Reveal the hidden details in your photos using the Basic sliders in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic.
Person holding mobile phone with social media image of canyon and river.

Choose File > Import Photos and Video and then add the sample photo, or use your own.

Original canyon and river image appears dull with muted colors.

Click Auto in the Tone section to see the instant improvements Lightroom Classic makes.

Develop > Tone > Auto is selected to see instant, automatic color adjustments.

Experiment with the Tone sliders in the Basic panel to see if any of those settings enhance the details in your photo. White triangles in the Histogram indicate areas of the photo that are too overexposed to show any detail. Try adjusting the Whites and Blacks sliders to see if that helps.

Three versions of the canyon and river image with color adjustments. White triangles in the Histogram show overexposed areas.

The sliders in the Presence section can also help recover details in your photo. Try adjusting each to see if you like the results.

Clarity, Dehaze, Vibrance, and Saturation sliders in the Presence section help recover details in photos.

After a few quick adjustments, you can see more of the mountainous landscape.

Before: Muted colors in the overexposed canyon and river photo cause the image to appear dull. After: Adjustments to the canyon and river image bring out more details and vibrant colors.

Now try turning other overexposed photos into great shots by revealing hidden details.

08/22/2018

Contributors: Emilie BlincoeNatee Meepian

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