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Lightroom Tips for Beginners – How to make your photos look STUNNING in 5 minutes

October 4, 2019

today’s Sunday and this is my plan first
of all I want to finish my seduction short film because I want to post it
tomorrow which is Monday but because you’re going to see this video on
Thursday basically if my seduction video is done
you will see a link right here I hope this is clear done with that I will drive to the ocean
because here we have 100 thousand degrees at the ocean we have 40 degrees
Fahrenheit less and also the scenery is much nicer I want to fly the drone and
take some pictures from the sky to use this video where I will share my
Lightroom adjustments – that’s all so this is the plan there is a
lighthouse right behind that rock the fog is coming in so I hope to get some
good light before it gets really really dark I will take the drone up and try to
see if I can have the lighthouse and part of the Golden Gate Bridge behind
complicated – we’ll see there is still quite a lot of light so I will use an ND Filter 16 I always recommend to hold the drone like a baby and with the left hand you hold the gimbal steady with the other hand clip in your ND filter safe way to put it on! unfortunately no luck it is too windy
for the drone on this side of the ocean and it’s really not worthy to lose the
drone for the shot so I will change location and see if I’m luckier so things didn’t really go the way I
hoped which for my experience in photography it happens quite often I
really wanted to take that lighthouse image with the golden gate behind oh well I
will need to go there again but I have some images that I will use in this
tutorial before we get started I just want to
make sure you understand this is not going to be a comprehensive tutorial of
every single function that Lightroom can give you instead I want to share with
you some basic adjustments that very quickly will improve dramatically your
raw images so have a look so I imported a few images in Lightroom
and I’m going to open them into the develop module in order to show you a
few basic but very effective adjustments that are part of my workflow to express
the full potential of a pretty flat RAW file as you might remember from my last
week video I like to shoot in a 4 by 3 ratio so the very first thing I will do
is to crop the image in either a 1:1 one so a square format or a 2:3
these are my preference and in this case I will use the two by three so we’ll
adjust the the crop to my liking and I really want to show in this composition
this path which is a very nice guiding line I also want to crop these
people here because it’s a little disturbing to me so I will go to the
pole and bring everything down and this is my final crop I think it’s much
cleaner so I will work with this as you can see all the information in my
histogram are in the center and I’m not clipping in the blacks or in the white
so this is great it means the images is exposed in a balanced way said so I can
still do quite a bit of adjustments first thing I usually do is that I want
to really bring down the highlights and increase the shadows a little bit by
holding shift and double-clicking on whites I will actually expand the whites
in the image and doing the same thing shift and black I will expand the
dynamic range of this image to the limits I usually add a little bit of
vibrance not much and also a little bit of saturation in this case I don’t touch
the clarity as I shot this image in RAW I can change the white balance to
whatever I like and I think that the daylight will work quite well for this
image but if I’m not satisfied with it I can always drag the white balance
selector to any part of the image and usually search for a neutral color
neutral gray to basically pick your neutral target and manually select your
white balance in this case I’m happy with the with the daylight white balance
before moving on there is something I really don’t like so basically there are
these two guys here that I want to delete from my image I know that you can
do a much better job in Photoshop but I think we can remove them using the clone
and heal brush let’s see if this will work I think that these might work very
well for this image because as you can see they’re gone and you cannot really
notice they were there before I might do the same thing over here I can see that
there is a distracting element of two people right here let’s see how this
works I think it works fine as well so now no more distracting elements in the
picture let’s move on from the basic panel to the tone curve we can manually
adjust the tone curve or we can rely on some
pre adjustments and the medium contrast usually works very well for an
image like this let’s move on to the detail basically in the detail panel I
can increase or decrease the sharpening I usually don’t go crazy with this and I
use a minimum radius and a maximum detail and I mask the sharpening area by
clicking on option and moving the mask to in this case 30 also will increase
a little bit of luminance in order to remove some noise from this image just a
tiny bit in this case a value of 10 make sure that your lens correction settings
are clicked in in this case when I import I automatically have chromatic
aberration and profile Corrections enabled and then let’s move to the
effects I in an image like this I think would be a worthwhile to put a little
bit of vignetting and we without going crazy we can adjust midpoint roundness
and feather to our liking and create a little more dramatic feel the upper
right corner is is clearly brighter than the rest of the image so I can add a
gradient filter once I’m happy with my selection I can maybe bring down the
highlights maybe increase the contrast a little bit and maybe reduce the exposure
and by clicking here I can see the before and after effect it’s a subtle
but in my opinion worthwhile adjustment I can add a new gradient filter because
I want to eventually bring a little more light in the lower right corner which is
a little darker and I might just increase a little bit
the shadows and maybe just a tiny bit the exposure so I will add a little bit
of Dehaze to the image just a tiny bit and I am done with the effect and this
is it so let’s see how this image looked before and as you can see with very few
adjustments we dramatically changed a very flat RAW file into a more
compelling and interesting image I think so again very basic very fast but also
very effective adjustments that will quickly increase the quality of your
images and let your images express their full potential without the need of
buying any presets online from anybody a lot of people are scared to use RAW
format in photography because they think there is too much work too much
processing to do afterwards instead as you could see with very few adjustments
you can transform your RAW files in beautiful images so if you want to see
more content like these you need to let me know and there are a few ways to do
that consider to subscribe to my channel like this video and leave me a comment
below thanks for watching see you next week


