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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 30 of 116

Dodge and Burn


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 30 of 116

Dodge and Burn


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Dodge and Burn

there's a great image because it is it can look so awesome. But when I was photographing, it was I was just collecting the data. I knew what I could do with it, and so I just needed to collect the data. Um, I wasn't gonna be there for this is a place called Whole Stat. And it's ah, it's a really beautiful little place. Um, it's ah, it's actually one of the first or maybe the first known salt mine in the world. Beautiful little village. And I and I wanted to, um, get the best shot I could. So what I was looking for in this shot was I needed as much information in the highlights as I could get up here in the sky, and I needed to have a much information as I could get in the shadows. So I was just looking at my history ram and making sure I was getting all of the information in, um so once I have all the information and it's just a matter of looking that hissed a gram, you can see if I if I if I click on the Jakey, the hottest part is right up there in the cloud, you can see that there's ...

a little bit of overexposure in the cloud, but that's it. So I was watching on my camera to make sure I had full information throughout those clouds, so that later on I could bring it back. But I wanted I That's my rule of exposure. Get his bride as I can until I'm clipping my highlights and bring it down a little bit. That way, I have as much information as I can get. So here we are. I'm going to quickly go through in a just this image from start to finish so that you can see how I'm going to use all these tools together. So I come into an image like this, and I say, Well, the first thing I want to look at its exposure because that's the middle of that's all of that's most of the image. So I'm gonna grab the exposure, and I'm gonna bring it up like this, all right? And also, I need to choose a profile. I'm gonna choose the landscape, choose a landscape, uh, adobe landscape profile, because I want the colors to pop. So I'm gonna take my exposure and bring it up until I like the exposure of my, uh, mid tones, which is that the actual town itself. Once I've got those, then I'm going to play around with the contrast, and I'm actually gonna bring the contrast down because I want Maurin Formacion, not less. So I'm not trying to rich in my, uh, contrast. I'm trying to limit my contrast that then I can play with the contrast individually. So I bring the contrast down just a little bit and then I would take the highlights way down so that I can start getting that information up there in this in the clouds. So I'm just bringing it down until, like, see how I'm getting the sky. But I don't want to bring it all the way down because that tends toe mess with edges up here. So I'm gonna bring it down to about here, and I'm going Teoh, lighten up the shadows just a little bit. So I get a little bit more information in the trees, and then I'm going to take the black down until I get some nice rich overhangs and see how the the shadow warnings air turning blue right here. And that's great. Having that shadow warning tells me that I'm getting some really rich shadows. But I don't want to go to the point that the shadows start to go into the buildings in the trees. So I'm just looking for overhangs to be really dark shadows. That gives me the richness that I want. Okay, The next thing I want to do is add some texture to the entire photograph because the photograph has beautiful buildings and tiles and has trees and water. And so the texture is a great place to do that. And then I'm gonna add just a little bit more vibrance to it, and I'm gonna play around with my, uh, temperature intent. Warm it up just a little bit and you can see em going back and forth with my tent until I've got I think what looks good. All right, so now I've got the basics done. So this is all my global adjustments that have been done. I can also go into my hue, saturation, Lew minutes and I could simply just click on this target adjustment and point at various things that I want to brighten up So, like, for instance, I want the luminous of this red building to go. I wanted to brighten, so if I scroll that up, I'm getting a little bit more luminous up there. But there's very little other things that are red, so it's fine. If the whole photograph was red, you'd see the whole photograph shifting and changing. But as it is, I'm just simply going in to this building here and brightening it up or dark ing. I just like it a little bit brighter. That helps that side. And I can ah come into any of these that I want to work on. But I think that's good that the greens, I kind of want this green here to darken up a little bit and I could bring it down. But the problem is, is if I go too far, it's gonna get this green over here, so I don't want to go to farm. Just bring it down a little bit, Okay, so my hue saturation luminous is done, and at this point, I'm gonna go into the lens correction because I'm guarantee. See that dark over here? It's light over here, so I'm gonna get chromatic aberration. So I just go into the profile section and say, Remove chromatic aberration and boom, it's gone. Okay, so now I've taken care of everything globally that I feel like I need to get taken care of. So at this point, it's just a matter of using my local adjustments to do my work. So I'm going to start with a Grady Int and the Grady int that I'm gonna use is simply just bringing the exposure down. I want to bring some shadow down. I want to bring, um, the highlights down quite a little bit. Um, and then I'm just gonna grab it and drag across the sky like this and notice that I'm going at an angle like that. So I'm getting the entire sky. But I'm not covering all of this now. In the old days, you would just leave this and you might come in here and then turn it to their There's a brush control inside of the Grady int. There's brush so I could click on brush, and then I could come down to the bottom of the brush area and I could say erase and I could go and try and auto, uh, mask and erase this out. But there's a much better way to do it, and that is to use the range mask. So I'm gonna use the same range mask we used before. But this time, instead of using the um, instead of using the tool for color, which I could use, I could click on color and I could go up and choose all blue things. So just kind of like that, and you'll notice that what it did to the see how it it cut right here along the edge and right on the mountain and all that. But the problem is, I actually want the mountain to get a little bit of this. Bernas. Well, so instead of using color is my range mask, I'm going to use Luminess. It's with Luminess. I can then say I don't want dark things to get worked on. I only want light things to get worked on so I can do the same dropper thing and click on here and go all the way across like this, and you can see how it's cut out most of the trees. There's still some lightness in those trees and So all I need to do is take this. It's given me the range generally from 29 to 100. