Graduated Filter Tip…

Another tool in Lightroom I use regularly is the graduated filter… again you have many options with this tool, including exposure, contrast, tint, temperature and you can even add colour.

But one thing I found with the graduated filter tool is that if you decrease the exposure, say to make the sky go darker…. and you have trees or mountains in the picture… the tops of the trees or mountains get darkened and lose their detail.

For instance take this image…


I wanted to add a graduated filter to the sky but it made the tops of the trees lose their detail and go slightly darker… which is not what I wanted.

gradulated-filter-darkens-treesHowever, by increasing the shadows I managed to get some of the detail back…

gradulated-filter-increasing-shadowsHere is the final image..


So if you start to lose detail with the graduated filter….. then increase the shadows and that will bring some of the detail back.


Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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