Mas­ter the es­sen­tials

James Pater­son re­veals six ed­its to ap­ply to ev­ery im­age in Light­room

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Not sure where to be­gin with Light­room? Dis­cover the six tweaks you’ll ap­ply to vir­tu­ally ev­ery im­age

One of the main dif­fi­cul­ties when learn­ing how to use an im­age edit­ing tool, a new cam­era, or al­most any new tech­nol­ogy, is how to get started. Let’s face it, the best part of hav­ing a new thing is us­ing it, not read­ing about it. Most of us don’t want to sift through the man­ual and spend hours learn­ing ev­ery fea­ture of our new pur­chase, we just want to get to grips with a few fun­da­men­tals and dive in. The prob­lem is, how do we know what those es­sen­tials are? With Light­room, there are so many fea­tures and tools that beginners can quickly be­come lost.

In this tu­to­rial we’ll run through six es­sen­tial Light­room fea­tures that can be ap­plied to most, if not all, of the pho­to­graphs you shoot. We’ll ex­plain the process of im­port­ing an im­age, ap­ply­ing es­sen­tial tonal tweaks, se­lec­tively ad­just­ing parts of the im­age, crop­ping to im­prove com­po­si­tion, sharp­en­ing, and fi­nally ex­port­ing. This is a work­flow that, re­gard­less of the im­age con­tent, you’ll find is the back­bone of most Light­room im­age edit­ing. What’s more, mas­ter­ing these Light­room es­sen­tials cre­ates the con­fi­dence to go on and ex­plore other more ad­vanced tools.

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