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LRC Adjustments: The Lens Correction Panel

Lesson 29 from: Editing and Organizing your Photography in Lightroom Classic

Jared Platt

LRC Adjustments: The Lens Correction Panel

Lesson 29 from: Editing and Organizing your Photography in Lightroom Classic

Jared Platt

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29. LRC Adjustments: The Lens Correction Panel

<b>In this lesson you will learn how to use the Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom Classic, with a little extra work on the transform tool as a bonus.</b>


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A Tour of Lightroom Classic


Importing Images into Lightroom Classic


Selecting Images in Lightroom Classic


Importing Metadata and Catalogs into A Catalog


Organizing Images in Lightroom Classic


Adding Metadata to Your Images in Lightroom Classic


Bonus: Impossible Things AI Plugin


Lesson Info

LRC Adjustments: The Lens Correction Panel

1 Okay, I'm gonna use the same image 2 to talk to you about the lens correction area. 3 The lens correction panel has some pretty basic things. 4 It's not super complicated. 5 The first is two check boxes. 6 Remove chromatic aberration, and enable profile corrections. 7 So let's first talk about that chromatic aberration. 8 So if I go over to, 9 let me let zoom out here, 10 and then come in to here. 11 So I'm gonna zoom into about 200% 12 so that you can really see. 13 Do you see this blue line 14 on the edge of this red building? 15 And you can see that in other places too. 16 You'll see up at the top here, 17 there's like an extra blue line right on that. 18 There's kind of a blue line over there. 19 If I come to this side, 20 you start to see almost a purple line. 21 So these lines are chromatic aberration. 22 And a lot of the times you'll see that stuff in a, 23 in like the edge of a dark suit 24 against a white background, 25 or a light sky or something like that. 26 You'll see ...

