A key part of any image is exposure. Making sure the exposure is right allows for the viewer not only to enjoy the image, but also to see it clearly. How do you quickly fix exposure issues in Lightroom CC Classic like noise, lack of contrast, and haze? Instructor Richard Harrington shows how to fix an image that’s too bright with Lightroom CC Classic.
- These days, getting a correct exposure is usually handled well by your camera, but there could be situations where the camera gets confused. Maybe you accidentally picked a setting like bracketing or perhaps you had the camera in manual-mode and the wrong exposure was set. But even from time to time, tricky backgrounds or mixed lighting conditions can confuse a camera. But fixing exposure is easy, particularly if you have a raw photo. In this case, we've got an image that's pretty bright. I'll go to the develop module. And let's take a look at the controls. At the top here, we have the ability to modify the image, and I see tone. Clicking auto-tone will analyze the image and attempt to fix it. But before I do that, take a look at the histogram. What you'll notice is that the image is really slammed to the right. This is the dark area: blacks, shadows. The mid-tones are base exposure, highlights, and whites. If we turn on the clipping indicators here, you'll notice that we have several areas with blown out details. Red indicates an area that's pure white. When I click the auto button, Lightroom will attempt to fix this. And it did a good job. Now, a couple of the shadow areas got really dark but you'll notice that it pulled this down over a full stop and it got a nice balance. Now, I could take advantage of things like the white slider to pop key details for maximum brightness as we did here. Use the highlight slider to affect the balance or recover detail that's unwanted and lost. And the shadow slider to prevent clipping in the dark areas of the shadows. And you see it starts to lift that up. A little bit of contrast overall can improve or reduce contrast between the light and dark areas. But still a tremendous adjustment there with quite a bit of detail recovered. Let's go to the next shot here and you'll see the same thing -- quite bright. Now, you're welcome to click the auto button and it often does a great job, but I also wanted to show you a cool thing. The histogram up here is interactive. So, if there's too much detail to the right, just grab the middle and pull. And now the mid-tones are in the middle. I can grab the shadows here and lift 'em up. Or pull the blacks down to get rich shadows. And with the clipping indicators on, this is super fast. So rich blacks. Lift the shadows just a bit. Look at my highlights here. Recover 'em. Pop the white. And now I was able to just grab the histogram and make it look the way I want. A little bit of overall contrast will increase the dynamic range here, making the darker areas darker and the brighter areas brighter, so you can refine that. But this is a great way to really get the maximum tonality in an image. And an image can go from looking washed out to looking very different. Let's take a look there at the before and after. And as you can see, a tremendous amount of detail, depth, and definition has been recovered.
- Sizing an image
- Fixing perspective problems
- Adjusting an image that is too bright or too dark
- Removing haze
- White balancing a photo
- Changing the color of an object
- Fixing red eye and dark circles
- Retouching blemishes
- Blurring backgrounds
- Sharpening photos
- Controlling raw files