How To Get That Dramatic Post-Processing Portrait Look in Lightroom

Hi Gang – happy Monday! (stop snickering). πŸ˜‰

This is another one of those “start to finish; right out of the camera to finished product” type of tutorials, but it’s easy β€” it’s not very long, and I think you’ll dig it. Here ya go:

Hope you found that helpful.

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Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Fantastic walkthrough, Scott! It’s interesting to see how others edit. I wonder why you went through the effort of applying clarity and dehaze (my favourite tool) to bring out the grunge in the wall when you just darkened it all at the end?

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  2. This is great Scott! Thanks!

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  3. You didn’t find the hotspot on the ball a bit annoying?

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  4. Nice seeing all the tweaks you go through to develop the look. Thanks.

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  5. Wouldn’t it have been better to ask Joe McNally how to light it ;o) ?

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