Image Processing Demo: Local Adjustments


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Lesson Info

Image Processing Demo: Local Adjustments

Like we did at the end of the last segment we're just gonna do a final edit using a whole bunch of local adjustments. So here's the image straight out of camera, I think, lets hit reset just to make sure. So nice shot in Mongolia by my colleague Drew. But we can hope to get something closer to this with a few local adjustments. Mine's probably not gonna look quite the same as Drews but we'll see what we can do. So again, before local adjustments, lets think about the kind of base adjustments. Exposures pretty good. Lets add some clarity just for general pop and some structure as well. I think it's nicely in focus, yes it is. So lets now think about local adjustments so lets grab a gradient mask and drag this down cause I'm pretty sure there's more good stuff to look at in the sky. So after we've drawn the gradient, if we want to just play around and edit it, we can just keep drawing until we have something that we feel looks better. So I'm gonna darken that off a bit and then pull in t...

he clarity and maybe also curve as well. Just to get it a bit more dramatic. Lets think about our car here, or forward drive. It's sort of sitting in shadows slightly. Lets I just open up, I don't want to go too bright on the exposure because that's gonna ruin the rest of the shot but it'd be nice to just open this up a little bit more. So dodging and burning if we make a new layer, lets call that lighten. Bump up exposure one and half stops roughly, something like that. Take our brush open up the size a bit, have a lower opacity and a lower flow, and then we can just brighten up the side of that. If that's kinda going too quickly command Z, so we can undo, drop opacity and flow down a bit, and now it's gonna build up just a little bit slower. Just to lighten that guy. There's some nice rocks and kind of vegetation going on here which looks pretty good. So we could make another little layer, Front Grad. Choose it here or press T on your keyboard and just draw up like so. And that gives me just the gradient at the front which I shall add, let me just zoom in slightly, add a bit more structure or clarity. If it's affecting the four wheel drive too much, no it's actually kind of a positive effect, it's fine. But what I could of done if my front grad was doing something negative to this one we could just take our erase brush and just kind of take that gradient away so it fits around that object. So that's looking good. We can also turn on and off to preview. That's just made that bit, little bit crisper at the front. What was this layer doing? Oh that was the sky. Always name the layer so you know what they're doing. So that's the sky. And can probably steal sometimes it's a matter of playing, but maybe a bit more contrast and maybe there's really nice colors in the sky. So we can pull that out or we can even do a color edit to pick within the sky itself. If we wanted to enhance anything. So like those warm tones, we could maybe darken just those down a bit or make them more saturated. Just a subtle tweak, like so. Then lets throw in some vignetting, like so. So we've got our lights and layer, which remember was just doing the truck. But we could use that elsewhere. I'm not sure if there's anywhere I would do that but maybe just really low flow. If I just want to kind of, maybe even lower opacity then that. Bigger brush, just kind of lighten up any areas that think might benefit, then we could do so. Maybe a little down at the front here, like so. So I think that's probably where I would leave that one for example. And again, how many layers was that? That was background plus three layers. Lets look at the image. Lets just say new variant, so that'll give us a virtual copy and then lets look at them side by side. Command T to hide the tools. So it just goes to show really how much data is hiding in any raw file, so especially that sky. If we just grab the no exposure slider and just pull that down, you can really see how much scope there is for adjustment. So don't disregard any raw files straight away. It's amazing, really, what's hiding beneath. So with just a few simple layers like so, if we just option click those layers. Oops excuse me. So option click so we can see before and after, like so. So the layers, or local adjustments, really bring out that extra dimension to an image.

Class Description

Imagine if you could capture, tether, adjust color gradient, and manage files in one program? Enter Capture One and, David Grover, a Capture One educator and expert. In this class, you'll learn how to maximize every shot. Here's what you'll learn: 
  • The interface and tools, so you can customize a workflow suited to your needs 
  • Techniques to grow a searchable and automated image catalog  
  • Ways to simplify your workflow so you can tether and adjust your RAW files WHILE you shoot 
  • Tips on using the color management tools to get that cinematic crisp look
With Capture One, manage your photos and edit all-in-one program for a simple streamlined process. 

