Hey fellow photographer, how's it going?
I am Michael Zelbel.
Today I have got a really quick and good tip for you for postproduction.
Postproduction of your glamour photos in a Adobe Lightroom.
You don't hear me talking about postproduction so much
because you might already know am not this Photoshop kind of guy.
But am really in love with Adobe Lightroom
because that tool enables me to get stuff done fast,
really fast and that is what I want.
I get a lot of questions regarding our postproduction
over here in the comments.
I tried to summarize all the questions.
Or maybe I just wanted to ask the questions that is
most interesting for myself.
And this question is: "If a real professional photographer,
if a photography pro got like 30 seconds to improve his glamour photo
in Lightroom, what would he do?"
What is the one thing that he would do?
And I certainly cannot answer the question
because I am not a pro but I gave this question
to a real seasoned professional and successful photographer
who is our guest today.
I am talking about Phil Steele from Steeletraining.com.
Now I am going to show you one of my favorite Lightroom
tricks that I use all the time when am doing beauty or glamour or fashion kind of photography.
Especially when am working with speedlights
because with speedlights you often have to get
the lights very close to your subject
and when the lights are close to your subject
you get an even fall off of light across your subject.
And this photo is a classic example.
My lights are kind of over here in the middle left and
because of that they are shinning very bright on her shirt
brighter than I would like it to be.
Especially down here on kind of the lower left of her shirt.
I want this face to be about her face and not about her clothing.
So what I would like to do is adjust the exposure
of this part of the shirt down here.
And since light falls off in a gradient what I want to use
is Lightrooms graduated filter tool
which allows me to do these kind of gradient corrections.
So that's this little tool down here on the tool bar
and am going to click to open it
and am going to make sure the exposure
is just brought down a bit.
Then am going to drag in a gradient from the bottom
where the light is too hot
and am just going to darken the exposure along the
same gradient that the light is naturally falling off
and correct correct for it. And fortunately with Lightroom
you can adjust these after the facts.
So now that I have laid it in there
I can make it brighter or darker
if I wanted it really dark I can go way down.
If I want to light it up a bit I can bring it up.
And I just dial it into the point where I think it looks good
may be about like that.
And then I close the tool and the adjustment is done
literally it just took few seconds to correct this problem.
So let's take a look at one more.
So now we are looking at a case where
am shooting with the flash on the camera.
And am shooting a performer who
is standing on a stage above me.
And because of her position higher than me
my flash is lighting her too bright down at the bottom.
Her legs and boots and feet are too bright
and the light falls off up to her face.
And also from the left side
because am standing on this side of her it is too bright
over here on the left side.
So am going to use the same tool.
I am going to use this graduated filter tool here
and am going to drag in a couple of gradients to correct that.
And I have got the exposure brought down a little.
So am going to drag one in from the bottom first to take
the edge of that and kind of tone it down going up her body that way.
And I will end it or accept it.
Then am going to drag one in from the left also
to tone down this bright spot over here on the side
and even things out, I hit enter for that.
I close the tool to get rid of those little pins
And that looks much more balanced
and it is not obvious that this was lit with on camera flash anymore.
So you can see how easy this is.
I use this trick all the time when am correcting photos that were done with lights with on camera speedlights
or off camera speedlights and if you are interested in this sought of thing
and more Lightroom tricks like this,
I have an entrire course called "Lightroom made easy"
on my website at Steeletraining.com
where I teach you all my Lightroom tricks
basically from the ground up.
So if you're interested I invite you to check that out
and may be Michael will put a link to this
somewhere near the video for you.
And I hope you have found this helpful
and I look forward to talking to you soon.
Thank you so much Phil, thank you so much.
I for sure myself, I will try that out
and for sure will use it on my photos
and improve them
and am also using a lot of other tricks that
Phil is teaching in his tutorials.
It's because am loving his tutorials
and I have all of them.
They are really great.
I will also put a link to his website below this video.
Over there you can find a lot of free training stuff
which is all worth watching.
I highly encourage you to go there
and also to his other tutorials
and it will be a partner affiliate link,
so if you happen to take advantage of his great video courses
then a part of the proceeds is going to Smoking Strobes
helping me to make more videos for you.
Alrighty, that's it for today.
I hope I see you back next time
and until then I wish you a lot of fun
with your photo shoots,
really good edits afterwards.
And I wish you