Lightroom Tutorial: Edit Color and Light

Color and light are two of the most important elements of photography. They can evoke emotions, set the mood, and tell a story. In Lightroom, you have a wide range of tools to edit color and light, and you can use these tools to create stunning and impactful photos.

1. Basic Adjustments

In the Basic panel, you can find the essential tools for adjusting the overall exposure, contrast, and white balance of your photo.

  • Exposure: The exposure slider controls the brightness of your photo. If your photo is too dark, move the slider to the right. If your photo is too bright, move the slider to the left.
  • Contrast: The contrast slider controls the difference between the lightest and darkest areas of your photo. If your photo is too flat, move the slider to the right. If your photo is too contrasty, move the slider to the left.
  • White Balance: The white balance slider controls the overall color temperature of your photo. If your photo has a blue or yellow cast, adjust the slider to correct the color temperature.

2. Tone Curve

The Tone Curve is a powerful tool for adjusting the overall tonal range of your photo. You can use the Tone Curve to brighten the shadows, darken the highlights, or increase the contrast in your photo.

3. HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminosity)

The HSL panel allows you to adjust the hue, saturation, and luminosity of specific colors in your photo. This is a great tool for creating more vibrant or muted colors, or for correcting skin tones.

4. Color Grading

Color grading is the process of using color to create a specific mood or style in your photo. You can use the Split Toning and Color Grading panels in Lightroom to create a variety of color grading effects.

5. Creative Tools

Lightroom also includes a variety of creative tools for editing color and light. These tools include:

  • Gradient Overlay: Apply a gradient of color to your photo.
  • Radial Filter: Apply a circular or elliptical adjustment to your photo.
  • Adjustment Brush: Paint adjustments onto specific areas of your photo.

6. Tips

Here are a few tips for editing color and light in Lightroom:

  • Start with the basics: Make sure your photo has the correct exposure, contrast, and white balance before you start making more creative adjustments.
  • Use reference photos: When you’re not sure how to edit a photo, look for reference photos that have the look you’re going for.
  • Don’t overdo it: It’s easy to overdo it when editing color and light. Less is often more, so be careful not to make your photo look too unnatural.
  • Experiment: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different tools and techniques. Lightroom is a powerful tool, so there are endless possibilities for editing color and light.


Editing color and light is an essential part of photography. By learning how to use the tools in Lightroom, you can create stunning and impactful photos that will tell a story and evoke emotions.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.