Light Bleeding: How to Add More Warmth to Your Photography

If you’re looking for a simple way to add more light and warmth to your photos, check out this easy “light bleeding” method from travel photographer Jimmy McIntyre. It’s quick, easy, and can be done wherever there’s directional light:

The technique is so simple you may have already used it before:

  • Add a layer
  • Match color
  • Change the opacity of your paint brush—stronger at the light source, less strong the farther you get away
  • Blend with soft light
  • Create a mask if you need to touch up

As demonstrated in the video above, there’s not really anything more to it.

Adding warmth and energy with light bleeding

What do you think? Are the results worth it? Or should one just aim to get that level of warmth in camera and not in post-processing?

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