Lightroom Masking Tip For Better Portraits

This is a great, way and easy way to create “fall off” in your portraits (where your subject’s face is the brightest thing in the image, and then the brightness gradually “falls off” as it hits the rest of the subject’s body). Check out the short one-minute video below where I show how it’s done:

Works like a charm, thanks to the masking feature. BTW: This works in either Classic or Cloud.

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  1. Nick Lefebvre 1 December, 2023 at 17:48 Reply

    Nice one. To create fall off in a similar situation I reduce the size of the image to ~10% open a radial gradient at 100% feather, place the cross over her face and expand the gradient to completely cover the image and then gradually reduce exposure

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