What’s your preferred method for editing colors in Lightroom? Do you use the Calibration panel sitting at the bottom of the Develop module? I usually play around with HSL sliders, and I don’t think I’ve ever used Calibration. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to watch this video. Mango Street’s Daniel Inskeep tells you about this powerful tool and gives you some examples of just how much you can achieve with it.
Calibration allows you to change the tint of your shadows, adding more green or magenta to them. You can then adjust the hue and saturation of the three primary colors: Red, Green, and Blue. So, why Calibration and not HSL? As Daniel explains, Calibration sliders adjust the values of every pixel, whereas the HSL only adjusts values of set hue ranges per slider.
“Think of calibration as developing the color profile of your image,” Daniel explains. You can play around with the sliders and crank them all the way to the left and right to see where it takes you. It’s great for determining the starting point of your image and the color palette you’ll use. From there, you can modify the intensity of each slider, and then edit the image as you normally would.
You can use Calibration for some very dramatic adjustments. In his video, Daniel shows two examples and creates and changes his images to a great extent. But of course, this tool is useful for subtler editing as well.
So, as I mentioned, I think I’ve never used the Calibration panel before. I’ve always relied on HSL sliders and Photoshop’s Selective Color for even subtler color tweaks. What about you? Has the Calibration panel been a part of your workflow?