A Pretty Slick Lightroom Shallow Depth of Field Trick

Howdy everybody. A few quick things to share with you (including a really slick Lightroom trick), but before we get to that stuff, just wanted to mention that in case you didn’t get to take advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, we’ve extended the deal for 24-hours. You have ’till midnight tonight and then they’re gone. Here’s the link to take advantage of our best prices of the year.

(Note: it’s $50.oo off a KelbyOne one year membership and $300 off a Photoshop World 2017 Full Conference pass).

OK, onto my tip: I did this tip on Friday over at my other blog (lightroomkillertips.com), and I wanted to share it with you all here. It’s a quick, easy trick for creating a shallow depth-of-field effect right within Lightroom. It looks pretty good, and it’s super simple, and I even tossed in a couple of extra Lightroom tips, too! (check it out below):

Tomorrow it’s gonna be a GOOOOOD episode of “The Grid”
Dog photographer extraordinaire, wonderful educator, and just an absolutely delightful person all around, Kaylee Greer, is my guest tomorrow on “The Grid” (my weekly talkshow for photographers) at 4pm ET. Hope you can join us.

Hope you all have a great Tuesday (that’s a thing, right?).



  1. I learned the “duplicate” trick here a long time ago, love using it when doing night time city shots where I use radial tool on each building then duplicate and move to next one! Thanks Scott!!

  2. Wow, what a great tip! I never knew the right click option was there on the grad tool. I have a few photos where that could come in handy.

    Scott, I’m super psyched to go to PSW Orlando next Spring (my fifth time!). Looking over the class line-up, it looks like I’ll be learning a whole bunch of new things. Only thing that is killing me is airfare back to Boston on a Saturday. I think that it’s Spring Break week, so the airlines have jacked up the weekend fares (not blaming you, of course). I kind of wish the conference was ending on Friday, but it is what it is…..

    Kaylee Greer on the Grid? Holy banana sandwiches! I’ll be watching! :-)


  3. Been using LR, professionally, for several years now and I never knew about the right-click “duplicate” feature. Thank you for this LR tip, it’s killer! Hey, that would be a good name for a…oh!

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