Let’s get started with the Lightroom basics, shall we? I already covered the basics in Photoshop so now it’s time for Lightroom to shine.
Lightroom is what I use first for all the color corrections and shit like that, then I take my masterpiece into Photoshop for more complicated edits.
If you just got Lightroom and don’t know how to use it then start here, this will at least get you used to all the controls and where everything is!
This is what shows up when you first open up Lightroom, this is also where all of your photos will be. You have all your folders on the left, mine aren’t very organized as you can see but I highly recommend organizing them.
If you want to upload a picture or a folder to Lightroom, you can just click on the Import button on the bottom left.
On the bottom of the screen right above the Quick Collection, which shows all of your pictures as thumbnails, are 4 buttons:
Grid View (G) – Shows all of your pictures as thumbnails
Loupe View (E) – Shows your image in that whole section
Compare View (C) – Shows the before and after of your image side by side or you can just hit the \ (slash) key to toggle between before and after.
Survey View (N) – Allows you to choose which images you want to keep and which ones you want to throw away
On the right, you have your Histogram and a place to enter keywords so you can easily look up your images later (this can come in handy).
Now, click on the image you want to edit and then click the Develop tab on the top right next to Library. This is where you will be editing your picture.
I know, it looks like a lot, and it is a lot, but it’s easy. Once you know what everything does, you will be able to do
create your own masterpiece in no time. Well not in no time because it will take time, lots of time if you do it right but you know what I mean.
In the middle, you have an image that looks like it did in the Loupe View.
On the left, you have your Navigator, Presets, and History
Navigator – This is where you can zoom in and zoom out of your image, the arrows right next to those numbers on the top are just more variations of the zoom.
Presets – I don’t use presets because I like to switch up my style every once in a while so I use a little more of my creative side when it comes to editing. But, if you want to use Presets, this is where they will be. You can either make your own or just use one of the ones Lightroom offers (I wouldn’t recommend that).
History – This is where all of your actions will show up, anything you do in Lightroom will be undo-able (I don’t even know if that’s a word but it will be here).
On the right is where you will find all of your Tools
First you got this row of buttons, the only ones I use are Crop Overlay (R) to crop my images or straighten them out, Graduated Filter (M) for the gradient affect on corners, and Adjustment Brush (K) to select parts of the image like the car for example and make adjustments only to that.
Then you have everything else below those buttons:
Basic – All of the basic color corrections are in here.
Tone Curve – Another way to adjust the Highlights and Shadows (it is also adjustable under Basic)
HSL/Color/B+W – I love this one. You can edit each color separately as you please
Split Toning – No one uses this one so we will skip it. If you use this please leave a comment below and let me know for what because I have no idea.
Detail – Want to sharpen your image and get rid of some of that noise? Great, do it right here!
Lens Correction – 2 things you want to check in here:
– Enable Profile Corrections – Adjusts your picture to get rid of that fish-eye, look in your image. This does not apply to full frame lenses.
– Remove Chromatic Aberration – Removes the little green and purple spots you sometimes see on your images.
Effects – Add some vignetting around your image using this but I personally just do gradients around the whole image in whichever way I want.
Camera Calibration – If the images on the back of your camera screen don’t match what shows up on your desktop then you can calibrate it here.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS
Well, that’s it.
That’s it? That was long af!
Yeah I know it was longer than my usual posts but I just had to let you know what everything does, well not everything but the tools that you will need to use to step up your editing game.
If there was something that you didn’t see on here but would maybe like to find out what it is, then drop a comment below to let me know and I will help you out as much as I can.
Feature image credit: Ben