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Portrait editing made easy in Lightroom

teacher avatar Firoz Khan, Photographer & Digital Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Intro


    • 2.

      Introduction and Overview of Lightroom


    • 3.

      Basic Global Editing


    • 4.

      Advanced Editing


    • 5.

      Advanced Editing 2


    • 6.

      Sample Edit Demonstration


    • 7.

      Exporting Images


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About This Class

Hey folks, Glad you are interested in this class!

This class will help you enhance your portrait images, and make them stand out just by using some really simple settings and tools in Lightroom. This class is beginner-friendly and by the end of this class you will have a good understanding and grasp of all the tools.

You will learn

1. How to navigate through lightroom

2. Making basic edits/adjustments to an image

3. Making some advanced adjustments to images to really make them stand out

4. Doing creative edits

5. Exporting images out of lightroom 

Hope to see you in class soon and hope that you will enjoy the class :)

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Firoz Khan

Photographer & Digital Artist

Level: Beginner

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1. Class Intro: Everyone welcome to the class. I'm so happy that you'll choose to take this class. I'm I'll be your instructor for this class. I've been a photographer and photo editor for the past ten years now. Together in this class, we are going to see how you can level up your images using some really simple tricks and tips in night room. Using those tips and techniques, you can really level up your images. I'm really looking forward to have you in this class. Thank you so much. 2. Introduction and Overview of Lightroom: Hey everyone, welcome to the course. In this course, we are going to see how you can edit some really good portrait images using light room. If this is your first time I am Perros Khan, I am a youth designer and I have been working as a photo researcher and photographer. This class is like my passion project. I really wanted to share it with you all you can learn and enhance your portraiting skills without much further ado. Let me just start with the tutorial. This is your first time using light room. I recommend you get a trial from Adobe website. You can download a 30 day trial or a 15 day trial from Adobe's website. Once you have installed it, the first time you open it, you'll get something like this. This is the light room window. We are soon going to see how we can open files, make a catalog, and we are going to cover everything. The first thing that you want to do is go to File and go to new catalog. For every project that you start, it is advisable that you start in a new catalog. You can click on this new catalog and go to the desired location where you have saved your photos. In this case, I have all my photos inside this ported editing class files. I already have a folder with working file. This contains all the files that we will be working on during the course of this tutorial. I'm just going to make a new folder here and name it LR shot for Lightroom catalog. And I'll go inside this and I'll name this as Portrait Editing. This is going to be the name of our catalog. I'll just hit Create. If you get this dialogue box, just click on Skip until next week. Light Room is like a cataloging software. Also, the reason why we are making catalog is to keep everything organized. Once we have that catalog, we can see the name here. The next step that we want to take, bring in the photos. What we can do is if you see this panel, we have Import option. We'll click on this import and we'll go to Dektopn. We will go to our files for portrait editing class. It will take some time to create the previews, and if you don't want that, you can just simply click on Import. It will take some time, depending on your machine, to import the images. Once you have the images imported, it will start showing in that library part. This is the first step that you need to take. We started with making up a catalog, and then we went ahead and imported some images in that catalog that we are going to see how to edit. Now this area that you see here is our image area. This area that you see here is the left panel. If you are not seeing other panels, you can just hover on this arrow. And if you click, you will see another panel here. This is our right panel. Also, you can see the top panel here. In light room, we have different modes or different modules. You can say we are in the library module right here when we want to edit the picture or in light room terms, if we want to develop a picture, we will go to the developed module. The rest of the module you can skip, it's not important for this class. Let's see here. First we have the Navigator. If we click on anything, it will show preview, thumb preview in the Navigator. Here we have catalog names, folders, collections, published services. For now, these are not important. It's only important if you want to import more pictures. Then you go to Library and then click Import Also towards the end when we want to export the images, the edited images will touch on this export. Here we have on the right another panel. If we click on one image, it will show