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Lightroom 3 and the Contrast & Brightness Sliders

 
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Sep 14, 2011 22:05 |  #1

I've been using Lightroom for a while and although I'm no master with the program I know what I'm doing. I like to have control of what I'm doing so I like to begin with the linear tonal curve, but for some reason I didn't change the brightness and contrast sliders. Feeling that I should be in more control of my editing, I set them to zero and just wanted to know how many people begin PP with the two sliders on zero or if anyone leaves them on the default setting and adjusts them accordingly.




  
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Sep 15, 2011 00:52 |  #2

Well, that's a good question with some good points, but I personally am content with the defaults as a starting point. From there I can fine tune things, but even then I'll typically use the Brightness/Contrast sliders if I think it can help the image.


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Sep 15, 2011 07:06 |  #3

I leave them set to whatever the camera profile puts them at for the RAW image source I'm editing.


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Sep 16, 2011 00:23 |  #4

No matter where you put them, never ignore them. Always be prepared to adjust them on a photo-by-photo basis.


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Sep 16, 2011 02:08 |  #5

I also leave them wherever they default to, until I feel that some adjustment is required. As Damo77 says, I do it on a photo by photo basis. I start a little differently than you do. I set the camera profile first, as I have them for various shooting conditions from calibration with the Color Checker passport, then I go into "develop" mode...

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Sep 17, 2011 08:27 |  #6

for some reason i always leave them at default. i add contrast by jacking the highs and lowering the darks in the tone curve, and brighten things up by increasing exposure and sometimes adding a little fill light.


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Sep 17, 2011 09:55 |  #7

An important thing to understand about the Brightness slider is that it is designed to boost the overall brightness of an image but to keep the White Point as-is, which is very nice if you want to keep highlights from totally blowing!


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