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Working with clarity


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Lightroom 4 New Features

with Chris Orwig

Video: Working with clarity

Here I want to take a look at another image example and how we can easy these sliders in the Basic panel in the Develop module in order to improve our photograph. Well, here is an image that I captured in New York City. What I want to do is try to process this image in a creative way. Well, we've seen how we can use Exposure to increase the Exposure a little bit, Highlights that's going to darken or brighten those highlights. Now whenever you're working with Highlights, it's a good idea to turn on that clipping indicator. You can do so by pressing the J key and that will then show you if you have any clippings.
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Watch the Online Video Course Lightroom 4 New Features
1h 58m Intermediate Mar 06, 2012

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This course covers the newest features and enhancements in Photoshop Lightroom 4, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. Author and photographer Chris Orwig details the new video editing and sharing capabilities in Lightroom; its new book-layout features for creating Blurb photo books; the new Map module, to tag images with locations; and the various image editing improvements in the Develop module. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Editing the color and tonality of video
  • Trimming a video for length and content
  • Sharing video on Flickr and Facebook
  • Creating and customizing a book layout
  • Geotagging and creating saved mapping locations
  • Working with the Clarity image adjustment
  • Making RGB tone curve adjustments to images
  • Fixing chromatic aberration and white balance
  • Utilizing improvements in Fast Load and Lossy DNG
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Working with clarity

Here I want to take a look at another image example and how we can easy these sliders in the Basic panel in the Develop module in order to improve our photograph. Well, here is an image that I captured in New York City. What I want to do is try to process this image in a creative way. Well, we've seen how we can use Exposure to increase the Exposure a little bit, Highlights that's going to darken or brighten those highlights. Now whenever you're working with Highlights, it's a good idea to turn on that clipping indicator. You can do so by pressing the J key and that will then show you if you have any clippings.

So we can then try to reduce the clipping there so we have decent detail in the background, so that this image can be reproduced. Press the J key again, you can turn those clipping indicators off. Well moving along, we know about Shadows, we can brighten up the shadows a little bit, Whites overall brightness, and then Blacks we can control the density of those deep blacks. Well, what about clarity? This particular control has been completely overhauled. Previously what happened is that as you increase clarity and as you increased it significantly, all of a sudden, you had these strange artifacts and halos.

Well now, if I take this all the way up to +100, while it doesn't look like a natural image, you can see that for the most part, the image has a pretty good look. Now we could go back, of course, and works there on Shadows or Contrast and we could try to dial this in to create some sort of a creative look. And what this is starting to appear like is a little bit more like an HDR or a FOH HDR image. And what you are going to start to discover is that you can come up with these HDR type of aesthetics or looks by using these controls while just using one single image.

Of course, this is going to take some tinkering with and figuring out how far to push things and how to work with your color and tone as you make all of these adjustments, just kind of modify your controls until you get something that you think is interesting. Now on top of this, we can always work on our overall color, but we can create a distinct aesthetic, like I've done here without a lot of effort, and that is pretty powerful. Let's look at the before and after. Here we have it before and then now after. So the Clarity slider is definitely one of those controls you are going to want to experiment with.

In all of my previous courses, I said when working with Clarity, be sure not to go too far with it. Well now here, you can see that we can get away with much more of this control, and in some ways, it can help us come up with some pretty creative ways to process our photographs.

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