us the histogram. If you are coming from a photography background, you will know what this histogram is. If not, then please don't worry about this. You also have some of the quick develop things here, but we are not going to see this keyboarding. We can Skyward list again, we can skip metadata is all the images, images, all the information that is associated with your image. You can have file name and all the different copyright information associated with a file or the. If data here, you can see that if you want to, once you have all this a strip here at the bottom, if you just click on this, this is the film strip arrangement. You can easily toggle between the images from here as well as from here. This will come handy when we are in the develop module. Also, you see few of the options are here. This is grid view. This is like single preview. If you want to compare two images, then you can just select candidate. From here, the will see the comparison. Also, there's a survey view. We don't use this as much. Then again, we have people right now, it's based on the face recognition. Again, we are not going to use this. We'll stick to either the grid view or the loop view or the single preview. This is the overview of the library module. Let's say we want to edit the picture. Let's say for example we want to edit this. We'll click on this and we'll go to Develop. As you can change pictures from here. If you or you can simply use the arrow keys on your keyboard to switch the images. Once we have the image, again, we have two panels here. Here we have presets and navigated. Again, navigator the same thing. You can zoom in, zoom out, and you can just quickly move to any area of the image that you want to see up. If you click here, double click, you'll zoom out. Also, we have the presets. Presets are pre built that come with a light room. Also, you can add your own presets. Presets are, instead of playing here with settings, you can have some predefined settings. And just clicking on that will change the whole image. For the sake of this video, we are not going to touch on this. We are going to do everything manually so you can learn how to do things for more real state. We can hide this. We can focus on this panel right panel here again. Here we have histogram. If you want to know more about histogram, you can just do a Google search. Then we have a lot of tools that we are going to see now. First, there is a small stripe. We have our crop tool, we have our spot removal. Once we go more in depth on editing, we'll be talking more about all of these tools and we'll be seeing these tools in action. For now. I'm just going to tell you which tool is what. This is red eye reduction. This is our gradient filter, This is our radial filter, and this is our adjustment brush. This adjustment brush you can see is like a long brush here. This is a really good tool. I will show you more advanced editing this further down the, down the course you will get via this tool is so good it has a lot of potential and we can do a lot of things with this tool. Then we have the treatment here, treatment in this we can just change the temperature, color, exposure, everything. The good thing about lytrome is if you're editing a raw photos, you can extract a lot more data. Or you can extract a lot more details out of your raw images. Because all these highlights, shadows, whites, black, it works very well. If you're using a raw image, then we have the present texture clarity has all of these are related to adding more, adding more definition to the image. Texture is like if we move this, you can see it's making everything a little bit more sharp. City, more or less the same thing. But the way this works is a little bit different. The effect is also a little bit different. All of this we are going to see in detail when we are doing like the retouch of the image. For now, just focus on just getting familiar with the tools. Then we have the tone curve here. We can simply adjust the highlight shadows as well as the colors just by moving the curve and give it a really cool look. If you want to reset, just double click on the points. Then we have hue saturation and luminance, or the color. Here we can individually change the color or tweak the color. You can see if I click on the orange, I can target only the orange in the image. Then moving. Do we have split? Toning? Split toning is giving a hue to the highlight area as well as the shadow area. We can move these sliders and it will add a hue to the hue of the color to the shadows, as well as the highlights. For example, there we have a lot of highlights. Let's say if I want to just add a yellow highlight, yellow tint to the highlights, I can simply increase the saturation and it will add that. Next up we have the details. Detail is all about shopping and Royce reduction. If you want to, you can see this much clearly here. If I increase the sharpness, you can see a sharpening the image a lot more, but it will also add a lot of noise. For that, we have the noise reduction here. If we use this in conjunction, we can achieve really good detail in your images. Then we have lens correction. To understand lens correction, you have to understand that every different lens that we use on camera will have lens distortion, or abbreviation, or some characteristic of that lens. In order to just even