Essential Tips for Lightroom Classic

Lightroom is an indispensable tool for photographers of all skill levels, offering a comprehensive suite of features to enhance and manage your images. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, optimizing your workflow and understanding the nuances of the software can significantly elevate your editing process.

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this insightful video dives into a collection of valuable tips for Lightroom Classic users. Morganti, known for his clear and concise tutorials, addresses common challenges faced by photographers and demonstrates practical solutions within the software. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the "before" state of an image, particularly when working with black and white conversions. By utilizing the history panel, you can establish a black and white reference point, allowing for a more nuanced and controlled editing experience.

The video further explores the powerful guided upright tool, which proves invaluable for correcting perspective distortion in architectural photographs. Morganti guides you through the process of utilizing this tool effectively, ensuring your buildings and interiors appear perfectly straight and aligned. He also gets into techniques for tackling challenging exposure scenarios, offering a simple yet effective approach to recovering detail in both underexposed and overexposed images. By manipulating highlights, shadows, and exposure, you can achieve a balanced starting point for further refinements.

Beyond these core techniques, Morganti shares his preferred method for straightening crooked images, emphasizing the utility of the level tool within the crop module. This method provides precise control and allows you to achieve perfectly aligned horizons or verticals, even in situations where automatic options fall short. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morganti.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Thanks, Anthony! Always like your tips and tricks!