Hi all, hope you are ready for some Lightroom learning today!
Today we are going to be looking at (as the title says) @chad.lotorre so pay his Instagram a visit and check him out.
Or if you are already in the “I’m familiar” camp then cool.
The first mission, if you look at his images, they are a lot of epic landscapes.
So let’s find yourself an image to use of equal epicness.
This is the Image that I’ll be using today…
I’m sure you’ll agree that’s a pretty cool looking image so if you get anything even remotely like that then cool.
Who knows you may even have some shots you did yourself that look as good.
If you do I envy you because you must have had one awesome trip somewhere.
Ok, so the first edits that I’m going to do are my standard “go to with any image” I start to edit.
So in the image below you will see my settings.
To access these settings click on ‘Basic’ on the right-hand side of your image.
You see my settings there but I don’t want you to do my exact settings because there is a trick to this.
Highlights and Shadows I do always do the same though.
I drop my Highlights right down and I have my Shadows at +100, this is a standard.
I will also add about +15 to clarity but this isn’t a necessary step.
It just adds a little sharpness to your images.
But for Whites, Blacks and Exposure I hold the Alt key while sliding the sliders.
Do that to you see what happens there for a second…
You will see that your screen either turns completely Black or White with most probably your image now displayed with pixels.
What you do here to find the perfect level is, you slide your slider until the pixels are either completely gone or there’s just a few lefts.
This works 90% of the time but sometimes you have an image that it doesn’t work on so then you’ll just have to use your naked eye.
In that case, just use your best judgment.
Now in that same panel, you can add +15 to both Temp and Vibrance just to warm the image up a little bit more.
Cool so that’s the first stage of our editing done, this will be the foundation for the rest of the image.
Effects are next, I want to add a little bit of Vignetting to the image, this is a process were the outside of the images appears darker.
It’s great for channeling your eye towards the center of the image.
Scroll down that panel on the right with basic until you see ‘Effects’
I only used two of the sliders for this, they were Amount were I added -50 to and Midpoint which was set at 25.
You can have a play around with the other sliders if you want just to see what they do if you don’t find anything else you’d like then just move everything back to where I have my sliders set.
Let’s add a little gradient to our image now.
I want my gradient to darken that bottom lip of my image.
Press (M) on your keyboard to activate your gradient, then you click and drag it out, by moving your mouse in a circular motion you will rotate it as you may need to, to have the bottom dark and the top light.
Place it where ever you want by clicking and holding on the middle circle icon.
You can re-click at any stage while doing this on the outside to adjust the size.
When you have your gradient as you want it, you can then edit your sliders if you want so you could drop your Exposure or whatever similar to what we did in our foundation edit at the start.
When done click on ‘Done’ at the bottom right of your image window.
I feel like I want to do one more gradient, but this time I’m going to come in from the right-hand side at an angle to darken it as the sunshine is splitting the clouds on the left side.
The next step we’re going to take that I notice in Chad’s images is there is always an interesting haze on the light source.
To do this key in (Shift+M) to open up your Radial Filter.
So much the same as we did with the Gradient Filter stretch it out and adjust until you are happy.
You will see at the bottom of that panel that has now just opened up a checkbox entitled Invert Mask, make sure that’s checked.
I also changed a few settings on the sliders which were…
Temp, I added 20
I changed my exposure to 1
Lastly, I changed my sharpness to -40
Once you have this done, do one more only this time make it larger.
Only this time I’m just going to adjust my Sharpness again as I did previous to give more of a haze.
Remember to use your own judgment, if my settings don’t look right on your image then take them back a little or increase them.
The settings I am using could be very specific to my image.
If you wish you can do a few more Radial Filters on specific areas to pick them out, such as my foreground here.
I just added one more to that area and played around with the setting s a little to sharpen it up or to add contrast.
Now let’s do some color adjustments.
On the panels on the right-hand side, scroll down until you see HSL and click on it.
You will then see just below that a few more options, just click on all.
There are no settings here that I can give you but my advice here is to just go through each slider in turn and see what you think.
For my image, I deadened the stone mostly though saturation and I strengthened the greens.
But not to the point of insanity, just a nice pick up to increase their vibrancy a little.
After I’m done with HSL I’m going to move to Split-Toning, so my desired result for this was to split the Greens and the Red/Oranges.
I wanted my Highlights as it would be most of the foliage to have a nice green.
I will allocate the shadows for Reds/Oranges.
So take a look at your image and think how you would like it to look, choose two colors and go for it just as I have.
This I’ll leave up to you, see what you can come up with!
Just play around with the Highlights first trying out the hue slider to get to a color that looks good.
You can always pull the color back if it looks too much for your image by adjusting the saturation slider to the left which will drain the color.
The opposite way increases the strength of the color but I doubt you’ll need to go that way.
Be mindful that you don’t start unrealistic transitions between colors.
Really liking how my image is shaping up, but I want to just add one last radial filter.
I’m going to place it where I want my viewer’s eye to be drawn to.
So the key focal point of this image is the valley area, so that’s where my radial filter will be…
Sharpness will be increased until I feel my eye is really being drawn in.
Think I’m pretty much done at this point but there is just one last thing that I want to try just to see if it makes my image look any better.
I would say to try this if you want but your image may be sweet at this point and you may be happy enough.
But it’s a last little curious edit on my part.
What I’m going to look at it the Tone Curve.
My image as is I think I could add a little bit more haze.
(NOTE: there are two settings to the Tone Curve.
Click on the little box at the bottom right of the graph until you have exactly what I have on my screen)
Then all I did was to take the bottom left point and just move it up a little bit, I then did the opposite with the point at the top right.
Lastly, I clicked a point in the middle and moved that up just a little bit.
I can now say I’m totally finished and am now happy with my final image.
Hope you are too 🙂