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Because Lightroom uses a completely non-destructive workflow. If you make an adjustment that you are not happy with, you can simply go back and refine the adjustment. Let's say, for example, that I shifted the temperature to a really dramatic effect. Maybe I was wearing the wrong glasses and I thought this was okay but later realized it was not a good adjustment. I might have continued making other adjustments to the image. But if at any time, I realize that temperature adjustment was not a good one, then I can simply go back and change it. However, there are a couple of other options that can prove helpful from time to time, when it comes to optimizing the adjustments for your photos.
One of those is the history. You can see over on the left panel here in the develop module that I have a history section. And I can see everything that I've done to this image, it was imported I adjusted the temperature I adjusted the temperature some more. I adjusted exposure. Than highlight. Then finally, I adjusted the temperature back down a little bit. If I mouse over each of these history states. I can see what the image would look like if I went back to that stage. So if I click on one of those for example. The image will be adjusted to that point. I can go back and forth in history.
I can go to the future so to speak and then back to the past and back and forth, and back and forth. Evaluating the result to see which state I will like the most, in other words where I would like to leave the image. But once I've gone back to the previous history state, and then I apply a different adjustment those prior histories states are going to be lost. So at this point I couldn't step back to adjustment where I reduce the tint for example, but I can always adjust the temperature manually of course. And I'll go ahead and fine-tune the tint as well and you can see that all of those adjustments are reflected on the history. Note by the way that you can also clear all of the history states but frankly, I don't see any reason why you would ever want to do that. These history states aren't taking up any significant amount of space on your hard drive for example.
So in my mind you might as well always leave them available so that you can step back as needed. Another option that's available to you that's similar to history is snapshot. History is automatic. Whenever you make an adjustment it will be reflected in the history. Snapshots you must add yourself. Let's assume that I think this is a pretty good baseline for the image and I'd like to apply some additional adjustments. But I want to be able to get back to this exact point somewhat easily. I can do that by essentially taking a picture of my picture by adding a snapshot.
I'll click the Plus button over to the right of the snapshot's header. That will bring up the new snapshot dialog and I can specify a snapshot name. I'll just call this basic adjustment. And then I'll click the Create button to create that snapshot. Now I can continue fine-tuning the adjustments here. Maybe I want to brighten up the highlights for example, perhaps open up a little bit of shadow detail. Maybe take the whites up just a hair and the blacks down just a little bit. I might like to increase contrast or may even reduce contrast a little bit here and perhaps a little bit of clarity to bring up some of the contrast in the image.
And some Vibrants to make those colors jump out just a little more. I think the image is looking a little bit too yellow. So I will take that temperature down just a little bit, right about there. It just looks pretty good. So, now if I think this is another good interpretation of the image I could take another snap shot. I will go ahead and add a new snap shot. And I'm going to call this better adjustment because I'm being absolutely optimistic and hoping this is better than the previous adjustment. I'll go ahead and click Create and then I can switch between the basic adjustment and the better adjustment.
And sure enough, I like the better adjustment better. I could click on my basic adjustment and delete it if I like just by clicking the Minus button. And switch to the better adjustment so I'm back to those settings. And maybe I'd like to make a black and white version of the image as well. So now, I'm going to click the black and white treatment. And I can go into the tone curve, for example maybe, and brighten things up, or enhance contrast a little bit. I can fine-tune the image as I see fit, maybe I'll open up some of the yellows in the image, that's looking somewhat interesting.
I'll go ahead and create a snap shot, for black and white, and click the Create button. And now I can make a decision as to whether I like my better adjustment, or my black and white adjustment. And in this case, I think I'll stick with better adjustment. Of course, I always have this snapshot that I can get back to. So in some ways, this allows me to work with versions of my image. I could also create virtual copies of the image to have a variety of different interpretations of a photo. But using snapshots can be very helpful in terms of preserving individual states of a photo. So as you can see using both history and snapshots you have some good flexibility for undoing a variety of adjustments.
While you're working to optimize your photos.
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