Quick Tip – Water or Cloud Smoothing


 

Without cloud or water smoothing

A quick tip I picked up ages ago from Anthony Fields on Facebook, was one about how to smooth out water and add a sheen to water in Lightroom.

Water smoothingYou can use any of the tools in the develop module but I have found more success with either the graduated filter or adjustment brush.  The tip is this take the clarity slider in Lightroom to -100 and increase the noise slider to +100 and with auto-mask enabled paint over the areas you want to be smoothed out.

If by chance auto-mask did go over the areas that you didn’t want the effect on.. then use the brush to erase the effect from those areas.

You will be surprised at what effect this tip has on your images.

In the following image, I have slightly over-done the effect so you can see how well this tip smooths out water and adds a sheen to it.  As well as adding the effect to the clouds.

Pier
A monochrome photograph of a pier along the South Coast of England.

The reason I used this tip on this particular photo is that I wanted the pier to stand out and before sharp-looking against the clouds and water.

I hope you find this quick tip helpful and of benefit to you in your processing of images.  Until the next quick tip… happy snapping!!!!

 

 

 

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Written by Bren (RyanPhotography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called RyanPhotography 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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