that out, every lens has a profile which is mapped to light room. If you just click on this, you can see for this specific lens which is sigma 35 MM, if I enable profile correction, it will lighten the edges. The sigma 35 has a tendency to give a t to the edges to even that out. Light room is correcting that have a lot of distortion in your image. Consider clicking this, hopefully solve that for you. Then we have transform is basically if you want to get straight lines in your images, we will use this either auto or full. Since we are not dealing with any building straight lines here, we can skip this. But yeah, if you're editing a building photo or a photo which has a lot of straight lines, that those lines are not straight but not looking straight to any of the reasons. Then you can just use this. Then we have effects, we'll see this in more detail in the later videos. Then we have something called calibration. This is not used much for your level, you can just skip this. This is all about the develop module. Yeah, we have a reset button here. Any changes that you have done. If you just want to remove everything, you can just simply click on Reset and it will reset the photo back to the original one. This is all about the overview of the library as well as the develop module. We are going to dive deep by taking a photo and editing that using all the tools in the next video. Stay tuned. Thank you so much. 3. Basic Global Editing: Hello everyone. Welcome back. In this video we are going to see how you can start doing the basic corrections or basic editing to your images. In the later videos, we are going to see some more advanced editing. And yeah, we'll be making some localized changes for this. We can start with any of the images. Let's start with this one. Since we have already used this image, I will go to the developed module. As you have already seen, we have given you an overview of the developed module. The first thing that we see here is this is a very beautiful portrait and we can see few things going on. There's too much of highlight in the background. If you see the image, your eye will be wandering in the background. We need to bring the focus back on this and also the color. We will start with the basic editing for this. We are not going to crop. If there is an image where you want to crop, you can just simply click here and move these things. It will do the crop for you. This is about the crop to these tools are a little bit advanced tools that we are going to see in the upcoming videos. If you see the first basic thing that we are going to touch upon is this slider. One is temperature and the other one is T. Do the temperature slider photos tends to be either warm color photos or the cool color photos. It has to do with the light spectrum that image was shot in. If you have an image which is like too warm, which was shot with the wrong settings, if it's raw image, you can bring it back to normal. Normal in this temperature sense is somewhere around 52, 5,300 That is considered as the daylight. You can also move it towards the tempo tone. It depends upon your image and what effect you're trying to achieve for this image. I'll go slightly on the cool part. Also, you can play with a tint tint will add either green tint or the magenta tint to the image. This also comes very handy because sometimes what you do when you shoot an image, it has a magenta tint already. You can use this slider and move it towards the green just to counterbalance that magenta tint in your images and vice versa. This is not only just to counterbalance or correct things, this can also be used as a creative tool. You can add a lot of green taint. It depends on what actually you are trying to achieve. Then we can play a little with the exposure. If I increase the exposure, you can see increasing the overall exposure of the image. But also what we can do is we can lower the highlight. It will the definition back in the highlighted areas. You can see we have recovered a lot of highlights back in this area which was washed out. Then we are going to add some more light in the shadow areas. We will increase the contrast a little bit more, whites and blacks tends to do the same thing. If you have used the highlight slider to the max, you can still go ahead and bring back some more details here. Then we have the next step, that is presence, which is like texture clarity and dehaze. If you increase the texture, it will add a punch to the image or contrast to the image. If you use clarity, it do the same thing, but the effect is not that drastic. Gradually, if you increase, you will add a lot more detail to your image without that grudge feeling. Just play around with the sliders and see what looks best for your image. Then we have the dehaze slider. This will come handy when we have an image where there is a lot of haze or a fog j. For example, a photo shot during the morning where we have a lot of fog. We want to improve that image cut down on the fog or the haze. You can use this slider. If you move it towards the negative, it will add haze. If you move it towards the positive plus it will start removing some of the haze from your images and make it more clear. Then we have vibrance and saturation. The way you use this increase the saturation, it increases regardless of what color is, at what saturation level, it