  • Reply Jenner August 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Nice but i am using photoshop 🙂

  • Reply Attilio Ruffo August 31, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Quick tips to edit your RAW files!

  • Reply Michelle Liu August 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply 3 Minutes Films August 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    well done!

  • Reply Raul Fattori August 31, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Bellissime riprese e consigli utilissimi, ci stai abituando male! 😊 Condividi il tuo sapere, grazie Attilio!

  • Reply Екатерина Любимцева August 31, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    thank you for sharing, was very helpful 🙂

  • Reply J8 August 31, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you sir! nice and easy tips. very helpful.

  • Reply matsta177 August 31, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Nice work man. Great tutorial.

  • Reply Paolo Calvi September 1, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Ciao Attilio, ci sono un paio di accorgimenti che puoi adottare per volare col Mavic con vento forte, il primo é disattivare il "Forward Obstacle Avoidance", automaticamente aumenta la velocità massima è con questo anche la capacità di contrastare il vento. Il i due vantaggi sono di essere appunto più "potente" senza diventare scattoso come in modalità Sport, l'altro è che i riflessi sull'acqua potrebbero ingannare quei sensori. Il secondo, più complesso è di modificare i parametri di volo per guadagnare ancora più veloce il Mavic usando questo applicativo: Io riesco tranquillamente a volare con più di 50kh/h di vento, chiaramente occhio sulla batteria.

  • Reply Tyler Cain September 1, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Super helpful.  Thanks!

  • Reply Davide Cassarino September 6, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Grande Attilio, grazie

  • Reply World Travelers Association September 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Hi Attillio, I found your channel, and I think your explanation and knowledge is great. I run a Non-Profit Organization, and recently bought a Mavic to capture our work, but I'm overwhelmed with all the information out there on editing and would love your coaching. Would this be something you could help with???

  • Reply Peter Nowak September 8, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for all the tutorials. Really inspiring for beginners. Keep up the great work. Greetings from Germany!

  • Reply Chris Combe September 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Good God, it's Dustin Hoffman!

  • Reply ivan costantini September 11, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Attilio aspettiamo questo tutorial in italiano!!!!! Grande.

  • Reply Vincenzo Galia September 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    lo attendiamo in ITALIANO <3

  • Reply Emilio Colaiezzi January 3, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Ciao Attilio, sono Emilio, ti ho scritto qualche giorno fa su Instagram. Un dubbio, quando fai solo fotografia (non video) utilizzi i filtri di ND? O gli lasci attaccati cosi sei pronto per fare video?
    Ho visto il video di edizione su FCX, e possibile avere il LUT che utilizzi? Grazie!!!!! Looking forward to see more amazing tutorials and videos!!
    mio email: [email protected]

  • Reply Peter W January 19, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Hello from TX – I subscribed after watching all of your videos regarding the Mavic settings and post processing. I purchased my Mavic 2 weeks ago and have been messing about with settings, scene selection, and post processing (right now using Davinci Resolve but may switch to FCPX so i can further follow your instructions). I also use Lightroom for photos and would love to see more on this topic in the future. Please continue to assist with Mavic set-up in the different locations you visit. Perhaps describe why you are filtering and/or using certain settings and scene/shot framing selection. The way you describe your work is fantastic, easy to follow and understand. Thank you!

  • Reply Jochem R.A. Bakker February 2, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Nice work, no nonsense approach. Makes me want to buy lightroom and do a better job at my own pics.

  • Reply ELTIN JONES May 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Came across you yesterday. I love you content and the simple but effective workflow and explanations of your edits.
    I shy away from Lightroom, usually using photoshop but I think you have encouraged me to use it in the future. Thanks again E.

  • Reply Jay Wagner June 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    More editing videos PLEASE! Nice work this really helps…..

