in so here we are in Lightroom and this is a long exposure is actually
70 seconds f/8 20 millimetres is taken in New Zealand and this is Milford Sound
iconic beautiful place it’s a little before sunset
anyways let’s see which are these five necessary adjustments that I make to
every single photo so let’s open the develop module and as a first thing I
will open the lens Corrections panel and I will make sure to set the remove chromatic
aberration on so toggle on the remove chromatic aberration this adjustment
will remove the color fringing which is an optical problem of the lens which
when it happens we’ll create some funky color edges in your images often is
purple anyways set this on and your image will
be much cleaner in the same panel you want to make sure to enable the profile
correction and you immediately see how the image changed basically the profile
correction will get rid of any distortion or vignetting that your lens
are causing so as you can see with two quick clicks you have already a better
image and although this is very quick I actually have these two adjustments set
on as I import my images in the catalog so basically these
will happen automatically okay adjustment number three leveling the
alignment of my image there are very few things that annoys me more than an image
not completely leveled so in order to double-check or fix the leveling of your
image you want to open these crop and straighten panel up here and once you’re
in you can immediately click on auto and as you can see in this case with the
minus 0.08 there was a very very little leveling to do but sometimes the
software gets confused and you might need to do this manually in order to do
so you click on the straighten tool right here and you will select a point
on your horizon and then drag a line right into the horizon and in this way
you are telling to the software what has to be straight click done and move on
adjust the number for photo ratio and now we’re going to talk of an adjustment
which is going to be the first one that will involve some creativity my camera
sensor is a three by two so every single image will come out with the three by
two ratio of course but not necessarily this is the best ratio for every single
composition I take and especially if I want to export my images to Instagram or
YouTube clearly the best ratio for those media is four by five for Instagram
sixteen by nine for YouTube and also sometimes my composition will just look
better with a different photo ratio in this case for instance I am going to use
this image for YouTube and also because there is not much going
on on the very top the very bottom as well I will go with a 16 by 9 and also I
might need to crop a little bit the left side because I had some branches that I
didn’t want to see and this is done quick 5th and last adjustments that I
make to every single photo is the spot removal we are landscape photographers
and we operate in the elements for some reason if there is a lot of wind if
there is dust if there is sand I feel the urge to switch lens and the
result is that in my images often I would get some dust spots because the
dust will deposit on my sensor I try to keep it clean I clean it myself but
often it’s not enough and especially in long exposure images if there is a
little piece of sand or a little dust in your sensor it will show for sure in
your photo luckily in Lightroom is very easy to get rid of these dust spots and I
will show you how as you can see this a first circle up here is the spot removal
I usually set it on heal I keep the feather at 100 and the opacity at 100
and I will click on the visualized spots here in the bottom left and this tool
will help me to identify where and if there are dust spots in my image you
will see these white elements in this case these are the pebbles under the
water but if you want to make sure I actually toggle on and off the visualize
spots and eventually I click on the spacebar
so that I can zoom in and then keeping the spacebar clicked I can actually drag
the image and make sure that the visualized spots is actually identifying
real the spots and not elements of the photo like in this case these elements
appear are actually part of the photo and I don’t need to get rid of it it’s
pretty incredible but these images is pretty clean but let’s pretend that
let’s pretend that these was a dust a spot we’ll just click on it and as you can see it’s not there anymore
click see to see the full image and that’s it it’s done clearly it takes
more time to explain these adjustments then actually make them for some of you
these might have been really basic nevertheless make sure to prepare your
raw files with these adjustments every time before you start the real edit I hope
this was clear and useful to most of you hopefully I’m starting to convince more
people to shoot in RAW and edit their photos in Lightroom next week we are
going to see how to work on the basic panel understanding every single slider
and trying to edit one image in less than 5 minutes
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