Lighten things up

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Pick a process

Open pre­set­s_s­tart.dng in Light­room’s De­velop mod­ule. Open the Cam­era Cal­i­bra­tion panel. Light­room 5 and on­wards use the 2012 Raw pro­cess­ing en­gine, but you could jump back to the 2010 process, if you pre­fer, to re­place the Ba­sic panel’s High­lights and Shad­ows slider with the Re­cov­ery and Fill light slid­ers.

2 Choose a pro­file

We’ll leave Process set to 2012 (Cur­rent) so that we’re us­ing Light­room’s lat­est Raw-pro­cess­ing tools. Now to try var­i­ous pro­files from the drop-down menu. Cam­era Land­scape makes the skin look too or­ange. Cam­era Por­trait in­creases con­trast with­out boost­ing colour, so we’ll set­tle with that pro­file as a start­ing point.

3 Fine-tune the pro­file

To coun­ter­act the slight ma­genta tint, drag the Shad­ows slider to -47. To make the skin look less or­ange, go to red Pri­mary and drag Sat­u­ra­tion down to -22. If you’re un­happy with the look, hold down Alt and click a la­bel, such as Re­set Shad­ows.

4 Go back to ba­sics

Go to the Ba­sic panel to fin­ish off. Set the Ex­po­sure slider to +0.90 to brighten the im­age. Set High­lights to +20, Whites to +22 and Vi­brance to +36 for a sub­tle colour boost. A be­fore-and-after view demon­strates how ef­fec­tive the Cam­era Cal­i­bra­tion panel can be.

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