5½ LIGHTROOM EDITING TIPS yo MOMMA don’t know! | Lightroom Tutorial


Here’s 5½ QUICK Lightroom hacks to supercharge your workflow! Working against a medium or 50% gray interface
is ideal for color correcting. But it’s vastly different from how the final images will be viewed on major social platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which have a predominantly
pure white background. Lightroom has a great feature called ‘Lights
Out’. By pressing L twice on your keyboard, it solos your image. This defaults to black, which again, is not ideal. So a good hack is to change the color by going
to Lightroom>Preferences>Interface>Lights Out, and changing the Screen Color to White. Now, when we press L twice we have a quick
way of previewing how the image will look against white of our Instagram feed. This
will quickly tell you if the image needs to be brightened or darkened, or if your white
balance is off. It’s especially useful with images like this
one to make sure there’s detail at the edges of the frame vs. going to a pure white. Another way you can do this is to use the
S key to toggle Soft Proofing. Right clicking will allow you to choose your background color. I keep this at 100% white to use in a similar way for an even quicker check, but prefer Lights Out for that clean and uncluttered full white-balance and brightness confidence
check. This next tip is for a set of images where
the exposure varies. It’s useful if you’ve bracketed your shots or if you’re shooting
in auto mode or aperture priority and some of the shots turned out slightly darker or
lighter than the rest. In this case if I were to just adjust one
of these images and then synchronize it, it wouldn’t work. The color adjustments would look good, but the exposure would be kinda all over the place. So what I’ll do instead
is, select all the images I want to match, make sure the key image is highlighted, then go to: Settings>Match Total Exposures. This automatically matches the set of images to
the main image, giving a nice and even baseline exposure. This gets it really close, then you can always fine-tune from here or add a preset. Or, if you apply a custom preset
upon import like I’ve shown in a couple of my other videos, using this feature as well will really supercharge your entire workflow. It will have you done and relaxing in no time. Sometimes when you have multiple adjustments
you’ve made on an image in Lightroom, such as this image where I have an adjustment brush that is effecting the background to add this nice glowy look, If I want to make any tweaks to this adjustment I’ve made, to maybe dial it down or even dial
it up a little bit, I have to go back through and adjust each one of these sliders individually. But there is a way to globally reduce or bring up those adjustments, similar to Photoshop with using the opacity on a layer. It’s a little bit hidden in Lightroom, but if you
go over here to this little arrow it reveals a dropdown slider where you can adjust these
brush settings up or down to increase or decrease the effect. And an even quicker way of doing
this is going over the image and clicking on the adjustment layer and ALT-Dragging left
or right, as an even faster way of adjusting this really quick. In addition to the adjustment brush this same trick also works on gradient filters and radial filters making it super useful. Once you have your basic image adjustments there might be certain colors or tonal areas that you want to adjust individually to dial
it in and make it AWESOME. And this is where HSL sliders come in handy. In this particular image the greens are looking
a bit fluorescent and are distracting away from the subject. I’d like to adjust them
for a more filmic look. Rather than adjusting each slider individually though, we’re going to use the HSL color picker. Starting with the Saturation, I’m going to drag on this background part of the image to shift the saturation down. It automatically, as you can see on the right, going to adjust for that part of the image. It’s adjusting both the greens
and yellows accordingly. I’m also going to do this for the luminance,
dragging up on the background and also these leaves, as well as the hue to bring that to a prettier green. Here is the before and after. This is also super useful for skin tones where
I tend to bring the hue to the right by dragging up to even out red or orangey skin tones.
And the saturation down just a little bit. And tend to bring that luminance up for a
nice luminescent look. Sharpening can help the fine details of your image really pop, but applying a global sharpness across everything can be really unflattering in portraits where it ends up accentuating fine lines, pores and just generally making
the skin look crispy. But a workaround to just sharpen the fine details while keeping the skin soft and pretty is using the masking tool. So let’s just do overdo the sharpening
for a second so that we can really see what we’re doing. If you slide the masking up,
you can see it’s helping the skin. But it’s hard to see exactly what it’s doing and how far to take it up or down. So the secret is to hold down the Option key while dragging the masking so that you can really fine tune what gets sharpened while keeping the skin
soft. This last bonus tip is kind of half a tip since it’s a keyboard shortcut, but I thought it was worth mentioning because it’s a great way of getting a quick confidence check on those deep shadow and highlight details. By pressing J on your keyboard, it will toggle Clipping Mask to show where you’re either
under or over-exposed. The red areas show where you’re loosing detail in the highlights and blue shows where you’re loosing in the shadows. And with just a quick adjustment,
we can then bring back some of those subtle details. We can’t control what kind of crazy monitors
people out there are using, but at least this allows us to be confident that we did our
job right! Hope these tips help supercharge your Lightroom
workflow and help you get a little bit more time to binge watch your favorite Netflix
shows. Speaking of, I gotta go! *WOOSH* Oh, by the way, Like it! Sub it! Ring it! And I’ll see
you next video!

30 Replies to “5½ LIGHTROOM EDITING TIPS yo MOMMA don’t know! | Lightroom Tutorial”

  1. Awesome job! More more more videos please! Like it! Sub it! Ring it! 😂 I thought you were about to start rapping!!

  2. man, that setting lights out to white tip… totally makes sense. I love working off of dark backgrounds. I wouldn't have thought to do that. Thanks.

  3. I like to use the option key on the exposure and shadow sliders as well. the color will come on as soon as you start under or overexposing.

  4. I love this video, I loved the HSL, and the clipping mask (J) over exposed or under exposed parts in the photo.

  5. lol @ the title, brilliant video, im still waiting for the one where we get to see you use your taser on someone though…..

  6. Found this video on fstoppers and literally going to watch all of your other tips videos…so helpful! thanks!

  7. OMG!!! Im so happy I found your channel!!! I have been looking for options to work faster on my editing and also to finally be able to keep my images looking similar. I really love airy lighting with soft shadows and contrasts and is really difficult to find presets with that look.
    Thanks for sharing your tips! We love to see other girls killing it in photography! Lots of love from Puerto Rico!

    Cristina + Natalia

  8. Your videos are amazing Chelsea! I really enjoy seeing your work! Love these tutorials! The audio, transitions and content is 🔥🔥🔥

    Keep it up!

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