For Photographers: Removing Chromatic Aberration

For Photographers

August 6, 2014

If you’re a photographer who’s like me and shoots wide open a lot, you might have noticed chromatic aberration a time or two. You know, that really unfortunate purple fringing sometimes seen around edges of things you’ve photographed? I personally notice this the most on tree branches. Shooting with L series glass will help lessen chromatic aberration, as does shooting at narrower apertures. But if you’re like me and you’re not willing to stop shooting wide open, you’ll want to learn today’s tip!

A while back I blogged about using the lens corrections tool to help get rid of vignetting and distortion. Well, that tool is also great for removing chromatic aberration! The old way I used to get rid of CA was bringing down the purple saturation slider under the HSL tab in Lightroom. That worked ok, but sometimes you don’t want to get rid of all of the purple in an image…you just want the chromatic aberration to go somewhere. Somewhere far away. Instead of turning down (turn down for what??) the saturation you can use the lens correction tab!

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Check the “Remove Chromatic Aberration” box and then fiddle with the “amount” slider until it’s gone. You can also play with the hue bars if the image colors don’t look quite right. For this example, I just used the “amount” slider and left the others as they were at default.

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That was super simple, wasnt it?? No more struggling to get the purple out but leave purple tones in the flowers. No more sketchy purple trees! The next time you see purple fringing in your photos, try this out!


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