this weird fringe that happens. 27 In this case we're seeing it right 28 at the edge of this building. 29 It's like a blossoming of blue and purple. 30 So if I click on remove chromatic aberration, 31 usually that will take care of that automatically. 32 So I click on it, 33 and it did a pretty good job at removing it. 34 It's not a hundred percent. 35 It still has a little bit of it, 36 but I'm gonna turn it on and off so you can see it. 37 So if you look really closely, 38 maybe I'm gonna zoom in to 300%. 39 So watch this area here that's kind of purple. 40 If I click on the remove chromatic aberrations, 41 it just kind of dissipates. 42 It's still got a tiny bit of purple to it, but it's not bad. 43 The problem is, is that it's not always 44 gonna work a hundred percent. 45 So like here, you can still see 46 that blue going on right there. 47 So if I wanna remove that, 48 I have to actually go into the manual area. 49 And in the manual I can, it's called defringe. 50 And I can click on this little white dropper tool, 51 and I can point at that actual color. 52 So I'm just pointing at the blue that I'm seeing there. 53 Actually, I'll go here, 54 'cause it's a little bit wider right there. 55 And I'm gonna click on that blue. 56 There. Do you see how that whole blue line just disappeared? 57 So let me turn it on and off so you can see the difference. 58 This is with it on. 59 See that blue kind of purple line? 60 And this is with, so this is off, 61 this is no, no defringing, 62 and this is with defringing. 63 No defringing, fringing removed. 64 So, it helps to remove that line that's around things, 65 that are at the edge of really high contrast situations. 66 That's what this does. 67 You can also kind of play 68 with the amount of that defringing. 69 So as you're looking at the defringe, 70 if you kind of got that defringe, 71 but it wasn't quite right, 72 you can adjust it with these settings right here. 73 So you can kind of change how much purple is coming out, 74 how much green is coming out, 75 and you can kind of adjust the hue itself, 76 as to how much of that purple you're, 77 like do we expand the definition 78 of that purple a little bit wider 79 to kind of get more of that line? 80 So if you're only getting a bit of that line, 81 if you expand this line, 82 it will help you to capture more 83 of those colors that shouldn't be there. 84 So all of this stuff is to help you with that defringing. 85 There's also in the profile area, 86 is a, now enable profile corrections. 87 Now every lens has a bit of a bowing to it, 88 and it also has a bit of a vignette to it. 89 And depending on the quality of the lens, 90 depends on how much vignette you have, 91 and how much bowing you have. 92 When I click on this, 93 it's going to try and straighten out 94 these buildings based on the bow 95 that's in my lens, based on the distortion. 96 And it's gonna try and remove that natural vignette. 97 So when I click on it, 98 you can see that it kind of straightens up the buildings. 99 They become less curved, 100 and it brightens up the edges 101 because the edges have a natural darkness to them. 102 So when I click on it, there we go. 103 Now those are fixed. 104 These are a little bit straighter. 105 And you'll notice that it's automatically chosen 106 the make of my camera, the model, 107 and the profile of the lens itself. 108 And then I have this option 109 to change the distortion and the vignetting. 110 Right now it's doing a hundred percent of both. 111 I can actually go in and say, 112 "Well, I like the vignette, 113 so I'm gonna keep some of that vignette 114 'cause that's too bright." 115 So I'm gonna pull out maybe 50% 116 of its vignetting correction, 117 but I'm gonna leave the distortion correction 118 because I don't want it to bend. 119 That's probably about what I would normally do, 120 so that's pretty good. 121 Then if I come to the manual section again, 122 I can come into the distortion, 123 and I could actually distort this myself. 124 So if I don't think that it did 125 a good job with the distortion, 126 I can actually do the distortion myself, 127 and kind of bring the center of the photo closer. 128 Or I can put the center of the photo back a ways, 129 and you'll get kind of that bowing. 130 See that? So this is what the auto feature is doing, 131 but it's doing it on its own. 132 So I can actually play around with it myself, 133 and try and straighten up those buildings even more. 134 I'm not doing any better a job than it was doing, 135 so I'm gonna double click this and reset it. 136 Okay, so the lens correction area is very useful, 137 but it didn't get me everywhere 138 I wanted to be with this image, 139 because I also wanted to kind of straighten this thing. 140 'Cause I like the, the graphic look of this, 141 and I want to use the transform tool. 142 And we've talked about this already. 143 But I'm gonna grab this transform upright tool, 144 which is the gr the guided upright, 145 click on it, and I'm just gonna drag it 146 right down the edge of this building here, 147 and down the edge of this building 148 on the left here like that. 149 And notice that I'm not following 150 the edge of these stones 'cause they actually stick out. 151 I'm actually following right up here, so that I'm getting 152 the edge of the building, not the stones. 153 There. Now it straightened those two buildings. 154 So now instead of looking up, 155 and having them parallax in, 156 I'm looking at them almost 157 as if I was looking on 'em straight on. 158 The problem is that I'm also moving, 159 and I'm kind of pointing back at 'em a little bit. 160 So I'm also gonna do a horizontal line. 161 And I'm just gonna do a horizontal line right here 162 at the top of this building like this. 163 And that helps straighten that line. 164 And then I'm gonna come down here somewhere 165 at the bottom of this building, 166 and I think these are a pretty good indication of, 167 of a good horizontal line. 168 So I'm just gonna do a horizontal line right there. 169 There. Now I have this building, 170 and this building are straight vertically, 171 and I have them straight horizontally as well. 172 So now it's a much better photo. 173 And let me just show you the difference. 174 It's this or that, this or that. 175 I like this much better. 176 And now, I can go into the crop tool with the R key, 177 and I can kind of play with the crop. 178 I don't want it to be that wide. 179 So I'm gonna come in, 180 and say right halfway through those doors, 181 and I'm gonna come in here just a little bit. 182 Actually I kind of like that. 183 That's good. I don't know if I need those tops or not. 184 I do. I think I need those tops. 185 And I need the bottom. 186 Yeah. So I'm gonna hit the R key. 187 That's my crop. 188 Now I like that image quite a bit better. 189 So, when I am working on an image 190 that was shot at a really high ISO with an older camera, 191 I've already gone through and removed all of the noise 192 that I dare remove without it getting too soft. 193 I did that through AI because it's much better. 194 And then I went in and kind of played with 195 the other detail features, which is the sharpness. 196 And then once I've done that, 197 I needed to remove the chromatic aberration, 198 remove all of the issues that are in the image 199 because of the lens, the distortion of the lens, 200 and also the vignetting of the lens. 201 And then I used my transform tool 202 to just straighten those buildings up. 203 So that's a really useful set of tools 204 when you're working with shots that are at night, 205 and also shots that are looking at buildings.

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