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Adobe Lightroom CC- Retouch Winter Sunrise

September 10, 2019

today I want to go ahead and show you
what I do on retouching my winter sunrise photographs what you see right
here and I’m actually using the Lightroom cc classic version here is the
one I’m going to show you on now real quick on my settings I used so the
settings I used for shooting this photograph I had my camera set up on a
tripod and I had it set at 150th the second aperture at 7.1 ISO 100 and I was
using my 11 by 16 millimeter F 2.8 lens and this was actually taken on a very
cold January morning January 2017 temperatures running sub-zero and I
wanted to capture the old historic mining cabins at Frisco Colorado with
the morning sunrise coming up and I kind of knew the where the Sun was going to
be coming up at this time of year so I kind of stationed everything into
position here and I was shooting in RAW format so any of you that have shot in
RAW format you know that your pictures will come out really flat and to show
you the comparison this is my raw photograph shot but this is the colors I
was able to bring back out in Lightroom ok I strongly recommend you to shoot in
RAW and the reason for shoot in RAW it does actually add a lot more information
into the photograph for you to currently bring out in Lightroom or Photoshop so
let’s go ahead and I want to show you the process I use for doing the retouch
on this photograph so I’m gonna go ahead and hit reset and this is the very
beginning shot right here so the first thing I’m going to do up here is the
tint I want to bring a little bit of a tint and I’m gonna bring this up to
probably a plus let’s go about a +33 on that one I’m
gonna come down here where it says highlights and I’m gonna bring the
highlights way down and I’m actually gonna bring the shadows way up now
you’re gonna have this really flat luck here so at this point you want to take
your whites I’m using that Apple computer so I think on your Windows
computer you’d be hitting the control key but I’m not positive but my Apple
I’m gonna hold down the option key and on the whites I’m gonna go ahead and
click and I’m gonna bring it to the white until I start seeing it blowing
out and you should start seeing dots and stuff start to come out through the
black there same thing on blacks here I’m going to go ahead and I’m gonna
lower the blacks down and I just want to bring a little bit into the picture here
so I’m about negative 44 and looking at it I think I’m gonna bump it up just a
smidge so clarity vibrance and saturation I’m gonna come back to that
so let’s come on down and we’re gonna look for HSL color and black and white
so let’s go ahead and click that tab and make sure you’re under saturation the
idea here is I want to bring out the colors in this pitcher and I have a lot
more control by doing it manually here so I’m gonna just go ahead and just
slowly start pumping up some of the Reds Orange and each one of these sliders
just kind of slowly bring them up and down and you’re kind of watching the
picture at the same time to hopefully kind of fill the colors so pretty much
all these I kind of slowly brought up a little bit a lot of them were in the 20s
to 30s here so now down here under split toning and then go under highlights I’m
gonna bump this saturation up to probably about seven then I’m gonna take
the hue slider and I’m gonna drag it across and I’m trying to find a good
spot where it looks pretty good there so I’m gonna kind of hold it about right
there so scrolling down under sharpening I always like to sharpen my pictures up
a little bit so I’ll take these up to about 50% or 55 and
under masking here once again I’m gonna hold my option key down and I think it’s
your control key on your windows so I’m holding my option key down I’m gonna
click on masking and I’m gonna bring the slider over basically anything in black
is not getting sharpened okay under noise reduction I want to take the
luminance up to probably about 15 since this photograph doesn’t have a lot of
noise in it and then under lens correction tab here if you click on that
one I want to do is enable profile correction because I was using my
wide-angle and as you see it pops the picture out more flat there then under
transform I want to hit auto on this one so as you can see when I do hit auto it
actually kind of makes the building stand up more upright and it definitely
takes the fisheye out of that widen the lens I was using there under effects
here you just click of the fix tab we want to go under highlight priority and
I’m gonna drop this down to probably about a negative seven and then the last
slider on the bottom here I want to take 2d haze up to about ten on that one
so now here’s where the magic begins so I’m gonna come on back up here under
clarity I want to jump this up to about seven twelve twelve looks pretty good
vibrance I’m just gonna bump that up to about 7 and then saturation about seven
now I want to take the graduated filter I’m gonna click on that this icon right
here and under exposure so what I’m gonna do here actually I’m gonna hold my
option key down on my back and I’m gonna hit reset make sure everything is all
fresh here and I want to do is take the slider down a little bit because I want
to darken up the sky because I feel like it’s blown out so once I get the
settings good I’m gonna go ahead and just kind of click drag down that
graduated filter here put it into position I’m gonna drop down the sky
just a little bit more and let’s take the clarity up a little bit more and
once I’m done with that let me hit done now the last thing I want to do I want
to go to the radial filter here once again I’m gonna hit my option reset
I’m gonna bring up my exposure a little bit here now I want to do is I’m gonna
just draw a couple just real light circles here this is actually where the
secret comes into making your pictures pop and if you do it so subtle a lot of
people will never notice what you did there but it looks so cool looking at
the same time so I’m just gonna kind of light up some of the snowy features on
these buildings I’m just throwing a couple out there real quick just to give
you an idea for the feel of what I do here and lighting up the windows too
definitely helps and then with each circle here you can always just go back
and click on one and then you can always adjust the exposure a little bit and
then the last thing I’m gonna do here is I’m gonna just make a real big one it
kind of highlights the areas I just went with the circles bring down the exposure
just a smidge maybe bump the clarity just a hair on that shot and then hit
done so at this point if this looks like something that would be good to you then
you would just hit file and then export the photo so anyways I just wanted to
give you some quick tips on how I retouch my winter sunrise photographs
here I’ll hope this helped you out and give you some good ideas on how to work
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  • Reply Ron Radliff December 9, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Good tips. BTW – It's the ALT key in Windows.

  • Reply Michael J Bauer Photography December 9, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    When using the Whites, Blacks and Sharpening feature on Windows it's the ALT key you want to press.

  • Reply goldrace10 December 10, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Great job on explaining what each of the sliders do in Lightroom, Most run through it so fast that the viewers are wondering what happened ! You did a good job on taking the time to talk about each move ! Thanks again !

  • Reply Jim Conard January 1, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    What camera are you shooting?

  • Reply Divi Photos January 10, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Wonderful video

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