How to Edit Transition Lenses in Lightroom

Every now and then, we run into things as photographers that can trip us up a little if we aren’t prepared. Have you ever had a client wearing glasses during your session, and the next thing you know they’re wearing sunglasses?! Transition lenses are incredibly convenient… unless you’re a photographer. If you have ever had a client wearing transition lenses in their photos, and wondered what you can do so they don’t look like they are wearing sunglasses, we have you covered. It is so helpful to know how to edit transition lenses in Lightroom, so today we are going to show you a very simple method. You won’t believe how easy it is!

How to Edit Transition Lenses in Lightroom

You can see in this image that the Grandma on the right is has transition lenses that have gotten dark. I’ve also included a photo of how they look zoomed in for you to see a closer look.

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The Process

After coming upon this issue a few times, I finally decided to create my own adjustment brush preset for correcting transition lenses. This is the exact brush that I used to edit Grandma’s glasses in the image above. These are the settings I use for my brush:

Temp +8 (or as needed)
Tint -3 (or as needed)
Exposure +.24
Shadows +20

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Many people only use the exposure and shadows sliders to correct transition lenses. However, some transition lenses can have a bit of a colored tint to them. And sometimes, just the way the light is reflecting off of them can affect the color they may appear to be taking on. By adjusting the Temp and Tint sliders as well, you can ensure that your final image has natural skin tones. In this case, the lenses had a slight purple tint to them, so I adjusted the Temp and Tint sliders to compensate for that. You may need to adjust this as needed for your image. Watch the tones of skin as you correct the lenses and adjust the Temp and Tint sliders as necessary for your specific case. Here is how Grandma’s glasses looked after using this brush on them.

How to Edit Transition Lenses in Lightroom

If you find that going over the lenses once doesn’t quite do the trick (especially if they are really dark), all you have to do is grab the brush again, and go over the area a second time, or as many times as you need until you achieve the result you are looking for.

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Now that you know how to edit transition lenses in Lightroom, you don’t have to panic next time you see one of your client’s glasses going dark. Transition lenses really are a quick and easy fix! Have you ever tried correcting transition lenses before? Let us know in the comments!