October 11, 2019

Hello and welcome! My name is Stefan and this my second Lightroom Tutorial. And today we work on a Night Photography. I have edited a photo with a sunset last time but this time we go a little bit more dark. I have a picture from cologne, the typical view. And I want to show you my typical workflow for this picture in Lightroom. Ok, let´s start… First, I want to increase the dynamic range. So I open up the shadows and bring down the highlights. It looks a little bit more HDR now, so don´t overstate. +60 and -50 gives a more natural look. Then I will set my Whitepoint and my Blackpoint. Hold your option key, and increase the whites until you see some pixels. Same thing with the blacks in the other direction. That looks really good. It is important to keep some details in the shadows. The whole photo is a bit underexposed, that´s why I increase the exposure a bit. And now a bit more contrast… I go minus in clarity to avoid an HDR look. Everything looks a bit softer now. I keep dynamic and saturation on their values, because the photo is already very saturated. Now we look at the Whitebalance. I think I go a bit more cold, because the bridge is very orange. The sky is more blue now, that looks really good. A bit more magenta… Now I want to change the Hue and Saturation of the different channels. I decrease the saturation of orange a bit and increase the blues to make the sky more pop. I dont do split toning here… But I want to sharpen my image. I use my standard value of 80. Then I hold my option key and mask my sharpening out. Everything which is black is not sharpened. I don´t want to sharpen the sky or water, because they don’t have a lot texture. I do a bit noise reduction But it is not really needed, because we don´t have noise at all. Oh, I forgot to show my camera settings… I use an aperture of f8, ISO 200, I don´t know why I didn´t use ISO 100… and 6 seconds shutter speed. Now I activate Profile Corrections and remove chromatic aberrations And then I use the upright function. Lightroom does automatically a very good job to straight the verticals. Last thing is a little post-crop vignetting. You can control the eyes of the viewer a bit better. Now I change my camera calibration. I gonna go for Adobe Landscape… But this is just to much contrast… Camera Standard looks way better… But too dark in the shadows… And Camera Neutral has more details in the shadows. But there are to much details now… Thats why I change my black point again a little bit And the very last thing we want to do is to paint with light. I take the radial filter. Last time I used the brush, you can use whatever you want. You can make a circle and your settings were applied everywhere but in the circle. But we can change that as soon as we click invert and feather it more. And now I can increase the exposure and I get a nice light spot. You can make a right click to duplicate. I want to make the light more complex. This method I learned from Serge Ramelli. When I´m done, I click done. And the very last thing is a small gradient filter from the top to the middle. I decrease the exposure a bit to close the photo. This was my workflow on Photos taken in the night. I show you the before and after. We didn´t edit that much… If you are interested in more tutorials, please vote and comment my video for more. You can also subscribe for more videos 🙂

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