Now that you have cropped and cleaned up your image, it is now prepped for the gritty, intense sports portrait look. How do you create this sports photo look in Adobe Lightroom? In this movie, author Robert Vanelli will guide you through Adobe Lightroom so you know how to create your own sports portrait look.
- Now, our image is ready for us to create that special sport gritty look, and here's good news: I'm going to include the special preset that we've created to make that special look, but here's the thing. I'm also going to show you how I created it so we don't get lazy inside Lightroom. So, let's jump right on in. Now, using the preset that we're gonna supply, it's just a one-click application, and wow. Look at the change. So, from this, to this, with just one-click gave us that gritty look.
Now, like I said earlier, let's make sure we don't become lazy and not learn how to do this on our own. For me, I just sat in front of the computer one night and just played, and just started changing dials and made sure the stuff that I liked, I kept and created my own custom preset and that was a sport portrait preset. So this is how I did it. We want to dial the temperature down to about 4400, and that's gonna give us a nice, cool, blue look, and for the tint, let's go to a -16.
Now, we're gonna come down to the next section, we're gonna start with an exposure, I'm gonna punch in -.10, for contrast, let's pump it up to 55, now I can use the scrubby sliders here, and we'll just move it up, good. For highlights and shadows, we wanna bring the highlights down to about a -24, and for the shadows, a -55.
We'll leave the whites at zero, and for the blacks, let's punch it up to a plus 40. Now on this last section here, the clarity, the vibrancy, the saturation, those are the three key elements that'll help us with that special look. So for clarity, let's crank that all the way up to 100%, for vibrancy, we're gonna dial it down to about 21%, and for saturation, we'll bring that to a -17.
This is the grit look. What we need to do to really sell this look is come over to the gradient filter, we're gonna bring our exposure down by one stop, and just start painting on the image. So come over to the exposure, and we want this to be a minus one. Now, from the top, what I'm gonna start doing, just bring the gradient in, and notice, it's darkening around the edges. It's similar to a vignette but I have control over where it's coming in, and how it's affecting the image.
Awesome. Here we have it. So now I'll click on the gradient tool again to lock in the changes. So, we started out with just a simple image, now we have our image looking the way we like it, we're gonna come over here to the development menu, and I'm gonna click on "New Preset". From here, let's give it a new name, let's say "Sports Grit Look", and I'm gonna make sure I select "check all", and I click "create".
Now I have that grit look already set, so now if we go to the next image, and if I apply the grit look on it, the special effect is already made. So when you're editing a full team, this will really speed up your workflow.
- Choosing a portable backdrop
- Using speedlights
- Researching the talent and the sport
- Scouting the location
- Lighting and designing the shot
- Getting permissions and releases
- Shooting intense individual portraits and team shots
- Post-processing portraits quickly in Lightroom
- Finishing action shots from games in Lightroom