Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving your photos, part of Learning Lightroom for Mobile: Improve Your Photos.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I want to highlight some tips and tricks for improving your photographs. We'll be working with these two images here, and I'll start off with the landscape photograph. One of the things that I like to do first when I'm in the workspace where we can start to improve the image is zoom in on it. Use a two-finger gesture and spread your fingers apart in order to zoom in. You want to be able to see important detail in the photograph, and make sure it's big enough so you can actually evaluate your adjustments. Next, we can go ahead and open and close any of these panels on the right by tapping on the panel name.
And you can see how we can access those various controls. Let's start off by going to our Light adjustments here. Now, if I want to adjust the exposure, I can click and drag that. If I decide that I made an adjustment which isn't very good to reset the slider, just double-tap it and then it will go back to its default setting. If I want to make more incremental adjustments, just tap to the right or to the left on any of the adjustments, and this way you can make smaller adjustments, or you can just tap and drag.
If you want to apply an auto-adjustment, tap on the auto button, and this will be Lightroom's attempt to improve the photograph, which in this image, it did a pretty good job. So here I'll drag my highlights down a little big, little more contrast, shadows bring those up, blacks, deepen those a little bit more as well. So again, it's really simple workflow here. Now, if we want to see the before and after of what we've done, you can see the Before and After button in the lower left-hand corner. You can tap and hold on that, that's before, let go, and you can see the after.
But there's also a nice, secret little trick. If you just tap and hold on the image, that does before and after as well. So tapping and holding anywhere gives you before and after. So sometimes we may want to adjust the light, as we've done there, but we can also do other things as well like, add a little bit of, or increase the clarity. De-haze the photograph a little bit, which will add a nice little bit of a pop to this photograph. If I'm going to work with a vignette, I need to zoom out. So I use the two-finger gesture and pinch in, and then for the vignette, and you can see how we can add a vignette which is bright or dark on the image.
If we want to customize the vignette, you can change its midpoint, its feather, and all of this is essentially just like we have in Lightroom. If you want to reset adjustments that you've made, we've seen how you can double-tap a slider, that will reset it. But what we haven't talked about is the reset options down at the base of the dialog. Do you see that little bent arrow? If I tap that, I can go back through my history and undo things one step at a time. And that's sometimes a nice way to undo things, as well.
All right, well, so far we've done a little bit with light. We've also added some clarity and de-haze. Let's sharpen this image up. I'll go to the Detail panel, increase my sharpening value, leave the detail value or bring it up, because I want all the texture to be sharp there. Masking, I'll mask out some of the larger areas, this will make sure it's more on the edges, and a little bit of noise reduction and color noise reduction as well. All right, once you're done with a panel, tap on the panel name and then that is gone.
To see our before and after, do you remember the shortcut? Tap and hold on the image. That gives you before, let go, and then the after. Okay, let's go to one more image just to talk about a few more things here. I'll go ahead and swipe over here to the other photograph that I have visible to us. I want to begin by going to the light area. Let's zoom in on the image a little bit so I can see the important information. I find with mobile devices, getting a little bit closer can be really helpful because you actually want to see the area you're working on.
If you have it too small, you can't evaluate it. I want to try Auto. It's sometimes a good starting point for processing an image and then customize the sliders in a way that I want to. I want this one to be really bright and vivid and beautiful, so I'm just modifying those sliders in that way. To close this panel of adjustments here, we'll tap on the title, Light. To open another, like effects, we could then add a little bit of clarity if we wanted to, to add some of that midtone snap.
We'll talk about working with some more advanced adjustments later, but for now, I'm just highlighting a little bit of our workflow, and when it comes to making changes and evaluating the image, we tap and hold down, that gives us before, let go, and then we can see the after. We've also seen how we can tap on the arrow in the lower right-hand corner to step backwards through our changes. If we want to bring some of them back, tap on the arrow, which allows us to redo those changes. What about sliders? As you've seen, we can tap to the right of the slider to nudge it in one direction or another, or drag.
Double-tap a slider, that will reset that one, and I think that's a good review of some of the ways that we can use these controls in order to improve our photographs. Let's dig a little big deeper into workflow, and let's do that over the next few movies.
- Cropping your photographs
- Making selective adjustments
- Brushing in adjustments
- Editing photos with a radial brush
- Making color corrections
- Fine tuning color and exposure
- Changing color for better black and white images
- Advanced image editing
- Improving details
- Applying a vignette effect
- Using Dehaze to create a vivid look
- Removing distractions with Photoshop Fix