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take this and bring it up until it goes away from those trees. But it's still falling on this mountain, So that's it. So it's really from 60 to 100 that, uh, grading is in effect. So now I'm gonna turn off that mask overlay, and you can see what I can do now I could just dark and things up writing them up, and it's not affecting that little mountainside. But it is affecting my, uh, sky and some of that Ah mountain over there. And so I and the great thing is I can drag this down, and it's still not going to affect that. That edge of the it's still not gonna affect that edge of the mountainside. So I can I can re negotiate this until I like what it's doing. I can even grab the top. So when you're working on a radiant, it's a little bit different than a brush, because it could be flexed and moved all the time. So I grabbed this and Aiken drag it. So the Grady it becomes faster. So at the top of the grading is 100% of whatever it's doing and at the bottom of the grading, 0%. And then this is the middle. And so I can just draw a line and you can see the line if you're up here. But once we get down here, it's not affecting stuff, because why? Because the range mask is only allowing it to effect from 60 to 100. So I'm just dragging it down and letting it on. Lee effect that area, so I like it that way. I'm going to just re negotiated this way just a little bit because I don't mind some of that light creeping in down this canyon. I just don't want it to affect the whole mountain. The problem is, it's also affecting some of those lighter buildings A little bit right. There may be right there, but that's OK because we can always come in just like I said, and hit the brush setting, come into the erase setting inside of the brush and then just come up here and erase anything on that. And here that might be troublesome for us. So there I have just gone from Let me just show you the difference between before and after. So So this is before Oh, it Sorry. This is before I did my edits before. So that's not gonna help you. It'll let me just turn off my Okay, so this is before and this is after. So that's a huge change with a very small tool. And the beauty is then I can come in and grab on a like, for instance, I can grab a radial filter and do the same thing. So radio filter is just a round version of the same thing, right? And so you can see the mass that I've created, and I want to keep the town bright and I want the out. So instead of remember, we were talking about vignettes. Post crop vignettes. Post Kraft vignettes are lame because they always follow the crop, and it's always in the center. So post crop vignette means that it's always going to vignette directly to the center. Well, the town's not in the center of this photograph. It's on the side. And so I want the vignette to bring you into the town so I can grab this Vinje and I can move if I just grab the side. It works both sides at the same time. If I shift, click any of them. It works, all of them at the same time. And if I option, click or all click one sided Onley moves that one side so I can really manipulate this thing to my heart's content. Um, until I have exactly what I want out of it. And then remember, I can always come in and repaint or unpainted things as as I see fit. So in this case, I could use a range mask on. This is well, but there's too many different colors that are involved. So instead, what I'll do is I'll go to the brush, click on the brush, and I'll come down and hit Erase and I'll auto mask. And now that I'm in auto mask mode and I'm erasing now, if I erase off the red building, it's just gonna do read stuff and Dark Woods stuff. And then if I do this yellow building, I'm just going to get the yellow building, and now I'm just going to get the brown building and it's not spilling outside of it. It's not even like the green. The greenery is going to stay the same. So I'm just working on things that I want to make sure that they don't get darkened at all, and the rest of it's going to stay fine. So I'm just see how that yellow building just popped out. But then I'm burning all the way around it, so I think that I've done a pretty good job. So I need to get down here in the water and make sure that the building's reflections stay nice and bright. See, I've even helped me auto mask down there. Uh, here's I need to get the church reflection. I need to get the reflection of that. And what it's doing is it's registering color and tone. And then it's autumn asking outside that. So it's saying, OK, I'm not gonna hit anything that's outside those colors or tones. So once I've done that, I'm gonna turn off that mask overlay, and then I'm gonna So I didn't even care what the effect waas. All I cared about was that I was getting a mask, and so Now I'm going to go in and just darken it up a little bit more, and I'm going to bring some shadows down, bring up some whites a little bit. So we get a little crest. You can see how that I'm brightening up that sky quite a bit. Um and I'm even going to take the temperature instead of making it warmer. I'm gonna make it a little cooler just so that that town offsets itself even better. And so now that's what we look like. And I think that's pretty close to being done. It's got some other stuff to do, but I like I like the way it's looking now, I just need to go in. Um, now I just need to go in and crop it, So I'm gonna go in, and just so I click on the crop tool and then I'm just gonna and notice that the light rooms moving a little slower now And that's because I've got all these computations going on at the same time that I'm cropping it, and so just be aware of that. The other thing that I might want to do, um, is I might want to straighten this up a little bit because it's some of it looks like it's leaning, so I can always come in here and grab my transformation tool. Click on the upright transformation, and I'm just going to draw line on important and obvious vertical lines. So the 1st 1 is this building right here, that red building and then the next one is this clock tower and all I'm doing is trying to hopes there. So I all I did was straighten up this clock tower and that building and helped to straighten all of the buildings inside of the town. And that's really all I need to do with that. And then I could go in with the crop tool and just finish out my crop the way I want it there, and I'm finished with that image. So retouching inside of light room and burning and dodging are very, very powerful tools in making an image really stand out and become something better than what it waas when you captured it. And remember, you know, when we're capturing were just capturing data and so there's the first thing you do is try and get the best daddy you can. And once you have great data inside your camera, bring it in and use global adjustments to get it most of the way there. But again, you're still just trying to get the basics done. And then it's It's in those targeted areas where you can take a ah, a Grady int tool or radial Grady int or a brush. And by burning and dodging and choosing different colors and warming up certain areas and cooling others down, you can really target and change the way the photograph is gonna look just by doing that extra effort in certain areas of the photo. And so, uh, really get used to and play with these, uh, these local adjustment options that you have in the brush and in the radio Grady Int and in the regular Grady INTs because they're fantastic tools.

