Understanding Lightroom – Part 2

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Lightroom is a complicated beast! Let us help you explore and understand this awesome program a little better. Here are our next 3 quick tips! Click here for our first 3 tips (if you missed it last time!) and stay tuned for even more!

 1. Locking the aspect ratio when cropping is a great way to ensure your photos stay the right ratio for printing. How to do this? Click on the LOCK symbol before you begin to crop. If you use the selection next to this symbol you can also select a common ratio (i.e. if you want to print 8×10 then you can select the 4×5 option)  – or you can create your own for a custom look! Just make sure you can find somewhere to print that custom size first!
2. Love black & white photos? Try playing with your colour channels in black & white. Sound strange? Well, yes, it is a little strange, but if you have a photo with a great blue sky, dropping the saturation of the blue channel in black and white will completely change how this looks! It’s pretty amazing so try it with different colours and see the results! The key? Try not to be too heavy-handed with this, otherwise things might start looking a little forced. Check out our before and after photos below!
 3. DON’T FORGET! When you’re playing with radial filters, you MUST invert the mask otherwise you’ll be changing everything outside of your filter instead of inside it! So when you use a radial filter make sure you select “Invert Filter” (see below) and then make any changes you like to the inside of your filter (and not the outside – hooray!)

Like everything else though, the more you use Lightroom, the better you’ll get at it! Don’t forget that we offer Private Tuition sessions to help you with everything Lightroom related – if you’re missing files, if you’re wondering how to set up Lightroom on multiple devices, or if you just want to sit down one-on-one for a while, we can help! Contact us today.

Happy Editing!


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