Use Light­room tools to cor­rect casts and en­hance your RAW images

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -


SET WHITE BAL­ANCE In the Ba­sic panel, se­lect the Eye­drop­per tool and choose a neu­tral point. You can ad­just the Tem­per­a­ture and Tint slid­ers to fine-tune the colour cor­rec­tion.


CHOOSE A PRO­FILE Next, head down to the Cam­era Cal­i­bra­tion tab. Click the Pro­file drop­down to ap­ply a pic­ture style. The Cam­era Land­scape pro­file gave us a good re­sult.

3 UP IN­TEN­SITY Head to the HSL panel and al­ter the Sat­u­ra­tion and Lu­mi­nance of spe­cific colours. We wanted to boost the sky and sand, so upped the lev­els of Blue, Yel­low and Or­ange.

4 ADD CURVES The Tone Curve panel gives pre­cise con­trol. Pay at­ten­tion to the his­togram as you edit. We took the High­lights to -40, Lights and Darks down to -25, and boosted the Shad­ows.

5 GET SE­LEC­TIVE You can use the ad­just­ment brush to make very tar­geted ad­just­ments to colour and ex­po­sure. We used a fairly small brush and painted over the sand ridges in the dunes.

6 LAST-MINUTE TWEAKS Take a look at your im­age and con­sider whether you’re happy with the fi­nal re­sult. We took up the Con­trast and Vi­brance again for a punchier fin­ish.

AF­TER COR­RECTED COLOURS We took a step-by-step ap­proach to edit­ing our im­age, start­ing with white bal­ance and then mov­ing on to se­lec­tive ad­just­ments

BE­FORE WASHED-OUT SHOT our RAW files con­tained much more colour in­for­ma­tion than a JPG would have. We were able to edit our im­age with­out any loss in qual­ity

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