Software Used: Capture One Pro 10, Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.4 - 2015.8


1Introduction 2What's Possible with Capture One: Quick Edit 3Capture One Versions: Installation Basics 4Interface Introduction and Customization 5The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts 6Image Management Basics 7Organization Best Practices 8Building your First Catalog 9Image File Management Automation 10Advanced Catalog Organization 11How to Add Meta Data 12Searching and Filtering Techniques 13Further Catalog Strategies 14Basic Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques 15Advanced Selecting, Rating and Culling Techniques 16Basic Composing Techniques: Cropping, Rotation, Straightening 17How to Correct for Perspective 18Basic Tool Behavior 19Tool Basics Part 1 20Tool Basics Part 2 21Converting to Black and White and Adding Grain 22How to Apply Image Adjustments Globally 23Sharpening and Noise Reduction 24How to Create and Save Styles and Presets 25Why Should You Shoot Tethered? 26How to Set-Up Your Tethered Hardware 27How To Set Up A Tethered Photoshoot Project 28Basic Session Workflow Organizing And Making Selects 29Basic Session Workflow Exporting 30Advanced Session Workflow 31Creating Selections With Smart Albums 32Advanced Exporting 33Saving Session Templates 34Collaborating On Set With Capture Pilot 35Using The Color Editor Basic Color Adjustment 36Skin Tone Adjustments 37Color Grading Using The Color Balance Tool 38Image Processing Demo Perfecting Color 39Create Masks for Local Adjustments using Brushes & Gradients 40Advanced Local Adjustments using Masks 41Dodging and Burning in Capture One 42Creating Local Adjustments with the Color Editor 43How to Use Local Adjustment Masks for Color Editing 44How to Remove Objects in your Image 45Image Processing Demo: Local Adjustments 46Exporting with File>Export 47Export Strategies and Proofing Previews with Process Recipes 48How to Export for Social Media 49More Clever Tricks with Capture One Pro 10 50Final Q&A



This is a good overview of Capture One 10. The course is well structured and presented logically and progressively with clear and concise examples. The software is intricate and the amount of details presented will benefit from a second or third viewing, along with sufficient practice. David is an excellent teacher, slow enough to follow, fast enough to keep the listener's interest. I would agree with a previous reviewer that the shooting session was uninspired but the tethered demo was thoroughly useful nevertheless for someone to become an assistant, for instance. If you have ever used LR in this role, you will appreciate the power and stability of C1 for tethering. With regards to the comment about this class being non-creative; before you can run you have to walk and this course is all about understanding how to operate the software not about what you eventually want to do with it. Capture One is well designed, speedy and its homogeneous interface makes it easy to get to a result once you have a good knowledge of its layout and principles, compared for example with LR which is all over the place with modes, inconsistent and slow operations. Likewise, the C1 color editor is miles ahead of LR color functions, in simplicity and overall efficiency. This class is about mechanics for a reason; creativity is a parallel stream. It would have been beneficial to have a module highlighting major differences with LR for people migrating to Capture One as the word on the street is that C1 is hard. I would suggest to listen in to convince yourself of the contrary. All in all, I recommend this class; it is time well invested if you want to become more comfortable with Capture One and discover its potential.


The course is excellent and David does a nice job. However, I'm an advanced armature, not a professional. I had my own personal color darkroom, then Photoshop/Bridge, and NIK which I still use occasionally. My intention is to rely on Capture One which I purchased about 90 days ago. I would have appreciated a SIMPLE, here is how you load (Import) an image, "save" or "save as" and how to simply export an image (Variant). Yes those items are covered but, David has a tendency to casually and very quickly jump from Tool Tabs or Cursor Tools or the Tool Bar and then magically it's done and he has moved on. How did he do it. Based on David's training, I love the results I get with Capture One Pro. Yes, I know this is not Photoshop - it's much better. I never used Lightroom. I added variant to my vocabulary and I understand all the tools. I still struggle with the simple import, save, save as, and export of a image I worked on and cropped, then trying to consistently open that image as I see it in Capture One Pro. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and I don't know why. I will continue to re-review the course materials and I will figure it out. I know there is something simple I missed as David navigated the various tools and pull downs. I recommend this class but it does little for the armature. Capture One Pro is second nature to him and he knows all the ins and outs. I would help me a lot if he just add a 5 minute intro, importing an image from a folder, just crop it, then export the variant and open it in Photoshop.

Maria Baptiste

I recently purchased Capture One because I needed a RAW converter that was more dependable and also more reliable when it came to shooting tethered. I also noticed that many of the photogs I follow really enjoy using Capture One and rave about its efficiency. After looking at a few YouTube videos I decided that I needed something more thorough and of course CreativeLive delivered. This is an excellent course and David Grover is a superb instructor. His in depth and thorough knowledge of the software is obvious but his manner of speaking and the simplicity with which he provides directions makes it easy to learn Capture One and lets you appreciate a sophisticated and expertly engineered software. If you're working with Capture One 11, layers is a little different than in version 10 but otherwise everything David discusses is the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will continue to refer back to sections as needed. Thank you Creative Live and David Grover!!