Welcome to a new full Lightroom editing session. This one is editing a pet photo. This great photo of this dog right here. This is something that you might run into, especially if you have a pet with dark for its hard to expose properly to their face. And when you don't see their face you don't see their eyes. You lose out on the emotion and having a really good photo. So we're going to take this photo on the left, make it something like this on the right. If you want to follow along, make sure you download the pet photo that is included in the downloads for this course. Alright, so we're starting like this and first things first, the crop is a little off. It just feels awkward. It's a little bit tough. I wish I would have taken this photo. This is one from we saturate dot com. I would have tilted down or not tilted but crouched down a little bit more and also given less headroom so that it was a bit more balanced and the pups eyes and forehead we're a little bit more on the top third ...
of this photo, we can crop in like this. I'm gonna put him or her on the left side of the frame so that we see more of the body in the back. I found when I cropped it like this in the first time playing around with it. It looks a little unbalanced like this to me looks a little bit better. Alright so we can quickly actually fix a lot of the exposure issues in the eyes like this by just bringing up the shadows right here so we can bring up the shadows. That looks pretty good if you want, you can bring down the blacks a little bit but I'm going to leave the blacks as is now this is a very contrast e situation and there's a lot of highlights that I want to bring back down as well, getting more color back in the for as well in terms of clarity. The thing about this photo is the focus is off, the focus is on the nose of this pup, not on the eyes. And that's a problem. Usually with any type of portrait photo of a person, a pet. You want the focus to be sharp on the eyes, you can tell right here, it's sharp on the nose and that's hard when you're using auto focus when your camera will detect the nose which is a big object right in front of the frame faster than the eye and that's what it's going to focus too. I'm gonna show you a couple of tricks though for this photo, especially with pets. It helps a lot to make it look like the eyes are a little bit sharper in focus. Cool. So let's actually go ahead and there wasn't really anything else I was going to do except boost vibrance just a little bit and clarity, just a little bit, The clarity will help with that out of focus nous a little bit if you go crazy with it, it starts to look a little bit too crazy. So I'm just going to boost it just a little bit in terms of colors. If you want to make the green pop you can it's not something I necessarily did in my edit maybe the red bandana or the red collar right there. That actually looks pretty good. I'm going to bring back down the yellow because I don't want as much of the yellow to pop, which you actually have a lot of yellows in the spurs as well. So I just really want that green pop a little bit more cool. So let's play around with the eyes. So first I'm gonna take my brush tool, we're going to zoom in here and then if you zoom in with the z button, you can press the space bar and click around with the hand or the move tool to move around. And we're going to want to do this now it helps to do this in a couple of steps. So first we're going to add some pupils to his. I well of course he has pupils, He she has pupils but we're going to make them a little bit more defined. So what you want to do is actually take your brush, get it to a size that's about the size of the pupil, not the entire eye, but the pupil. And then also turned down the feathering, we don't want as much feathering for this and then just click once right over the pupil. Press O to make sure that you can see what is being selected. We're basically creating our own pupils and we're making them sharper. So if we have our pupils there, we can turn off our mask overlay so we can see what we're doing. All you really have to do is bring down the exposure. And also you can boost the D. Haze, which will basically do sort of the same effect while preserving some of the detail in the pupil. You see some of the reflections still. So something like that can start to help now pay attention to where the pupil is. It can make your pup or your person or whoever your pet is look a little cross side if it's a little bit off. And so this one on this side does look a little off to me. So I'm gonna go ahead and erase that. Make sure my flow is up so it completely erases it. Then go back to my brush and put it right there. That looks a little bit better to me. Now let's do the same thing to boost the color of the eye around or the iris. So we're gonna click new. Let's turn on auto mask. Actually we don't need to turn on automatic, we're going to use a range mass. So we can increase the feathering just a little bit but we just want to paint over the eye, press o to see what we're selecting, go over to this I like. So now we're going to select a color mask. We're just going to click right in where the irises. Then we might want to turn down the amount. So it really only selects that part. You might even need to go in with an eraser and erase the part of the pupil that you just created because you don't really want the pupil to have a bunch of color in it. Something like that looks pretty good. Let's see how it works. I know when the overlay mask overlay works, it looks like it might be a little off, but we can do things like with brown eyes by increasing the warmth that can help or by adding color down here. So we might start with like a yellow, maybe go down to the brown. More like an orange looks pretty good. We can also add more clarity. Now that looks a little bit too orange when I add that clarity. So I'm going to get rid of this color. Just play with the warmth. Something like that looks pretty good. And I'm also going to add some sharpness as well. So now our eyes start to look a little bit sharper with those two tricks. We can also go over one more time with maybe a brush or a radial filter. Let's do the radio filter actually just over this entire area of the eyebrows and the eyes and we're actually going to invert it because if I press the mask overlay, you'll see that it selects everything outside of this mask. I want to select everything inside and I want to add sharpness. Now clarity isn't what I want to add too much of because it adds contrast, but a little bit can help. Alright, so we're getting a little bit more detailed now, that's starting to look pretty good. One other thing I'm going to do with this is create our own custom vignette with a radial filter around the face. If I go back and I just add a post crop vignette down here under effects, it's just going to create a vignette around the frame. Now that might look okay to you, and it looks pretty good to me too. But I want the vignette to actually go right around the face of our pup. So I'm going to click my radial filter, create a radial mask around our face, something like that, pressing out to see our selection. We can see that it's the outside. Maybe turn down that feathering just a little bit pretty good and now we're just going to bring down the overall exposure so we're really focusing our attention on this pup. Now when I do that, everything starts to feel a little bit too dark. So after I fix this and make this just a little bit bigger, We're going to boost the exposure just a little bit but notice now this is a custom vignette for the face. It's kind of on the left side of this frame, let's click done and now let's go back into our overall exposure and boost everything just a little bit. We can even go into our tone curve and just bring up the dark just a little bit, bring back down the highlights. So we don't want to lose that information to have just a little bit more of a well balanced image and bring down those blacks just a little bit as well. Alright, so if we reset this, we can see the before and after. From this to that. Pretty good. I think the eyes look a little bit more in focus, which is good. Again, you can't make something that's out of focus in focus in light room or really in any program. But the tricks that I showed you with the eyes can help especially with pups and animals that have really big pupils. So play around with that technique if you have ever have this issue. All right, thank you so much for watching this lesson. If you have any other questions, let me know. As always I would love to see your pets and your edits of their photos. So post them on social media, facebook instagram, twitter wherever tag me at Philemon er or at video school online. I would love to check him out. Thanks a lot and have a beautiful day.