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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.
For this movie, we are going to navigate back to our white balance folder. We're going to select this image here, dandelion-1, and take it to the Develop module; talk a little bit about white balance, and color creativity. This particular image was captured simply by holding up this dandelion flower underneath one of the lights on my kitchen stove, and the light which was coming off of that, or the color temperature of that light, was really warm. Now, that looks great in a kitchen; it doesn't look so good in a photograph. Well here, what I want to do is just get a little bit creative.
I want to bring some of these colors out. I set this blue or teal color card behind the dandelion. I want to bring some of those vibrant colors out. Well, in this case, we're just going to make some subjective edits. Let's say we change the Color Temperature by bringing it down, and then perhaps we change the overall Tint, as well, making that a little bit more green. Again, just making something that I think looks interesting. This is completely subjective; completely creative. Next, I'm going to add a little bit of Contrast here, a little bit of Clarity, also some Vibrance in that, and scroll down, and crank up the Color Saturation.
Now, this is just a completely different image. Nonetheless, it's kind of fascinating, isn't it? Let's take a look at the before and after. Well, here's the before, and then here's the after. So as you can see, white balance, and color correction, and color temperature; well, it can lead you to some fascinating results. Sometimes those results are about getting things neutral. Other times it's about coming up with a fascinating look, like we've created here.
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