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How to quickly adjust exposure in 3 easy steps!

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May 07, 2020

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Portrait editing: Adjust Exposure in Lightroom Classic

 

Is your portrait a little dark or little light? Do you want to understand what exposure is and what it does to your portrait? Look no further. Follow these steps to learn about exposure, how to adjust it, and create the perfect portrait.

 

What is Exposure? 

Exposure basically sets the overall brightness of the portrait. An underexposed portrait is too dark and an overexposed portrait is too bright with too much light.

 

Why is Exposure important?

A portrait requires the right amount of light to showcase details and colors as it is in real life. Editing exposure can be the turning point in making your portrait look full of life or very dull and boring.

 

Here's how you can adjust exposure in this unedited portrait:

 

before.jpg

 

 

                                                      Get this file here: Download sample portrait

❶ Open the portrait

  • Select File > Import Photos and Videos to import your portrait from your computer or local storage. 
  • If you have the portrait in your Lightroom Classic catalog, go the Catalog panel in the Library module, select the catalog, and open the portrait.

    catalog_panel.png

 

 

❷ Go to the Develop module

  • In the top panel, select Develop. 

    develop_module.png

 

 

  • Navigate to the Basic panel and spot the Exposure slider.

    basic_panel.png

 

 

 Adjust the Exposure slider

  • Move the Exposure slider to the right to increase the brightness in your portrait. 
  • Move the Exposure to the left to decrease the brightness in your portrait. 
  • You can also add in a numerical value against the slider to reach a specific amount of exposure. 

    exposure.png



  • Here, we've set Exposure to 0.56. In addition, the Contrast slider is also set to 16 to set the tone for upcoming edits.

 

  • Here's how the portrait looks now:

    after_exposure.jpg

 

 

The portrait looks better, doesn't it?

 

Related links:

Control exposure and light

Apply local adjustments such as Exposure

 

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How to quickly adjust exposure in 3 easy steps!

Adobe Employee ,
May 07, 2020

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Portrait editing: Adjust Exposure in Lightroom Classic

 

Is your portrait a little dark or little light? Do you want to understand what exposure is and what it does to your portrait? Look no further. Follow these steps to learn about exposure, how to adjust it, and create the perfect portrait.

 

What is Exposure? 

Exposure basically sets the overall brightness of the portrait. An underexposed portrait is too dark and an overexposed portrait is too bright with too much light.

 

Why is Exposure important?

A portrait requires the right amount of light to showcase details and colors as it is in real life. Editing exposure can be the turning point in making your portrait look full of life or very dull and boring.

 

Here's how you can adjust exposure in this unedited portrait:

 

before.jpg

 

 

                                                      Get this file here: Download sample portrait

❶ Open the portrait

  • Select File > Import Photos and Videos to import your portrait from your computer or local storage. 
  • If you have the portrait in your Lightroom Classic catalog, go the Catalog panel in the Library module, select the catalog, and open the portrait.

    catalog_panel.png

 

 

❷ Go to the Develop module

  • In the top panel, select Develop. 

    develop_module.png

 

 

  • Navigate to the Basic panel and spot the Exposure slider.

    basic_panel.png

 

 

 Adjust the Exposure slider

  • Move the Exposure slider to the right to increase the brightness in your portrait. 
  • Move the Exposure to the left to decrease the brightness in your portrait. 
  • You can also add in a numerical value against the slider to reach a specific amount of exposure. 

    exposure.png



  • Here, we've set Exposure to 0.56. In addition, the Contrast slider is also set to 16 to set the tone for upcoming edits.

 

  • Here's how the portrait looks now:

    after_exposure.jpg

 

 

The portrait looks better, doesn't it?

 

Related links:

Control exposure and light

Apply local adjustments such as Exposure

 

Click the link below to view the next post or go back to Overview.

 

                                                              < Overview - Shadows and Highlights >

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