Lightroom Session: Local Image Correction

The Local Adjustment tools bring some of the power of Photoshop into Lightroom. Learn to edit your images with precision for more impact.
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Lighten up a person’s face, add a little glow to the foreground of a landscape, remove blemishes or powerlines, mask and modify a specific area of any photo. These are some of the things you can do with the Local Adjustment tools, that odd little row of icons just under the histogram in Lightroom Classic.

These tools are usually the last ones that new Lightroom users approach because they seem so complicated. They can be, but like any good tool, you get better at it the more you use it.

Crop Overlay
Aspect ratios are sometimes confusing but critical if you share or print your photos. We’ll explore some helpful and interesting cropping overlays and touch on using virtual copies for multiple crops of the same image for printing.

Spot Removal
The magic tool that subtly heals things or makes them disappear. We’ll look at the difference between Clone and Heal for things like retouching skin and removing unwanted objects and how to track or modify your edits with this tool.

Redeye Reduction
It’s straight forward and works well, even for cats and dogs (yellow eye and green eye).  If results are uneven the brush tool can be used instead.

Graduated and Radial Filters
The linear filter can be a quick way to affect an area of the photo by defining a straight or circular area that tapers off gently. Often used to darken skies or lighten foregrounds. We’ll look at using negative sharpness values to help blur backgrounds.

Adjustment Brush
This is the most powerful editing tool in Lightroom and the one that people are most timid of. It allows you to apply any effect to a select area. It is similar to layers in Photoshop but more intuitive. We’ll look at the Feather, Flow, Density controls and Auto Mask to help with some selection tasks.

Range Masking
This recent addition brings some of the power of Photoshop to Lightroom but is simpler to use. Used in conjunction with Radial and Adjustment Brush, it allow you to mask and affect very precise areas based on color or brightness.

  • Cost per person is $40 early registration, $50 late registration.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Class starts promptly at 6:00pm CST and lasts no more than 1.5 hours.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?

A: Like in the classroom, this online session is a demonstration class where you do not need to have Lightroom open on your laptop during the class. We encourage you to watch the instructor during the class and practice what you’ve learned in your own time after the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question to a specific project you may be working on, the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel an online class?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive 100% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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