Class Description

All lessons are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


  1. Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic
  2. Hard Drives
  3. File Organization
  4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow
  5. Importing into Lightroom
  6. Building Previews
  7. Collections and Publish Services
  8. Keywords
  9. Hardware for Lightroom
  10. Searching for Images
  11. Selecting Images
  12. Organizing Images
  13. Collecting Images for Use
  14. Develop Module Overview
  15. Profiles
  16. Basic Adjustments
  17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze
  18. Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance
  19. Tone Curve
  20. HSL
  21. Split Tone
  22. Lens Corrections
  23. Details
  24. Transform Tool
  25. Effects Panel
  26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing
  27. Spot Tool
  28. Skin Softening and Brush Work
  29. Range Masking
  30. Dodge and Burn
  31. Working with Specific Colors
  32. Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters
  33. Making Presets
  34. Preparing Image in Lightroom
  35. Content Aware Fill
  36. Skin Repair
  37. Skin Smoothing
  38. Expanding a Canvas
  39. Liquify
  40. Layers and Composite Images
  41. Sharing via Web
  42. Exporting Files
  43. Sharing with Slideshows
  44. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  45. Designing
  46. Making Prints
  47. Color Management and Profiles
  48. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  49. Using Cloud Storage
  50. Adding Images to your Portfolio
  51. Collecting for Your Portfolio
  52. Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
  53. Sharing to Instagram
  54. HDR
  55. Panorama
  56. HDR Panorama
  57. Making Presets
  58. Creating Profiles
  59. Maps
  60. Setup for Tethered Shooting
  61. Sharing with the Client
  62. Watched Folder Process
  63. Second Monitor and iPad
  64. Backup at the Camera
  65. Gnar Box Disk Backup
  66. iPhone and iPad Review
  67. Importing to Lightroom on iPad
  68. Cloud Backup
  69. Adjust, Edit, and Organize
  70. Using Lightroom Between Devices
  71. Lightroom Desktop
  72. Removing Images from the Cloud
  73. Profiles
  74. Light
  75. Color
  76. Effects
  77. Details
  78. Optics
  79. Geometry
  80. Crop
  81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles
  82. Local Adjustments
  83. Healing Tool
  84. Synchronizing Edits
  85. Editing in Photoshop
  86. Finding Images
  87. Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web
  88. Posting Images to Social Media
  89. Overview of Lightroom Desktop
  90. The Workflow Overview
  91. Organizing Images
  92. Albums and Shared Albums
  93. Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview
  94. Importing and Selecting Images
  95. HDR and Panoramics
  96. Light
  97. Profiles
  98. Tone Curves
  99. Color
  100. Effects
  101. Details
  102. Optics
  103. Geometry and Crop Tool
  104. Sync Settings
  105. Making and Adding Presets
  106. Healing Brush
  107. Brush Tool
  108. Gradient Tool
  109. Edit in Photoshop
  110. Finding Images with Sensei
  111. Sharing Albums on the Web
  112. Print through Photoshop
  113. Exporting Images to Files or Web Services
  114. Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices
  115. Archiving Images for Storage
  116. Review of the Workflow



Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.