Portrait editing: Use Dodge and Burn in Lightroom desktop
What are Dodge and Burn?
Dodge and Burn simply refer to lightening and darkening certain areas of your photo, respectively.
Why are they important?
When you lighten an area, you bring more focus to that part of the photo. When you darken an area, you take focus away from it. For example, you can brighten or illuminate a person's face (Dodge) and darken parts of the backgroud (Burn) which will make the subject stand out.
Let's apply Dodge and Burn to a portrait. Here's how the unedited portrait looks:
❶ Select a local adjustment tool
In the right panel, select one of the following: Brush, Linear Gradient, or Radial Gradient. Here, let's select Brush or press B.