Lightroom Video – Adding Light Sources

Hi all! This week’s video comes from a trick that I stumbled on a while back, when working on some photos from a trip I took in March. I remember thinking to myself that some one is definitely going to catch this when I post the photo, but nobody did. Then I thought it would make a great tutorial. I didn’t write it down and, well, you know how that story goes :) So now it’s 4 months later and the idea hit me again. It’s involves a great little trick to use the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom to enhance/add/modify/whatever light sources right from within Lightroom. 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! I’ve been following you since the launch of d-town tv, but this is actually the first time I’d like to ask you something. I really love using Fliboard (a rss reader) on my iPad and the problem I have using it for your blog is that the videos are not within the rss feed. Hence, I need to come over the website all the time. Would you consider making some modifications (I’m not a tech guy and have no idea how to do it, but I know it’s possible – for ex Chase Jarvis blog’s videos are available straight on Flipboard) so that videos can be viewed straight within my app?

    Thanks in advance and good luck – you’re doing a great job!

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  2. Pretty cool trick. I’ve actually done just the opposite before, dropping the exposure of specific areas to -4 (sometimes with multiple passes of the Adjustment Brush) to *conceal* light sources and/or unwanted ambient light. This is often useful for live concert photography, for example. But wouldn’t it also be really nice to be able to change the color temperature selectively as well (your lamppost could probably benefit from some subtle warming)? Maybe in future iterations of Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush this may be possible…..

    Thanks for the post,
    Russ

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  3. Hi Matt
    Thanks for the nice little tip/tutorial.
    Now I have to run through about 50.000 images, to see where to add this :D

    Thanks for all the cool stuff

    //Niels

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  4. Yet another reason for me to get more out of Lightroom as opposed to (by habit) jumping over to Photoshop.

    Cool tip Matt, thanks for that.

    All the best to you,
    Glyn

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  5. The fact that the windows are incandescent and the street light is pure white is annoying. Could the different glows be coordinated – house lights more white and the street light more yellow be tuned in LR. I’ve tried this with the adjustment tool and the color picker and failed miserably.

    thx

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  6. Neat Trick, Matt! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. A question off topic, but I just purchased HDR Efex Pro and cant figure out how to get the finished image back into Lightroom without saving a copy to my hard drive and then reimporting the image into Lightroom. I know with Photomatix it is possible but cant figure this out. Anyone know the answer?

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  8. Hey Matt, it is a very cool tip. Very simple, when you think about it, and works just great. I need to take a picture where I can try it myself! Thanks for doing those videos, and keep the ideas coming.

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  9. Interesting tip Matt, I had never though about using the adjustment brush this way. That’s creative.

    Hey, you know the funny thing? When I watched this video for the first time the following happened: you say: “…so this is before” at this time I really focus, you click the switch and then you say “…and that’s after” and you click the switch again. You say next: “see the difference…?” well at that point I had NOT noticed that you had turned the light ON!! Can you believe it? I think was focusing naturally on the center of the picture and… I missed the obvious difference of the light bulb on the side!! Well, I better think I was tired when I watched this ;)

    Cheers,
    Xavier Donat

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  10. thank you so much for that very interesting tip- i love learning new and cool things about ligtroom and appreciate that there are people out there who take the time to pass on stuff that they know!

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