This Top Tip Will Change How You Use Lightroom’s Local Adjustments

Since the dawn of photography, pressing the shutter has only ever been half the journey in crafting your ideal image. Whereas before it meant being hunched under a red light in the local darkroom, today it means being equally hunched before a blinking screen with mouse and keyboard in hand, tapping towards perfection as if Michelangelo before David.

Whilst photography is often a labour of love, we all welcome ways to improve our workflow and minimize frustration in the editing process. This video from Anthony Morganti totally transforms the local adjustment tools in Lightroom, showing how to alter their overall strength with ease.

Known as the ‘scrubby slider’, this tool can shift several sliders at once whilst sustaining the relative ratios, eliminating the headache that can come from obsessing over each value alone.

Although the scrubby slider may not be remembered alongside the wheel or automobile in the halls of human innovation, I can almost guarantee it will transform any Lightroom-lover’s world. So what are you waiting for? The land of Lightroom greatness awaits!


Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.