Editing is one of my favourite parts of the food photography process, it’s where you really get to bring your photos to life, tweak the details and make your vision a reality.
Lightroom is my editing program of choice for all my food photography, and today I want to go in depth into one of my favourite features of the program, that’s really going to help you refine the colours in your food photos.
And that tool? The HSL Panel.
The HSL panel is a set of three adjustments you can make to individual colours in the photo. Unlike the saturation and vibrance sliders which affect the whole image, the HSL panel allows you to target one colour at a time, allowing you to make much more intentional edits to your photo.
To help show you this in action, I recorded you a video tutorial, check that out below, and subscribe to the That’s Sage YouTube channel if you’re not already!
The hue allows you to change the tone of each colour. For example you can make red’s more pink, or more orange in tone depending on which way you slide it. This is what you’ll see under the “hue” panel:
Fairly self explanatory, the saturation panel allows you to increase or decrease the saturation of each colour individually. This is particularly useful in shoots like this, where you really want a certain colour to stand out, portraying a strong flavour. In this shoot, I mostly played around with the saturation of the red’s and green’s, but you’ll also see in the video how I edit the colour of the background to really make the subject stand out.
The luminance panel controls the brightness of each colour. Here you can lift, or darken each colour, to make sure that the exposure of each element of your photo is perfect!
When you spend time tweaking each of these three things in Lightroom, you’ll be amazed how much deeper you can go into your food photography. If you want to see this in action, be sure to check out the video tutorial above!