STEP BY STEP / Right on target
1 Go Solo
Import TYLR17.dng into Lightroom’s Develop module. Right-click on any panel and choose Solo Mode. Now when you click to open one panel, the previous one will close. Open the Basic panel. Here you can make global adjustments to the photo. Drag the Shadows slider right to a value of +47. This targets and lightens the shadows.
2 Darken the sky
Click on the Graduated Filter icon in the toolbar below the histogram window. Choose Exposure from the Effect menu. Set the Exposure slider to -1.39, and the other sliders to 0. Click at the top of the frame and drag down to the horizon. This creates a gentle graduated tonal adjustment that darkens the top of the frame. Click on Done.
3 Expand the tonal range
The histogram graph doesn’t reach the far right, indicating that the photo lacks strong highlight information. Click the cursor on the far right of the histogram window and the Whites slider will become highlighted. Click and drag right to increase the Whites slider setting to +45. You now have a wider ranger of tones.
4 Selectively boost the colours
Click on the HSL panel, and then on the Saturation tab. Drag the Orange slider to +71 to boost the colours of the sunset without altering those in the rest of the photo. If you’re not sure which colours are present in a darker area, click on the Targeted Adjustment tool icon at the top-left of the Saturation tab, then on a green hill to target it.
5 Make targeted adjustments
With the Targeted Adjustment tool, click and drag upwards on the hill to sample the colours there and increase their saturation. This causes the Green and Yellow sliders to move to the right. Stop dragging upwards when Yellow is at +49 and Green is around a value of +26. You can manually tweak individual sliders too.
6 Lighten the hills
Click on the Luminance tab. With the Targeted Adjustment tool, click on a hill, then drag upwards to lighten the sampled colours. Let the Yellows shoot up to +71. Manually drag the Green slider up to +86. The lighter yellows have blown out the sky, so click on the Graduated Filter icon, then on its Edit pin, and drag the Exposure slider to -1.93.