Lightroom: Lazy sliders for high precision editing and more screen real estate

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As a photo retoucher, I want to edit my photos with a high precision, so that even very nuanced adjustments are easily accessible.


Description

Right now the sliders adjust their value based on their length. I have to enlarge the right sidebar, to be able to adjust the values more precisely. That however reduces the real estate for my Photo, which makes the finer adjustment harder to see.

Add a toggle for Slider behavior, so that a larger movement of the mouse or stylus has a smaller impact on the change.


Examples
  • Nuke (compositing software by the foundry) offers exactly this functionality, their sliders UI extends so that the adjustment range increases.
  • Analogue mixing tables have dials that have no hard end stop. You can dial them a long time to adjust their value precisely.
  • High quality analogue photography and cinematic lenses have a long focus throw, so a user can adjust focus precisely.
  • Volume knobs on high-end sound systems have a high turn resistance and are made very large, which increases precision.
  • High quality Video Tripod heads are dampened and offer a long lever, so that a user can adjust the camera with minute detail. 
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David Jost

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Posted 1 year ago

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Steve Gandy

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How about an enlarged view of the controls option as well such as the Curves adjustment. I know that has been suggested before.
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Matthew Dwyer

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H David, I agree, your suggestion would make a big difference for me too.  Have you tried using a customised analogue mixer with lightroom, such as the one made by pfixer? I used one when processing large numbers of photos for weddings etc. It worked great. https://www.slrlounge.com/3-modular-lightroom-controllers-suit-post-processing-needs/
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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You can move the sliders in finer increments by holding down Alt (Windows) / Opt (Mac) and typing "-" or "=".   Not exactly what you're suggesting here, but it helps many people.
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Steve Gandy

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I only see this moving the Exposure slider. How do you switch to another slider?
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Click on the label itself, e.g. Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, etc.  That will select the slider.
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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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Additionally to John's comments, by activating the numerical field associated with the slider you can use the up and down arrows to modify the value and add the shift key to get a larger adjustment. 

Example: Exposure - Up arrow moves value by 0.10 stop. Shift+Up arrow moves the value by 0.33 stop.