Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module
Illustration by Petra Stefankova

Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

with Chris Orwig

Video: Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter

One of the most common situations where a graduated filter will be helpful is a situation like this, where you have this bright sun, we have a little bit of a darker foreground, and the sky, because we have these white clouds in it, because of the time of day, well, it's just really bright. A lot of times what we'll try to do is correct this, say, in the Basic panel. We'll work with our controls, maybe we'll add a little bit of Contrast, we can try to bring down those Highlights a little bit to darken those up, we can work with the Whites as well, and these can help us get to a little bit of a better spot in regards to how we're processing the image.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 37s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 39s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 36s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 11s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module
5h 36m Beginner Mar 05, 2012

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

In this installment of the Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials series, author and teacher Chris Orwig guides photographers through the process of improving images with creative color, sharpening, and other effects in the Lightroom Develop module. The course covers each of the tools and features in the Develop module, and shows how to perform basic adjustments, such as exposure enhancement; how to improve image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments; how to apply creative effects, such as split toning and vignettes; and how to perform advanced tasks, such as correcting for lens distortion. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Improving tone, color, and contrast with the Basic panel
  • Adjusting hue, saturation, and lightness with the HSL controls
  • Performing local edits using the adjustment brush
  • Converting to black and white
  • Split toning to create a sepia tone
  • Understanding sharpening
  • Correcting distortion
  • Removing chromatic aberration
  • Adding or correcting vignettes
  • Using the post-crop controls
  • Adding film grain effects
  • Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter

One of the most common situations where a graduated filter will be helpful is a situation like this, where you have this bright sun, we have a little bit of a darker foreground, and the sky, because we have these white clouds in it, because of the time of day, well, it's just really bright. A lot of times what we'll try to do is correct this, say, in the Basic panel. We'll work with our controls, maybe we'll add a little bit of Contrast, we can try to bring down those Highlights a little bit to darken those up, we can work with the Whites as well, and these can help us get to a little bit of a better spot in regards to how we're processing the image.

Already it's looking a touch better; here's the before, now after, but we just need more control of the sky. We need to be able to bring that down really in a way that's separate from the foreground. So in this case, a graduated filter really is the answer. Well, in order to select the tool, we can press the M key, or you can click on it in the tool strip. Next, what you'll want to do is simply click and drag out. A lot of times before you click and drag out, what you may want to do is just make an adjustment which isn't going to be good, but which will help you see the parameters of the tool, or the area where the tool is going to affect the image.

So here I'll go ahead and decrease my Exposure, and then I'm going to click and drag, and I know that this isn't good, right? This isn't a good adjustment. But again, by having an exaggerated adjustment like this, it kind of shows me; okay, yeah, I get it. It's going to come down to this point here, and then slowly taper off. This can sometimes help you get it just right in regards to the angle, getting the angle of the adjustment exactly where you want it, or getting that transition edge to be something that's going to work for you, as far as how big that transition edge is, and then to try to find the right spot for it.

Now, this isn't always going to be the best way to do it. Meaning, sometimes you'll do this, and you'll need to make changes later, but at least it's a good kind of starting point. All right. Well, now that we've done that, I don't want this Exposure adjustment, so just double-click the slider. All that, that did for me was just clue me in to the area of the image that would be affected. Well, what I do want is I want to work on my Highlights. So I'm going to go ahead and bring those down, darkening the Highlights up there. Already that's much better. I'm also going to increase the Contrast.

I want a little bit more, kind of, visual interest up there; perhaps a touch of Exposure. And I think this is looking kind of interesting. The blue color doesn't look that good; it looks a little unnatural. I could try to add a little yellow to it to kind of soften it, or I could also try to desaturate that. I'm just going to desaturate it a little bit there, add a little bit of Sharpness up there, little bit of Clarity, it will give that some texture, and I think that looks pretty good. To view the before and after, well, we already have the pins on Auto mode, so they're hidden.

In other words, when you hover off of them, they disappear; hover back they show up. You can select that over here by choosing your Overlay mode, or you can press the H key. Remember, it shows or hides those pins. Well, either way, you want to hide the pins, and all of the details of the control, and then flip the switch, right? Take a look at it; here's our before, without the adjustment, and then here's our after. Another thing that might be helpful to do is to press the Backslash key. The Backslash key will show you your overall before, and then your overall after.

And here you can see our solution, well, it really was a combination of things, right? It was starting off using our basic controls, and then after we did a few minor adjustments, we then went to this tool -- let's go ahead and bring back our point there -- we made a few adjustments, which really helped us come up with a nice way to process and work on this image. What's interesting about this, too, is, after we worked on the sky, we may be thinking, well, what if we did something with the foreground here? Yeah, why not? Click and drag in order to create an adjustment on the foreground.

In this case, it's darkening it up, and here with all of my settings, you notice that it remembered this Exposure setting; don't want that. But what I do want in this foreground area is I want to add a little bit of contrast. So go ahead and increase the Contrast there. Maybe a little bit of warm; just warming up the tones and the colors with that. Just a touch of Saturation, again, trying to kind of make this image a bit more vibrant and visually interesting. And then some Clarity; that texture will look really good there.

I think my color Temperature was a little bit too warm for my liking. All right, that looks kind of good! We could bring down the Highlights at a different level, and you can see, really what I'm trying to do is just finesse, or fine tune, or process this image in an interesting way. Well, after we've made all these adjustments, you want to kind of round trip back to the Basic module. So to exit out of the tool, press the M key. That closes it; gets rid of it. Finally, you want to go into your Basic control, make any overall global adjustments, perhaps to the Clarity here, or we could work on the overall Vibrance, or Color Saturation, and we can work to say kind of minimize the Color palette; gives it a little bit more of this gritty type of an aesthetic, and then we could also work on Shadows, or Blacks if we want to modify those.

And I think this is kind of an interesting color palette; an interesting way to process the photograph. Let's evaluate. Here it is: our before, and then our after. And with this image I should point out that I kind of am going for a stylized look. I want it to feel kind of contemporary. Now, the actual look that you apply to your photograph in regards to the color Temperature, the Contrast, in the Basic module, and also with this tool, well, that's completely up to you. If you don't like this aesthetic, that's fine; don't let that distract you from really the power of this tool.

You can use this tool to create all sorts of visual aesthetics. Really, though, it's starting to deconstruct how the tool functions, and then the next step, of course, is to ask yourself, okay, now that I know how it functions, how can I begin to use this tool; use this functionality in a creative way?

There are currently no FAQs about Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.