How to edit car pictures in lightroom

How to edit car pictures in lightroom

If you like every other car guy you’ll love taking picture of your pride and joy. Well take a look at are quick guide to getting awesome pro looking shots with our simple guide to how to edit car pictures in lightroom.

Lightroom is a photo editing software from Adobe and it’s just about the best photo editing software out there. Unlike Photoshop Lightroom just concentrates on improving the picture and giving it that professional look and feel. At first glance it looks like you need a decree to use it, and it can be very complex. But don’t fear as we have put together a simple guide to get your shoots looking pro in just minute’s.

1: Importing Your Photos.

After loading up Lightroom click library, then at the bottom left, click import. choose the source (that’s where ever the photos are saved).

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

Select the photos you want to import, we usually select them all and have a look choosing the ones we like. Then click on import, this may take a few minutes depending on how many pics you have. Once you have you pics imported go and click develop.

2: Start Editing 

At this point we like to have good look through and delete any we know that are not any good. You can either remove them just from Lightroom or delete them from where they were imported from. By selecting and choosing from delete from disk or remove. 

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

3: Cropping

We’ve choose this photo we took of a Mini Cooper S to give a before and after with. it will show just how easy this is to get fantastic results.

Clicking on the square grid at the top right hand side, this lets you lets you crop the image. Cropping enables you to straighten up the image if it was taking at an angle, and also zoom in on the subject to focus on it.

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

When crop an image don’t put your subject in the centre of the frame. Try to position it to one side like we have. Then click done.

Lightroom Editing Tips

3: Editing

Starting at the right hand side under basic. Start by changing the exposure, if you pic is dark slider the slider up, or down with a dark under exposed image. The exposure on this pic was just about right so we left it at zero. Just a quick tip if you want to go back to the stock setting on a slider double click on the word to set back to default. We did however adjust the contrast up to bring the colours out a bit more.

Moving on to highlight and shadows we just move them to we get the desired effect. A long with blacks and whites, but leave presence default. Opening the HSL tabs brings up a list of colours, adjusting these can really make any dull colours stand out like the grass in our shot. So we slid the green up a notch.

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

Skipping Split Toning and moving on to detail brings up sharpening. By clicking and holding on the small image in the box you can move the pic on to any parts the need a sharp up. Be careful as to much sharpening will increase noise which is little dots over the image.

Before

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

 

After

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

Now next where going to add a preset to your pic called punch. Punch is grate it really brings out the best in the image and give it an edge. To access this click presets on the right hand side. Click the tab Lightroom general presets then click punch.

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

As you can see it really adds to your shot and we use this preset a lot. The last step but one that really makes your photo look pro is vignetting, under the effects tab. Vignetting slightly darkens the image around the edge drawing the eye to the subject adding a pro touch. Too much will make your well edited photo look tacky so don’t go overboard.

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

All that’s left to do now is to click file and export, to save you image and share your pro looking shots. And look like your king of car photography, when in reality it took 10 mins to go from this

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

to this.

how to edit car pictures in lightroom

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