will start increasing everything similarly or equally but vibrant. If you can see that the background is getting affected more than the shirt here, this very subtle. If you're looking for something very subtle to increase the overall saturation or the color, then I would recommend that you use the vibrant slide. If you're going for something very drastic, then go for the saturation. We are not going to go with something very drastic. I'll just move the vibrant slider. This is the first section that we have seen and so far we have done this. As you can see, we bring back the focus on the subject as well as we have tweaked the color quite a bit. I think I'll go back to this. Yeah, then we have the tone curve. And the way this works is it have one for the RGB, and then we have three for three individual colors. You can just simply move the slider to alter the values. This is again something which is a little bit advanced, and if you don't have idea about this, then you can skip this. You can just play with these sliders and get the work done. But I'll quickly show you how to do this. The point here is basically, for most of the images, we are trying to make an S curve. If you click here along this line, if you click anywhere, it will create a point. And you can just simply move the point I have created, like two points here. And I'm just trying to make an, if you can see it's like a very slight, we can also alter the colors quite a bit. You can see the tint in the upper triangle, we have red. In the lower triangle, we have the green or sine. If you move it down, it will add a lot of sine. If you move it up, it will again red. You need to play with this and see where the sweet spot is. This. With this, if you move the top end portion, you can add like a vintage effect to your images, which quite a bit like it. Then you have HSL, or color section, hue saturation and luminance. If you click here, you will get hue saturation and luminance. Basically what we are doing here is for each individual color, we can target the hue. We can target the saturation, as well as the brightness level of that color if we want to. This is again, same thing, but in a different format. You can see we still, we have hue saturation luminans. And we can target the color from here, or we can see it all at once. For example, the sweater is somewhere between red and magenta. We'll move this, this is not happening, then we'll try this one. You see that if we trip the magenta slider, the hue of the sweater is getting changed. Also, we can change the saturation if you want to. We can make it completely desaturated. We can also increase the luminance value here. I want to do one thing. I want to add a little bit of more saturation to the background we have come from there till here. Also, you can simply target other color as well. We have the blues. Then down here we have the split. Toning. What this does is we can add a tint of certain color from this slider in the highlight section, as well as the shadow section. I'll show you first, with the shadow, it's easier to spot. The shadows are in the hair and in this lower portion of the image. Let's make this more saturated. If I move this slide, you can see there is a slight tint happening in the dark areas of the image. This can also be again, used for creative purpose. In the highlight, I will also add some of the yellow. Do you see where we are taking this image towards warm look and a very vintage look that we are trying to achieve here. Then we have the details where you can sharpen the image and also decrease any noise that you get from sharpening. If I come here and see if I increase this, I'm adding sharpness to the image. This is about the sharpness slider. Then we have the lens correction slider. In the previous video, I've already showed you how to, if you have a raw image, you can apply the lens correction from here just by clicking here manually. You can also control this. But this is something that I would not recommend since it can go out of control. We're using a raw image. Just click check both of these boxes and you'll be good to go. Then we have transform again. Since we are not having any straight lines in this image, we can skip this. We have effects. We can add some net post net in the image just to shift the balance or the focus back to the subject, instead of having corners which are bright. Again, we can go both the ways with this, but yeah, we need to find a sweet spot where the focus is on the main subject. Then for creative purpose, you can give it a little bit of grain just to make it look old and vintage. You can also control the roughness or how rough the grain is going to be. Yeah, these are about the most basic corrections that you can do to an image or the most basic sliders that we can use. You can see we started from here and we are right now here. In this way, in few easy sliders and few easy steps, you can drastically improve your images. Yeah, this is about one image. The video we are going to take another image and try to do the basic editing as well as some specific editing or the local corrections to the image. Yeah, I'll see you in the next video. 