I’m so happy Spring is here and I can finally photograph green fields and sunshine again! But with this time of year comes those bright greens (and yellows) that can show up in digital files like neon in the 80′s. Fortunately, this is an easy fix in Lightroom.
I captured the photo below a few days ago late morning. After I made a few adjustments to my Raw file the Spring greens and yellows became quite vibrant and needed some help to simmer down.
To correct this, I grabbed the HSL pin by clicking on it (shown with the coral arrow pointing at it) and placed it over the area of green I wanted to correct. Once in place, the pin automatically grabs the color (in this case green and yellow). Then I decreased the saturation of these colors to my liking by dragging down. The pin applied a cohesive de-saturation to all the areas in the photo colored green and yellow. You can see the slider adjustments when looking at the panel. Beware however, that this will effect all areas of the photo. If he would have been wearing a green shirt or had green eyes, this would have desaturated those areas as well. When that happens you can often use the local adjustment tool (aka Brush) to paint back over those areas and correct them. Additionally, you can manually adjust your green and yellow sliders to get the same effect.
The adjusted photo.
To finish, I applied a radial filter using the Darkening Brush Preset from The Brush Collection and adjusting as neccessary. (click to see my tutorial on applying radial filters)
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