Lightroom is a pretty powerful tool when editing your RAW footage, but it can be confusing when you’re using it for the first time. In this step-by-step tutorial I’ll show you some basic settings which I’m pretty much always using while editing landscape shots.
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Step 1 – Import the photo and change the Camera Profile
The first thing I do every time is changing the profile under the “Camera Calibration” menu on the right side (scroll all the way down in the menu on the right side as seen in the screenshot). You can basically use every setting you find here, just don’t use Adobe Standard.
Step 2 – Changing the White Balance
A lot of photographers want to get a one hundred percent correct white balance setting, but I’m just choosing which is looking the best to me. I’m going to make a whole tutorial about setting up the correct white balance soon in the future.
Step 3 – Highlights, Shadows and Clarity
As you can see from the screenshot, there’s not really much detail in the sky, that’s because it is to bright. For this reason I just turn down the highlights till the clouds get visible. Also I turn up the shadow-parts of this shot to prevent underexposure. (You could also prevent both problems by using HDR) Last but not least I’ll turn up the clarity to 100. Normally I don’t go higher than 50-60, but in this shot it doesn’t cause any problems.
Step 4 – Pushing the Colours
I really like strong saturated photos, that’s why I’m pushing the colours in this one pretty hard. You don’t have to do it the way I do. Just be sure to have a somewhat calibrated monitor otherwise you can get pretty fucked up results when watching your photos on another monitor (This is currently happening to me, as I have to edit my shots with a crappy laptop..).
Step 5 – Sharpening the Photo
This is easily my favorite part of photo retouching. What I’m doing here is just turning up the Sharpening amount to 150. If you see heavy noise in the 100 percent preview, don’t go any further. You can reduce the noise by upping the luminance.