In my inbox today, I received a “Tips & Tricks” message from SmugMug, a site I use for safe, secure uploading of client images.
The item that caught my eye was “For the uninitiated, color correcting photos is no easy chore.” On reading the article, they go into a few examples of using the slider bars to adjust H-S-L (hue – saturation – luminance) in Lightroom. Definitely not for the uninitiated.
Fortunately, I learned how to use Lightroom efficiently and effectively from Teri Virbickis, a friend and photographer extraordinaire and credit the process to her.
When we color correct, blacks, whites, darks, and highlights are targeted first. If we don’t like the results, we sometimes (but rarely) touch the overall exposure and start Lightroom correction of the image again. We address those same characteristics with the goal of maximizing the histogram reference before finally moving on to slight adjustments of H-S-L.