One of the more popular styles on Instagram is urban photography that sports a high contrast look with some desaturated colors. When trying to reproduce this look though, a lot of people run into problems. When adding contrast to an image, oftentimes the colors become more saturated, which is the opposite of what is needed for this look. When you try and use the saturation slider to fix the problem, you end up taking out some of the color that you need for the image.
The trick is to use the HSL/Color/B&W section in Lightroom. In this section you have the ability to change the hue, saturation, and luminosity of specific colors while leaving other colors alone. In the video, this option is used to drop the saturation of selected colors while raising the saturation of other colors.
The video also shows a cool trick where an image had a lot of yellows but he only wanted the yellow cab to be saturated. Because the saturation sliders were set to desaturate the blues, when he takes the color temp slider to the blue side, most of the yellows go away while leaving the cab yellow.
The video also shows you how to save these setting as a preset as well as giving links to the creator’s site so you can download the presets he made in the video for free.