Automatic Whites & Blacks in Lightroom

Automatic Whites & Blacks in Lightroom

Today I’d like to share a quick and useful Lightroom tip with you. Did you know that you can determine optimal value of Whites and Blacks sliders with just a single click? Without trying to guess it?

To do that you just have to hold Shift key and double click on the given slider. This works for following sliders:

  • Whites,
  • Blacks,
  • Exposure,
  • Contrast

But it doesn’t work neither for Highlights nor Shadows sliders.

This might seem like a small almost useless feature but in fact it can be really helpful – by automatically determining Whites and Blacks you will have a nice starting point to adjust exposure of your image further. White and Blacks work similarly to Levels adjustment in Photoshop so by adjusting them correctly you can expand dynamic range of your image to make it pop.

Featured photo – Green Hills in Dorset

Today photo is another one taken in the Lulworth Cove area, Dorset, England. I think it’s quite a nice image with all those vibrant green and blue colours. Once again it’s a single long exposure image, edited almost entirely in Lightroom (apart from some cloning described below). The edits involved mainly increasing vibrance, adding gradient filter for the sky to make it slightly darker and adding a little bit of vignette.

You might wonder why did I use long exposure here. Well, first of all I like movement it creates making the scenes more dynamic (which create a nice contrast for otherwise idyllic scene) but there was one more important reason in this case. There were plenty of people travelling this road up and down and I would probably never manage to get decent photo. By using long exposure they became blurred – like ghosts – so they became much less visible. To completely get rid of them I just had to use a tiny bit of cloning in Photoshop.

Tip: So remember – if you have plenty of walking tourists the easiest way to get rid of them is to use long exposure. The longer the exposure, the less visible the people will be.

Green hills
And finally EXIF info for this image:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 16 mm
Aperture: f/13.0
Exposure time: 10 s
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: ND400 neutral density filter
Technique: long exposure
Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom 6, Photoshop CC 2015, Topaz Detail, Topaz Clarity

2017-01-17T19:42:31+00:00 July 10th, 2015|Posted in: landscape, lightroom, long-exposure, Lulworth Cove, tutorial|