Another Start to Finish Lightroom-only Tutorial Video

Hey gang – Happy Friday and since last week’s “From Flat to Fabulous” start to finish editing all in Lightroom went so well, I thought I’d press my luck and try another.

Wait…there’s more!
I did a follow-up to this (some Photoshop finishing moves) on this same image, so if you have Photoshop (maybe you have the Adobe Photographer’s Bundle), head over to my daily blog and catch the Photoshop part over there.

Hope you find this helpful. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you here next week.



P.S.Β If you’re a KelbyOne member, just a heads up: we are taking the site down tonight at 11:30 pm EDT for a scheduled maintenance. It should be back up Saturday morning. We’re doing this maintenance to help give our members a better, more stable experience (we’re moving to an awesome new server platform) and it will bring us all lots of happy goodness and love, but to get the love, we have to do this maintenance thing first, so hang in there with us – a better experience is on its way. Thanks for your patience (and for the love. We all need love). πŸ™‚

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. Great tutorial as usual Scott!

    First of all, Thank you Scott for all effort that you put in these tutorials!

    Interesting that in the original photo the bulb light isn’t so disturbing but after the initial adjustments it just blowed up. One idea would be using the Radial Filter (with Invert Mask unselected) around the light bulb and then do the adjustments. Probably will need to do some adjustments around the light bulb maybe using brush but I think it can work.

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  2. Really love all of these that you do. I learn a lot watching and seeing how things can be fixed and done.

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  3. Please, more of such hands-on examples! It’s this stuff that teaches me most of Lightroom! After 2 of these tutorials I already feel I improved my post processing skills.

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  4. Love this tutorial and any others of this sort, you’re teaching me not just how to operate the tools but how to look at a photo and think through what would make it better. Especially loved watching the trial-and-error on the lightbulb patch, it makes me feel more OK with my own trial-and-error efforts (otherwise I assume you’ve developed this magical first-time-every-time skill that I despair of ever developing). Thanks for being honest and humble and human, it gives me hope! πŸ™‚

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  5. I really appreciate seeing short tip videos like this. Seeing the various LR tools applied to real world problems is worth a lot.

    At the end, how long did it take to eventually fix the light bulb with the LR tool? I simply don’t understand how Adobe can ignore a fix for the Clone/Heal tool in LR. I have given up trying to wrestle it into submission. It’s almost always MUCH faster to just take the image over to PS, do the fix, and be done.

    Having a way to LIKE your tutorial without making a comment would be useful. We don’t want you to think we don’t love you!! Making a comment just for the sake of making a comment uses up a lot of mental bandwidth.

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    • I agree Dianne – when I hit stuff like that, I jump over the Photoshop and fix it in 10-seconds. πŸ™‚

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  6. Great video. These short clips are good tools for problems that crop up time and time again. Keep it up Scott.

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  7. Thank you!
    That 10 minutes helped me understand more than you’d believe,and gives me a start to understanding what most would consider,”basic”.
    Very new to digital processing,Lightroom,and computers in general.

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  8. Hey Scott,
    Like the format on how to touch up a photo. Is there anyway that you can post where the original file is so we can practice on it as if we took the image? Just a thought so we can practice on this to learn.

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  9. Love these tips and how you go end-to-end dealing with the problems in the picture. It’s one thing to know all the tools LR has; it’s another to see them applied to different photos. Please keep it up!

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  10. Instant feedback (with the human world vs LR editing πŸ™‚ ) doesn’t always happen Scott. Personally enjoy your editing series so keep them coming. As for the lightbulb, this is a classic PITA issue that LR really hasn’t got a decent solution for, at least not one I’ve found.

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  11. I’ll bite! The ‘killer’ tip on this one was failing to explain exactly how you removed that problem light bulb. Its these final, minute edits that make the difference between a so-so photo and a fabulous one. It would have been great to see it done properly. (Don’t be down-hearted though – I’ll be watching again next week!)

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    • John – I did show how I did it – I just kept messing with the position until it looked OK. But watching me move it again and again for five minutes straight would probably have let a lot of folks bored to tears.

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  12. So, zero comments on this one? OK, don’t have to worry about doing another of these next week. Thanks for the feedback (or lack thereof). πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! I truly appreciate the problem you had with the bulb! Too bad Lightroom doesn’t have the same removal algorithm that PS has where you can select out the offending spot and it will fill with what it thinks matches from the surrounding background.

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    • This website needs a good way for people who appreciated a post to simply be able to “like” it with a single click.

      I thought it was a good video personally – don’t stop doing them.

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