Highlight and Shadow Clipping

Here’s a tip that I used in Adobe Camera Raw all the time and it is now in Lightroom too. You may be like me: I’m not a huge fan of turning on the shadow and highlight clipping warnings. Why you ask? Well, I don’t care for the red and blue colors it puts all over my photo, so I usually wind up turning them off. Check this out. If you hold down the Alt key (Option on Mac) and start dragging the Exposure slider (or the Shadow slider for the darks), you’ll see everything turn black. As you drag toward the right, you’ll eventually start seeing some colors appear. That’s Lightroom’s way of telling you those areas will be clipped (all white or all black) if you don’t pull back. It’s a good visual way to set your exposure and shadow settings without leaving your clipping warnings on all the time.

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, LightroomKillerTips.com, 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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