When you use the Develop module controls in Lightroom, you can create harmonious, realistic photos, or you can push the boundaries and create wild, unrealistic effects, all with the flick of a slider. The possibilities are nearly limitless.
Let's start at the top of the Develop panel, and work our way down through the panes to see which controls are useful for producing special effects. (In the next chapter, I'll get into some specific recipes other photographers use in their work, some of which also produce very interesting special effects).
Changing White Balance for Effect
If you shoot and save RAW files, the simple act of changing the White Balance setting in Lightroom's Develop module's Basic pane can produce unexpected, and often interesting, results on your RAW image. This is all I did to produce the effect shown in the After panel in Figure 7-29. I tried all the various white balance settings but settled on the Tungsten setting (circled).
Maximize Fill Light and Black Settings
Another simple, and guaranteed, way to produce a special effect is to crank up both the Fill Light and Black sliders in the Basic tab to 100 (circled). This is what I did to produce what you see in Figure 7-30.
Use Both Saturation and Vibrance
The Saturation and Vibrance sliders in the Basic pane, ...