Golden hour or overcast skies usually offer the best conditions for capturing models while avoiding harsh shadows, but sometimes time and weather are against us and that’s when Lightroom can come to our rescue. Photographer Julia Trotti gives a quick lesson on how to balance your highlights and shadows.
Shooting in bright sunlight in the middle of the day can lead to a very unbalanced image, and sometimes you need to rely on Lightroom to do some heavy lifting when it comes to evening things out. Trotti’s approach takes you through some basics of evening out a very high-contrast image, including a handy tip for getting an idea of how much range there is in your image before you start editing. Lightroom isn’t the most precise tool when it comes to this sort of work but it certainly makes for a good starting point before you begin attempting to dodge and burn in Photoshop.
Larger sensors and more expensive cameras tend to have an advantage when it comes to sitting on the highlights and lifting shadows, typically creating raw files that contain more information. With greater dynamic range, manipulating these raw files can be more forgiving, producing less grain when lifting shadows, or avoiding strange artifacts when trying to recover highlights when compared to cheaper cameras or those with smaller sensors.