Glamour Photography TipsSubmitted by Michael on Tue, 2012-05-29 16:03

Quick trick using Lightroom's graduated filter tool

Applying the 80/20 rule to photography it might turn out that 80% of all improvements in postproduction can be done with 20% of the effort we typically put into post.

I am pretty darn sure that all of the golden 20% of activities are happening in Lightroom, long before we ever consider opening up Photoshop.

That’s why my question today is: "If a pro took a glamour photo using speedlights and he got 30 seconds to improve the photo in Lightroom, what would he do?"

I can’t answer it, which actually makes this video more valuable.



Cool isn’t it? Phil Steele is really a master in showing teaching quick and efficient techniques to our photography and our postproduction.

Please check out his free tutorials and consider his
Professional video courses. I can assure you they are really worth it.

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His comprehensive Lightroom course is right here:
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I wish you good light!
-- Michael


Hard to get my thick German accent? Here's the transcript

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.

Hi, Phil.

Thanks Michael.

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

Good Light!

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