Try something new in Lightroom - those features are there for a reason after all - Lightroom Quick Tip No - erm can't remember

I have barely used the radial tool in Lightroom. If you are wondering why basically I did not get it. I did not need it.  Well I thought I did not need it.

And then I tried it. 

And guess what - it is most excellent! 

I have used the Radial tool to add localised highlights on a construction product shoot. Just a third of a stop exposure increase within the radial tool selection - this makes the focal point of the image pop just a little bit. Be mindful though that to make the adjustment within the area selected using the radial tool you have to invert the mask - the default in Lightroom is for the area outside the mask.

If that did not make any sense at all then just give it a go. To check the area selected I just slide the exposure slider all the way to the left or to the right and see what is affected. That is Lightroom Quick Tip number 2 for this post - this works with any selection and works better for me than checking the "Show Selected Mask Overlay". 

Once you have done this if the wrong part is shown just click invert the mask. 

I know there are lots of things in Lightroom, an that none of us will ever use every feature on every image (if you do good luck!) but it is worth checking out the features of Lightroom and see if there is something there that might be of use that you were not aware of. 

And of course all the adjustments made in Lightroom are non-destructive and completely reversible. All you have to lose is the time you give to playing around with Lightroom. And so much you might gain. 

You can check out the features of Lightroom here

I will post the pictures at a later date once the client has received them and had the benefits of them for a few months. I never post client images straight away, if ever, which explains the content of my daily photography blog.

One final point - I am happy to experiment with new things but will only incorporate them into my workflow if they help make my images better, or speed up my image processing. 

RIck McEvoy Photography - Quick Tips in Lightroom.