  • Reply Jose Bueno June 16, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Can you show us how is done in on1 raw 2018?

  • Reply nelky gonzalez June 17, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Super Like

  • Reply Bruce Wolfe June 18, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I'm a new subscriber. Enjoy your content! I love to process. I consider it half the image making process.

  • Reply Skip Murray June 20, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Just discovered your channel. Wow. I look forward to seeing much more and spending more time with you on your channel. Thanks so much.

  • Reply Brendon Muller June 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Like your South African flag in studio 🙂 greeting from Afrique du Sud

  • Reply RugbyLock0914 June 25, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    You must live in the valley for those temps!

  • Reply Deborah Bice June 30, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    So happy to have found you. Shooting for many years and just beginning to use ND filters to create the Ethereal artistic look to my fine art photography. Love your approach and your step by step processing tips.

  • Reply jrsmoak July 23, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Keep ‘em coming!

  • Reply Anthony Fisher July 23, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I like your videos. Drone use illegal here (and in many park systems).

  • Reply John White July 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you for this video and doing so without trying to sell presets like many other you tubers, this was a big help! 🙂

  • Reply Francesco Raiola July 24, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Senza parole. Bravissimo. Che profilo usi con il Mavic Pro? Avresti possibilità di fare lo stesso tutorial con la una foto fatta in lunga esposizione? Ciao Attilio

  • Reply Renee McAndrew August 4, 2018 at 2:16 am

    More Lightroom tips for beginners please! This one was really useful. Thank you!

  • Reply Mac McMillen August 20, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Good stuff. Thanks. Your post processing videos are great, and so are the resulting images.

  • Reply Dario Daniele August 30, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Ciao Attilio, complimenti per i tuoi video! Li seguo oramai con una certa assiduita', pur avendo una modestissima esperienza di 8 anni alle spalle come fotografo amatoriale. Non so se hai mai trattato questo argomento prima d'ora, ma ritengo che ancora prima di iniziare con la post produzione sia essenziale modificare il profilo di lavoro in Lightroom, in modo da correggere qualsiasi aberrazione cromatica o distorsione data dall'obiettivo.
    Nonostante questo sia un concetto un po' piu' "avanzato", ritengo che sia fondamentale per trarre il massimo vantaggio dall'elaborazione della foto stessa.

    Mi piacerebbe sapere cosa ne pensi anche tu al riguardo 🙂

  • Reply Gord Roberts September 7, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Good morning. Good video, it is always helpful to see someone else's workflow. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anuja Sharma September 19, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    As always great content and excellent presentation, Atillio!. Thanks a lot

  • Reply Bhaskar Pakira October 11, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Can I click long exposure photos without filter?

  • Reply rolfgeist October 13, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Another great Lightroom tutorial — thank you! (Yes, I'm a year behind … but slowly catching up). Just the right length, with straightforward explanations "why" you made each adjustment. And I appreciate you showing the "before" and "after" at the end. Too often overlooked by others, but important to see the cumulative, overall effect of the many subtle changes made during the editing process.

  • Reply john gunning October 27, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Another very useful video.

  • Reply José Luis October 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    (4:53) Two by tree or two by three? 🙂 Very little mistake. I wish my English were as good as yours!! (Another great video, BTW)

  • Reply Ali in Bahrain October 30, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    very nice video sir (y)

  • Reply Nilotpal Dey November 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Excellent tutorial…..

  • Reply JIWON November 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    It was a good video that made me think a lot.

  • Reply Warren Gibson November 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks I’m taking it all in .

  • Reply WestCoastVivi November 30, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Another thing I need to learn… LR! I read about the subscription plans and stand alone software! In the long run the subscription plan cost more but you can have LR on any device plus regular updates, right? I guess the $9.99 per month is what I should consider, Attilio? The only issue I have… 20GB cloud space is really not that much! 🤔

  • Reply Miguel Vila January 10, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Bravo and thank you!

  • Reply Miguel Vila January 10, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Do you have some examples of modern architecture photography ?

  • Reply Richard Hill February 9, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Enjoy all your videos, just wondering if when you removed the two guys in the video if the feather on the brush would have been better if set with very little feather. Keep making these great videos for us to enjoy and learn from.

  • Reply Mary Kayak girl May 18, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Very helpful. I enjoyed it. Love the scenery.

  • Reply Richard Gerber July 12, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Yes Attilio , I would like to see more . Well done 👍, Richard

  • Reply Elaine Ross September 12, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I've been using light room professionally for YEARS and I never knew about holding shift double click white/black before. Wow. Thank you

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