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Lens Corrections in Adobe Lightroom

The Lens Corrections panel in Lightroom contains powerful features to correct lens distortion, chromatic aberration, and more. In this tutorial, Daniel explains how to correct distortion in a super wide-angle photo.

5 Comments

  • Tim says:

    Wow, I don’t want to sound like a jerk, but this video strikes me as coming from someone who just discovered the feature and was so excited to make a video about it, but should have learned more first.

    First, rather than show us how a number of settings don’t have the desired effect, why not start with a different image, show how the basic options can work, and then move to the fisheye image to show now advanced options are needed?

    Second, it is absolutely *terrible* advice to suggest using lens profiles from entirely different lenses! You will never achieve the best results, as every lens is unique in it’s distortion and CA profiles. Perhaps one might get away with using a different generation of the same lens, but even that will be less than optimal.

    Worse yet, Mr. Bryant seems unaware of the ability within Lightroom to install other lens profiles. If he was aware, it was a glaring omission not to include such important information in the video. A unsuspecting viewer may end up using some poorly-fitting profile from a completely different lens rather than installing the profile for his exact lens.

    I’m just glad I learned about this feature before I saw this video.

  • Cindy says:

    Well said, Tim.

  • pete says:

    Tim,
    I am sorry that you did not like the video, but I think you might be overstating a few things.

    First off, Daniel clearly states that he had just discovered this feature and wanted to share it. I would much rather listen to someone enthusiastic and wanting to spread something that he has learned, than someone teaching with no life or excitement. He is not trying to bill himself as the greatest Lightroom teacher, and yet I enjoyed this tutorial and I am sure many folks will appreciate him walking us through the sliders. Yes, his technique could have used some tweaking, but that could be said about just about everyone.

    Secondly, when Daniel said that you could use a similar profile, he did not say that it would produce the “best” results, but that it may be able to get you to a usable level and on to working on more images. It sounds like you are very knowledgable about lens correction and that it is a very important system and process for you and that you strive to get everything perfect. Daniel wasn’t trying to teach us the perfect system, but rather get us excited about beginning to delve into lens correction and play with it. He made it seem like something that I could experiment with and not be afraid of messing up my images.

    Finally, your statement is not only a bit harsh but also wrong about his knowledge of installing profiles… at the 4:40 mark he talks about using Adobe Labs to create your own profile if that is the direction you want to go. Your tone is as if Daniel is trying to foist bad information on unsuspecting viewers rather than give them a glimpse into a handy feature in Lightroom.

    Yes, I do know that there is a wonderful science and a very precise way to get the most out of Lens Correction and that some folks are really invested in that part of editing their images… but to clobber Daniel because he gives his opinion and some tips is unfair. Yes, I understand that you want to make folks aware of a better way, but do it in a way that doesn’t take it out on the guy trying to help. Your response would be better received if it was written with tact and caring, rather than blunt force trauma.

    We are all on this journey of learning together and the trip goes more smoothly when we are considerate of the other passengers.

  • Steve Birkett says:

    Well said Pete

  • Tim,

    Thank you for your feedback! You know, I really am excited about this technique! Maybe next time I’lll throw in a few more photos to make things a little more clear. The important thing,…did you understand what was being taught? If not, like I tell everyone—send me an email and I’ll do my best to help 🙂

    As far as using another lens profile—if you would like a more exact lens correction, visit Labs.Adobe.com like I mentioned in the video, and download the “Adobe Lens Profile Creator”. With the Adobe Lens Profile Creator you can create your own lens profiles to meet your own specific camera lenses. However, with the “Lens Profile Downloader,” (which I think you are referring to in your comment above) those profiles are community based—meaning someone in the Lightroom community has created those profiles, and you are subject to that person’s art/ creation/ or interpretation of the “correct” way that lens correction should take place. BUT, if you are in a time crunch, or even just want to experiment a little—I would still say search through the other profiles. The result might not be exact, but it will get you moving in the right direction.

    I hope that helps. If you ever have any questions, just email me 🙂

    Thanks,

    Daniel