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Photo Tip Friday: Scott Kelby on Lightroom Classic’s Auto Button

October 20, 2019

Hi everybody, Scott Kelby here
with another Photo Tip Friday. This one’s on Lightroom Classic. Now you might have heard that they
recently improved the auto button and they did. So, the auto button in Lightroom used to
be, let’s just say it wasn’t awesome. I used to joke that if you clicked it, “it
overexposed my photo by two stops” button. Now it’s not, it really works, and here’s
why… Adobe added machine learning and artificial intelligence to give you much, much better results.
The best results they’ve ever given. All you have to do is come
in here to Lightroom and click the Auto button and yeah,
son of a gun, look at it before and after. It looks a whole lot better, but you can
make it look even better because I think, I’ve noticed a little trend, this is
just me, just my own thoughts here. It seems like they opened up
the shadows a little too much and they pulled back the contrast
a little too much. So here’s all you gotta do to make this,
[SOUND] Sweet, pull back the shadows to the left a little bit, take
the contrast to the right a little bit. Now we’re done, now it looks good,
that’s how to tweak your Auto button.


  • Reply Ken Toney March 9, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Scott, the only issue I’ve had with the new β€œAuto” button is it changes WB towards a greenish side on skin tones. If I have an image with perfect WB it changes it.

  • Reply sarimner March 10, 2018 at 10:04 am

    it will do a better jobb if you change camera calibration first.. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jill Clardy March 12, 2018 at 3:39 am

    I have also noticed that Auto almost always reduces the Contrast, but I just double click on the slider to return it to the original position. I know Auto is the lazy approach to editing, but I always try it first and am often pleased with the results.

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