Editing under exposed raw/jpeg image using Adobe Lightroom #1


Hi guys! Today I’ll be showing you the basics of Adobe Lightroom, especially when you’re a photographer who got under or over exposed photos.

The things you’ll need:

  • Adobe Lightroom 5 (The one I’m using)
  • Raw Photo or your JPEG Image (But much better if you will use Raw File)
  • Of course if you don’t have a raw file I’ll provide the raw image for you, link below:
  • https://www.dropbox.com/s/vkpskgl20iqny2u/DSC_0570.NEF
  • Why Raw File? Watch this:

Open Adobe Lightroom:


Then press import and find the image.


Make sure you press uncheck all if you only want to edit one image.


Check the image(or select) and press import.


Press again the image (select the photo) and go to develop interface.


You will see, the histogram, temp, tint, exposure and so on.  



  • Temperature – change the color cast of the photo, cold to sunny  for example.
  • Tint – change the color cast of the photo, green to purple.
  • Exposure – is the amount of light per unit area.
  • Contrast – when increasing contrast, you make the darks darker and the brights brighter
  • Highlights –  Make the light colors lighter or make the lighter colors dark and show the details of the photo.
  • Shadows – remove or increase shadowing.
  • Whites – removes the white or increase the white parts of the photo.
  • Blacks – remove the black or increase the black parts of the photo.
  • Clarity – increase the sharpness.
  • Vibrance and Saturation – Increase or decrease the overall color of the photo.

I’m not adjusting the color temp and tint so it will look natural(It depends on you) First, slide the exposure to the right. (left to decrease an over exposed photo and right to increase an under exposed photo).

In this case I’ll slide up exposure to +1.67


Second, add up a little contrast +10.

8Highlights -5 (lessens white to expose droplets), Shadows +45 (less shadow, more life), White +25 (whiten the whites.. wait what) Black -12 (….), Clarity +20 (sharpen the image) and lastly Vibrance +38 (adds overall color). I didn’t touch the Saturation because it will exaggerate my edit.

  • To save photo go to upper left, click file and export.


 Voila! better than this:


and our quote for today is: “Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.”

(Whoa so deep I can see Adele rolling in it)



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