With the digital revolution in photography over the last decade or longer, I'm constantly bombarded with new software, faster software, easier "just do it for me one click editing" software either via email or on social media. But there's one thing that all the software presets in the world can't compare to...the traditional method of dodging and burning.
It's as old as...photography itself. There's a reason why I still rely heavily on selective lightening and darkening of certain areas of a photo. It's because it's so dang powerful and effective!! Yes, I do it with the aforementioned software, but I'm a bit of a control freak and I like to do it in my own way, to my own degree. I have a method that I've used for years. It's one of the most popular things taught at my Photoshop Layers workshops and you can even do it in Lightroom with the use of brushes. Check out this short video that demonstrates the method I use to dodge and burn images in Photoshop. It's an older version of Photoshop but it all applies to CC today. Like the film processing in the past, this method is all about subtlety and control. I use it to guide the viewer through the image. Also on my channel is a video on creating a Photoshop Action. I use an action to create the Dodge and Burn layer so I can simply select my brush and start painting in dark and light where I want.
I hope you enjoy it!
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