Basic Editing in Lightroom® CC: Effects
In our effects panel is where we see dehaze, clarity and vignetting. Vignetting is something that just happens to the whole photograph. You can see that, or you can go the opposite direction. Now this is a very eighties thing to do. Right, in the 1980s my mom sent me to some photographer in the next town over, 'cause we grew up in a town that didn't have a photographer, 'cause we only had cows in our town. And so, this is what you would do, you would go to the photographer, and the photographer would put vaseline all over his lens, and you would come home with something that looked like that. And then, in the nineties we did this, and we darkened all of it. Now we do this, like that. The purpose of this vignetting tool, is that all of your lenses and your cameras have a natural vignetting that happens, because your lens is actually casting a round projection into your camera. And sometimes, the chip, or the piece of film is wider than the projection that the lens makes, and so it start...
s to darken at the corners. And so, the vignetting is to help to get rid of that natural darkening that happens. So depending on the quality of your lens, and the quality of your camera, you'll get more or less of that vignetting. So, if you need to combat it, that's what it's for. Now dehaze and clarity are tools to help sharpen up an image. Clarity is one of those things that you can use all the time, just to kind of pop things out. So like, if you look at the couple, that's what's normal, and if I want to soften them up, and make it look like it's a little bit more, a little bit of an eighties effect, I can go like this, and I can soften. If I go like that, see how all of the details in her face go away, it looks horrible, but that's what happens. What it's doing is it's taking all the shadows and bringing them up, and all the highlights and bringing them down, until they're perfectly even. Which means there's nothing there, there's no detail. Whereas, if you go the opposite direction, then it's taking all the shadows and intensifying them and the highlights and intensifying them in the mid-tones and it's creating a ghastly look there too. 100% either way is bad, but sometimes if you just go up a little bit, like maybe 10 or 15, that's actually quite nice. It helps to pop things out. Or if you go down five or six, that helps to soften people's skin up, and make them look prettier. So I am gonna go up about five or six. And then dehaze is a whole different tool, and we'll show you that a little bit later, when we edit another photo. But, dehazing is to help to cut through fog, smog, those types of things, as well as it will cut through like glare on glass - things like that. So, if you should've used a polarizer filter, to get through the glass, dehaze will sometimes help you get through glass that has glare on it. So it's just an intense way of creating contrast, and that helps bring things out. I'll show you that in effect later. It will be of no value in this photograph.
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