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Lightroom Edit Tutorial to Add Some Punch – Dog Photo Editing 101

February 28, 2020

This evening I’m just gonna go through
the editing on this image of Walter. Walter is a German Shorthaired Pointer
this image was taken on Mappleton cliffs which is at the top of the cliffs above a
beach in East Yorkshire, which is in the northeast of the United Kingdom. Walter
was a fantastic model – this has been shot with a 70 to 200 2.8 lens at f3.5 it was
a very cloudy day it was misty and drizzly so the images lacked warmth and they
were very flat lighting. It was nice because it was even light but it didn’t
have any direction and it makes the images like contrast so we’re looking to
put all of those things that are missing back into the image so the first things
first what I always do with every image anyway is run a base edit on it so I’m
gonna just drop the highlights lift the shadows lift the clarity lift the
vibrance I’m just gonna go into camera calibration change the profile to camera
standard to drop all the warmth back into the image I’m gonna lift the warmth
on it anyway just a little bit more like so then I’m going to go into detail and
add some sharpening back into the image it’s also added a little bit of noise so
I’m gonna drop the noise reduction in luminance up to ten okay I’m then going to go in and crop with this image I did use spot metering
because of the current weather conditions so it means that Walters head had to be slap-bang in the middle of the image. This wasn’t
great really for composition so I made sure I left enough room either side to
cut back into the aspect ratio that I’d like which is about there in a 16 by 10
so it’s still looking a bit flat and I think that’s because the grass around
him is very light so what I’m going to do is I’m going to use a radial filter
which is the one here I’m just gonna run that over
his head so as standard that jumps up to the exposure and it puts the exposure
at 9.5 so I’m going to just clear that back out I don’t want anything to affect
that I’m gonna drag the highlights down and I’m going to lift the clarity and
lift the saturation so we’ve gone from that to that
but his head’s left completely alone okay so I’m just going to add a bit of a
bright gradient so I’m going to bring the gradient from one side of the image
down I’m gonna equalize the exposure on it but lift the highlights and then I’m
going to drag that through I’m just gonna add a bit of warmth okay
oh bit too much yellow there that should be okay a little bit less – that’s great
okay so the final thing I’m going to do is go into the brush tool and I’m going
to just lift the exposure over his eyes just so that the eyes are drawn to there
when you look at the image finally I’m just going to use the spot removal tool
to clone this bit of grass because it’s really annoying so I’m going to swap
that bit of grass for a similar-looking bit of grass which I think that will probaby match it best
I’m just gonna lock that in and that is probably where I’d
stop on that image I’d maybe add a little bit of contrast and the way I’m
going to do that he’s not by using the contrast on here but by going into tone curve and pulling the shadows down on that side and we’re just going to lift up the highlights a touch so I’m just
going to show you the difference that’s made sounds before after
before and after so it’s given a really big punch so I could present this to a
client quite happily because I love photoshop so much I would probably
take it into Photoshop anyway and just run a hard sharpen on it to make sure it’s
prepared for a large print but other than that that’s where I’d stop so
we’ve changed it quite a bit really this is the before image and this is the
after so I’ll show you it in a split like that so you can see the amount of
color we’ve added from here to here and the amount of detail and clarity that
we’ve put back into Walter – I hope that’s been helpful for you that’s a really
good way of making sure that all of your images look similar
so then probably batch out those settings across all of the images that
came in with that gallery in the same lighting conditions but I would remove
the local adjustments like the radial filter and the brush and spot removal
because it won’t know where the subject matter is but everything else I would
leave in the same – I hope that’s been helpful if it has please let us know if
it hasn’t then let us know anyway and we’ll trying to sort that out for you next
time and if there’s anything you’d like us to cover then let us know that as
well! Thank you!


  • Reply Good Boy Dog Walker York June 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, amazing transformation. I have learned lots there and will apply these techniques to my dog photos. Thankyou

  • Reply Bryn's Channel March 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Really great but just wish you went a touch slower!!

  • Reply World Bike Girl June 7, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Really like your tutorial … thank you!

  • Reply Matty Anderson August 6, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Great video.

  • Reply nic suth July 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Nice edit, not overdone like many others, thank you

  • Reply Mathew Wawa September 17, 2017 at 4:02 am

    I love the video, but you just need to use a better mic. You sounds super far away, and it's difficult to hear you.

  • Reply Chrissy Simpson February 26, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Love Mappleton Beach 🙂 thanks for the vid 🙂 nice edit 🙂

  • Reply Equestrian Vlog squad August 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I have a black and white German short hair pointer

  • Reply That Dog Spot February 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Sorry about the quiet audio in this video! We've come on leaps and bounds since then! What do you guys want to see more of?! Drop a comment below… 🤓

  • Reply vizwhip1 February 25, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Really like your tutorial. I assume you use Lightroom first then into Photoshop? Do you always use both editing tools (topic to cover?)

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