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Adobe Lightroom Tutorial: Creative Profiles & Color Range Masking

September 7, 2019

(calm music) – Hey, everyone. Brian Matiash here. In this video, I’m gonna show
you how to take this photo that I took at Cannon Beach, and using Lightroom,
turn it into this photo. Now, before we get into
the technical edits, here’s the thing. If you ask most photographers, “Hey, when ideally would
you like to photograph?” I usually, I bet you’d hear one
of two answers, maybe three. Either they’ll say,
sunrise, sunset, or both. But, the way that I see it is
that if you’re a photographer, the answer to that question
should be, “Anytime.” And a lot of times, listen,
I know if it’s like, you know, 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm, and the sun’s right above you, and there are no clouds in the sky, it’s just not fun to shoot, but the fact of the matter is that there’s actually a lot that you can do even in those harsh weather conditions, and that’s exactly why
I wanna use this photo. Just the other day, I
went to Cannon Beach, which is on the Oregon Coast, with Nicole and my
sister, who was visiting, and I took this photo, and it’s, you know, it’s a pretty straightforward shot. I used a 10-stop neutral density filter and shot it at 30 seconds so you have that really, really glassy kinda surface. You almost don’t even see
the water in the foreground, which I like. I think that gives it
a really nice effect. But, just because the sun was above me, it was like, around 1:30
or 2:00 in the afternoon. It was actually really nice weather-wise, because in Portland, it was approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit. On the coast, it was around
67 degrees and breezy. But, as you can see, the
light was still really harsh. So, with that, there is no excuse. Even if it’s poor light, you
should still grab your camera. You should still get out there. And what I wanna do is use this video to give you just one
example of what you can do, how you can use
post-processing, in this case, Adobe Lightroom Classic
CC, to get a cool result even though, again, the
lighting conditions were harsh. Now, we’re gonna jump over
to the computer in a second, and I’m also gonna show
you how you can download a free Adobe Creative Profiles Pack. I created a five pack,
that’s five profiles, giving it away for free. I’ll show you how you
can get it, super easy, and we’re gonna use one
of those profiles to edit. So, with that, let’s
jump over to the computer and I will show you
how I edited this photo using one of those Creative Profiles, and some creative color masking. All right, so here we are
in front of the computer, and I’ve got the photo opened right here in Lightroom Classic CC. Now, before we start anything, let’s just look at the photo right here. So, if we look at some of the EXIF, you can see that this was taken with, it was with an A7R Mark III
Sony, and my 16-35 mm F2.8 GM. And I shot it at 30 seconds at f/18 with a 10-stop neutral density filter. Now, again, like I mentioned,
it was super bright out, and if I dint have an ND
filter, especially a 10-stop, and a circular polarizer, I wouldn’t have been able
to expose for 30 seconds because there’s just
simply too much light. The exposure would’ve been blown way up. So, because I was able to
get the 30-second exposure, you can see, I have
the waves just kind of, turn into this mist, which I love. And you can see the sand. You can see, over here,
people walking around. Now, this is Haystack
Rock at Cannon Beach. It’s one of the kind of, most
famous landmarks in the area. And on this particular day, there were a decent number of people, but it wasn’t too bad. So, with that, you know,
this is pretty much straight out of camera here. You can see all of the
settings are untouched. First thing I’m gonna do is scroll down and let’s add one of those lens
profiles to just, you know, get rid of a little bit of that distortion and the vignette from the lens. so it’s nice and clean over here. Now, the next thing I’m going to do is up the white point just a little bit. I’m kind a looking at
the histogram right here and drop the black point. This adds a little bit
of contrast to the scene and it brings out more of
the tonality of the photo. There’s so much information
in any one of these RAW files that, might as well take advantage of it. So, I mentioned in the intro that we’re going to
use a creative profile. Now, Adobe released Creative
Profiles not too long ago with one of the more recent versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic
CC and Adobe Lightroom CC. And the benefit to this is
that you can apply looks without adjusting any of the sliders. They’re kind of like presets
but they’re like meta-presets. You can access them by clicking on this little thumbnail button here under the Profile section in Develop. And so, here are the categories. And I mentioned that I built
a pack of five profiles that I’m giving away for free. You can see them right here
if you hover over them, which is one of the nice things I like, that as you hover over the thumbnails, you can see previews of them. And before we go on,
just to give you an idea of where you can get those profiles, if you go to it’ll bring you to this page over here. All you need to do is scroll down, type in your email address,
select yes to the GDPR consent, and then click to download, and you’ll be able to download
the preset pack for free, and there are instructions
if you scroll down. Nicolesy created a great video. I’m one that would rather
not reinvent the wheel if someone’s done something
really great already. I might as well share it. So, Nicole created this
video that walks you through how to install or import these profiles. So, again, free to download. I hope you enjoy it. And with that, let’s go
back to this pack over here. So, what I’m gonna do is, I really like nature tone number five, so I’m gonna select it here. Now, when you select a profile, you’ll have this amount slider, and by default, it’ll
be at a hundred percent, and like, you know, most other presets in other applications, you can control the opacity. This is zero, which means there’s nothing. But, unlike other apps,
you can actually go crazy and go to 200%, which is a bit much, so I’m gonna bring this down here. I’m gonna keep it at around 105%. That’s, you know, that’s
looking good here, and I’ll hit close to
