One of Lightroom's Oldest and Best Tools

Lightroom has made some remarkable steps forward in recent years, bringing an array of innovative new features that can automate many tasks that used to be quite tedious to perform manually. And as impressive as many of those new capabilities are, one of its most effective tools is a simple one that has been around for quite some time. This great video tutorial features an experienced Lightroom pro showing you how to get the most out of the tool in your work. 

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this excellent video tutorial will show you the ins and outs of using the radial gradient tool in Lightroom. The radial tool is, in many ways, a superior option to the vignette tool, as it allows you to place a vignette at any position (not just centered) at any strength and with any transition rate you want. Speaking of the transition rate, that is something you will want to pay attention to. The feathering slider allows you to make more gradual transitions, which, in turn, makes the addition of the radial gradient more imperceptible and more natural. It is a straightforward and effective way for adding emphasis to different parts of the frame. 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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