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Lightroom tutorial to turn bright sunlight shots into what you saw with the naked eye.

May 29, 2011







During my stay in Spain we had very sunny and hot weather. I only used my Leica X1 in DNG + JPG mode. So to have as much flexibility during  post processing as possible. Above left you see a good example of what you can get when you take your pictures in bright sunlight. Take care to expose it correctly by looking at he the histogram on your camera LCD. Never trust the brightness of the LCD it self! Most of the time this is set much to bright to give you a clear view on the screen when the sun is shining. This means your pictures look a lot brighter than the brightness of the actual file itself.

After opening the Leica X1 DNG file in Lightroom 3.4 i first correct the brightness, saturation/liveliness of the image. I use a relatively strong highlight recovery and a minor shadow recovery. Bad ting with the shadow recovery is that it is an overal correction. When needed i use the partial correction brush in LR to burn/dodge  parts of the image.

In the third part of the corrections never use the “Brightness” correction! This will give a very nasty and unnatural blur on the entire image.














After setting the exposure of the image i often change single colors to get the effect what i want to have or to get the same image as how i saw it with my own eyes (with sunglasses;->)

To do this i change the most prominent colors in the image by darkening the brightnes for a color and raise the saturation. In this case the blue of the sky and the reddish tone of the building.





















Because the Leica X1 has a very low noise level i use sharpening and almost no noise reduction. I prefer to have a little bit more noise and more details than less noise but also fewer details.















When you have more then one shot of the same subject you can use the “synchronise” button to copy this correction onto all other selected images. Finally you can save this correction as your own preset to use as a starting point for future corrections.



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