TAKE CONTROL OF THE LOOK
Use Lightroom tools to correct casts and enhance your RAW images
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