4. The Basic Adjustments
Entire articles are dedicated to the “Basic” adjustments (as they are referred to in Lightroom CC and Lightroom for mobile), as they will likely be your most-used editing tools. After adjusting Temperature and Tint, the following adjustments relate to the tonal quality of light and the intensity and quality of color. Note: (+) values equal “brighter” or increased amounts of each setting, and (-) values equal “darker” or decreased amounts.
- Exposure. Acts to lighten or darken the entire image equally.
- Contrast. The difference between the darkest and lightest parts of the image.
- Highlights. The highlights slider recovers detail in the brightest parts of an image.
- Shadows. The shadows slider recovers detail in the darkest parts of an image.
- Whites. This slider allows you to set your white point, which is the brightness value at which the brightest part of the image becomes pure white.
- Blacks. This slider allows you to set your black point, which is the brightness value at which the darkest part of the image becomes pure black.
- Clarity. This slider increases or decreases the mid tone contrast. It is similar to the contrast slider above, but does not affect the brightest or darkest parts of the image.
- Vibrance. The vibrance slider allows you to recover some of the subtle color in your image, bringing back some of the ‘pop’ of color.