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Mobile Photography: Day for Night Effect

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When to Use Photoshop

Lisa Carney

Mobile Photography: Day for Night Effect

Lisa Carney

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15. When to Use Photoshop


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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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When to Use Photoshop

back in january, I did an initial edit on this and I just wanted to make it look better than a high noon shot, it's cropped. And then I went in and I decided I wanted to make it look like an evening shot. And how I did that was darkening the outer edges and adding some lights. And hopefully y'all can figure that out. When you look at an image, I'm going to go to the paintbrush edits and you'll see them pop up in just a second. There you go. And you can see, I clicked this area darkened all of this and I brought the exposure down, the highlights and the shadows and then another little edit here to bring the highlights down just more and the exposure. And then on the girl I did the same thing, brought more of the highlights down in the shadow. And I painted this because I wanted a bit more control. And this was refined on the desktop because I really need to get around her hair. And then there are no radio, uh linear gradients, Excuse me. But there are a few radio gradients which you guy...

s know at this point is used to make light radio gradient and exposure is up. And I want to talk just for a second about the process, so I can only get so far in light room and at some point I may have to make a decision. Let me zoom in here for a second, like her hair and healing out this. This would be far too much to do in light room and too complicated. So it just be easier if I go ahead and edit this in Photoshop and go ahead, head on over to Photoshop to do the rest of work. And I want to talk about this because I think it's important to recognize that not everything is one and done. And occasionally you're going to have to go to another app. Let's look at another edit. This is my friend Krajina down the street and I did some basic stuff. Let's take a look. I cropped him and I did some day for night. Let me walk you through this. The profile is set to monochrome the light. The exposure was brought down. The contrast was taken up. The highlights were brought down shadows down, whites down. I really wanted this to be dark. The color, as I said, is monochromatic. Mhm. The effects didn't really do much. No texture, no clarity, no D Hayes. But I did do a vignette. I'm crazy about a vignette and on the geometry. The other thing I did is I did distort it a little bit. I wanted to bring it up and when I distorted it, I had to adjust the scale. This is one of those things when you have a um iphone that you don't have a lot of control with the lens and then on the adjustments, it's, you know, it's a standard thing. There's some darkening highlights brought down some lightning because I wanted his face light and his shirt light and his face and his forehead a little lighter and then his chest just a little lighter. This is all really basic stuff that you guys now should all know how to do. There is no linear gradient and oddly enough, there are no radio gradients either. But here's the thing, this kid has crazy hair and um I can't fix this in light room. So what's the deal? The deal then is go ahead and go edit it in Photoshop and finish the job. Here's Photoshop and let me just show you what I did. So there's the light room image and then I just retouched out kind of messy his hair and added light to his face. He looked a little tired that kind of retouching. You cannot do in light room easily. Just you can't and especially the facial clean up. So I took that into Photoshop. This took me about 15 minutes and then I did a little sky replace to fix the background a little bit. All in all. I think this took me about 15 more minutes in Photoshop. I have been using Photoshop for a very long time but I think the point I'm trying to make here is I don't think you should consider you have to complete everything in one program. Why not use the whole adobe ecosystem and get the work that you want

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..