Hi guys! welcome to the episode number four of my Lightroom tutorials Today I show you how to make a natural exposure blending with Lightroom and also some advanced HSL retouching tips Here are two examples of what I will explain in this video… This is a before and an after then another before, and again the after So let’s begin! as you can see I have six images for two examples that means that I have three RAW files per single image the pictures are take with auto exposure bracketing and on the tripod the first one is a normal esposure then I have two stops under exposed one and the last is over exposed by two stops so with this method I can create a “super RAW” image with much more editing capabilities than the single one and the editing will be much more effective so, now I can select my three RAW files and create the exposure blending by left-clicking the images and selecting “Photo Merge” and then “HDR” you can also merge the images by pressing CTRL+H Now the system will show a preview screen dialog That loading phase can be slow, depending on the power of your system and the number of the images Once the loading process is complete you can specify some options Always leave the “auto-align” option checked because either you are shooting with a tripod there can be some movements between the three shots If your picture does not contain any moving objects like threes or people you can select “none” for the deghosting amount Always check with the preview screen if the ghosting is present, for example in this case I am checking the water The “auto-tone” option is not important I don’t like how it works so I don’t use it, but you can give it a try if you like it So click on “Merge” and wait for the system to create the super RAW file that we are going to edit for this first example The file is ready and i “flag” it by pressing the “P” key so you can also recognize the HDR by looking at its name As you can see, I left the auto-tone option checked,and this is the editing the system has done for me. Thank you, but I will do it myself so let’s click “reset” Now I go fast with that part: I apply the basic retouch Then I create a graduated filter and a radial filter also as shown in my previous episodes Ok the retouch is complete, but the image is still a little bit flat in the colors So I can figure out something by doing an advanced color retouch with the HSL options HSL stands for Hue, Saturation and Luminance and I’m going to show you how it can affect the colors on the picture So let’s start with the luminance, and… I try to make it as simple as it can be With that function you can control the light on a single color, for example If you see that the blue is not as dark as you want you can make it darker Or, as in this case, I can make the pink colors on the clouds even more pronounced you have to be very careful doing that because it can create some bad effects and non-natural gradients on the sky for example, like in this case I always check at 100% what I am doing The luminance retouch can affect all the other retouch made before So, it can be necessary to adjust some of the previous change you made I repeat that aspect because it’s very important: Always check at 100% what you are doing because you can completely f** up an image with this setting As you can see, now I let you see what can happen if you abuse that sliders here on the clouds can be very bad ok, not let’s move on the saturation tab that is very easy to use with that function you can saturate or desaturate every single color channel on your image Let’s see what I can do in this case you can always check how the editing is working by turning off and on the options Now I go on fast because the HUE retouching is not particularly effective on that example so let’s take a look at the final image at 100% here it is if you use that HSL retouching properly I think you can have very natural and beautiful results, with natural colors Now, let’s move on to the next example I will repeat all the workflow I made in the first image, until it’s time to do the HSL retouching process So I select all the three images and I blend in HDR mode this time there is a person in the frame, so I select a “medium” deghosting method then once the image is complete I remove a little dust that was on the sky I make sure that there is no ghosting in the person and I move on with the basic retouch then I create a graduated filter on the sky and a radial filter on the sun light ok the retouch is complete now I can start to retouch the HSL parameter working at 100%, to better see what will happen in the sun light first of all I lower the luminance of the red, orange, and yellows I set -10 for both the colors ok but… this line at the top of the light is a little bit too strong for me checking the result I notice that the color is not natural and I think that is better to set a -4 and see what can I do lowering the vibrance giving back some highlights not too much because I’m loosing the colors… I think something like -90 instead of -100… will be fine… and take out some whites so I can… go back and lower the luminance as before… now it looks better! the line above the clouds does not look as strong as before then I can add some saturation to the colors I retouched and move on to the HUE option than option is also easy to use, but it can be very dangerous because it affects all the image now I can balance the same colors I retouched before to the left, so the main color will be more visible then I decide to edit the radial filter I applied before, to better manage that last retouch I adjust the feather and I give back some light increasing the exposure now I check how the HSL retouch affects the image by turning OFF the effect and see what can change now I make some final adjustments to the image for example I add some saturation modifying the radial filter on the sun light and also I go a little bit warmer with the light balance I also notice that the snow is very blue so I can lower the saturation of the blue tones in the HSL options Ithen I can add some luminance to this tones, trying to catch some white from the snow the last thing is adding some contrast I usually don’t add contrast with lightroom but I use external tools… In this case it does not matter, and I will talk about the contrast in another video… The retouch is complete! let’s give a fast look at this image at 100% then I show you the before and after of both the examples I covered in this tutorial So, as always, I hope you enjoyed this video… please let me know what do you think in the comments and if you have any questions, please ask! In the next episode I will talk about cropping the pictures composition, and perpective correction for architectural photography So, if you are interested Subscribe! and… see you the next time bye bye!