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Post Production Tips

Learning the Graduated Filter Tool in Lightroom 3

By Pye Jirsa on June 13th 2011

(The Lightroom video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below. The working files for this Lightroom video tutorial can be found just above the video.)

The Graduated Filter Tool is an extremely powerful tool in Lightroom. The most common usage for the Graduated Filter Tool is to correct areas of your image where the exposure is not even. For example, reducing the brightness of the sky while increasing the brightness of the ground; or perhaps fixing a group portrait where the flash lighting is brighter on one side than the other.

However, Lightroom’s Graduated Filter Tool is also an extremely powerful artistic tool which we will show you guys in later tutorials.

For now, let’s get to this Lightroom video tutorial where we will teach you the basics of the Graduated Filter Tool, and show you guys how to make simple adjustments to even out the overall exposure of your images.

Enjoy!

Exercise File Download Links:

Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.

Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.

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Post Production Pye
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  1. spon

    Just wanted to thank you for these fantastic tutorials. I’m completely new to Lightroom (and a novice at photography in general) and these are the best tutorials that I’ve found. Thanks again.

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