When editing real estate photos, one of the elements you’ll likely need to adjust are the shadows. Harsh shadows can be distracting and can draw attention to areas of the image that are not meant to be the focal point.
We’ll walk through how to remove shadows in Lightroom Classic to bring out the details in your image.
There are six main sliders in the Basic panel of Lightroom’s Develop module that are used to reduce and remove the shadows in a photo:
Most of the images with a slight issue of shadows will be easily fixed by adjusting these sliders until you get the desired results. However; some images require more work and detailed editing in specific areas to remove the shadows and to balance the overall look of the image.
First, let us see how you need to adjust these sliders in Lightroom to clear away the shadows and brighten up any photo in general.
As you can see, we managed to remove the dark look due to the shadows by adjusting the basic sliders. However, the overall brightness and contrast need some improvement to make the image a bit more clear.
See how the above adjustments made a difference in the image. The shadows are significantly reduced.
With most photos, the process stops here. With the help of Global adjustments and the Adjustment brush, you will successfully remove the shadows without affecting the image quality. The following two steps are optional depending upon whether the image requires further enhancement and balance.
The Split Toning panel in Lightroom can bring remarkable changes in an image affected by dark shadows.
If you think that adjusting the basic sliders and using the adjustment brush has affected the color of the image, fiddle with the split toning sliders until you see a noticeable improvement. Adjusting these sliders will change the feel of your image without affecting the natural tones.
The last final touch that might be necessary for outdoor shoot photos is to bring up the Vibrance slider a bit to balance the desaturation. After that, you can view the before and after image by clicking on YY.
In order to get the hang of image editing, you need to know the difference between black areas in an image and shadows. The shadows are areas that dim essential parts in your image but still show some details.
On the other hand, blacks are totally dark areas where we are not able to see anything else. Treating the black areas like you are instructed to do for shadows won’t bring any significant changes.
Our primary goal in photo editing is to bring about changes without making them obvious. If you feel that the shadows have been removed during any of the above-mentioned edits and there is no need to do anything else, you can skip the steps mentioned after that. Otherwise, you may end up with a photo that looks heavily edited and unnatural.
The prime purpose of removing shadows in a photo is to make it appealing by bringing clarity and brightness. In some photos, the process may last a few seconds, whereas you need to dig deeper into the Develop panel features to fix the issue for some really gloomy images.
We hope that this detailed guide on removing shadows in Lightroom Classic CC will make the editing process easier for you.