Lightroom Contrast Slider ( Lets Move It )

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Okay, I often find myself fine tuning my photographs within the Histogram... That's what it's there for right!?

The Histogram has all the important quick handles to adjust, black's, shadows, exposures, highlights, and whites.

Now, How about we move contrast up there somewhere. It could be above, below, or even inside of the Histogram. This would be a huge improvement.

When you have a ton of images that you have imported and you making your tweaks it's much easier for you when you have everything in one location.

Yes, yes we can all just use the slider area, but when we are looking at the Histogram itself, it would be easier to just have everything locations AT the Histogram.

Awesome, glad we talked. CHEERS!
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OK, don't exactly MOVE it.. but add another contrast slider on/near the Histogram.
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Ha! Right on!
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Ryan Blax

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If you think that this would be a beneficial feature, make sure you "like" the idea, and that you share this on Twitter and Facebook among your friends. We need to get as many people in on this as possible ;)
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Great idea. Since the Exposure and Contrast sliders are used to adjust the 'midtones,' perhaps this could be implemented by holding the 'Shift' key when over the 'Exposure' region in Histogram (i.e. midtone region).
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Seems like a "no-brainer" to me, whether by keystroke modifying the exposure handle, or just plopping a contrast zone in their somewhere (after exposure before highlights maybe).
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Todd, Rob - awesome input! This would allow for even faster editing! I hope this is seen and pushed into an update.

I do not know of any other editing software with this implemented into a Histogram. So I think this would be pretty slick ;)
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Try this:

Look at the histogram only, and move the Contrast slider back and forth between -50 and +50. Put it back and zero and next move the Clarity slider back and forth between -100 and +100. Result: Not much difference.

This is the trouble with this request - to me Clarity and Contrast go hand-in-hand, so if you're going to add one to the histogram somehow, you might have to add both.
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I very seldom use clarity. When I do it's used moderately and I would never use -100 / +100 unless I'm trying to get a seriously urban/gritty feel.

Contrast is a major tool for photographers. It needs to be found closer if not inside of the Histogram since we spend a lot of our time fine tuning our images with the Histogram.

However, regarding your point. I personally wouldn't have issues with clarity added to the mix within the Histogram. Though, I see it more as an "effect" tool rather than a basic tool in fine tuning the desired exposure. Hopefully that makes sense.
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Clarity, for me, functions as another sharpening tool.
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I adjust these as two separate operations. The Contrast control is used to set midtone contrast and is best adjusted looking at the effect to the whole image or histogram. The Clarity control is used to set microcontrast and is best adjusted at 1:1 or 1:2 loupe view of an area with detail.

Can you judge the proper amount of Clarity looking at the histogram and whole image at 'fit' view? Just asking, since I don't use Clarity very much.
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I use Clarity more than I use Contrast, and yes I almost always adjust it from Fit view.
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Thanks Lee Jay. I used the contrast control quite a bit in LR3, but rarely Clarity. With PV2012 I'm finding many images where contrast ends up at '0,' but midtones occasionally still a little more definition. I just tried using Clarity with a few of these images while in fit view and it does work quite well.

Based on this it would make sense to find a way to include both contrast and clarity in the histogram.
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I would love more to be controlled from the Histogram, but I'm concerned that we wouldn't want it to be too crowded. I usually use clarity (+10) as a file import. Along with Sharpen and Lens Corrections. Then I adjust the rest via the Histogram and Contrast.