One of the Least-Known but Most Useful Sliders in Lightroom

Lightroom is an intricate program with dozens of controls, and among all those options, a few hidden gems are waiting for you. This excellent video tutorial takes a look at one of the least-known but useful sliders. 

Coming to you from Brian Matiash, this insightful video focuses on a specific Lightroom slider that Matiash deems indispensable in his editing workflow, the blue primary saturation slider. As Matiash has evolved as a photographer, he's shifted towards a more subtle, nuanced editing style, emphasizing the natural beauty of his images. Matiash demonstrates how this particular slider plays a crucial role in bringing out the vibrant yet natural colors in photos. It's been a bit of a hidden secret among landscape photographers for years, and I'm certainly glad to see it getting some attention.

Matiash’s explanation about why he prefers this slider is particularly enlightening. Unlike the Color Mixer, which acts more like a local edit tool, the Color Calibration sliders adjust every pixel in the image, offering a global change. Matiash gives a practical demonstration with various photos, including those taken with both professional and mobile cameras, illustrating the versatility and impact of this slider. His tips are especially beneficial for photographers looking to refine their editing techniques to achieve a more sophisticated and professional result. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Matiash.

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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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I thank you for showing this, will play....