Lightroom series part 13: How to edit and retouch a low-key portrait

Lightroom tutorial low key portrait retouching
(Image credit: Sean McCormack)

Just like fashion, there are trends in photography. They’re hard to ignore, and so they should form part of your photographic arsenal. For a long time, high-key portraits (where the background is white, and the rest of the image is above middle grey) have been popular – but low-key (where the background and clothes are dark) is definitely on the way back in.

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Sean McCormack

Sean McCormack is a commercial, and editorial photographer, book author, and regular contributor to Digital Camera magazine based in Galway, Ireland. He has extensive experience with Lightroom, dating back to its original beta version, and has tried out just about every plugin and preset available. His latest book is Essential Development 3: 25 Tips for Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module