Correcting Exposure and Adding Contrast in LAB

LAB color mode in often in lack of a better word underused. I often convert photographs (temporarily, of course) to LAB color mode to do all sorts of effects. Recently I was working on a batch of JPEG files because (unfortunately or fortunately) I didn’t have the RAW originals, so I needed to fix the white balance, exposure and contrast before any other manipulations. In this article I will explain how to fix exposure and add contrast using LAB color mode, and what are the benefits of this over RGB mode. I did this in Photoshop CS5, but I guess older versions should work the same, and even other programs which support Curves and LAB color mode should work. More on using LAB color mode for Exposure Correction and Adding Contrast…