We’ve all been there. You get home from a shoot, offload your photos, grab a cup of coffee and start editing. You go through your normal workflow — a little exposure increase here, a little saturation bump there, +10 contrast and clarity, a little bit of sharpening and maybe even a slight vignette. Your photo looks great, but you feel like it’s lacking something and just seems a little “flat”. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one slider in Lightroom to make your photo pop? Blue Primary Saturation can do just the trick! Check out the effect that it has on the photo below, and then I’ll show you where to find it in Lightroom.
Pretty great, huh? You can find the slider for Blue Primary Saturation in the Camera Calibration tab at the bottom right of the develop module in Lightroom. You can see on the left side of my Lightroom screen that I created four Blue Primary Saturation presets in +25 increments. I highly recommend this so you can see the effect of the slider very quickly on your photo.
As with any post processing trick, remember to be judicious about it. Sometimes I’ll try just +25 on this slider and find the effect it has on the photo to be too much. Here’s a quick example in a shot I took just yesterday afternoon. The difference between 0 and +100 is substantial (and some might like it), but for me, the +25 version is the one I settled on.
In this one, I liked how +75 Blue Primary Saturation really gave the photo a nice pop and glow, much closer to how I remember the scene that morning.
Do you have any favorite post processing tricks in Lightroom? Leave a comment and let me know!