The great thing about the program Lightroom is that there are usually a number of different ways to accomplish a task. In this video I show you one fantastic way to create some nice colors in your photo by using a slider tool that you might not have even touched before. As I usually do the video is short - about 2 minutes - and I've provided some samples below to see a before and after as well as steps for those that prefer to read it versus watch a video.
I learned this tip by reading an article by Levi Sim of Photofocus about a year ago. It's one of those simple yet effective little tricks in Lightroom. As a wedding photographer in Arizona I am always looking for quick and easy ways to apply general adjustments to all my photos that give them that subtle boost.
Often when we think of making our colors punch in Lightroom most of us head to the "Vibrance" slider. This method to give your colors a nice kick in the rear is located down in the Camera Calibration menu. Focus your attention on the Blue Primary menu and move the "Saturation" slider to the right. Don't be shy with it. You can usually move it up to at least 30-40 and often all the way to 100 without it doing harm to your image.
So simple right? When you do this you'll see many colors in the photo get that extra kick. The change is subtle enough as well that you could apply this change to just about all your photos via a preset. Here are some photos before and after.
Go give it a shot and let me know what you think in the comments below.