Fill Light

Not quite sure what the Fill Light slider is doing? Well, think of it this way – when you adjust your Exposure setting, Lightroom will tend to make the entire photo brighter. This may be fine most of the time but it may eventually push some of your highlight areas to the point where they’re clipped and become all white. If you reach that point and you’d still like to make the photo brighter, you can resort to the Fill Light slider. This will adjust the midtone areas of the photo and will, for the most part, leave your extreme highlights alone. It’s a good way to brighten the overall photo without blowing out your highlight areas.

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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