4. Advanced Editing: Everyone, in the last video we saw how you can do some really basic editing and improve your image. But in this video, we are going to go one step further and see how you can do some really advanced editing to your image and just bring your image to the next level. Here we have a really cute image of a boy. We will see how we can just improve this image. The first thing that you see is fairly well lit image. But again, we can improve this image by making the subject focus of the image. Also, we see a lot of distractions going in the background and the color is a little bit dull right now. Yeah, let's start with the basic things that we have already seen. This, there is a sun in the image. I will go for a slightly warm tone to the image. Also the taint is good. I, we don't have to touch the train. I think it's fine coming to the exposure. We can try with increasing the exposure just a little bit. We want to add a little bit more to this haze here or the flare from the sun. Not just go overboard and make it totally blown out, but just enough. By the way, if you ever increase everything and just want to go back to zero, you can just simply double click on the slider and it will switch it back to zero or the default. Then we have the contrast again. Yeah, definitely, we need some contrast. A little bit of contrast here. You can see we started from here and here again for the highlights in try increasing it. Yeah, you don't have to go all the way to the extreme. You can tweak it very slightly and have some really good effect on the image. Then we can do the same thing with our shadows, the clarity. Let's increase it a little bit so we have a little bit more punch to the image. Then we will increase the vibrins. These are all the things that we have already done as part of our basic editing here. I'm not actually looking to shift any colors. I will not touch the tone curve. But yeah, if we want to give it effect, we can go for lightly a vintage look or we can simply tweak the color for this image. We are not touching this. Let's see the color part here. I want to shift the tint of this green. Let's try to shift a little bit on the warmer side. Right now, this green. I don't like this green very much. I'll shift the tint of the green. I'm trying to make it more like a summer image. Shift the tint, and also, you see we have a lot of orange in this image. Let's try to tweak that as well, just a little bit. Also, we have a lot of yellows in the image. Yeah, I'm not going to touch this yellow for now. We have some magenta here. Purple, Somewhere between red and magenta. Let's not worry about that for now. Then we have split toning for this image, I don't think. Let's try to add a slight bit of yellow to the highlights. So far we have done this shadows. I'm not adding any color, slightly. I'll bring back stam of the greens. Yeah, looks good. Add some detail, reduce the noise. Also we'll see if there is any. Again, since for this image I like the net that is going on in the image. I will do the profile correction and I'll add that vinnette back, this post drop vinetting effect section. We are done with the basic corrections. Let's look at some of the advanced thing that we can do to this image. For starters, you can see there we have some distractions going on in the background as well as in the foreground. How do we remove that? For that, we have this pot removal tool, which is the second one from here. Once I click that, you'll see this section just opens up. Here we have, which is like the brush feathering between the starting of the brush and what it is it feather out the edge of the brush. We have the opacity control, how strong the effect is going to be. For this for spot removal, I would suggest you leave it at 100 because we want to have the full effect feather. Also keep it very minimal size. You can also adjust size with using the bracket keys on your keyboard. Let's start with removing just the small one. Here we have this tissue paper or something. I'm just going to click and paint on this. Once I'm done, I'll just let it go. It will automatically try to match the area, sample some addcent area to that painted area and just match it out. We can see it has done quite a great job here. I'll repeat it with this area as well. You can see it's doing a fantastic job here. This log, I want to also remove it, took a sampling area from here. I can also move it around and match. You don't have to be use the same area. You can move the area and match around for this area. You can see there's a transition going on between the softer focus as well as this focus. In this case, I'm just going to do, I will increase the feather of this brush. We'll see how we can make it a little bit better when we do the feathering. What it is, the effect is also has a transition from hard to softer edge. We can play this, looks good. Then we'll do the same with this green area, which I'm not sure what exactly is this. You can see this sample the area from here and adjusted the brightness of that area. I like it. You can see we have very easily removed all the distraction from the images in just a few clicks. This is a very good tool that you can use to very quickly remove the spots in your images or the distractions. I'll go ahead and I'll do some, a little bit more clean up here and there I think we are in a very good state here. We have removed all the distractions. This is about our spot removal brush. Then let's say we want to bring a bit more attention to the subject. How do we do that? We have seen