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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
In other situations, we may have an exposure issue which is a little bit more subtle, like with this particular photograph. I captured this one a few years back of world champion surfer, Shaun Thompson, really quite a stunning and amazing guy. It was an overcast day. One of the things that you can see is there are some shadows in his eyes and that's just because I was using natural light. I didn't have any fill light or anything, so there are some shadows there. Let's say that what I want to do is brighten up those shadows. So let's go ahead and zoom in on the face a little bit here, and then I am going to reposition this so I can start to analyze what I have here.
Again, just some deeper or darker shadows in this area. We will go ahead and press the K key to open up the Adjustment Brush. What I am going to do is I am going to increase my Exposure, make sure Auto Mask is turned off, because I don't want this to get hung up in any of these little wrinkles here. We will do a little bit more global work. And my Flow I will bring down and Brush Size, relatively small brush size, and I will go ahead and just start to paint around this area. What you typically want to do is paint on one side, paint on another, make your way back over here, and the reason you want to do this is you don't want to work one area too hard.
You want to be careful as you go back and forth across these areas and sometimes it's kind of nice to give one little area a break. I will make my brush a little smaller by pressing the Left Bracket key, and I am going to go ahead and paint around the eye here and also on the eye, bringing in a little bit more light to this area, and paint on that eyelid, right there. All right, well this is looking a little bit better. What we want to do at this juncture is take a look at our overall before and after. One of the only problems I am seeing is that I made some adjustments which were a little bit too strong in here in a couple of places, but let's take a look.
I will click on this flip switch. Here is my before and then my after. Again, that's looking pretty nice. I will hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, decrease this Flow here. And all that I want to do is just hit some of these areas that I felt like I touched a little bit too hard on there, just to back that off. All right, let's go back to perhaps a view that's a little bit more scaled back or maybe this Fill view here would be nice and what we want to do is evaluate our before and after. Again, here is our before and then our after.
The image is already looking much better, and it still looks pretty natural. The only thing would be lowering that Exposure just a touch, so that this particular brightening effect looks that much more natural.
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