Video – Lightroom Before and After Travel Photo

Today I’ve got another one of those Before/After videos for you. This time we stay primarily in Lightroom with a tiny bit of Photoshop retouching. It uses one of the new panels in Lightroom 3 – Lens Correction as well as the usual stuff (Exposure, Sharpening, etcÂ…). Thanks and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. Hey Matt! Great tutorial as always. We had a family holiday in Dubai a couple of months ago. I took a vertical pano of the Khalifa at sunset. Man, it’s a tall building!

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  2. These are very helpful; particularly the relationship with PS. I’m already a big fan of Lightroom, but you are giving me ideas on how to clean up my images to create a better focus at the post-processing phase. I’m up in Lake Tahoe for a vacation and I plan on using some of this today.

    Thanks, John Taylor

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  3. Matt

    Great tutorial !!

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  4. Interesting. I usually always under expose by half a stop :)

    Thanks for sharing …

    SK

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  5. That’s a gem of a video. Thanks very much for taking the time to put together the tutorial. (Great site by the way!)

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  6. great video. very good explained.

    but one question: you said you started from the very beginning of the RAW file… but I see that brightness is already on 50 and contrast is on 25? why? :-)

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    • those are the “default” values when you load a picture into lr.

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  7. Where is the link to download it Matt

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  8. Thank you for sharing! I learned several new things! Looks like I will be slowly reading through your new book over the winter because i have SO much to learn! Thank you!

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  9. Argh.. So lightroom does have the ability to correct for perspective. Pity I didnt know this yesterday when I needed it.

    Oh well, any day where you learn something is a good day.
    Thank you for the video

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  10. Great tutorial! It really helps me to understand how to work between PS and LR.

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  11. Bernd,

    Those are the default settings in Lightroom for RAW files. For JPEGs, these default to 0. Without a setting of 50 for brightness and 25 for contrast (and slight modifications to the tone curve), most RAW pictures would look very flat and slightly alien to us. Of course, if you are trying to extract the maximum amount of information from a file, you may want to reset everything to 0 for RAW files, too.

    Best regards,
    Adam

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  12. Hey Matt,

    Once again, a GREAT Tutorial! I really learn a lot from your before and after videos! Thanks a bunch for doing these! Oh, I pre-ordered your Layers Book today and look forward to the updates. Timing is everything. I’m almost done with your first one! :-)

    Thanks again,

    Dennis

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  13. Thanks again for such a informative video, keep them coming.

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  14. thank u! but one question: when i edit in photoshop and then i save as you show, in lightroom i get a tiff copy of the original raw file without all the edits i did before in lightroom.

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  15. how can i save from photoshop directly in lightroom modified file? i always get a tiff copy of the original raw file instead

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  16. sorry for the double post, my mistake

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  17. Very nice video! I wonder why the Spot Removal (Clean/Heal ) tool in Lightroom 3 cannot be as powerful as the tool in Photoshop. It is probably (at least at the moment) the only one thing I miss in Lightroom!
    By the way: is that the new Photoshop “content aware fill” tool what are you using for removing the cranes?

    best regards,

    Agustin

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  18. Thanks Matt – it is amazing the little things that I pick-up in these tutorials – they all help!

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  19. Neat tutorial. The method of adjusting perspective and the use of constrain crop was new to me–I appreciated that. One comment about the Layers book..It is my humble opinion that it is one of the best Photoshop books out there–and way under-rated and way under-publicized. Seems like Scott’s books get the spotlight, but of course his name is on the door. Look forward to this new edition–and encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it to pick up a copy…you will never regret it.. Keep up the good work

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  20. Hi, Matt. Great stuff as always. I have a question on noise reduction for you. Is there any way (any trick at all?) to apply noise reduction selectively in Lightroom? I am a rainforest photographer and regularly shoot at high ISOs so I have lots of image of birds, for instance, where I want to take out noise in the background without losing feather detail. I know the sliders allow you to control this to some extent but I was wondering if there was any trick to doing so more selectively.

    Thanks!
    Greg Basco

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  21. Great tutorial Matt, thank you I learnt alot, and i look forward to the new book! Im completely new to Lightroom, so i shall be watching a few of these in the coming days. thank you1

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  22. Matt, this is terrific as always. I just finished your comprehensive training for Lightroom 3 on Kelby Training, it was very helpful!!
    I will be shooting raw tomorrow at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Monarch Butterfly Festival, and developing in LR with my new skills. There will be thousands of Monarch Butterflies clustered together and feeding on Refuge plants as they prepare to make their journey south for the winter.
    If anyone lives in North Florida the Refuge is just south of Tallahassee. (Hope it is ok to make this plug Matt, but it is going to be a perfect day to be outdoors at the Refuge).
    Also, would it be possible to have the video in a downloadable version like your other tutorials? It is really helpful to have the video immediately available on my desktop as a refresher.
    Thanks heaps for all you do, you are an excellent instructor!