that if we move the sliders, do the adjustment to the whole image, which is like a global adjustment. But what about local adjustment? Can we specifically target the things that we're doing to a local level or to certain parts of the image? Yeah, sure we can do that. How you do that is with this adjustment brush, which is the shortcut for this K. This long brush that you see here. Just click on this brush. This will open a long panel here. Again, these are all the options and sliders that you've already seen in the previous videos. But here what we are going to do is think of this as a paint brush and All the effects that you will tweak here we are, painting it on the image. Wherever we paint on the image, all these settings are going to be visible, just there. For example, let's say I want to add a little bit more punch or a little bit more light to the face of the subject as well as the hand. I simply since you can see all the values here are zero and only the exposure is 0.25 I will just start painting. I'm not sure if you're able to see anything as of now, since the effect is very subtle. Once you have that, we'll start increasing here. Also, you have to be careful not to go overboard just the right amount. You can see we have added a little bit more light to the space if you want, we can add the sharpness just to the areas that we have painted. This is about it, let's say if we want to brighten some of the areas around the boy, we can again click on this. We can increase the brush. We can simply paint. You can see we have created a area where this boy is standing out from the background. But we can further tweak this a little bit more by highlighting some of the areas. Also, you can add a new brush just by clicking on this new option here. If you want to do any, if you want to do any adjustment to the brush that you have already applied, just click on this and it will show you a preview with a red where this brush is affecting. Once you have this red in the middle, you can tweak the all the values from here. Yeah, you can see we have worked quite a bit on this image. Let's see what we can do. I will just increase the contrast it a little bit more. Yeah, I think we are in a very good shape here. This is how you use some more advanced tools and techniques really improve your images. In the next video, I'm going to take another image and add another advanced tool, and we'll see how we addit that image. 5. Advanced Editing 2: We have already seen the basic editing as well as few of the advanced tools and techniques that we can use in this image. I'm just going to start with the basic editing lens correction and then we'll see like one more tool that can be used for really advanced editing and just balancing out your images without further I do, let's just start. This is a underlit image, you can see the sky is a little bit blown out. What I'll do is I'll start with just bringing back the highlights. Also, I'll pump up the shadows. We have balanced out the highlights as well as the shadows in the image. But then again, this image has started to look a little bit flat. For that, I will just increase contrast and also increase the exposure. But you can tell that even if the sky will always be a little overexposed, if we try to balance out the foreground of the image to counterbalance this, we'll see one new tool. We'll see how we can use that, uh, to balance out the areas of the image where we have such scenarios. For now, I'm just going to focus on the foreground and just bring it to a good level. You can see this image is looking a little bit washed out and there's not much saturation going on here. I'll bump up the vibrants here and also a little bit more contrast. If you want, you can push the image on a little bit of warmer side already starting. It has started to look good. Let's see how we can further improve this image. Now what I want to do is bring back a lot of details in this area. We can do it using quite a few techniques. The first one would be to increase the highlights and see how far we can go, but you can see it's not working very well here. The second thing that we can do is we can use the adjustment brush and start painting over that and then bring back the exposure. You use this as well, but again, you have to paint. One method that I want to show you is using this graduated filter In actual photography, this is a filter that goes in front of your lens in light room. We are just applying a digital equivalent of that filter in our images. If I select the tool and I just click here and drag it, you can see I'm getting these three lines. Once I start pushing the exposure, you can see effect that this is having on the image. It starts from here and it fades out from this middle line to this last line here. You can also rotate this if your sky is an angle. We have very easily brought back a lot of details in the sky. We can also pick on this and we can also play with a, the temperature as well as the contrast. Here you can see we have brought back a lot of details now, but due to that, we have darkened our foreground a little bit. A good way to bring it back is to just use our adjustment brush and paint back some of the highlights there. You can see we have now balanced out our image. We have a lot of details going on in the sky as well as we have a fairly foreground with the