How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

Autumn is a favorite season for many photographers because of the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and foliage. If you enjoy landscape and nature photography, autumn is a great time of year.

As you process your autumn photos, it’s possible to enhance the colors in Lightroom to get a better look. If you’re shooting in RAW files, your images are likely to look a little flat straight out of the camera, so some adjustments in Lightroom are likely to be needed.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the process of editing a sample photo. I’ve chosen this particular photo because it includes the reds, oranges, and yellows that are common with autumn landscape photos, plus it includes plenty of green foliage as well. The end result is a photo has much more life as compared to the dull and flat photo that we started with.

Be sure to check out these Lightroom presets for nature photos:

  1. Landscape Lightroom Presets
  2. Golden Hour Lightroom Presets
  3. HDR Lightroom Presets

Here is a look at the before and after photos.

Before:

How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

After:

How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

Step 1: Adjust Contrast

The first thing I’ll do to this photo is to boost the contrast.



How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

Step 2: Adjust Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks

For the next step I’ll apply the following settings: highlights -55, shadows +80, whites +15, blacks -25.

How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

Step 3: Adjust Clarity

The third step is to increase clarity to +20.

How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

Step 4: Boost Autumn Colors

The last adjustment we’ll make to this sample photo is to give a small boost to the autumn colors in the HSL settings: red saturation +20, orange saturation +40, yellow saturation +30, green saturation +10, red luminance -10, orange luminance -15, and yellow luminance -15.

How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom
How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

At this point my photo looks like this:

How to Boost Autumn Colors in Lightroom

Depending on the photo that you are working with you may also need to adjust some other settings like exposure and possibly white balance.

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