This 'Hidden' Lightroom Slider Will Make Your Photos Pop

There are a lot of different ways to edit a photo in Lightroom, but most people probably do not use this slider for the purpose demonstrated here, as it is designed for something else. Nonetheless, it can give your photos that extra bit of pop that makes them catch the viewer's eye without teetering into the territory of the gaudy. This great video tutorial will show you where to find it and how to use it to improve your images. 

Coming to you from Park Cameras, this fantastic video tutorial will show you how to use a hidden midtones slider in Lightroom to add a bit of natural pop to your photos. This slider is not hidden in the sense that Adobe put it in a secret place. Rather, it is not found in the basic toning panel with the other adjustments like shadows, highlights, and more, as Adobe designed it for color grading. Nonetheless, if you leave the color adjustments out, it allows you to adjust the luminosity of the midtones for a subtle but effective edit that will not risk the overbaked HDR look that comes from pushing the shadows and highlights sliders around too much. You could also use the tone curve for this effect, but that is probably not as straightforward or efficient, though there's certainly nothing wrong with that. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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No pop and no hidden pop.

10 minutes video for a slider? PASS.
At least the cover image has all the information. Thanx.

I agree, these videos are annoying and I never click through to them. It would be nice if f-stoppers just wrote articles like they used to, instead of trying to click-bait us into watching lame YouTube vids.

It's fine if you don't like videos, but we don't try to clickbait you into watching videos. Any video repost will have a play button on its thumbnail on the homepage, and we post 2-3 original long-form articles a day, which can be found here:

Fair enough. I like the long form articles. It's why I visit your site. But, when a headline like this pops up in my Google News feed and I click it, only to find that the information suggested in the headline is, in fact, not in the article, but in some video, it feels click-baity. Maybe title these articles that just link to videos with the qualifier "VIDEO: (insert headline here)" so people who aren't interested in watching a video don't have to click. Just a thought.