Edit RAWs in Light­room Pho­to­shop Ge­nius

Dan Mold shows you how to boost colours, fix ex­po­sure prob­lems and sharpen up with Light­room’s De­velop tab.

Practical Photography (UK) - - Spring -

Boost colours, fix ex­po­sure prob­lems and sharpen up in Light­room’s De­velop tab.

ANY CAM­ERA WORTH ITS salt will be able to shoot RAWs. These hefty files hold the full gamut of ex­po­sure data cap­tured at the time of shoot­ing. This means you’ve got ev­ery­thing you need to ad­just things like white bal­ance, ex­po­sure and sharp­en­ing post-cap­ture.

RAWs aren’t pro­cessed in-cam­era, so straight out of cam­era they of­ten look flat and of a lower qual­ity when com­pared to JPEGs. But don’t be fooled by this. RAWs look flat so that you can ap­ply the ex­act treat­ment you want back at your com­puter.

Last is­sue we cov­ered the ba­sics in Light­room, so this month we’re go­ing to show you how to take your ed­its to the next level. In just five steps you’ll master how to ad­just the ex­po­sure of spe­cific ar­eas in your pic, per­fect your colours and un­der­stand how to sharpen your fo­cal point with­out ex­ag­ger­at­ing back­ground noise. All you need is a RAW file to edit and a ver­sion of Light­room – a free trial is avail­able if you’d like to try be­fore you buy from light­room.adobe.com. Then fol­low the in­struc­tions here and watch the video on your free disc...

BE­FORE AFTER

Left We’ve squeezed out all of the ex­tra RAW in­for­ma­tion to cor­rect the ex­po­sure and boost the colours. A tight crop also makes the sub­ject larger in the frame so it stands out proudly.

Above The orig­i­nal RAW is quite flat and a lit­tle un­der­ex­posed, so would ben­e­fit from a few tweaks in Light­room.

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