[Lightroom 3] Correcting CAs for further processing

Author bRokEnCHaRacTer - Last updated: 12.05.2012

All in all it is pretty easy: Lightroom provides a simple tool to correct chromatic aberrations. Since Lightroom 3, you don’t eve have to do this yourself, when your lenses are registered in the lens correction profile database

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So let’s begin:

1) Select the file you want to process, if you want to make a HDR, select the first shot of your series:

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2) This does not look good: Heavy CAs on the left boarder. Go to the lens corrections the toolbar:

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3a) Now there are two possibilities to remove them: manually or via the lens correction database. First, let’s do it the hard way

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Move the "Reset Chromatic Aberration" sliders to a position where the CAs disappear from your shot. This is a fun work, since the CAs may not be identical on different focal lengths or apertures.

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3b) If you’re lucky (and own Lightroom 3), you can also use the profiles supplied with LR.

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4) LR can also correct lens distortions and vignetting, which is pretty neat. Looks much nicer now, right?

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5) Bracketed images can be corrected in a batch via "Sync settings". Mark all shots of the series and select the first one. Then open the context menu as shown here:

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#7 Finally you can export the images for further processing in Photomatix Pro. If you use a HDR engine not supported in lightroom, use the TIFF export.

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I hope this small howto helps a bit. If you have any questions or suggestions,give me a shout in this thread

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