Photos with Ugly Fringing Color? Here’s an easy 1-Minute Fix

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Have you ever noticed the color fringes that appear around the edges and corners of your photos? Join the club. Also known as Chromatic Aberration, these artifacts are a sure way to spoil an otherwise nice shot.

As you’ll see below in the Lightroom video tutorial, there is a quick and easy fix. Instructor Roy van der Wens is a self-taught Belgian proWho applied his fashion photography skill to become one the most acclaimed wedding photographer in the Netherlands. This lesson is a “must-see” because it offers a quick fix to a problem you are likely to face more than once.

Roy describes this problem as follows: “Chromatic Aberration is caused when different colors of light focus in different points, resulting in color fringes around the edges of your photos.” This is common when shooting in high-contrast situations with bright backgrounds. These ugly artifacts appear around trees and buildings when shooting in high contrast situations.

Roy says that this problem is more acute “when you are using a low f/stop and zoom lenses.” Now that you know the enemy, let’s open a problematic photo in Lightroom to learn Roy’s perfect solution. Roy shot the demonstration photo in Italy—a nice landscape scene with a tall tower atop a building in the foreground.

Once Roy zooms in, you will see the horrible fringing on the tower. What should you do now? The first step is to locate the Lens Correction Tools within Lightroom’s editing panel. Roy clicks the Manual tab, which expands a panel containing what Roy calls the “magic weapons” for combating Chromatic Aberration.

Roy shows you how to move one or several sliders in the right direction until the fringing disappears. You’re left with an absolutely stunning shot. Just take a look at Roy’s before/after examples and you’ll be totally convinced as to the power of this  super-easy technique.

You can find more tips on shooting and editing on Roy’s YouTube channel for instructional videosSo, be sure to check out what’s on offer.

On a similar note, we recommend that you also check out the tutorial posted recently by another post-processing specialist who explains How to remove color casts from landscape photos.

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