Use Lightroom Luminance to Give Life To Your Photo

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A really busy bee. Early this morning I went for a walk around our block instead of my usual 5 mile run. While passing by my neighbors garden,  I saw this bee hanging on a bud and snap a couple of shots before it flew. I'm sure they won't mind. Thankfully, I got one that I can use for this post.

When I got home, I immediately imported the photos from the PEN to my catalog, the photo is fine right of camera, but, decided to try to play with the Luminance Sliders in Lightroom.


You can see the before and after on the screen capture below. Boosting the Green Luminance Slider to 40 gave more life to the photo. Also the orange and red sliders boost the overall brightness of the specific color(red and orange) of the bee. What is Luminance and what does it do exactly? Luminance controls the brightness of a specific color range. With the Luminance sliders we can control brightness and darkness of each color. Moving it to the left darkens that color of the image and moving it to the right brightens it.

Oh and lastly, a little vignette can add for more depth and mood to the photo.


This bee was shot with the OLYMPUS 262855 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera (Black camera body), Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 G Vario Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras and the Raynox DCR-250.

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