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Mobile Photography: Day for Night Effect

Lesson 7 of 17

Expose for Highlights

Lisa Carney

Mobile Photography: Day for Night Effect

Lisa Carney

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7. Expose for Highlights


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1 Class Introduction Duration:06:25
2 Capturing for Day for Night Duration:02:36
3 Selective Edit Intro Duration:03:04
6 Sunset Lake Demo Duration:02:58
7 Expose for Highlights Duration:02:13
10 Selective Edit Demo NYC Duration:04:41
13 Lens Distort Demo Duration:05:00
14 Day for Night on Water Scene Duration:04:15
15 When to Use Photoshop Duration:04:15
16 Using Depth Capture Duration:01:26
17 Wrap Up Duration:00:50

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Expose for Highlights

I'd like to have a brief conversation about exposing for the highlights when you're doing your capture. So here's the deal when you're taking your capture and you know you want to do a day for night look if you expose for the highlights look here the picture is super super dark. But when you hit the auto button in light room you can then see all the range you have. This is especially good if you shoot in high dynamic range on the light room camera or even on an iphone as long as you have the HDR function available. This gives you a lot more detail to work with when you end up doing your night day for night look. So whenever possible, remember to expose for the highlights. So how do you expose for highlights while you're capturing? Well generally what you can do is when you click and hold on your image, this little yellow box will show up. And in light room if you slide to the right you will increase the exposure or you slide to left, it will reduce exposure on an iphone, you go up to i...

ncrease exposure and down so it's pretty basic. You can find this easily on your phone. It's just important for you to know to look for it. The other thing I want to talk about in light room, which is awesome is there's these things called overlays. It's the three little dots in the upper right hand corner here and if you click on that little dot, you get an option turned the highlight clipping on. And if you show the highlight clipping, you will see these black and white kind of stripes that vibrate when your highlights are overexposed. It's a great tool to show you what's going on and once you change your exposure, then the lines will disappear. Let me show you what that looks like in an image. So this is an image I was taking a still life and I was overexposed on the one here on the left and down here. You'll see what the result is, the images blown out. Now, you can still salvage the image, certainly, but when you're doing this day for night, it really won't work. So just be really careful about your exposure. Put some tools on like the overlays to help you see what you got, and you'll be really happy with the results.

Class Description


  • Utilize Lightroom Mobile to create dramatic, dark evening looks.
  • Dive deep into the Selective Edit module in Lightroom to control highlights, shadows, texture, clarity and create cool lighting effects.
  • Look at different 3rd party apps to add lighting and weather elements to better enhance your images.


Dramatic nighttime shots can be a challenge to pull off with current mobile photography. In this course you will discover clear methods for making fantastic evening shots using Lightroom Mobile premium and a variety of other 3rd party apps.


  • Intermediate users who already have a basic understanding of Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile.
  • Portrait, Editorial, Landscape and travel photographers taking advantage of the expediency of mobile editing, while looking to create sophisticated imagery.
  • Anyone who doesn’t want to shoot at night, but would still like to create night photography.


Lightroom Mobile v6 premium
Lens Distort app


Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spent over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries.

Besides being a regular presenter at the Adobe MAX conference, her teaching roster runs the gamut from beginners to professional retouchers, and includes universities, design studios, movie studios, corporations, and private students.

Lisa has worked with all major movie studios and many television networks including Disney, Buena Vista, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, Universal, Newline, Columbia, MGM, ABC Television, ESPN, TNT, CNN, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers and Sony.

Advertising credits include Burger King, Baskin-Robbins, Lowes, Jordana Cosmetics, Strategic Perceptions, Mattel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Mazda and Best Buy.


nancy brindisi

I was so excited to be able to take this last course in the Mobile Photography series and as usual Lisa Carney did not disappoint! I just love her teaching style. She is relaxed, friendly and down to earth. She relates her techniques and processes in plain non techy talk and demonstrates it so you can follow along and learn. I have been a user of Photoshop and Lightroom Classic and now LR Mobile is my go to for most of my post processing work. I also learned about some great new apps for my iPhone and who knew you can take pictures through LR Mobile! Thank you Lisa for putting together this mobile series!

Kenny Felix

Solid start to my Wednesday, Thank you for great job hosting Kate Dessa. Lisa Carney always gives everything she has in all her tutorials/webinars I have experienced. She continues to "give" and "share" her knowledge and true passion for her craft with everyone, thank you both for this mornings kickoff!

Charles Smith

Great Course...Full of useful tips and tricks..