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Enhancing images with Lens Correction

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Video: Enhancing images with Lens Correction

In order to further our working understanding of Lens Corrections, let's take a look at how we can enhance and improve this photograph using Lens Corrections and a couple of other adjustments inside of Lightroom. Well first, let's open up our Lens Corrections panel by way of a shortcut. On Windows it's Ctrl+6, on a Mac that's Command+6. Now this is a photograph of my grandfather's font. He literally created his own font by hand. Here we can see the silkscreen, and I love how the light is shining through that in the shadow below or the light shining through the letters.

Enhancing images with Lens Correction

In order to further our working understanding of Lens Corrections, let's take a look at how we can enhance and improve this photograph using Lens Corrections and a couple of other adjustments inside of Lightroom. Well first, let's open up our Lens Corrections panel by way of a shortcut. On Windows it's Ctrl+6, on a Mac that's Command+6. Now this is a photograph of my grandfather's font. He literally created his own font by hand. Here we can see the silkscreen, and I love how the light is shining through that in the shadow below or the light shining through the letters.

We can see his alphabet here. Well, what I want to do is remove a bit of the vignetting around the edges. Also, I am going to remove a little bit of the distortion from this close-up perspective. So here, we will go ahead and click on Enable Profile Corrections. Now once again, we can choose the make, the model, and the profile for this particular camera and lens combination. Already the image is looking a lot better. Next, I am going to go ahead and remove a little bit more of the distortion here, also work with the vignetting, until I think that looks good.

I always like to press the backslash key that shows me the before, press again, and then the after. Okay great. Well we are going in a good direction, except what I want to do is tilt this or rotate this a bit. So in order to make an adjustment like that I need to go to my Manual controls, and all that I am going to do is just rotate this over a bit to the right. Let me work on the distortion there just a touch, trying to get that exactly where I want it, and I can work with the scale, a little bit of a tighter crop is kind of fun there. Focusing in on those letters.

Again, I am just going to modify this until I get it exactly where I want it. All right, so far so good. Press that Backslash key, there it is. Before and then after. Now once we've done this, what I want to do then is bring some detail back to this area. So I am going to exit Lens Corrections and enter the Adjustment Brush. To do that, I will press the K key. This will open up my Adjustment Brush and here I am going to decrease the Exposure, increase Clarity, maybe a little bit of Saturation and Contrast and a little bit of Sharpness as well.

I have a nice big brush here. Auto Mask is turned off. I will just go ahead and paint over this area. Again, because there is some loss of detail in there, because of the Exposure, I want to correct the Exposure for this area. Now I know that this isn't necessarily a technique connected directly to Lens Correction, but I wanted to illustrate that a lot of times what you will do is you will make your Lens Corrections and then go through all of your other workflow steps. So here with this image again I just want to get this looking a little bit better, increasing that Contrast even more, maybe some more Color Saturation would be nice there, and I will experiment with these controls.

So keep in mind that, as you work with Lens Corrections again you are going to create the best image by starting off by making those adjustments, and of course integrating that into the rest of your workflow. All right. Well let's evaluate our before and after, Let's press the Backslash to do so. There is the before, and now there is the after.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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