How to Use the Luminance Feature – Lightroom Video Tutorial

I’ve been having more and more fun in Lightroom 2 and I see myself going less and less in Photoshop CS3. Don’t get me wrong, I still need Photoshop for many features but as I discover the in depth joys of Lightroom 2, I see myself migrating less and less for core features and even certain filters.

Today we’re going to learn about a lesser known feature in called Luminance and 3 practical situations where this feature can save you lots of time.

If you don’t have Lightroom 2 yet and you’d like to play along, I invite you to download the free 30 day trial version by clicking on this banner. You’ll fall in love! 🙂

Here are a few books on Lightroom 2 that might come in handy:

Inside Lightroom 2
Lightroom 2 for Digital Photographers
Lightroom 2: Classroom in a Book

If you enjoyed the tutorial, feel free to DIGG IT! or STUMBLE IT!  Using the “bookmark” icon below the videos. 🙂

[vimeo 1641314]
[youtube ZKCWZ-5JtxM]

7 responses on "How to Use the Luminance Feature - Lightroom Video Tutorial"

  1. Thanks Yanik. That is so awesome to know!

  2. That’s it! I’m getting lightroom 😀

    Hey, Yanik, what would you think if I published something here?
    I could write about how to get great concert pictures with ease.
    Check my stream here and mail me @ flickr.


  3. Hi John

    That’s my objective as well, getting the technique across as simply and clearly as possible. 🙂

    And I love Camtasia 5. 😉

  4. Yanik,

    I understand what Khuram is saying about loosing some of the drama on the videos. It’s a problem I have on my blog too. I can tweek things higher for exports to YouTube and others, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. I could make the video twice, but at 2 hours a pop sometimes its out of the question. (I always seem to settle with just wanting to get the technique across to my viewers.)

    So, how do you like Camtasia 5?

    John Esberg

  5. Hi Yanik!

    Thank you for this video tutorial.
    I often had problems with Lightroom when increasing saturation or vibrancy where it would unduly affect the skin tones, or other elements that i wanted to remain unaffected. So this luminance feature is going to be a life saver.

    But may i please say something, if you dont mind? I did feel that the photos were already pretty good to start off with, and therefore the changes were a slight compliment to them as opposed to a dramatic (your fave word 🙂 ) shift.

    Maybe its just my perception, or perhaps it doesnt come through so much on Vimeo. I dont know, but i just wanted to let you know .

    Hope you dont mind my saying so

    Thank you once again and happy shooting 🙂

  6. Now that is really handy, I have been trying to work out how some of the presets use the luminance to adjust settings to exaggerate or flatter a tonal range and now I know.

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