Q: This picture was taken with my old camera gear, but I've never captured as good a pose. How can I perfect this shot? Color? Sharpening? <br> A: Color and Selective Sharpening will help, but you can create focus and punch with the help of a Vignette.Underwater,Photography,Tutorials,Lightroom,Photoshop,Adobe,Imaging,Training,Erin

Go Ask Erin - Creating Focus - Lightroom 5 Tutorial

Q: This picture was taken with my old camera gear, but I've never captured as good a pose. How can I perfect this shot? Color? Sharpening?



A: Color and Selective Sharpening will help, but you can create focus and punch with the help of a Vignette.

The human eye is drawn to contrast before color, and to light areas before dark ones. Adding a vignette that darkens the edges of the frame can help to create focus and draw the viewer's eye right smack to the subject. Besides the basic Post-Crop Vignette slider, Lightroom provides us with a bunch of bitchin tools with which to build custom vignettes.



Don't get carried away though - I've seen plenty of otherwise lovely images ruined by heavy-handed vignetting. The effect should manifest at a nearly subconscious level, or it will create distraction instead of focus. Topics covered include: Custom vignettes using the graduated filter and new radial filter.



(Runtime: 7 minutes, 23 seconds)

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Software Covered in this Video:

Topic Time Codes

  • (00:56) White Balance
  • (01:27) Tonal Adjustments
  • (02:01) Clipping Previews
  • (02:30) Detail Panel
  • (02:49) Color Noise Reduction
  • (03:03) Luminance Noise Reduction
  • (03:45) Selective Sharpening
  • (05:20) Masking Sharpening
  • (06:27) Spot Removal Tool
  • (06:53) Spot Removal Time Lapse
  • (07:24) Post-Crop Vignette




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GoAskErin, is a feature brought to you by Backscatter - Underwater Photo and Video. Erin Quigley, our Lightroom and Photoshop guru, reveals her favorite tips and techniques in our bi-monthly series of online video tutorials, using images chosen from viewer submissions.





Erin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and Photoshop and Lightroom resources specifically developed for underwater shooters.













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