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How to use Adobe Lightroom (Part 5 of 5) - The Photography Express

How to use Adobe Lightroom (Part 5 of 5)

Welcome to part 5 of the “How to use Adobe Lightroom” tutorial. This is the last session of the 5 part series and I’m going to show you yet another set of amazing things that you can do with this software. In this video, you’re going to learn the HSL panel, split toning, lens correction and camera calibration panel inside Lightroon.

Before we begin, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for watching the videos. I really don’t like my voice but I had to do the videos because I truly believe post-processing skill is a MUST if you want to take photography to the next level. I cannot ignore this topic in my blog and I want to do this through videos so you can learn quicker and more efficiently.

If you look at the length of each video they are just about 5 minutes long. But they took me more than 2 hours to produce one video. I would say I spent at least 10 hours on producing these content so you won’t be learning each little detail but instead understand the workflow and big picture of using Adobe Lightroom. Thank you once again and look forward to more tutorial videos coming up!

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Show note

HSL panel – what the HSL panel does is to let you work on each color individually and make adjustments to them. You have 3 tools inside this panel, The Hue, saturation, and luminance. Let me describe what they are below:

The hue – is the shade of color that you’re making adjustments to. It can make green look from yellow to green and make red to turn from orange to pink. So in the photo shown in the video, if I work on the red I can make the cars on the highway look from orange to pink. And if I work on the orange then I can make the bridges look from yellow to red.

The saturation – is to set how vibrance of a color you want it to be. You can change the color from colorful all the way to grey. Back to the example in the video, if I work on the orange color it’ll turn the bridges and cars on the highway looks grey. Basically, this tool adds or disables the pop of color in your photo.

The luminance – set the exposure of a particular color and it control the brightness and darkness of a tone. So again back in the example in the video, if I work on the orange color I can make it overexposed or underexposed on the highway areas.

A cool tip that I want to showed you in the video is that if you click on the little dot on the top left hand side of the HSL panel. It shows you what color it is relating to in the photo. You can move around the mouse curser and it’ll show what color you can work on. To test it out in the video, I knew the sky is blue so if I move my mouse to that area you see the HSL panel has the blue section highlighted.

Split toning – Going down to the next panel area it is split toning. This is used for changing the way color looks in the photo. To make this as little technical as possible in the video I showed you the way you should use it. It is to move the saturation bar to full before moving the hue slider. Therefore, in the highlights section inside split toning, I should move the saturation slider to the maximum, and then move the hue slider left and right until you see a color that looks good in this photo and work your way backwards. This goes the same with the shadows tool at the bottom.

Lens correction panel – The one thing you can do here is to check the “enable profile correction” box. What this does is to tell lightroom to use the information contained in your image to get detail about your lens and apply corrections base on problems it is aware of. For example, if you are using a wide-angle lens and the edges are not straight, then lightroom is going to straighten the lines for you. Personally I hardly use this panel so I wont spend too much time on it.

Camera calibration panel – Lastly, in the camera calibration panel you can use the profile section to select different presents available for your camera. The reason to do this is to make Lightroom shows the photo exactly like behind of your camera’s LCD screen.

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  1. I’m looking forward to replaying these tutorials when I install lightroom. Lots of great content to delve into! Appreciate you taking the time to create and share this series.

    • You’re very welcome Heather. Let me know if you need help after installing Lightroom I’m more than happy to guide you through the process. In future, I’m planning to do a photo walkthrough where I’ll pick a picture and make edits all the way to the final product in the video. Thanks for stopping by!

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