Creating sunlight with Lightroom

In the middle of Portland’s endless rainy season, I’m longing for sunshine. While I can’t easily find it for myself, I can create it for my dolls. And, it’s really easy, assuming you have any kind of touchup tool with an adjustment brush.

Here’s a picture I’m working on for my current episode. I start off shooting the doll in the middle of a houseplant (This is Amy from Iplehouse, a doll I love for the open-mouthed wonder of her look)

I’m pretty happy with the overall lighting/color of this photo, so I don’t touch it even though I shot it in Raw mode. Then, I overlay the image on a picture of the forest, so it doesn’t look so much like a doll sitting in a potted plant in my living room.

Pretty good, but it’s missing the little splash of something. So, in Lightroom (where I store all of my photos) I use the adjust brush and increase the exposure for the spots I touch. And here’s Amy with the dappled sunlight touching her hair, face and arms.

I particularly like the little sparkle it gives her eyes. It’s a totally no risk adjustment – it doesn’t change the stored photo at all. And, if you just want to tinker with it, you can take your brush and set it to erase to remove any little bit you don’t like.

So, sunshine in Portland in the winter. If only bringing the real thing here were so easy. 🙂

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