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Enhancing the color and contrast

From: Enhancing a Sunset Photograph with Lightroom and Photoshop

Video: Enhancing the color and contrast

In this movie, we'll taking a look at how we

Enhancing the color and contrast

In this movie, we'll taking a look at how we can improve the overall color and contrast of this photograph. And we'll do so by working in the Basic panel in the Develop module. Before we start to work on the picture, let's go ahead and collapse the panels on the left. To do so, simply click on the triangle icon right here. This will open up more screen space for the photograph. Next, navigate to the Develop module by clicking on the Develop module button. Then open up the Basic panel. You can click on the word Basic to open up that panel.

Well, here we have some controls which allow us to work with color and tone and presence. Let's begin at the top. One of the things that I want to do with this photograph is I want to add a lot of warmth to this picture to make the sunset more vibrant. Yet, before we do, take a look at the subtle colors that we have here. We have the blue of the ocean, we have the reds and the oranges and yellows of the sunset, and then some blue sky above. Eventually, what we're going to do is really draw out those blues as well as the oranges and yellows.

Yet for starters, at least in this movie, we'll begin by working on the yellows and the oranges. So let's drag this temperature slider over here to the right, and also drag the tint slider just a touch over as well. This will allow us to really bring out those vibrant and warm colors that we have in the photograph. Next, let's make our way to a few tone controls. For this picture, I want the surfer to be a bit more of a silhouette. So, in order to accomplish that, we will increase our Contrast slider.

Notice how it makes those dark tones here in the foreground even darker. If we want those an even deeper or darker black, we can work with the Blacks slider. Just drag that over here to the left. Alright, well, a quick review of what we've done so far. Temperature and Tint, we brought over to the right. Contrast, we increased and then Blacks, we decreased. Alright, well, if we want a little more color variety or if we want to enhance some of the weaker colors, we can work with the Vibrant slider.

When you drag this to the right, what it will do is it will help saturate some of those weaker colors and add a little more color variety to the photograph. And then, let's add a little more color punch just by bringing up the saturation a little bit there as well. So far, so good. At this step in the project, we looked at how we can enhance the color and the contrast in the photograph. Well, now that we've done that, we're ready to begin the focus on some of the smaller details, and we'll do that in the next movie.

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