Lightroom Videos

Video – Lightroom Before and After Travel Photo

Today I’ve got another one of those Before/After videos for you. This time we stay primarily in Lightroom with a tiny bit of Photoshop retouching. It uses one of the new panels in Lightroom 3 – Lens Correction as well as the usual stuff (Exposure, Sharpening, etc…). Thanks and let me know what you think. Enjoy!



  1. amanda 10 January, 2011 at 23:18 Reply

    just bought a nikon d3100, have a huge interest in photography and searching for anything and everything to help me as i begin this journey as a photographer. your site is amazing and this tutorial will be so helpful. can’t wait to start following your work and tips…i already have you on my “favorites” toolbar!

  2. Russell Masters 29 October, 2010 at 23:59 Reply

    Hi Matt, great tutorial. Can you clear one thing up for me ?

    If I use a lens profile to adjust the image, and then make a manual adjustment (say perspective), would I loose the previous adjustments made by the ‘profile’ ?

    Thanks again for a great video


  3. Nazarov 28 October, 2010 at 16:24 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    very nice tutorial. I am watching your podcast for at least 2 months now. (since I decided between Lr and aperture) From that point on I just shooting raw images. Now, here my “issue” comes: I shot some pictures during a storm, trying to shoot some lightning. Well, at the end I had some pictures, but unfortunately the raw image looks completely different than the JPEG image. No wonder why, but how do /I/ get, within Lr, from that kind of noisy, blurry Raw image to at least such JPEG image gather by internal-camera-processing?
    Is it worth to have a podcast about that in your blog or is it just a question /too simple/?

    Thanks for any reply on my /issue/,

  4. Israel 28 October, 2010 at 15:31 Reply

    This is out of the subject, but have you ever done a time-lapse video in Lighroom? I think it would be a good subject for a post. I realize only recently that this was even possible.

  5. Alan Taylor 27 October, 2010 at 06:48 Reply

    Hi Matt

    Great tutorial, thanks for that I found the section about lens correction very interesting as I have never used that part of Lightroom.

    Just one related question, when a file is sent from Lightroom to Photoshop it becomes a JPEG but when it is sent back from Photoshop to Lightroom does it revert back to raw or is it now a JPEG? And if so, does this mean you are limited in what further processing can be done in Lightroom?

    Thanks Matt

  6. foosion 26 October, 2010 at 08:58 Reply

    Before and after tutorials are very helpful. More, please!

    Echoing an earlier question, how can you do selective noise reduction in LR? There are selective sharpening and clarity adjustments (which can be set to negative values), but there doesn’t seem genuine noise reduction for selected areas without going to PS.

  7. Ellis 25 October, 2010 at 12:00 Reply

    I wonder if there were clouds in the horizon? It seems backwards that the bottom of the building would be illuminated before the top of the building at first light…

  8. Matt 24 October, 2010 at 14:29 Reply

    Hey Matt, Great tutorial as usual, I love the before & after videos!

    Any chance of a download link for this one?

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Denise 24 October, 2010 at 03:07 Reply

    Thanks for another great tutorial. I am always on the lookout for your latest pearls of wisdom and appreciate that you take the time to share you knowledge.

  10. Kiwi john 24 October, 2010 at 02:54 Reply

    Hi. thanks for the tutorial. Always good to see the complete process from start to finish.

    I have one question, the Nik Software filter, Is there a cannon alternative?


  11. Dan DeRyckere 22 October, 2010 at 16:37 Reply

    Matt, I love there Before & After lessons. So easy to follow and so memorable. Lightroom 3 is a powerful and easy tool to use — and combined with Photoshop, almost anything is possible. Thanks!

  12. dave duzy 22 October, 2010 at 14:38 Reply

    Hi Matt – nice tutorial and I learned a lot…especially the perspective stuff. One question: I know you could have removed the cranes in LR (those of without CS5 have no choice) any chance of LR improving the clone/heal tool and any tricks for those of us with LR3 to make changes like that easier?
    Best, Dave

    P.S. Still waiting for the e-mail re my drawing win…can’t wait to get to that on-line training 😉

  13. Glyn Dewis 22 October, 2010 at 14:01 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Great tutorial. I’m finding constantly amazed at how things have progressed in Lightroom and how much can be accomplished in just the one module as you have shown here.

    With regards to the small amount that was done in Photoshop obviously I saw that you’re a Nik Color Efex Pro 3 user; something I’ve definitely been considering getting hold of for those quick jobs.

