Graduated Filter – Lightroom Tutorial | northern California photographer

Welcome to the third in a series of Lightroom tutorials. You will learn to use different areas of the Develop module in these tutorials. Today the topic will show you how to use the graduated filter to edit in a specific area of your image.  This week I thought I’d try creating the tutorial as a video.  So, please excuse my stumbling words. I’m pretty sure I can only get better at this!

Of course, getting the image well exposed and correct in camera is our first goal. I shoot manual so that I can have complete control over my image. But, that is not to say that you cannot get a strong image using Aperture Priority or a different mode. Correct exposure and sharp focus are things that are difficult to correct after the image is taken.  I also shoot in RAW so this gives me more options when editing. Just be sure you get it right in camera first.

You can find the Graduated Filter tutorial on my YouTube channel:  Nadeen Flynn




With a little more editing, here is the final image.

tutorial using the graduated filter in LightroomAperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 23mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/20s |

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below in the comments section or contact me. I’m happy to help if I can!  Also, I’d love to know  if you prefer written tutorials or videos.  Thank you for any input!



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Nadeen Flynn is an award winning northern California portrait and fine art photographer. Living in the greater Sacramento area, she specializes in high school senior and teen portraits as well as fine art landscape and still life photography. Nadeen’s style is authentic, fresh and personality-driven. This retains the timeless features of photography that create family heirlooms. She offers in-person workshops and mentoring. Currently living in rural northern California with her husband and a couple thousand walnut trees, she is a proud owner of Canon photography equipment.

Currently booking 2018 high school seniors, couples, and family portraits. Locations include Yuba City/Marysville, East Nicolaus, Wheatland, Lincoln, Woodland, Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento areas.

(530) 633-7575

Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 23mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/20s |

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Nadeen Flynn - You are welcome! thank you!

Wendy - Thank you Nadeen! The graduated filter definitely gave the clouds more drama. Love this tool. Really easy to follow video.