Seven Tips For Travel Photography

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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.
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