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How To Edit Travel Photos In Lightroom WITHOUT PRESETS

 

How To Edit Travel Photos In Lightroom WITHOUT PRESETS

Editing a travel landscape photo in Lightroom – Without using any presets.

Why would you want to know how to edit travel photos in Lightroom without presets? Or how to edit ANY photos in Lightroom without presets, for that matter? Lightroom Presets are all the rage right now. And for good reason – Presets are a tool that can be incredibly useful and helpful in saving you time and energy when you’re editing. They also can help you get a certain “look” inside of Lightroom that you might have no idea how to do on your own.

But editing without presets in Lightroom is crazy necessary.

Why? Because if you depend on presets but don’t know what is going on in the image to make it look that way, you’ll never be able to get the maximum potential out of each image. You won’t know which settings to finesse or how to get your photo to look AMAZING in Lightroom.

Like any tool, Lightroom Presets are at their best in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing, and how to use them to their full potential.

The only way to learn what you’re doing is by editing photos in Lightroom without presets!

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to edit travel photos in Lightroom without presets. Seriously – NO PRESETS! This photography tutorial is perfect for any beginner with little or no experience in post production. easy, simple, and pretty!

Download The RAW Practice Photo Here!

 

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hey guys Ryan here at signature edits
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and today we are going to look at how to
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get this image from here to here without
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using any presets let’s do it
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[Music]
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all right so let’s launch in there’s a
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few things we’re going to be doing today
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we’re going to be working on the overall
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color of this image and then we’re also
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going to be adding a couple of different
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effects one the most noticeable being
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this beautiful sunrise that is going off
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of the bridge here if you look very
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closely you can see there is a little
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bit of a light rain naturally in this
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photo but even if it wasn’t there we
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could still add it and I’m going to show
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you how you can do that in Lightroom now
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let’s get started with some basic color
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we’re going to go up to the top and just
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adjust our white balance that is the
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first thing we do with our image because
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it’s looking pretty cool next we’re
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going to adjust our magenta just a
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little bit I’m trying to get a nice
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starting point so things are just
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looking natural out of the gate I’m
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going to add a little bit of contrast
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here and then I can up my highlights a
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little bit maybe down my shadows just a
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little whites up if I want to I can
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actually hold down the alt or option key
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and drag the whites up until I see some
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clipping happening basically I don’t
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want to lose any detail in the image so
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I’m just gonna take it until the whites
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are white and that’s it and black same
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thing I can take it down a little bit
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but not too much because I don’t want
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her black pants to be too to black we
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want them to be a very dark gray because
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nothing is really truly black in the
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world
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alright so moving on I can add a little
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bit of clarity here and the slightest
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bit of da’s up my vibrance and lower my
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saturation a little bit that’s just a
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nice little trick to kind of get the
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color there without having things be too
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saturated looking next we’re going to go
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into our tone curve do a very slight
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s-curve just up some contrast just a
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little bit and then we’re going to go
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into our HSL and this is where the money
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starts to happen so I’m going to go over
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top my hue here and take my oranges and
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move them down just a little bit warm up
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towards red yellows I’m going to do the
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same thing you can see how that trees
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kind of take on a fall tone when I do
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this and then I’m going to hop over into
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my luminance and I’m going to take her
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skin on her arm is looking a little bit
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dark and I can use this little
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eyedropper click on our skin drag up and
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that is showing me that that’s in the
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oranges and the red so we’re going to
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brighten those up
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bit perfect that is looking pretty good
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again it’s baby steps one thing at a
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time not going to try and edit the whole
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image with any one of these tools I’m
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going to do it incrementally and little
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by little it’s going to get that image
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from where I want it where it was to
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where I want it
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so moving on my detail I can leave that
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maybe out my sharpening just a little
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bit because I’m a bit of a sucker for
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good sharpening now holding down the alt
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I can actually turn up my radius and
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that will define basically which parts
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of the image Lightroom is sharpening
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radius is how radius is how strong the
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edge needs to be before it actually gets
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sharpened so if I drag it all the way up
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you can see what’s getting sharpened
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here are these really big strong edges
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of the bridge and that’s what I want to
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emphasize here noise reduction don’t
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need that because our photo was taken at
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ISO 100 moving down lens Corrections
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sure we can turn those on turn my
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vignette encasement transform that’s all
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fine effects we’re going to leave that
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alone except for maybe a little bit of
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light grain here let’s zoom in just a
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little and we can exaggerate our effect
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for now my size down and just like that
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so there’s before and there’s after just
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very very subtle effect and finally my
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camera calibration this is kind of the
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secret moneymaker at the end here we can
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take our shadows and just add a little
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bit of magenta into there take our Reds
