Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Optimizing the tonal range, part of Enhancing an Urban Landscape Photo with Lightroom and Photoshop.
…Next, we'll move to the tone section of the basic panel.…To adjust the overall exposure and contrast as well as the tonal values…in some separate areas that highlights the shadows, the whites and the blacks.…As I move the sliders in the tone section you'll be able to see a live preview on…the image and you'll see a live preview on the Histogram at the top of this column.…The Histogram is a chart of the tonal values in a photograph.…The left side of the Histogram represents dark tones, the right side, bright tones.…This mound of gray and…color in between represents the actual tonal values in this photograph.…
This isn't really a mound, it really is individual bars packed tightly…together with each bar representing a separate tonal value.…As I hover over one of the sliders down here in the tone section, take a look at…the Histogram, and just see a translucent overlay appear in the Histogram.…This represents the part of the tonal range that will be most…affected by the adjustment that I make with this slider.…
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