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Lightroom Tutorial: Blue Midnight Effect [Free Presets & Profiles]

October 25, 2019

hey guys today you’re going to learn how
to replicate a really interesting color grading that is made specifically for
nighttime photos. This tutorial is based on a request from one of our viewers who
asked how to recreate the look from Tom Blachford Nihon or project, I really
like the look and if you like to shoot nighttime cityscapes then you have to
try this out. By the way, for those of you who are new to our channel if you have
any requests just leave a comment below and I’ll take a look at it. Anyways we’re
going to be replicating this look with just the calibration and tone curves.
There’s also free Lightroom presets and profiles that you can download so if
you’re interested keep watching and I will show you how it’s done. I just want to let you know that you can
download free Lightroom presets and profiles inspired by this effect. The
Lightroom profiles will only work for Lightroom from CC but you can adjust the
opacity from 0 to 200 % you will also get Lightroom presets that will allow
you to edit these settings and they’re compatible with older versions of
Lightroom. There’s also a pro version that you can upgrade to, first of all
thank you so much for your support if you upgrade to a pro version I
appreciate it very much. In the pro version you will unlock all 14 Lightroom
profiles and presets that I personally styled to give you a good variety of
effects to choose from. In addition, the Lightroom presets are
available so that you can pick something lighter or stronger. By the way all of
these Lightroom presets are compatible with LR toolkit. LR toolkit is a workflow
system that’s also great for modifying presets to get the exact look you want.
You can learn more about it at LR toolkit dot com.
But whether you use these presets or not, I so highly recommend that you follow
this tutorial because it’s gonna be a great learning experience. First we’re
going to use the calibration settings, to shifty colors and he centrally create a
simpler color palette to do this scroll all the way down to a calibration
section start by setting the green here to plus 100 and then set the green and
blue saturation to -100 this will desaturate most of the colors
that Safari Reds to make the Reds pop set the red saturation to plus 100 now
your photo should have a simple color palette that emphasizes the red next we’re going to add a blue tip the
easiest way is to do it in the split toning section simply set the hue to
around 220 and saturation to 100% but there’s also another way which will give
you slightly better results and it’s also very easy to do we’re gonna be
using the tone curves if you don’t know how to use the RGB tone curve I highly
recommend learning it because it’s one of the most powerful and useful tools
you can learn I will have some links to a tone curve tutorials in the video
description which you can watch afterwards but for now just follow along
in your tone craft section make sure that your nd point curve mode which you
can switch to by click on this button here switch to a blue channel and lift
the bottom left node upwards which will tend a shadows blue next switch to the
red channel and drag your bottom left node towards your right to reduce some
of the Reds in the shadows and you can go back and forth between the red and
blue channels to fine tune effect finally if you want to give your photo
with that dim look switch back to the RGB channel and drop the top right now to brighten deem mid-tones but still
keep that dim look just add a point in the middle and drag it upwards to add
contrast I don’t know any shadows here and drag it downwards to create a test
curve and you’re done here’s how the image looks like before and after here are some before-and-after examples
with different variations what you just learned in is tutorial which is just a
starting point there’s a lot more you can do to customize it towards your own
style I recommend that you play around with the other setting especially 5mins
hue saturation and luminance don’t forget to download a free lighting
presets which you can use to see what I’ve done to create different variations hey thank you so much for watching this
video if you liked it please might hit the like button now you might have
noticed that we create this very strong effect with very few settings and that’s
something I’m always trying to show people now you don’t always need to
bring the photo into Photoshop or use a ton of develop settings it’s always
better to keep your edits simple by the way if you have any requests just leave
a comment down below with links to examples and I’ll check it out well if
you want to learn how to do this yourself I have a two-part series on how
to replicate looks the first part will teach you how to replicate tones and the
second part will teach you how to replicate colors it’s the same technique
that I use in most of my tutorials including this one and you can find the
links in the video description below anyway I hope you have an amazing day
feel free to leave a comment and I’ll see you in the next video


  • Reply Zou Yanfeng May 16, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Nice! I’ve always look at @yk Instagram and wonder how he tone his photos. Thanks again man! Really concise

  • Reply Zou Yanfeng May 16, 2018 at 3:47 am

    What’s the music by the way?

  • Reply DEAN_TO May 16, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Thanks Denny, another great tutorial!

  • Reply Delta Drones May 16, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Awesome video!

  • Reply Denny's Tips May 16, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Hope you guys like this tutorial!

    The presets/profiles can be downloaded here:
    To buy the Pro version (Thank you btw!), use the code Denny for 10% off:

    And just some tips with this effect:
    – Play with the white balance to change the balance between the blue and non-blue areas
    – Works best on night photos with black skies
    – Want blue & purple? Set the red hue to -100

  • Reply fallenfind_ May 16, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Fantastic!! I often wondered how this desaturated faded highlight look was achieved, thank you 💯, great channel btw 👍

  • Reply Praneet Bhikhta May 16, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    You aced this one.
    And can you replicate the Alex strohl style of editing.

  • Reply Bread May 17, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Would you say this is what Youknowcyc_ does?

  • Reply Kirill Zhuravlev May 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

    это просто прекрасно, спасибо

  • Reply Abhishek Gupta May 17, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Can you give tips to replicate miro Hofmann look for portraits

  • Reply James Tyson June 6, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Full Marks Denny

  • Reply Thomas Logan July 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Great job, Denny… thanks for the video!

  • Reply Huh? what?? uhhhhh......aaaaaaaaaaarghhhh!?!?!? September 2, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Photoshop does this better with channels and curves.

  • Reply Carsten Osterwald January 10, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    …cool and great tips…and a fast workflow….thanks!!! Greetings Carsten ( )

  • Reply Designer D July 27, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I am a album designer from india. And I watching your tricks is so helpful to my workflow …. I have one oppnion i am researching to edit like american moody wedding images…. But I can't … Can you give a tutorial on basis of colour grading photos like american model…. It realy possible to grade normal picture … Or only those pictures that are taken in raw image…

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