Lightroom Light Module
looking at the light module, I will have to say I think the light module is probably one of the most commonly used functions in this program, So let's look at the gallery here. I'm on my light room gallery. Do you know that if you pinch your fingers down, you could make your images thumbnail smaller? Or if you enlarge squirrel out, you could make a larger anyway. So in the light module, let's take a look at this one image here first and again. As you can see, there's there's all sorts of functions. Exposure, contrast, highlight, blah, blah, blah. However, here's how I like to start. When I first used an image, I like to click on the auto button. Someone click here on the auto button, and that will automatically set my highlights and shadows for me. So if you'll see here, if I now click on the light module, you can see that the highlights are already kind of helped along. So you can either cancel that out or increase them even further. It's up to you on your editing, and I'm gonna slide...
up and you can see also, there's whites and blacks just remember that those of their dark in your whites or lighten your whites, however you see fit, so there's a lot of personal choice here in the editing, but the key message I want you to take here is hit auto first. Now, in addition to the standard highlights and shadows and contrast, you can also click on the curve button, and the curve will allow you to click on the black and white here on the right. And now I can click and drag and also darken step. But it's not actually a black and white, but what it means is a tonal curve. So in my brain, I think of it as black and white because it's tones and you'll also see you've got some sliders here that you can move down here below for the highlight, the shadow in the mid tone. So let's say I make an edit. Now I'm fine tuning with the mid tone. Or if I make an edit in the highlights here, I confine Tune with these sliders. Isn't that amazing? So it gives you a bunch of different options in lighting. Thio even fine tune further once you like what you've done in the curves you can hit done and again because this is a nondestructive program. You can also go back at any time and, you know, rework it. Decide what you want to dio. Now, As you guys know, I like to do a lot of black and white work, so I might quickly click over here to the color click on black and white, then go back to my lighting and see how I like what this is doing in black and white. So, as you can tell after the color session, there's a lot of different moves you can make. And, um, it's all non destruct so you can keep editing as you need thio. So with that, let's go back to the library here, and I want to talk about exposure. So, as I said before, when you're shooting, you wanna expose for the highlights and edit for the shadow. So let's take a look at this image here. Looks crappy, doesn't it? But wait. All I have to do is hit that auto button. Wow. Not bad, huh? In two seconds and again, I can click on the like button and I can decide if I want to up the exposure down the exposure. Bring up the highlights. Take down the highlights again. You can fully edit this all you want. Isn't this amazing? And again, that auto button is phenomenal. Don't forget about the blacks and the whites because you can also handle the pure blacks and the pure whites with these sliders to I'm hoping that at this point in the course in the boot camp, you can see that it's the capture is really important to It's not just these modules. And let's take a look at another image here. I'm gonna click the return button and I mean, you know, let me do this for a moment. Let's go ahead and look at this image here of Ah, oops. Excuse me. Let me do that again. All right. So again looks kind of extreme. But if I hit that auto button because I expose for the highlights when I shot I have all that information Now it can go the light and go Great. Those highlights. I don't want them quite so light. Dark. Pardon me. I would like them a little lighter and then the shadows I can bump them up even a little more, and I can also go into the blacks and add density back in or take out density. Excuse me or add it back in as I see fit with the blacks. So keep in mind you have two different items. You can move the shadows and also the blacks. All right, let's look at another image. Let's look at this car for just a second, and you can see I've already hit auto when the auto button is great out. So when the auto button is great out, you have hit auto. And, as I've said a bunch of times, don't forget to check the shadows. Pardon me, the blacks and the whites, because a lot of people forget to look because you have to scroll down. And remember, I said about the curves. So on the curves. If you hit the total button, you can affect the tones so I can handle highlight or shadow detail mid tone detail by using my finger. But look what else is here. You guys, there's color, So just like you can handle lightened darks in the color palette or color module, you can also handle color in the lights and darks so you can get a little confusing the little advance. But I just need to let you know that this is available here, that you have these functions. You could change your color tone all in light panel. Wait, What? That's crazy. If you click on the whole RGB curve that will be doing tone, it will be doing all of it. If you click on the individual. Read it. Even shows you look. It gives you a red line green blue. Excuse me, Blue. So hopefully that gives you an idea of the depth that's available in the light. So it's not just tone. It's also color.