How to Add Atmosphere to a Photo in Lightroom

It used to be that you generally used Lightroom for organization and light adjustments and Photoshop for heavier editing. However, in recent years, Lightroom has taken some remarkable steps forward, and you can now perform major edits without having to leave the program. This great video tutorial will show you how to use some of Lightroom's tools to add atmosphere to an image. 

Coming to you from Anthony Morganti, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to add atmosphere to an image using Lightroom. One of my favorite tools for enhancing an image is the radial filter tool, which I use as a more customizable vignette tool, particularly since it can be positioned wherever you want in the frame. By reducing the exposure by just 0.3 or 0.4 stops and using a generous feather, you can draw attention to your subjects in an almost imperceptible way. Combine it with Lightroom's impressive new masking tools, particularly the intersect and select subject tools, and you have some powerful options at your disposal. Like any editing technique, though, generally, it is better to err on the side of a more subtle adjustment to avoid anything overly artificial. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morganti.

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Christer Bau's picture

Nice tutorial that manage to show several tools and keyboard shortcuts in a "digestible" portion.