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How to Create Dramatic Colors in Images in Lightroom 3

By Pye Jirsa on July 28th 2011


(The Lightroom video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below. The working files for this Lightroom video tutorial can be found just above the video. So that we can keep on providing free paid-quality content, please share these videos and raise awareness of SLR Lounge by Facebooking or Tweeting the site and articles, thank you!)

You should know by now that we don’t always need to use Photoshop when we want to create artistic image edits. In this Lightroom video tutorial, I am going to show you guys how to create dramatic looking images with enhanced detail and colors.

After you guys see these techniques, I think you will be inspired to play around and see what you can come up with on your own. So, be sure to post your results in the comments below.

Just on a side note, because this technique involves quite a bit of tone mapping (balancing overall tone and exposure) we highly recommend you use this technique with RAW files as opposed to JPG files.

To see all Before and After versions of each image from this tutorial, please visit the Photo Album on the SLR Lounge Facebook Page.


Exercise File Download Links:

Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.

Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.


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Post Production Pye
SLR Lounge Senior Editor
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Founding Partner of Lin and Jirsa Photography and SLR Lounge.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa


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  2. Dileep Mouleesha

    PP Pye – tried this shot and this is what came of it… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=268852756463520&set=a.247852828563513.81356.100000163942701&type=1&theater

    Thanks for sharing… :)

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  3. Chris

    Thanks for the turorial, the difference between both photos is incredible.

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