If you only learn one technique to help take your images to the next level, make it dodging and burning! Follow along and learn how to enhance shape and definition, add detail, and guide the eyes of the viewer using the powerful tools in Lightroom Classic.
Dodging and burning is the art of enhancing the natural highlights and shadows in a photo. Doing so allows us to add shape and definition to a scene, guide the eyes of the viewer, and even bring out details that otherwise would have been lost.
Dodge & Burn in Lightroom Classic
We’ve covered dodging and burning in Photoshop many times before. But countless photographers and editors live and breathe in Lightroom, so we’re here to show you how to get the same professional finish using the powerful tools in Lightroom Classic.
Skin is delicate and it can be easy to get an unnatural look if you take adjustments too far. We show you how to use precision tools to target skin and make adjustments that maintain natural skin texture and tone while helping the subject look their best.
Highlight & Shadow
The key to great dodging and burning is being able to analyze and work with highlight, shadow, and contrast. We show you how to do just that, showing you how to sculpt light around details both big and small in your images.
Masking in Lightroom
Range Masking is one of the most powerful and advanced editing tools Lightroom has to offer. Learn how to use Range Masking to target specific areas of an image to make extremely accurate, localized edits for a polished and professional result.
Portraits & Landscapes
We focus on portraits in this courses, but the fundamentals of dodging and burning are true no matter what kind of photos you work with. Whether you’re editing portraits, landscape, or product photos, mastering these essential skill will help your work stand out.
Master Dodging & Burning
PRO DODGE & BURN TECHNIQUES
Dodge & Burn in Lightroom
Dodging and burning is the art of sculpting light to enhance the definition in a photo. We break down all of the tools you’ll need to create striking highlights, rich shadows, and beautiful details in your images.
Dodging and burning can be done at multiple levels. There’s the zoomed-out level where you can work with your image as a whole, wrapping light around your subject’s face and body. You can also zoom in to tackle all the beautiful details, like those in eyes and hair, that can be easy to lose. We show you how to tackle both scales in your photos to achieve an unparalleled final look.
Guide the Eyes of the Viewer
Have you ever wondered why your eyes are naturally drawn to certain areas of a photo? Well, light, shadow, and contrast play a big part in that. We show you how dodging and burning can help guide the eyes of the viewer to the parts of a portrait that matter most, like the eyes and face of a subject.
Photo Editing in Lightroom Classic
We show you some of the most advanced tools that Lightroom Classic’s Develop Tab has to offer. Do we love Photoshop? Absolutely. But Lightroom Classic has everything you need and more to create professional edits quickly and with precision.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.