Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding drama, part of Enhancing an Urban Landscape Photo with Lightroom and Photoshop.
…Now we'll move to the presence section of the basic panel,…where there are sliders you can use to increase the drama or punch of a photo.…We'll start with the clarity slider,…the clarity slider effects the mid tones in an image.…Dragging clarity to the right will increase the sharpness and…the contrast in the mid tones, it really can emphasize those mid tones and…add that drama that I talked about.…Now, some people take clarity a bit too far.…So I like to be conservative when I move the clarity slider to the right.…So I'm going to drag it to maybe just about there,…in order to really see the impact of that, I want to do a before and after.…
To do a before and after of just this one slider,…I'll undo by pressing Cmd+Z on the Mac or Ctrl+Z on the PC.…So, there we are before the clarity adjustment.…And then to redo, to see how it looks with the clarity adjustment again,…I'll hold the Shift key and press Cmd+Z on the Mac or Ctrl+Z on the PC.…So again, before, after, just the clarity adjustment.…And if you want to see that in a larger view,…
In this course, Jan Kabili details a collection of straightforward techniques for making urban landscapes look their best. Jan begins in Lightroom: optimizing exposure, fixing distortion problems, and making selective tonality adjustments. She also reduces noise, sharpens the photo, and shares her favorite techniques for painting with light. The course concludes with a dip into Photoshop, where Jan makes some final refinements before returning to Lightroom for output.
- Optimizing tone and color
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Fixing perspective
- Painting with light
- Finishing the photo