When taking pictures of the ocean, photographers often notice, that the water changes its colors very rapidly during the day. It may have a green touch in the morning hours and a more deep, blue during the day. The weather, sunlight, clouds, temperature and the salt contained impact the color of the water. A lot of things may happen to hinder you from taking your perfect shot at the perfect moment. After all, what you are able to see with your own eyes is not always the exact same thing what you are seeing through your lens.
In this Blog post I am going to show you how you can edit the water color from green to blue in 7 easy steps on Lightroom.
How To Edit Water Color from Green to Blue on Lightroom
Open your Lightroom application
Import the picture you would like to edit by clicking on file and then on import photo or video.
Go to developing mode by clicking Develop on the top right navigation bar.
Navigate to the right side of Lightroom and click on HSL/Color. This will open the window to edit colors on your pictures.
Click on “All” so all the colors and editing modes appear, including hue, luminance and saturation.
Adjust the hue of aqua to a higher number. This converts the color of aqua, which is a mix of green and blue to be more blue than green. You will quickly see the difference in the color. Hue is basically the transition from one color to the other.
For better results, increase saturation of blue and aqua to a higher degree and reduce saturation of green. Furthermore, adjust luminance by increasing aqua and if needed also blue.
Always remember to reduce the figures on green and increase those on blue and aqua. Play along those and try to adjust them. The numbers seen on the pictures are just examples and may not apply exactly on your picture. Depending on the color saturation of your camera you may need to add more blues or reduce greens less to achieve your desired result.
Following the steps mentioned above, this is the result:
As you can see the green color in the water has taken a more blue touch. The reason why our changes did not have a great impact on the trees is because even though the color appears to be green, it is mainly based on yellow and in fact less on green and are therefore only slightly affected by our changes.
Here is another example of editing using the steps mentioned above. The green water has been edited to a more turquoise version.
With a little bit of editing knowledge, you can save hours of waiting for the right moment to happen and adjust your pictures to look as close as possibly to the reality you see with your eyes. After all, the green color is simply a mixture of the two primary colors blue and yellow and can easily be corrected in just a few steps.
As a photographer, you may want to keep in mind, that not every water has a natural blue color. A lot of rivers and lakes are in fact green. The pictures you see from lakes in Canada are truly extraordinary and are actually that blue in reality too, but that does not apply to all cases. Remember to not edit your pictures too much. Always make sure they appear natural and real. Too much editing may cause irritation and disliking as it
If you are interested in beach photos, check out my video how to edit a beach portrait in 60 seconds - quick and easy 👇