Developing your images in Lightroom
The techniques discussed here work for all image editing software, terminology and the ideas are the same...
- Calibrate your monitor
- Pay attention to the Light!
- Tone with the Basic Panel sliders in the following order.
- Sets overall image brightness.
- Add or subtract contrast.
- luminance control for “mid-tone to highlight” works in both positive and negative directions and on an evenly balanced scale. You can lighten or darken the highlights!
- luminance control for “mid-tone to shadow” regions, (overlaps between highlights slightly). Works in both positive and negative directions and on an evenly balanced scale. Lightens or Darkens the shadow areas…
- are used to adjust the end points for the image’s brightest and darkest tones, respectively. Sets your white and black points.
The Presence Controls
Now 3 times stronger --Increases/decreases Mid-tone Contrast, Similar to unsharp masking as Clarity can introduce white halos. It's a The lens cleaning filter!
Increases saturation of less saturated colors Ignores skin tones.
Boosts over all saturation, and can cause colors to clip.
The Detail Panel
- If you only do 1 thing, Detail your image!
Crop and straighten horizons
The following summarizes what the Develop Module panels does in Lightroom, you will also find keyboard shortcuts and other useful information…
On the above summary page you will find links to a case study with a more detailed discussion about what the various sliders accomplish.
You can also find a more Detailed Discussion about Photography workflow here… The Workflow