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In this installment of the Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials series, author and teacher Chris Orwig guides photographers through the process of improving images with creative color, sharpening, and other effects in the Lightroom Develop module. The course covers each of the tools and features in the Develop module, and shows how to perform basic adjustments, such as exposure enhancement; how to improve image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments; how to apply creative effects, such as split toning and vignettes; and how to perform advanced tasks, such as correcting for lens distortion. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can color correct a group of images which were captured in the same lighting situation, and how we can use that pulldown menu in order to color correct this group of images. Let's go ahead and select these images; they're inside of the daisy folder. You can see all the photographs. Let's navigate to the Develop module, and then I'll press the arrow key, just to scroll through these pictures. Now, these partiicular photographs were captured when we went to pick up our little puppy there, Daisy; very sweet, wonderful dog.
And the problem with these pictures, of course, is that the color temperature, it's off. It's too cool. You can kind of see the clue here; my daughter and her new dog are sitting in the shade. Because of that, the color temperature, well, it's just really cool. So what you can do is you can select one of the images, hold down the Shift key, and then select the last one in that set; the last one which was captured in that lighting environment. Next you can go to the Basic module, and use the White Balance control here to select the type of light under which these photographs were captured.
I already pointed out it was Shade, so we'll go ahead and select that option. That will then white balance this image. Now, if we want to synchronize this to the other images, we've already seen that we can click Synchronize, and then apply this in the Synchronize dialog here. Or, another way that we can do this is we can flip on this switch; this turns on Auto Sync. What we can then do is go back to the White Balance pulldown menu, and choose an option like As Shot, and then go back and choose Shade again, and by choosing this that second time, it will then apply that white balance -- which is a really good starting point for these images here -- to all the photographs in this set.
And by this way, what we can do is we can white balance images which were captured in similar lighting scenarios. Now, whenever you're working with white balance, you also have to keep in mind that you are never going to get it 100% perfect by simply using these controls. So often, what you'll have to do is to make little micro-adjustments to get it just right. Yet then, as you work with your other controls, you may discover that that shifts the color a little bit as well.
After you make some more adjustments, you may have to go back up, and change this just a little bit one way or another. Either way, here what you can see, though, is that you can use this pulldown menu to really give yourself a little bit of a jumpstart in order to white balance images which were captured in a similar, or in the same lighting scenario.
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