Yo, what’s up? Today, I’m gonna show you my process of how I edit a moody photo within Lightroom. Let’s go. So, I’ll put the photo that I’m going to be editing on screen right now so that you can see the final result. With that in mind, let’s jump right into Lightroom. Okay, here we are. The first thing I want to do, is lighten this photo up a bit, because it is a bit dark. So, I’ll bring my exposure up a bit. Next thing I want to do, is warm this photo up a bit more. Just like that. I’ll leave my tint as it is. Now for the contrast, I don’t want to overdo it. I do want to give a bit of a punch to my photo, though. So, I’ll turn my contrast slider to about twenty or so. Like that. Then, my highlights here on the side: I want to make sure I’m not going to blow those off. So, I’m going to turn my highlights slider down. Just like that, not too much. You can see here on the far left side of the photo, we’re losing a lot of details because it is too dark. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to bring the shadows slider up a bit and get some of those details back. Bring it up, quite a bit. Okay, that looks good right there. Going to bring my whites down, and then my blacks up a bit. Like that. Bring my clarity down, and also turn my vibrance down. Just a little bit. Okay, and for my tone curve, I’m going to have a standard S-shape. So, I’ll show you what that looks like. Something like that. So, the first thing I like to do when I’m in the HSL tab is play around with the luminance slider So I can see which areas of the photo it’s going to affect. There we go, that looks good right there. Now, for the Polaroid – umh, I don’t really like the colour it has. I think it doesn’t match the overall colours of the photo. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to desaturate it completely. So I’m going to bring that, all the way down. You can see what that does. Just like that, minus ninety-nine looks good. I’m going to play a bit with the luminance value for it. Moving on to split-toning, this is super important here so you might want to experiment quite a bit to get some interesting results. I’m going to go with something teal for my highlights just to cool it off a bit. A hundred and seventy-five, that looks good. Now, I’m going to adjust the saturation value for it. So, for my shadows I want to add another cold colour to make the overall photo even cooler. Um, I’m going to go with a blue, I think. So let’s hold Alt or Option on a Mac and find a blue colour on the slider. Two hundred and fifteen looks good. Yeah, you don’t want to add too much on the saturation for this because it’s a very sensitive one. That looks good, I’m going to go with a five. I’ll turn my sharpening all the way off, I don’t like sharpening my photos before I actually finish editing them. Leave me lens corrections as they are for this photo, I like the dark vignette around the edges which is created by the distortion of the lens which I shot this with. Don’t want to make any transformations so I’ll skip that. Not going to add any vignette. I will add grain but at the very end once I’ve finished editing everything on the photo. I don’t recommend adding grain while you’re still tweaking certain parts of the photo. That’s the last step you want to do, right before you export your photo. On the calibration tab, I’ll just make a few minor adjustments. Bring this up a bit. Bring up the saturation of the Green primary a little bit. Plus twenty-five looks good. And then, I’ll bring my saturation for the Blue primary down. Minus thirty looks good. Yeah I’ll go with that. Okay, next thing I want to do is go in and crop my photo so it’s in the perfect aspect ratio for Instagram because that’s where I’ll be posting this photo. To do that, I’ll go up here, choose the 4:5 format, just like that. Okay at this stage, the basic editing is done, and what I would do from now on is I would remove this radiator here on the side. I would probably darken the areas on the left I also want to get rid of this white spot right here. Probably bring a few more shadows up here on the left side where the hands are holding the camera. I’m going to darken this side of the photo using ramps. Bring the exposure down a bit Just like that. Then just, click & drag and that’s pretty much it. Just move it around where you think it looks good. Okay I’m going to have to work with this, for now. Then what I want to do is go ahead and click on my brush tool here and I’m going to bring back some of the details here on the hands. So, I’m going to reset my slider of the exposure and then actually bring it up. Might do the same with the shadows. And I’m going to go in and paint manually over the hands and what details I want to get back and so on. I might speed this part up a bit. Okay, that’s looking a lot better. So, let’s have a quick before & after so we can see how much we’ve done so far. Okay that’s looking pretty good so far. Next thing I want to do is probably enhance the eye a bit so it’s more visible, so I’ll go ahead and do that with the brush tool again. Same thing, just select it, bring the exposure up a bit, shadows as well and just manually paint in slowly. Make sure you’re careful with it. And then I might bring up the saturation slider a bit as well. So, the next thing I’m going to do is I’m going to take this photo into Photoshop and finish it out. I’m going to remove that radiator completely from the background because I think it distracts from the overall photo. I’m also going to touch up a bit on the skin tones so, I’ll come back with the finalised version before I export my photo. Okay, here we are back in Lightroom again and a few things that I did in Photoshop: as you can see I’ve added a few dust & scratches around the image, another thing I did was, I added a little bit of glow right here on the camera. It was already on when we were taking the photo, so I thought I should emphasise that a bit more. And generally, I tried to work on the forehead here, a bit on the eyebag under the eyes. Finally, I removed the radiator from the background because it was distracting like I mentioned. And now, the last thing that I usually do right before I export my photo is add grain to it. So, I’ll go all the way down. To the effects tab. And, I’m going to add a bit of grain. So, I’ll go with twenty-five and then bring my roughness down to thirty-five. You can see the effect that has on the photo, it makes it look that more old and retro and vintage and I like the effect it has. Okay, that’s the final result. I’m going to go ahead and post this on my Instagram right now. I think it looks good, the results are quite pleasing I would say. So, that’s my personal process of how I approach editing moody photos within Lightroom. With a bit of retouching in Photoshop, of course but that’s extra so, you don’t really have to do that depending on what kind of photo you are editing. And um, yeah! That’s it for me today, I’ll see you guys next week.