A New Brush for Lightroom

View above Derwent Reservoir in the Peak District. The long focal length used for this image created a lot of haze which the new Dehaze feature in Lightroom removed. Sony RX10, ISO80, f/4.5, 1/125".
View above Derwent Reservoir in the Peak District. The long focal length used for this image created a lot of haze which the new Dehaze feature in Lightroom removed. Sony RX10, ISO80, f/4.5, 1/125″.

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your support with yesterday’s problem. A number of people also emailed me to say don’t worry about 1 star reviews where there is no comment (“no one ever pays attention to these”). Unfortunately the sales data suggests people are swayed strongly by a 1 star review, even with a low priced book. I guess they don’t want to waste valuable time and I can’t blame them. Fortunately the problem is now resolved so thank you.I would like to emphasise that I am always open to new ideas for future books and articles so please feel free to contact me.

Now to the subject of today’s post – Lightroom. Have you noticed there has been a new release of Lightroom over the past few weeks? If not and you are using version 6 (or are a CC subscriber) you might want to take a closer look.

When Lightroom 6 launched there was a lot of publicity about the new merge to HDR and to a lesser extent merge to Panorama. What didn’t receive much attention the new “Dehaze” feature.
Now if you are a Landscape Photographer this is a great tool. It seems to cut through the atmospheric haze that can often occur. But equally and very usefully, it can also introduce the appearance of haze. Unfortunately the slider control (found under Effects) is a global adjustment and so will act on all areas of your image.

What this latest release of Lightroom has introduced is a Dehaze control into the Gradient and Brush tools. This means you can now apply the adjustment to selected areas of the image which opens up a lot of new options. The global control is great for removing haze but isn’t good for introducing it. But make a selection with the Brush tool and you can increase the feeling of depth in your image or even simulate fog.

If you haven’t tried this tool yet you really should.

10 thoughts on “A New Brush for Lightroom

  1. Been using it regularly as a global adjustment, didn’t realise that I could use it more selectively using a brush adjustment so thank you for that

  2. As far as I can tell (and from user comments on the net), the dehaze filter is not available in Lightroom 6. It is only available to CC users. Or am I missing something?

    1. Interesting. I understood the two were one and the same. The difference being the purchase method. I switched during Lightroom 5 to the CC version and they were identical. If you have Lightroom 6 you can check the Effects panel to see if the slider is in there.

  3. HiI am trying this as I am not sure if you have received my other emails.I bought your book on layers and wanted to download the images to use in practice.I tried to get a password reset for your lenscraft website but do not get any email replies.Can you help?thanks

    Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:31:50 +0000 To: jillbramley@hotmail.com

    1. Hi Jill, I replied yesterday to your email. I have just forwarded my response again using a different email account. My lenscraft mails may be getting blocked for some reason. Let me know if you haven’t received the reply.

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