How to Edit AMAZING Photos of the Stars in Adobe Lightroom in Less Than 5 Minutes | Josh Allan Films


What’s up everybody?! I’m Josh Allan, and today I’m going to be teaching you how to take
your photos of the stars from this… to THIS! First off though… If you haven’t seen my previous video on
how to take pictures of the stars, then check it out using the link in the description below. That video will tell you the equipment and
camera settings needed to get KILLER photos of the stars. So I edit all my pictures in Lightroom, but these
same basic steps can be made in almost any other photo-editing software. Personally, I like to try and keep my edits down to a
minimum when editing photos of the stars. Too many edits can dramatically decrease the
quality of your photo. So for this video, I’m only going to go over what I think are
necessary adjustments. So, we’re going to start off with exposure. I’m going to increase the exposure a little in this photo. This is obviously going to brighten the image a little, and will help bring out the landscape in the image— down here in the bottom thirds of the photo. Next, I’m going to increase the contrast. Adding more contrast to the photo will help brighten the stars, and darken the rest of the sky. It really makes the stars, kind of, “pop”. For the temperature, I really like the night sky to have a blue tint to
it in my photos of the stars. I just think this makes it look a bit more natural, in my opinion. So we’re just going to cool the temperature down a little bit. Looks good there. Next up, were going to go down to clarity. Adding a bit of clarity to your night sky photos will just really help the stars, kind of, pop out of the image. So right around there looks good to me. So we’re now done up here with Lightroom’s basic adjustment settings in the photo. We’re going to jump down to noise reduction. Since you’re going to most likely be using
a higher ISO than normal for photos of the stars, you’re probably going to have some noise in your image. You can see that by just zooming in on the image in Lightroom. You can see all the image noise here in between the stars. It really can decrease the quality of your photo, especially when you post it online. So we’re going to try and clean that up a little bit. This photo was taken using a Canon 80D, with an ISO setting of about 1200, I believe. If we just add a little bit of noise reduction/luminance, then that should help clean it up. Usually, you have to wait for Lightroom to render the image… Once it loads, just zoom in and you can tell that the noise has gone down quite a bit. There still is some image noise, but overall it looks more natural and quite a bit cleaner. And next… We are just going to go down here to Lightroom’s dehaze setting, and add a little bit of dehaze. This can help decrease the affects of light
pollution from a nearby city. It helps add some depth to
your image. Straight out of camera, without any dehaze and without any noise reduction, your image can look a bit flat. So dehaze will help with that. So that’s it! Those are the 6 main adjustments I make in Lightroom when editing pictures of the night sky. Sometimes I play around with a few other settings,
but these are the ones that I think you should really pay attention to, when editing pictures of the stars. If you have any questions or additional tips for editing pictures of the stars, please comment below! Other than that, thanks for watching!

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