Lightroom Tone Mapping

  1. With Lightroom 4.x, you can then apply new 2012 Version raw file tone mapping corrections to that 32-bit HDR file. Tone mapping consists of modifying Tone and Presence through exposure, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, contrast, clarity, and vibrance.
  2. Lightroom can create virtual layers which are non destructive.
    1. Because I may want to return and follow a different path in processing, these virtual copies can save a lot of extra work.
    2. They restrict changes to a specific topic in CFAM workflow Process – e.g, Basic or Curves.
  3. Additional steps may involve color or black-and-white hue, saturation, and luminance (HSL).
  4. Tone curve and HSL contain a little round icon in the upper left corner. That’s the Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT) – a slider. TAT let’s you modify contrast and color in local regions to suit your artists palate. TAT is one of those subtle tone mapping concepts that really helps you create a provocative fine art image.
  5. With LR4.x, you can now apply the TAT tool to individual RGB channels.
  6. I always enable Lens Profile Corrections.
  7. Occasionally, I might want to add Vignette or Grain.

About Joe 

Photographer, author, teacher with enhanced skill creating Award-Winning Photos. Joe uses Luminosity Masking and CFAM-Creating Fine Art Magic for his work!