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How to Fix Lens Defects in Your Photos Using Adobe Lightroom (in 60 Seconds)

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No matter how expensive your lens is, it's likely to introduce imperfections to the image. Here are several common items you can correct for:

  • Distortion - distortion turns real-life straight lines into wavy ones in your image. Pincushion distortion feels like the image is being sucked into the center, while barrel distortion shows a bulge toward the center of the frame.
  • Vignetting - vignetting is the darkening of the edges of images, which are particularly problematic for landscape images featuring blue skies that should be consistent across the frame.
  • Chromatic aberration - also known as color fringing, this often shows as purple edges on the edge of subjects and is particularly prevalent at wide apertures or with backlighting.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to correct for lens effects in just 60 seconds. We'll take a look at both automatic and manual correction options in Adobe Lightroom.

Lens Corrections in 60 Seconds

You might be surprised to learn how easy this feature is to use in Adobe Lightroom. You'll learn how to use the lens database to automatically correct for the imperfections that plague many images. Check out the screencast below.

Easy One-Click Enhancements

My favorite part of the lens correction panel in Lightroom is how easy it is to use. With just a couple of clicks, Lightroom can solve the lens flaws.

Even though I love to use Adobe Lightroom, I still want to work in it efficiently. My workflow leans heavily on using presets, which are one-click effects to change the look and style of an image. Envato elements includes hundreds of high-quality Lightroom presets, all with one affordable subscription. Here are a few examples: 

Flat Tones and Bright Colors: Pastel Colors

Pastel colors are great for fashion and wedding photography. The matte effect in this image is really going to bring out those pastel colors for easy results in a single click. 

The combination of color adjustments, shifts, and overlays really brings a pastel style effect to your images.

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Film Simulation Presets: The Film Collection

This pack is a great way to get started with simulating film styles. Each of the presets in this pack brings a slightly different film simulation to the table.

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The Film Collection by Presetrain

Soft Color Film Effects: Deeptone

This pack of film presets has a slightly darker, more faded style that really captures the essence of film photography. 

Deeptone by Presetrain

Keep Learning

Check out the other tutorials below to learn more about lenses and correcting for their imperfections:

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