Photography Tutorial 2: Using Graduated and Radial Filters to Enhance Images

Most images can be improved by using different settings to those used on the camera when the photograph was taken. This example shows how adjustments can be taken further making changes to certain areas of the photograph rather than the entire image.

In Lightroom there are three types of Local Adjustment filters;

  • Graduated Filters – where a straight line is used to define the area to be adjusted.
  • Radial Filters – where circular to oval shapes are used to define the area to be adjusted.
  • Brush Filters – these rely on a steady hand to brush over the area to define the adjustment area.

For this example I used Graduated and Radial Filters.
(Brush filters are shown in a later example).

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