Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Removing hotspots, part of Enhancing a Black-and-White Wedding Photo with Lightroom.
When I was working on the details of the bride's face in the last movie, I noticed some hot spots, some areas that are overly bright and shiny. To see those more closely, I'm going to zoom in to one to one view by clicking on the bride's face. So here on the bride's cheek is what I would consider a hot spot, and here on the tip of the nose there are a few also, as well as on the bridge of the nose. I could try to use another adjustment brush to reduce those, but I found that with this photo, the spot removal tool works better.
So let's use that tool. I'll go over to the tool bar under the histogram and click on the spot removal tool. I'm going to reduce the opacity of the spot removal tool because I want the patches that the spot removal tool is going to create on the hot spots to blend in with the edges and not be so intense. So with opacity lower, I'll move into the image and I'll start with the spot on her cheek. I'm going to click and drag over that spot, which you can do in Lightroom five, although in the past, you could only use the Spot Removal tool to patch over circular areas.
So here is the area that I just patched, down here on her shoulder, you can see the source that the tool automatically chose for the patch. I'll move my cursor off of the image. And you can see that that hot spot on her cheek has now disappeared. Let's do the same thing over the hot spots on her nose. I'll drag here, and if I don't like the source area that the tool selects for me. In this case, this area right here. I'll click on that source spot and I'll move it somewhere else. I'll put that out on her cheek.
I'm going to move off of the image and I'm happy with that result. And here's one more place over which I'll click and drag. I'll move my cursor off of the image, and I'm quite happy with that result. Now we can see before and after of the spot removal by going up to the Spot Removal panel and clicking the toggle there. So that's how the image looked a few minutes ago, with the shiny areas on her nose and her cheek, and here's how it looks after applying the spot removal tool to those areas. I'll click the Done button to close the Spot Removal Tool panel.
- Converting to black and white
- Fine-tuning with a tone curve
- Controlling how colors convert
- Painting with light
- Bringing out detail in the dress and veil
- Removing hotspots
- Adding a vignette
- Sharpening, resizing, and exporting the file