Part 3: ‘Mistical’ Welcome to part 2 of an 8-part series on Lightroom presets and how they work. To go with this I’ve created 8 free Lightroom presets you can download right now. Click here for a Dropbox link. You don’t need to have a Dropbox account – just click the ‘Download’ button at the top right. Depending on your browser, the presets will download either as a folder, or as a zip file you have to unzip into a folder. Once you’ve done that, launch Lightroom, open an image in Develop mode and then right-click anywhere in the Presets panel and choose...Read More
Images often need a contrast boost to give them a little more life and intensity. It’s a perfectly ordinary technique we’ve been using for years. Tone curve tools or simple contrast sliders are used to push the bright and dark values in the picture further apart to increase their separation (and, ideally, without ‘clipping’ extreme shadow or highlight detail. But this is a global technique. With regular tone curve adjustments you can’t increase contrast in one part of the brightness range without reducing it in another. Unless you’ve got some headroom in the darkest and brightest parts of the picture,...Read More
With Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6, Adobe introduced a new Lightroom Dehaze tool. This is designed to boost contrast in hazy-looking images, usually landscapes, where distant objects look washed out. Actually, though, it works in all sort of pictures – but how? Essentially, Lightroom Dehaze is a kind of localised contrast tool, boosting contrast in areas the look flat, while leaving alone areas which already look contrasty enough. It’s much more selective than the regular Contrast slider because that just increases contrast globally across the whole image, regardless of how much contrast there is already. Washed out areas will get a...Read More
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