    Good news re new book. Needless to say I’ll be placing my order going by your first Layers Book which was first class!


    ps> Just a thought but I’m sure Scott did something to a photo I took of him and Dave Clayton in London recently where he made Big Ben look as though it was leaning. Now I’m not pointing fingers you understand but have you checked to see he didn’t do the same to your image? 🙂

  14. Francie 22 October, 2010 at 13:33 Reply

    Matt, this is terrific as always. I just finished your comprehensive training for Lightroom 3 on Kelby Training, it was very helpful!!
    I will be shooting raw tomorrow at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Monarch Butterfly Festival, and developing in LR with my new skills. There will be thousands of Monarch Butterflies clustered together and feeding on Refuge plants as they prepare to make their journey south for the winter.
    If anyone lives in North Florida the Refuge is just south of Tallahassee. (Hope it is ok to make this plug Matt, but it is going to be a perfect day to be outdoors at the Refuge).
    Also, would it be possible to have the video in a downloadable version like your other tutorials? It is really helpful to have the video immediately available on my desktop as a refresher.
    Thanks heaps for all you do, you are an excellent instructor!

  15. Muzna 22 October, 2010 at 11:39 Reply

    Great tutorial Matt, thank you I learnt alot, and i look forward to the new book! Im completely new to Lightroom, so i shall be watching a few of these in the coming days. thank you1

  16. Greg Basco 22 October, 2010 at 10:22 Reply

    Hi, Matt. Great stuff as always. I have a question on noise reduction for you. Is there any way (any trick at all?) to apply noise reduction selectively in Lightroom? I am a rainforest photographer and regularly shoot at high ISOs so I have lots of image of birds, for instance, where I want to take out noise in the background without losing feather detail. I know the sliders allow you to control this to some extent but I was wondering if there was any trick to doing so more selectively.

    Greg Basco

  17. gerry slater 22 October, 2010 at 10:17 Reply

    Neat tutorial. The method of adjusting perspective and the use of constrain crop was new to me–I appreciated that. One comment about the Layers book..It is my humble opinion that it is one of the best Photoshop books out there–and way under-rated and way under-publicized. Seems like Scott’s books get the spotlight, but of course his name is on the door. Look forward to this new edition–and encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it to pick up a copy…you will never regret it.. Keep up the good work

  18. Agustin 22 October, 2010 at 09:33 Reply

    Very nice video! I wonder why the Spot Removal (Clean/Heal ) tool in Lightroom 3 cannot be as powerful as the tool in Photoshop. It is probably (at least at the moment) the only one thing I miss in Lightroom!
    By the way: is that the new Photoshop “content aware fill” tool what are you using for removing the cranes?

    best regards,


  19. andrea 22 October, 2010 at 08:45 Reply

    how can i save from photoshop directly in lightroom modified file? i always get a tiff copy of the original raw file instead

  20. andrea 22 October, 2010 at 08:37 Reply

    thank u! but one question: when i edit in photoshop and then i save as you show, in lightroom i get a tiff copy of the original raw file without all the edits i did before in lightroom.

  21. Dennis Zito 21 October, 2010 at 22:30 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    Once again, a GREAT Tutorial! I really learn a lot from your before and after videos! Thanks a bunch for doing these! Oh, I pre-ordered your Layers Book today and look forward to the updates. Timing is everything. I’m almost done with your first one! 🙂

    Thanks again,


  22. Adam 21 October, 2010 at 20:39 Reply


    Those are the default settings in Lightroom for RAW files. For JPEGs, these default to 0. Without a setting of 50 for brightness and 25 for contrast (and slight modifications to the tone curve), most RAW pictures would look very flat and slightly alien to us. Of course, if you are trying to extract the maximum amount of information from a file, you may want to reset everything to 0 for RAW files, too.

    Best regards,

  23. Magnus K 21 October, 2010 at 18:12 Reply

    Argh.. So lightroom does have the ability to correct for perspective. Pity I didnt know this yesterday when I needed it.

    Oh well, any day where you learn something is a good day.
    Thank you for the video

  24. Erin 21 October, 2010 at 17:30 Reply

    Thank you for sharing! I learned several new things! Looks like I will be slowly reading through your new book over the winter because i have SO much to learn! Thank you!

  25. Bernd 21 October, 2010 at 16:18 Reply

    great video. very good explained.

    but one question: you said you started from the very beginning of the RAW file… but I see that brightness is already on 50 and contrast is on 25? why? 🙂

  26. John Taylor 21 October, 2010 at 14:55 Reply

    These are very helpful; particularly the relationship with PS. I’m already a big fan of Lightroom, but you are giving me ideas on how to clean up my images to create a better focus at the post-processing phase. I’m up in Lake Tahoe for a vacation and I plan on using some of this today.

    Thanks, John Taylor

  27. Suman 21 October, 2010 at 14:51 Reply

    Hey Matt! Great tutorial as always. We had a family holiday in Dubai a couple of months ago. I took a vertical pano of the Khalifa at sunset. Man, it’s a tall building!

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