Adobe Lightroom: RAW Edit 74 (FroKnowsPhoto)

RAW file 74

This weeks RAW file is a portrait of a young lady and is a good example of getting it right “in camera”. In fact, I only moved four sliders to achieve the finished edit. 

First, as always, take a look at the histogram. I know I say it in every edit, but the histogram is your friend. There is a reason it takes pride of place at the top of the editing column.

raw 74 histogram

Histogram

Everything looks good. The RAW image looks a little bit grey so you might be tempted to increase the exposure, but just hold off because it also looks a little flat and the white balance is off. I suspect it will look a lot better if we make a couple of adjustments and we won’t need to touch the exposure.

basic panel adjustments

Basic panel adjustments

To start, I boosted the colour temperature slider to 6000. A ‘technically correct’ white balance still didn’t look warm enough for my taste. I wanted to really make the sunlight on the back of her head glow, so I just tweaked it manually keeping an eye on the colour of her skin as not to give it an unnatural look.

The second slider I moved was the overall contrast slider. An increase of +51 was enough to give the photo the right amount of punch.

The third slider to adjust was the clarity slider. I took this down to -22 to smooth out the skin a little. At this point I also used the healing brush just to remove a few spots and imperfections. Some people don’t like direct image manipulation, but personally I find using these tools perfectly acceptable for such a shot.

The fourth and final slider is a simple post crop vignette of -15.

Not all images require hours in front of the computer to edit.

raw 74

The finished edit.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Adobe Lightroom: RAW Edit 74 (FroKnowsPhoto)

  1. very good post 🙂 i love using lightroom too. and yeah, getting it right in-camera is always better 😀

  2. Exposure and cropping/composition are the two main things you want to get right in camera. Things like white balance don’t really matter when you shoot RAW like I do.

    Although having said that, if you’re showing previews on the back of your camera to a client during a shoot for example then it’s even worth trying to get the white balance close to something that looks good – as they won’t understand it’s easily correctable. It will just look bad!

  3. good advice! 🙂 cheers

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