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  23. Hey Matt,

    Great tutorial. I’m finding constantly amazed at how things have progressed in Lightroom and how much can be accomplished in just the one module as you have shown here.

    With regards to the small amount that was done in Photoshop obviously I saw that you’re a Nik Color Efex Pro 3 user; something I’ve definitely been considering getting hold of for those quick jobs.

    Good news re new book. Needless to say I’ll be placing my order going by your first Layers Book which was first class!

    Cheers,
    Glyn

    ps> Just a thought but I’m sure Scott did something to a photo I took of him and Dave Clayton in London recently where he made Big Ben look as though it was leaning. Now I’m not pointing fingers you understand but have you checked to see he didn’t do the same to your image? :)

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  24. Hi Matt – nice tutorial and I learned a lot…especially the perspective stuff. One question: I know you could have removed the cranes in LR (those of without CS5 have no choice) any chance of LR improving the clone/heal tool and any tricks for those of us with LR3 to make changes like that easier?
    Best, Dave

    P.S. Still waiting for the e-mail re my drawing win…can’t wait to get to that on-line training ;)

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  25. I’m getting deja vu – did you do a similar tutorial at PSW? I know I’ve seen you do a tutorial with this exact photo before.

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  26. Matt, I love there Before & After lessons. So easy to follow and so memorable. Lightroom 3 is a powerful and easy tool to use — and combined with Photoshop, almost anything is possible. Thanks!

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  27. This rocks, Matt. Thank you very much. You are one heck of an instructor.

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  28. Hi. thanks for the tutorial. Always good to see the complete process from start to finish.

    I have one question, the Nik Software filter, Is there a cannon alternative?

    john

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    • Hi. The Nik software is a plug-in for Photoshop that works for all photos. It’s not Nikon specific. The name of the company that makes them is “Nik Software”.

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  29. Thanks for another great tutorial. I am always on the lookout for your latest pearls of wisdom and appreciate that you take the time to share you knowledge.

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  30. Hey Matt, Great tutorial as usual, I love the before & after videos!

    Any chance of a download link for this one?

    Keep up the good work.
    Matt

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  31. I wonder if there were clouds in the horizon? It seems backwards that the bottom of the building would be illuminated before the top of the building at first light…

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  32. Before and after tutorials are very helpful. More, please!

    Echoing an earlier question, how can you do selective noise reduction in LR? There are selective sharpening and clarity adjustments (which can be set to negative values), but there doesn’t seem genuine noise reduction for selected areas without going to PS.

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    • There is no way to do selective noise reduction. You’d have to go into Photoshop and apply noise reduction to a separate layer for that.
      Thanks!

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  33. Hi Matt

    Great tutorial, thanks for that I found the section about lens correction very interesting as I have never used that part of Lightroom.

    Just one related question, when a file is sent from Lightroom to Photoshop it becomes a JPEG but when it is sent back from Photoshop to Lightroom does it revert back to raw or is it now a JPEG? And if so, does this mean you are limited in what further processing can be done in Lightroom?

    Thanks Matt

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  34. Nice tutorial, I’m most amazed at how quick your LR runs in this video !!! If mine even approached that speed I’d be dangerous…

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  35. This is out of the subject, but have you ever done a time-lapse video in Lighroom? I think it would be a good subject for a post. I realize only recently that this was even possible.

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  36. Hey Matt,

    very nice tutorial. I am watching your podcast for at least 2 months now. (since I decided between Lr and aperture) From that point on I just shooting raw images. Now, here my “issue” comes: I shot some pictures during a storm, trying to shoot some lightning. Well, at the end I had some pictures, but unfortunately the raw image looks completely different than the JPEG image. No wonder why, but how do /I/ get, within Lr, from that kind of noisy, blurry Raw image to at least such JPEG image gather by internal-camera-processing?
    Is it worth to have a podcast about that in your blog or is it just a question /too simple/?

    Thanks for any reply on my /issue/,
    Chris

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  37. Hi Matt, great tutorial. Can you clear one thing up for me ?

    If I use a lens profile to adjust the image, and then make a manual adjustment (say perspective), would I loose the previous adjustments made by the ‘profile’ ?

    Thanks again for a great video

    Russ

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  38. just bought a nikon d3100, have a huge interest in photography and searching for anything and everything to help me as i begin this journey as a photographer. your site is amazing and this tutorial will be so helpful. can’t wait to start following your work and tips…i already have you on my “favorites” toolbar!

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