Lightroom “Double Spotlight” Trick

Hey, gang and happy Friday. Here’s a quick little video tip on how to use the Radial tool to not only create a spotlight effect (that’s not really the trick), but to be able to add a 2nd spotlight, to light something else in your image, without turning off the effect of the first spotlight.

Pretty handy, right?

You’re invited tomorrow night to an “Artist’s Talk” with one incredible photographer: Stephen Wallace
He’s the latest winner to have his own solo show at “The Gallery at KelbyOne” (here’s more info on the gallery). Well, after Stephen’s wine and cheese reception tomorrow night, we’ll be going into our theater for an intimate chat about Stephen’s work, his life as a physician/attorney, and his techniques, and you’re invited. His travel photography is pretty amazing — really that next-level stuff, and you will love getting a chance to see his hear, and hear his story.

Who: Photographer Stephen Wallace and host Larry Becker
What: A chat with the photographer about his images
Where: Here’s the link to watch it live online (it’s free and open to everyone)
When: Tomorrow, Saturday December 9th, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Why: To take someone from our KelbyOne community and share their wonderful work with a worldwide audience

NOTE: If you’re a KelbyOne member and would like to join us in person for the free wine/cheese reception tomorrow night at 7PM at our headquarters just outside Tampa, Florida, click here to grab one of the last remaining spots, and then I’ll see you tomorrow night. 

Have a great weekend everybody and we’ll see you back here on Monday (well, I hope anyway). 🙂

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My Lightroom seminar is in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday, and then in Charlotte on Wednesday. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom. 

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 http://scottkelby.com

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  1. Nice tip, but I would rather use brush tool and add as many spotlights as I want.

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    • Your brush method doesn’t work well for the reason I outlined in my comment to Trevor below.

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  2. I use this extensively but always set Invert for spotlight effects. The radial filter then of course only operates within the mask. So I am not sure why the first spotlight you show is not inverted as it currently to my mind is reverse logic, reduse exposure to create spotlight? The method you use darkens the whole image. Use invert throughout and you only affect the areas you need, plus increase exposure to create spotlight and the logic is correct.
    So to my mind Adobe have Invert logic inverted :). The filter should apply inside the mask ring as default not outside.
    Also I wish Adobe would create a hotkey for Invert mask……I do use it a lot.
    Killer tips is a great series….

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    • If I did it the way you’re suggesting, that would over-expose the bride. The way I’m showing it here, the bride’s exposure still looks good. Also, when you add the 2nd spotlight, it just brings the bouquet back to proper exposure without over exposing it. Hope that helps understand why I do it that way. 🙂

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      • In other words 43 different ways to cook chicken but it’s still chicken.

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        • I think Scott is saying that using the method he explains won’t “overcook” the chicken.

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          • Exactly (and great analogy by the way). 🙂

    • Use apostophe key to invert the mask on radial filter, and to reverse direction of the mask 180 degrees on graduated filter

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