A Guest Blog from Better Photography magazine contributor, Nick Melidonis
I selected an image from my new exhibition, 'Fishermen of Kerala' and wanted to increase the saturation of the warm early morning light at the top of the photograph.
I opened the HSL Tab in Lightroom and activated the Targeted Adjustment Tool (outlined in the red ellipse). This now allowed me to select any colour within the image and change the parameters. I wanted to increase the saturation in the warm colours on the top of the image only. Choosing the 'Saturation' option in the Tab, I clicked with my mouse on a spot in the red area at the top of the image. Holding down the left mouse button, I pushed my mouse up and the red colours only that I selected now increased in saturation (note the orange and yellow sliders moved to the left). I was happy with the result.
Most photographers know that if you make several changes in Lightroom and wished to see a 'before' and 'after' version of ALL the changes made so far, all you need to do is toggle the back-slash ' \ ' key next to the bracket keys on your keyboard.
What if you wanted to see a Before and After version of the changes you made ONLY for that particular Tab? On some of the Lightroom Tabs, you'll see two squares at the top left of the Tab (marked as a red rectangle in the image above). If the top square (as default) is lit, you are seeing the current changes. Click the bottom square to see the image before you made any changes with the present Tab. This could be very useful in your workflow.
Nick Melidonis has been writing for Better Photography magazine for as long as the editor can remember! Check out his articles in the magazine - and check out his website as well for workshops, photo tours and more - https://www.nickmelidonis.com/