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| p.1 #1 · Making progress in learning the LR4 sliders, but could use more advice |
I must have studied Kelby and Evening's LR4 books pretty intensively over the past month. I think I learned a lot, but I'm not sure if what I'm doing is necessarily making my images look realistic or getting an accurate exposure. I think what I've learned is that I prefer a brighter image as I intend to try to move the histogram more to the right by moving the white slider to the right.
I think one of my biggest issue is getting the exposure just right. Sometime I can't quite tell whether to boost the exposure by 1/4 or 1/3 of a stop. I use CTRL+Z a lot to move back and forth between the values and the image seemed about right and I guess it could go either way. I know going more or less than the values that I've specified (1/5 or 1/2 a stop more or less) will give an undesirable result assuming the image just need at least a boost of 1/4 or 1/3 of a stop. What sort of rule or sign I should look for to determine which value to get me the "right" exposure?
The same goes with the shadow slider. Sometime a +50 seem to give a decent result, but a +75 may look more pleasant to my eyes just because it reveals more details in the shadows. Yet, it can also give it an artificial look (not quite sure if I'm describing things properly here).
I created a thread here about the white and black sliders. I get the impression that it's a bit like the white balance and that there's no hard rule. Even if neither the whites or blacks are clipped (the clipping warning is still black for both sliders), Sometimes a +40 on the whites look nice, but at the same time a +35 may look slightly better. Any tips on getting me to nail down the "correct" value?
I know some of you guys are thinking that I'm looking for some scientific response and I guess that's how I think. I understand that there is not necessarily a right number and this is where I'm suppose to use the more artistic side of my brain...