Master Photo Sharpening in Adobe Lightroom

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Are you like most of the photographers who use Lightroom to process their images? Typically, people fall into one of two categories: They accept the detail settings in the Detail panel, or They push a few of the sliders around, not really understanding how the software was designed to work There are then a few exceptions. Those who understand how Lightroom works and who know how to deploy its tools. These are the people who can produce the best quality photography, and the quality will show. Did you know the sharpening and noise reduction routines in Lightroom were designed around a professional workflow? If you don’t understand this workflow you won’t fully master the tools. In this course, I share this simple workflow together with the essential foundations of sharpening and noise reduction. Once you understand a few simple points you will be well prepared to learn about the different tools. You will understand how you should use them but most importantly when and to what levels. The course is designed around a practical, example image which is provided for you to download. The intention is for you follow the videos, using the same image and then compare your results with my finished image (also provided). There is then a second full length example with which to practice. At the end of the course you will have an advanced level of knowledge, required to sharpen and apply noise reduction to photography. The course is intended to for the intermediate level photographer who is comfortable importing and processing images in Lightroom. Who is the target audience? This course is intended for photography enthusiasts who wish to develop the quality of their work by applying a professional approach to sharpening and noise reduction.
  • Foundations of Sharpening & Noise Reduction
    • Introduction to the Foundations of Sharpening & Noise Reduction
    • How Sharpening Works

      This lecture is illustrated using an image known as a sharpening wedge. The image is provided as a lecture resource which students may download to experiment with.

    • Understanding Noise Reduction
    • The Sharpening Workflow Foundation Quiz
  • Tools for Sharpening & Noise Reduction
    • Introduction to Tools for Sharpening & Noise Reduction

      Below is the unsharpened image that is used in the videos throughout this section. Please take a moment to download the file. Next import the image to your Lightroom catalogue and you will be ready to start the lectures. IMPORTANT: This image is protecte

    • Capture Sharpening
    • Capture Noise Reduction
    • Selective Sharpening 1: Selection Tools & Strategies
    • Selective Sharpening 2: Gradient & Radial Filters
    • Selective Sharpening 3: The Adjustment Brush
    • Selective Sharpening 4: The Adjustment Controls
    • Output Sharpening 1: Print
    • Output Sharpening 2: Screen
    • Tools Section Conclusion

      To help you better judge the levels of sharpening and noise reduction to apply to an image, an example is provided below. Please download and review this image file. This is the same image that has been sharpened throughout the videos in this section. Ple

  • Applying Your Skills
    • Introduction to the Worked Example

      Below is the unsharpened image that is used in the videos throughout this section. Please take a moment to download the file. Next import the image to your Lightroom catalogue and you will be ready to start the lectures. IMPORTANT: This image is protecte

    • Worked Example: Capture Sharpening
    • Worked Example: Selective Sharpening
    • Worked Example: Output Sharpening

      Provided here is a version of the worked example that has been fully sharpened. If you have been following along with the videos to sharpen the example file, take a moment to compare the two. Are there any lessons you can learn from the results? IMPORT

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