When photographing for real estate, we often get the annoying issue of glare in photos. Either there is sunlight or water glare in exterior photos or surface reflection glare in interior photos that need to be fixed. Learning how to remove glare in Lightroom Classic can significantly improve your photos.
It is common to get unsightly glare in photos that include reflective surfaces like water, glass, metal, shiny wood, or ceramic. Either it is the sunlight, bright lighting, or even your camera’s flash that causes glare.
Ace photographers use several techniques like polarizing filters, lens shades, and creative camera positions to avoid glare in their images. Sometimes, using a faster shutter speed also works quite well. However, if you still face the issue after taking care of those things, it’s time to hand it over to Lightroom Classic.
Glare from glass, water, sunlight, or the reflecting surface glare is very easy to remove using various tools in Lightroom. The editing software has layer mask features that help you target specific areas with the glare. In fact, you can bring global changes to the image to enhance its overall look.
Here, we are using two images, one of an exterior view and another one from the interior of a room during daylight. We will explain how you can remove glare using the Adjustment Brush and Radial Filter in Lightroom.
The Adjustment Brush is one of the pillars in editing images in Lightroom. The tool allows us to mask a particular area and work on it without affecting the whole image. This functionality is exactly what we need when reducing the wooden surface glare from the image of this living room.
You can see that the shiny wood floor and the dining table surface are way too shiny. We can reduce this glare and bring noticeable improvement to the image.
You can see how the glare is significantly reduced without compromising on the image quality.
Getting a glare from a reflective surface is a common photography problem. Light sources like the sun and interior lighting can reflect back from shiny surfaces like glass or metal, causing a bright glare which affects the image quality.
Sometimes, the glare is so bright that it masks important aspects of a real estate photo, like an exterior portion of a house or a focused area in indoor photos. To make the important details clear, you need to use feature-packed editing software like Lightroom to remove the glare.
There are two more tools that can be used to reduce glare in Lightroom. You can either use the Graduated Filter to apply changes to a range in a photo. Alternatively, you can use the Spot Removal tool to remove glare by cloning a part of the image that matches the glared section.
Using the Spot Removal tool is perfected over time, but it is one of the best tools to adjust the glare issue in a small area of the image. You need to take care of the fact that the clone tool doesn’t show sharp lines that look unnatural.
If any of your images end up with a glare that causes a drop in quality, it is very easy to tackle it in Lightroom. You can use the Adjustment Brush, the Radial Filter, or the Graduated Filter to reduce the glare, or use the Spot Removal tool to clone an unaffected area over the glare.