subject. Let's add a little bit more contrast and punch to the image. We can also shift it towards a little bit more warm side. For the tone curve, again, we can play with it. This is on the green cler, we'll go on RGB mode. Then begin simply, just make sure you're not doing it too much. Just a little bit. You can also target the colors here. Also, we can target different colors, the greens and the yellows and everything. But for this image, I'm not going to touch it because it's looking really good. Touch a little bit of yellow orange here for the split, toning. I don't think we need that, uh, for sharing. Can see we can move the image. Yeah, just move the slider a little bit and we'll also remove the noise. Let's see if there is any profile, since this image don't have any distortion. The only profile correction happening is the net. But I like the vignette in this image. Again, we can keep this unchecked or we can add the vignette path using our panel for this image. I just like the camera imperfection. I'm just going to leave it as it is. One thing I noticed is I think we need a little bit more light on the face of the subject. I'm just going to increase that just a little bit. We have it balanced out. Yeah, this is so far we have come, we started from here, very bland image, the foreground was under the background a little bit overexposed and it didn't have a lot of detail. We have corrected that out and we have balanced the image out. We have put a lot more focus on the subject as well as we have retained, and we have brought back all the details and the colors in the sky as well. This is how you can improve your images quite drastically using some local adjustment as well as some global adjustment. Yeah, this is one great example how you can really push your images to the next level. Yeah, I'll see you in the next video. Thanks for watching. 6. Sample Edit Demonstration: Hey everyone, Welcome back. Till now we have seen a lot of different techniques and different tools on how to edit your images. I believe you'll be following along now. At least you have that much of proficiency in light room that you can edit your images, do the basic retouch and just make them look really good. In this video, I'm just going to show you a little bit of more creative ways of using tools. The image that we have here, it's a good image. There's nothing wrong with this image. It's properly lit in light room. The aim of using light room is to tweak the images or to push the images just to add that little bit of more flare or the vow factor. As a starting point, you should always aim to get the image right in camera. Don't make this habit. That, okay, will shoot bad images and then we'll try to fix it in light room or Photoshop. This never works. Sometimes it works, but don't make it habit. In this image, we can see portrait image here. We'll see what we can do. First up will shift. It depends what mood you want to have the image, instead of going for a warm look. Here we aim for a slightly cooler look. You can see we have pushed it here, by the way. One very easy way to set white balance, if you're aware of white balance. White balance is how colors look in that specific lighting, or in general, you can look up on Google what white balance is. I'm guessing if you are someone who is into photography, you already know what white balance is. It's the temperature of the image. Let's say if you have a very messed up white balance and you want to just quickly get that right. One quick hack is to click on this Eye Dropper tool and click on an area which you know is white or close to white. Basically, whenever in your photo you have an eye clicking on this white area of the, we'll fix your white balance. Given that this is raw image we can see, even if we move it this side, clicking on this will bring it back to the perfect white balance. This is hack, one quick way of setting the white balance. Look for an area which you think or which is white. We have our white balance set here, can give a slight green tint to the image exposure wise. I think we are good. We can try to move it a little, just a tad bit for contrast, we will add a little bit of contrast. Same with highlights. We can see if we move this, we are bringing back a lot of details on the forehead. But let's have some highlight the shadows also. We'll add a little bit more definition or light to this darker area. I think we are going in the bright direction here. Then we have texture. Since this is a close up, we have a lot of, a lot of sharpness in texture. I'm not going to go overboard with this one. Do a bit here and there for the vibrant as we are not going so much have a. You can also turn the photos black and white just by dialing the saturation all the way to -100 here. Let's see what we can do for the I like this old vintage look to the image. This is a portrait. I think this will work best for this. Then we colors here we have a lot of orange. We can try with that. You can see I can lighten up the face just by increasing the luminance of the orange color since we have. A lot of orange in the face. I can overall just increase the brightness of the face by just by targeting the color. Then for split toning, I'm thinking to add a little bit more blues to the highlights. You can toggle it on and off just to see how we are doing. I like this, but I just want to