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Basic Editing in Lightroom CC: Optics

Lesson 12 from: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life

Jared Platt

Basic Editing in Lightroom CC: Optics

Lesson 12 from: Lightroom CC: Organizing Your Digital Photo Life

Jared Platt

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12. Basic Editing in Lightroom CC: Optics


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Creative Cloud Construct


Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CC


Importing and Organization


Folder and Album Creation


Image Selection


Connectivity and Data


Finding Images in Lightroom CC


Lesson Info

Basic Editing in Lightroom CC: Optics

Then, of course, you have your optics, which is to remove chromatic aberration or enable lens corrections. If I click on 'enable the lens corrections,' watch the edges of the photograph. They're gonna just kinda change just a little bit. You see that? The center stays fairly similar because the center of a lens is always fairly real, and then as it goes out, the wider the lenses, the more distortion you get, and the more vignetting you get. So when I turn on 'enable lens corrections,' it's brightening up the edge of the photo to get rid of that natural lens vignetting that's happening, and it's taking out the natural bowing that happens from the lens curvature. I don't like either of those things, I like the natural look of a lens, so I'm gonna turn it off. Those of you that are using Lightroom Classic, there's a lot more controls when it comes to enabling lens corrections. You can tell how much vignetting you want it to get rid of, or how much of the distortion you want to get rid of.

If you're used to that, and you love that, which I do that a lot more often, you're gonna have to stay in Classic for that kind of operation. And then removing chromatic aberration, chromatic aberration is those weird edges that you get on things. So when you're at the edge of something bright, we're not getting a lot of it here, but, I'm looking for it in this photograph. You won't see it, you'll see it a lot on the edge of a dark coat, and then you'll see a blue, purple, or a magenta green line that outlines it because it's really bright back there and then there's a dark line. And it's like someone took a little highlighter and outlined your photograph. That is chromatic aberration because the light is kind of bending around that portion and the pixels are picking it up, pixels on a camera actually are not, it's not one pixel, it's actually four pixels, and those pixels have different colors in them, so there's green, and there's red, and there's blue, and there's actually two greens, and a red and a blue, and so they're picking up the colors at different angles, and so they're trying to display it and what's happening is the three colors that are in your photograph are shifting slightly and you're seeing the red come out from behind it, or the green come out from behind it. And so that helps to find those edges and shift them back into place. If you click on that, there's almost no harm in clicking on that all the time. So most of the time that will only be positive and no negative to your photograph. Generally speaking, you can always click that, we don't have any issues going on in this photograph with it, but, generally you can do that. Now, geometry is something that we'll work with in a minute, this photograph doesn't need it, and so we'll go to that later. Ed asked, can you copy - I know you can do this in the Lightroom Classic - can you correct one and then copy the corrections to a whole series of photos? Absolutely, you can grab the settings from here, and that's what this little secondary menu down here with the '...', you click on that, and you copy the edit settings from this photograph, and then we click over on this one, and we click here, and then we paste the edit settings, and then it takes everything over to that other photograph. So anything that you've worked on this photograph, you move it over. Now this one specifically looks a little different because I think it's a little bit slightly different exposure and I have other stuff done to it already.

Class Materials

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Lightroom® CC Ecosystem PDF
Film Presets

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This class blew my mind! As a full-time professional photographer, with a very complicated workflow (that is next to impossible to explain to my assistant) I cannot express how essential this class is to overhauling and simplifying my workflow. I am so excited to finally be able to split my workflow between multiple laptops and work stations WITHOUT having to build a server at my studio. I love that I now have a framework to start building a new organizational and backup system that I can easily train others on, and mobilize quickly. With all of the changes and improvements that Adobe is bringing to Lightroom CC & Classic, this class is integral to understanding and utilizing the program to its fullest potential! Jared Platt is a wonderful teacher and this class especially is perfect for novices and seasoned professionals alike!

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I was lucky enough to participate in-studio for this class. Jared is a great presenter and broke down the complicated Lightroom CC vs. Lightroom Classic changes. His conversational style of presenting kept things interesting and participants involved. This course was much more than just learning what the programs do. Jared walked through sample workflows to show when and why you would use the multitude of sliders and editing tools within the program. The course is worth every penny! Topics will remain pertinent well after newer versions of Lightroom CC and Classic are released.


I won't be able to watch all of this, but I purchased it anyway. Jared's ability to address the technical as well as the artistic aspects of Lightroom is unparalleled. He is one of my preferred presenters, especially for Lightroom. I especially appreciate how he has clarified the differences among the versions of Lightroom that are available. Thank you Jared!

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