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No matter if you’re a serious digital photographer or you’re just starting to learn about creating beautiful images, you’re going to need to know how to edit your pictures. Thanks to advances in digital photo processing, you’re no longer limited by the information captured by the lens, as software can help you bring the best out of every snapshot. While there are many different products on the market, not all compare with Adobe Lightroom’s functionality. If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level, here’s how to edit in Lightroom.
While Lightroom contains advanced functions used by photography professionals, it’s best to get started with some of the basics. Once you’ve imported your images into the library, select the photograph you’d like to edit. Start by using the crop tool to cut out unnecessary pieces of the image, and use the “rule of thirds,” which uses imaginary lines to divide a photo into thirds and places interesting objects along those invisible dividers. With the crop window still open, take a look at the photo’s horizon to see if it’s level. If it looks crooked, click below the cropping window and drag left or right to realign.
Once you’ve cropped and realigned the photograph, you can start to play with some of additional functions of the software. If the image doesn’t look exactly like the real-life scene, change the white balance to automatic. For images that aren’t quite bright enough, you can increase the exposure level, but try not to do this too much, as it will create noise in the picture. The sliders for highlights, shadows, blacks and whites can all be adjusted to highlight or dim certain elements of the photograph. You can also use the noise reduction slider to eliminate unwanted pixels and get rid of haze using the dehaze control.
Get the Most From Your Photos
Now you know how to edit in Lightroom on a basic level, you’re ready to start exploring some of the advanced functionality of this versatile program. Once you’ve mastered Lightroom’s capabilities, you’ll be amazed when you compare your current photography with images you took before learning this important photographic skill. To make editing easier in the future, make sure you change your camera’s settings to capture pictures in the RAW format, which will make available even more of this software’s tools. If you need some photos to help inspire you for your next shooting session, Shutterstock has a library with millions of royalty-free photographs that’s easily searchable