tie it a little bit down. Then we have the sharpening. Let's see if we want to sharpen it or not. I think this looks good. Also, we'll do the lens correction. You can see how drastically it has affected the image. There was a lot of distortion going on. It is you call how you want to use this profile correction here. I like it the way it was before. I'll just leave it there for grain. I'm not going to add any grain, but I'm going to do some of the local adjustment. You can see we have some of the marks on the forehead. Let's remove that. We'll go to spot removal. We'll make our brush a little bit smaller. We'll make it a hard brush since we are dealing with small marks. Let just click. Click here. Simply move this, match this area with the area. Yeah, then I'm just going to make the brush smaller. And do the same for this area as well. I can go ahead and do it for the other areas as well. You can try matching, so you can try to do it for all the areas that are very evident. Once you're done, you'll get something like this. You can take your own sweet time and work on all the blemishes which are out there. But I'm not going to worry about that for now since this is just a tutorial. Next up what I want to show you is, let's see, We want to brighten the eyes and also we'll do one thing, we'll try to change the color of the eye. Let's see how it works out. First of all, I'll just focus on this, brighten the e you can see already. This is, we have brightened. Yes, we have added a lot more focus there. Also, since we have our brush, let's try adding contrast to the highlights. This is like doing the countering on the face. I'm not sure what it's called contouring or counter, but when you do this, it gives a lot more definition to the face structure. You can see we sculpted the face quite a bit. Then we'll do a new brush. We'll zoom in, we'll make the brush smaller. I'm going to paint on this color part of the. Let's see how we can actually change the color of iris. Adjust the hue. And you can see this is changing the color. Can try moving till you feel that you have the right color. You can also increase the saturation as well as the exposure. Once you're done, you can see the result here. I've tried to match the eye color with all the blues that is going in the background. It's very subtle. But again, yeah. Yeah. This is something very creative that you can do with the adjustment brush too. I hope you enjoyed this series. You enjoyed all the videos that I have made for you. In the next video, I'm just going to show you how to export these images out from light room and get them and just get them ready for wherever you want to upload them or share it with your team or anyone. In the next video, we are going to see that, Thank you so much. 7. Exporting Images: Hey everyone, Welcome back again. I hope you are enjoying these videos so far. We have reached the end of this class or this series. I'm just going to show you quickly how all the images that you have edited so far. It's still inside the light room. And if you want to share it with your friends or you just want to share it on Instagram, you need to get these photos out from light into an image. How do we do it? Whatever images you want to export, just select those images. You can press control and select multiple photos. For example, we have all these four photos edited. I'll just select that. Make sure you are in the library module and you can simply click on Export. What this is going to do is open the export dialog box and it will ask you for export location. You can either choose where you want to save these files. Do we want to put it in a sub folder? If you click this on, it will make a folder for you in that location. You can just name that, whatever you want to do, Portrait editing, output name. Next we have the file naming. If you want a specific file name attached to your files. This comes handy when you're doing bulk editing or there are like 500 different images. You want a certain file, a nomenclature for your files, then you can use this for one or two images. You don't really need this, they're not concerned here. Image sizing. Again, if you don't check this, uh, export the images in their original size. Let's say if you want to size a photo down or all the photos down, you can simply resize to fit. You can specify the width and the height and just click, Don't enlarge. It doesn't force the image to get enlarged if that image is originally smaller. And you can also define the resolution for the images. Output sharpening. If you want to apply a default output sharpening to all of your images, you can do that sharpen for screen and keep the amount to low. I would not suggest you to use high. If you are going to use the images only for a web, just make sure you have checked the screen here, meta data, this doesn't matter. You can have it unchecked or check hardly matters. If you want a watermark on all of your images, you can try with a watermark. I'm not going to touch on this. You can simply Google or get on Youtube and see how these things work. Once you are done with this, just hit it will progress here. It's, I hope you liked it and we have reached the end of the class. If you enjoyed this class, thank you so much for sticking till the end. I really appreciate it and I hope you learned something good. Thank you so much. Bye. Bye.