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Dec 24, 2009 19:25 |  #1

I am just learning how to use LR with so far some mixed results.
One of my typical exercises is to fix some vacation pictures similar to (A) where the sky is overexposed and the ground is almost ok.
I was able to create 2 pictures from the original and I could merge them in Photoshop to create a descent image, but I was wondering if there is a way to do this directly in LR.
At this point, after a lot of tests I couldn’t find a way. I must say that by ‘playing’ with the setup and various sliders, I created some very ugly , but very colorful pictures.
So if someone could direct me in one good direction, I will appreciate.
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Dec 24, 2009 21:24 |  #2

Using the Basic sliders you look for a balance of those two, maybe lowering the exposure a bit and then the Recovery slider to bring down the highlights more and the Fill tool to brighten the foreground a bit, and mess with contrast, Clarity and vibrance. Use the Tone panel to further tweak the various tone ranges. Then, try the HSL panel to up the saturation of the blues for the sky.

But, with some care, you can also use the tonal adjustment tools to brush the sky with a lower exposure and some contrast and saturation, and brush the buildings to suit your taste. When you get close to the edges of the buildings, you can decrease the size and settings of the brush and enlarge the view to do finer work. Try to read up on how to work with these brushes -- if you keep the original brush selected, you can keep effects from overlapping and can add and erase from the original brush. If you start a New brush you can apply new effects -- just try not to overlap with the others in undesireable ways.

In effect, these brushes can act like layers in Photoshop -- each brush (or gradient) acts like its own layer and can be selected and adjusted at will or deleted, and of course are preserved through sessions and in the History like all Raw adjustments.


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Dec 24, 2009 21:28 |  #3

Use the adjustment brush, right above the Basic tab, in the develop module to select the sky and reduce the exposure and/or brightness. This assumes you are using LR 2.0 or later. LR 1.x doesn't have the adjustment brush.

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Dec 25, 2009 12:16 |  #4

That's a very good directiion!
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