Image Tutorial, Graduated Filter | Hickam Family Photographer

If you haven’t played with the Graduated Filter tool in Lightroom, you’re missing out! It saves a lot of brushwork when you need to bring back skies or brighten other large areas. I won’t go into it too much, but you can read more about it and see all the uses for it from this well-written article HERE.

The image that I am going to edit today was edited primarily with the Graduated Filter. It saved me a huge amount of time and I was able to make the right adjustments for how I wanted the image to turn out.

This image was taken at Hickam Dog Beach. I love bringing my children here because of the low tide and the awesome sunsets. The low tides makes for some awesome reflections as well! Here are the super simple steps I used to bring out the life in this image:

SOOC: ISO 160 f/2.0 SS 1250 35mm

Step 1: I made my usual adjustments here to give the image a little boost.
Hickam Dog Beach Sunset Image Tutorial, Hawaii Family PhotographerStep 2: I wanted to really bring out the colors of the reflected sunset onto the water and sane here. TIP: Hold down the SHIFT (PC) key to keep your adjustment line leveled.
Hickam Dog Beach Sunset Image Tutorial, Hawaii Family PhotographerStep 3: Brought down exposure on the sky and upped the saturation.
Hickam Dog Beach Sunset Image Tutorial, Hawaii Family PhotographerHickam Dog Beach Sunset Image Tutorial, Hawaii Family PhotographerAnd that’s it! How awesomely easy was that?! Now get to utilizing the awesome Lightroom feature known as the Graduated Filter :).

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