close that profile browser. Now, you can see how the profile fundamentally changed
the look of the photo if I show you the original,
and then with the profile. Just applying the profile is great. I’m gonna do a few more things. I’m gonna add a little bit of contrast. I’m also gonna drop the
black point just a little bit and add a little bit of clarity, and a little bit of vibrance. Now, here’s the thing. I want to add a little bit of warmth to the foreground and to the sun, but I only wanna apply
it to the areas here where the sunlight would
be hitting the sand, which is these bright areas here. You can see around here, on
the left and on the right, there’s a little bit of
reflection from the blue sky, and of course, there’s
the blue sky over here. So, there’s a really cool way to do this. I’m gonna select the
graduated filter over here. Let’s press the option or alt key, and you can see that that
changes the effects button to reset which, or reset all the settings. Now, this is how I typically
use a graduated filter. I need to know where that
filter’s being applied, so first thing I’ll do is I’ll
open up the exposure here, and then, I will drag down. And you can see, now, I’m not looking to brighten the photo here, but
because the exposure’s up, it shows me where the
effect is gonna be applied. So mostly, up here. Now, I’m gonna go hit the
option or alt key again, press reset. The mask is still here, but
none of the effects are applied. So, what I wanna do is take
the temperature slider. Remember, I said I want to warm it, so you could see it adds a
really nice warm color to it. But, it’s applying that
warm tone everywhere, which I don’t really want. I really wanna be selective
with where I apply that effect. So, what I’m gonna do
is go to the range mask. So, with the range mask
here, I have two options: color and luminance. Luminance will allow me
to control based on light, but color will allow me
to specify specific colors of where I want the mask to be applied to. So, I’m gonna take that
dropper right here, and I’m gonna click right there. And then, if I press and hold,
actually, before I do that, notice how, there, let me undo that. See how the effect is applied everywhere? But, once I click right there,
the mask will only apply to areas within that color region. You can see how you’ve already
restored some of that color, which is awesome. And if I press and hold the shift key, you can see the little plus icon, and what that allows me to
do is sample multiple colors, so I can really refine
where I get that mask. And as you add more colors, it makes the mask that
much more, you know, closer to the colors that
you want to apply to. Now, there’s also an amount slider here, and what I’m gonna do is
press and hold the option key, or alt key, if you’re on Windows, and start dragging, and you can see here, what this is doing is the
more to the left I go, the pickier it’s gonna be with the colors. And if I let go, you can see, watch. You’ll get that kind
of, preview over here. And if I go to the right,
it becomes less picky. So, I’m gonna keep it right around here, and that’s looking good. Now, I want the same effect
to be applied to the sky, so I’m gonna click here. I notice that if I click, my
temperature’s at plus eight, so I’m gonna remember that now. I’m gonna click new, and
again, I’m gonna reset, open up the exposure, and
then, this time, I want to, I’m gonna flip it so that it’s
it only applying to the sky. So, above the horizon. Let’s bring it down a little bit. Again, let’s reset everything. Let’s bring the temperature to eight. And again, just to show you,
if I click on the other mask, the temperature was eight, so it’s just giving me the same value. So now, the warm effect
is applied up here, but just like before, I don’t want to have that warming applied to the blue sky, so I select color from the range mask, and I’m going to click and shift-click on certain areas of the sky. And like before, I can
take my amount slider just to show you. If I bring it to the left,
it has one type of effect in terms of how much
color is being selected. As you go to the right, it
selects more of that color, so I’m gonna bring it down here. Now, I wanna bring out
some of that blue again, so we’re done with here
with this graduated filter, and I’m gonna scroll down to
my huge saturation luminance. I’m gonna take the target
adjustment tool for saturation. And basically, what this does is, anywhere you hover that tool, you can see, watch as I move around. Look at the colors over here,
you see how they change? Basically, just select
whichever color it lands on. So, I’m gonna go to the blue over here, and I’m gonna click and drag up. You see how that brings
out some of that blue? And same thing kind of, here, let’s increase that a little bit. It’s a bit too much; let’s
drag it down just a bit. And then, with the luminance,
I’m gonna do the same thing. I’m gonna go here. Let’s darken that blue just a tiny bit to add a little bit of some nice contrast, and you can see this really nice gradient. It’s a color gradient,
or a temperature gradient going from the cool on the
left, warm on the right, and again, this is the thing
when photographers are like, “Of course, I wanna shoot
at sunrise or sunset “when the light is beautiful “and the conditions are wonderful.” But, really, the fact of the matter is, I wanna shoot whenever I possibly can. That, to me, is the answer that a photographer should be giving. And this was taken, you know, midday. This photo was taken midday. It’s really, you know,
the conditions were, as far as the lighting
conditions were, far from ideal, but I still got out there with my camera and I had a great time. And again, if we just kinda
go from before to after, you can get some cool results. And again, this was
primarily because I used my Adobe Creative Profile
Pack, the Nature Tones Pack. And again,
will bring you here. Just enter your email address and sign up to get a free pack. And so with that, I hope you got something out of this video. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, please hit the
thumbs up and hit subscribe for more videos. We’ll be getting a lot
more coming down the road. So, and be sure to leave any questions you’ve got in the comments below. All right, everyone, thank you very much. I’ll see you on the next one. (calm music)

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