Lazy or not, I believe most of us would like to save some time when it comes to image editing. I know I’d always rather be outside and take photos than stay at home and stare at the monitor while editing them. Well, if you can relate to this, Serge Ramelli has just the video for you. He’ll show you a neat technique in Lightroom that he calls “Dodge and Burn for lazy people.” It’s very simple to do, and it could save you some precious time.
This technique works on both landscape and portrait photos. The trick is in using the Range Mask within the Brush tool in Lightroom CC. Open the Brush tool and brighten the entire area you want to edit. Then go to Range Mask within the tool, choose Luminance and bring the range down so it only affects the bright areas. Do it all over again, but use the Brush tool to darken the same area. Go to the Range Mask and bring the range down to the opposite side. And that’s basically it!
In Serge’s video, you can see his workflow, and how he edits three images from somewhat flat to dramatic and eye-catching. Judging from comments from photographers, some people have used it already, but it’s a new trick for most of them, myself included. If you have already tried this technique, or you decide to do so after watching the video – let us know how it works for you.