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and move them ever so slightly towards
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orange take our blues move them down
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just a little bit and our greens you
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know in this image I’m actually thinking
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things are looking pretty good natural
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like that when I dialed the Blues back
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just a little okay so that is pretty
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close to the way that I would like it to
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be I’m going to add maybe a little bit
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of saturation back into this image and
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then we’re going to work on our
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beautiful streak of light up here so how
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do we do that well we go over to our
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radial filter and it’s actually pretty
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simple if you have the signature edits
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pack comes with all of these pre-made
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brushes one being a Sun flare
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which we can actually just drag down
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here and bam we’ve got a flare that we
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can finesse but we’re going to make one
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from scratch assuming you don’t have
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that pack right now so I’m going to go
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just up to exposure here add some
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exposure some temperature some tint
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lower my contrast because that’s what a
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Sun flare does and then we’re going to
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upper highlights a little bit up our
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whites clarity is going to go down
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because we’re losing sharpness whenever
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a flare happens d haze just a little bit
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and let’s just see how that looks for a
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starting point and not too bad we’ll
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dial that in okay so what I’m going to
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do is drag this down to around here and
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then if I grab this line up here I can
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actually make the gradient from 100% to
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0% I can make that smaller so that
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there’s more of a defined line and grab
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that middle line again and drag it back
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down so I basically want it to be just
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poking out here over the edge of the
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bridge this corner right here now
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obviously this looks pretty silly but
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it’s helping us to be able to see
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exactly where it is then we’re going to
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refine it and make it more subtle so
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what I’m going to do now is hit this
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little brush thing and obviously the
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sunray is coming over the bridge we
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don’t want it on the bridge here so what
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I’m going to do is hold down alt while
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I’m on the brush that’s going to toggle
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to my eraser and I’m actually just going
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to erase this section of that gradient
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filter just like that it’s already
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looking closer now let’s dial it in a
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little bit more things are looking
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pretty red there we don’t need that I’m
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going to take my contrast back up a
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little bit exposure doesn’t need to be
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so extreme that’s looking better and
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maybe take my white balance down just a
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little so it’s not quite so crazy my
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whites could go back up a little and
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sure maybe a little bit less clarity a
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little bit warmer let’s see how we’re
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looking that is pretty good not you
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could go harder or more subtle depending
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on your personal taste but I’m liking it
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there what I might do is just duplicate
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this
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right the second one up to about here
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and just have kind of a second flare
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going on just to make it a little bit
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more organic pull it everything way back
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so it’s far more subtle there we go just
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like that alright and that is how you
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take this image from here to here in
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Lightroom without using any presets now
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presets are a great starting point they
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can save you a ton of time obviously
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this photo took me 10 minutes to edit by
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myself if I were using a preset maybe it
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would take me a minute or two minutes or
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maybe thirty seconds if I have a great
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preset and I’m just using my preset for
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this lovely sunray as well now there’s
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some other little things we could do to
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finesse the image a little bit maybe we
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could go down here and grab our add
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texture brush which is basically just
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some clarity some sharpness a little bit
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of contrast and we could bring out some
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texture here and if for whatever reason
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we wanted our subject this girl to be
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more in focus because she is out of
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focus in the original photo we could
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possibly take another brush here up our
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clarity our sharpness and you know get
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her back to where we’d like her to be
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press o and I can see where my mask is
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actually being painted
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perfecto presto again to take that off
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great so now she’s not all the way as
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sharp as if she were actually sharpen
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camera but that will do once we zoom
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back out just like that our image is
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done so that’s how you edit this image
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without any presets inside a Lightroom
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if you are a hands-on learner
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I got you make sure you download the
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image below you can practice with the
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raw file in Lightroom on your own until
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next time if this was helpful for you
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please hit that like button don’t forget
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to subscribe leave me a comment and I’ll
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see you in the next one
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In this tutorial you’ll learn how to edit travel photos in Lightroom without presets.

Seriously – NO PRESETS! This photography tutorial is perfect for any beginner with little or no experience in post production. easy, simple, and pretty!
The only way to learn what you’re doing is by editing photos in Lightroom without presets!

Download the RAW Practice File Here Now!
https://shop.signatureedits.com/travel-landscape-raw-practice-file

 

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