Using the Lightroom Radial Filter for Portraits

I love using the Lightroom Radial Filter. It’s my most used of the Lightroom CC local adjustment tools. One of our clients even calls it the “instant spotlight” tool.

The Radial Filter Tool This is the Lightroom Radial Filter icon

With the Lightroom Radial Filter, it’s possible to add that light back into the subject’s face by simply drawing a circle and opening up the shadow detail. In portrait photography, it’s not unusual for a professional photographer to use something called a “fill card” to reflect light back into the subject’s face. But the

By |2017-08-14T06:49:19+00:00August 14th, 2017|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, Video, YouTube|1 Comment

Photographing The Horses of the Camargue

Part 1: The Horses of the Camargue

The horses of the Camargue running Camargue Horses Running in the Marsh

I can’t say “shooting horses,” it just sounds too cruel. But in June I spent two days photographing wild horses and flamingos with Serge Krouglikoff, owner of Create Away workshops and a former London fashion photographer who is a who is a native of this region.

We were in the Camargue, a nature preserve on the delta of the Rhone River that empties into the Mediterranean Sea in southern France. Serge, has made

By |2015-07-29T08:37:27+00:00July 29th, 2015|Digital Photography, Travel, Video|2 Comments

Radial Filter and Post Crop Vignetting in Lightroom

Here’s a subtle, yet simple approach to gently pull your subject of interest visually forward while maintaining an “honest” result that doesn’t look manipulated using the Radial Filter and Post Crop Vignetting in Lightroom.

When I think about what I’m going to do in Lightroom before I start working, I discover details I hadn’t noticed when I shot the picture in the first place. Doing this contributes to how I grow and see as a photographer and, in this video I demonstrate how to mark up a photo to note the changes I want to make before actually starting work in the Develop Module.

Using The Radial Filter For Snapshots

A little while back I wrote about the Radial Filter being backwards and the importance of having the Invert Mask check box selected before starting any work.

Otherwise the effect of your slider changes will appear outside of the ellipse you make instead of INSIDE. So, before you do any work using the Radial Gradient, please remember to check the Invert Mask check box. Thanks! (Note! I call the Radial Filter the Radial Gradient Tool, simply because that’s what it is, a circular filter with a graduated (feathered) effect from 100% to 0%.

By |2014-11-05T09:17:02+00:00November 5th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, Video, YouTube|0 Comments

Lightroom Layering Techniques with Radial and Gradient Filters

Before Lightroom, back in the olden days of dinosaurs and darkrooms, I would contort my hands into various shapes to manipulate the amount of projected light coming through a negative to control where it was falling on the photo paper. Not only was that hard, it was time consuming with lots of trial and error within the confines of a chemically smelly dark room. Lightroom on the other hand (pun intended) gives me instant feedback with everything I do. Whether it’s too dark or too light, Lightroom (and I’m talkin’ about Lightroom 5.6 here) gives me all the tools I

By |2014-09-06T08:04:16+00:00September 6th, 2014|Adobe Lightroom Classic, Developing, Video, YouTube|Comments Off on Lightroom Layering Techniques with Radial and Gradient Filters