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.
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...
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.