Setting the Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, and Contrast sliders properly is an essential step when working on full-color digital photographs in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. These Tone Controls are all part of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic’s Basic Panel.
I use these controls to set the overall brightness for every single one of my images since all digital photos need some level of tonal adjustment. No photograph is perfect straight out of the camera.
The power of the Basic Panel
Throughout this video tutorial, I talk about how to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic’s Basic Panel sliders most effectively. Generally speaking, the goal when enhancing almost any photograph is to make sure that the image’s histogram stretches all the way from almost inky black up to almost paper white. By filling up the full range of useable tones our images gain tremendous strength and depth.
Your photos will never exhibit their full potential and beauty if you skip over these essential sliders. Setting the overall image brightness–filling the histogram–is an important first step no matter what type of photos you shoot or what type of file you are processing.