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Lightroom Tutorial - Dial-A-Blue - Go Ask Erin Tutorial Series

My picture was shot in the Caribbean, but the water is far from Caribbean blue. What can I do in Lightroom to help it?

One of my favorite techniques to adjust water color is by sliding around in the Hue Saturation and Luminance (HSL) panel in the Develop module of Lightroom.

I attribute the phrase "dial-a-blue" to Berkley White, shooter extraordinaire and owner of Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo. I first heard Berk use the phrase to describe a specific shooting technique, but I've since discovered many cool ways to also dial-a-blue during the editing process. In this tutorial, I make use of the massively powerful Hue Saturation and Luminance (HSL) Panel in Lightroom 5 to dial in the color of the water.

It's important to remember that even though each slider in the HSL Panel represents a single color, they are still making global (whole image) adjustments. If you move a blue slider, it affects everything blue in your shot, including blue fish, blue coral, your buddy's blue get the picture.

Software Covered: Lightroom 5 Tutorial

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Topic Time Codes
00:42 The Hue Saturation and Luminance Panel
00:56 Hue definition and use
01:10 Saturation definition and use
01:26 Luminance definition and use
02:05 Intro to the Targeted Adjustment Tool (TAT)
02:26 Using the TAT in the Hue tab

02:51 Adjusting multiple colors simultaneously
03:10 Using the TAT in the Saturation tab
03:26 Using the TAT in the Luminance tab
03:35 Before and After
03:40 Side-by-side comparison of before and after

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GoAskErin, is a feature brought to you by Backscatter - Underwater Photo and Video. Erin Quigley, our Lightroom and Photoshop guru, reveals her favorite tips and techniques in our bi-monthly series of online video tutorials, using images chosen from viewer submissions.

Erin QuigleyErin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and Photoshop and Lightroom resources specifically developed for underwater shooters.

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