Process Your Images
Once the keepers are decided on and organized, it’s time to process. Lightroom has a lot of tools to do processing within its Develop module without ever going to other software. The develop module contains basic cropping and rotating features, including a nice leveling tool. All of the normal color correction tools are available as sliders including white balance, exposure, tone, contrast, and saturation. Three very nice tools unique to Lightroom are Blacks, Clarity and Vibrance.
All three are difficult to describe without seeing them in action, but once the photographer uses them, they become indispensible. Blacks will tone down the dark areas which can help contrast without changing the highlights and midtones. Clarity is similar to a sharpness tool, but without the overkill sharpness can bring to an image. It is also useful for softening images a bit – great for portraits. Vibrance is similar to saturation, but it’s not as easy to overdo it, while still giving a lot of pop to colors.
There are many other tools available to the photographer for processing including saturation, sharpening and noise reduction, and handling chromatic aberration and vignetting. The photographer can also add to the metadata loaded at import by giving the image a meaningful description and keywords so it can be found later.