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Using Lightroom's automated adjustment tools

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{QTtext}{width:960}{textColor:65280,65280,65280}{justify:center}{timescale:1000}{backColor:0,0,0}{plain}{font:Verdana}{size:20} In this movie I'd like to show you some of the auto correction

Using Lightroom's automated adjustment tools

Or that this should be white snow or it's gray limestone. In this movie I'd like to show you some of the auto correction It doesn't know any of that.

tools that are in light room and show you how they can be used.

So it takes a look at the entire image. What the limitations are and show you how to evaluate Low and behold when it tries to neutralize it. whether they're providing you with the kind of adjustments you want. It puts a yellow cast on it. Now when we look at the RGB values in the gray sky it is 55, 54, 52. So we're going to use two images here to show you some of these automatic tools. And down here it's 60, 59, 54. The clouded landscape and the harding. So we've actually added a color cast to this image by doing this. So this would not be a good choice if we were trying to neutralize the image. Go ahead and select those and then lets do a CMD How about this tool? or CTRL and then apostrophe to make virtual copies of those. Well, if we use the eyedropper tool and click We've got single stars applied to, those single, so we go to here, indeed it's going to neutralize that portion of the sky. attributes, and single star just to kind of clear up our interface here. Notice 68, 68, 68. And let's go to develop module, and let's actually If we click down here, it gives us a different result. start with, the virtual copy of this cloudy landscape image. There are a couple of different automatic tools.

It gives us that color cast. First one, is in auto white balance tool, which is over here. So it depends upon where you click. Which you can use as an As Shot, Auto So you need to be very judicious. or Custom, and the Auto is the automatic tool. Above where you want to click using this tool. So that's one. And you get different results depending upon where you click. The other one is this eyedropper tool that we have been using just And it seems like with this particular image, the darker the area on for monitoring and measuring, you can which you're clicking the more of actually use this as a neutralization tool. the red-green color balance that you're getting. You can click on something you think is neutral and then So here we want to click on the light just click, and it tends to neutralize that portion of the image. portion of the sky in order to neutralize that sky. And by the way remember you can double click So these tools can be useful and they can on the white balance to neutralize any of this. work, but you really have to use them judiciously. So there's two different kind of of auto white balance In terms of the automatic exposure, the tone control, look at the histogram here. tools, and then there's this auto tone adjustment here.

No data from highlight to mid tone, no data from three quarter to shadow, Remember the order in which you would use those when I click on auto, basically what it does is it lightens the image. would typically color balance first and then your auto tone. It moves all the data towards the highlight, cause Although they can be reversed for the automatic it tends to favor the highlight data in the image. tools, but let's just see what it does. But notice it's light in the midtone hasn't done When you click on auto here, it'll evaluate the image much for the shadow at all, so it really over and didn't do some sort of automatic adjustment to the image. brightens the image and from my valuation this would And you can double click on tone to undo those. be an over exposed image, from the auto correction here. Alright, so let's take a look at these tools So, really the auto correction is not much help here. in this image and see what works and what doesn't. If you did the auto correction you First let's start with the automatic white certainly want to come back with the blacks. balance and let's look at the histogram here. It moves the blacks down to increase the contrast. Notice it's a fairly neutral image all the way across.

Unless you wanted the over exposed look. It's not a big color cast in this image. So, the automatic tools can be useful and In the as shot version. when you use them in conjunction with evaluating the Right? histogram, you can see whether they're working or And if we take our info tool and we look over here. not and certainly with the info tool as well. We can see the sky is oh, it's almost 52, 54, 56. You can see what's neutral and what's not. A little bit to the blue side. And just to take a quick look at this image. This is a little bit more to the blue side in here. Very different distribution of tone. And of course this is all colored in here so it's not supposed to be neutral. Let's go ahead and choose an Auto, in terms of this white balance. But any of these could be neutral areas are pretty close to each other. In this image it works pretty well. A little bit of a blue cast. Notice that the difference here in the histogram, we have the And you can see that sticking out there. blue offset, to this image we've got a blue color cast. So if we take this and do an auto white balance.

And we look at the RGB values, sure enough, Notice what happens to this image. you know, we've got a 74, and a 65, 62. Cause you see the auto correction tools don't know Here the auto balance works pretty well. that, that is supposed to be a gray sky. The auto white balance, because so much of the image is neutral. Or that this should be white snow or it's gray limestone. The more neutral most of the image is, the better this works. It doesn't know any of that. So, that works pretty well there. So it takes a look at the entire image. We look here, 88, 89, 88. Low and behold when it tries to neutralize it. It's within a percent. It puts a yellow cast on it. So, here, nice job on the auto balance. Now when we look at the RGB values in the gray sky it is 55, 54, 52. Now, for the auto tone correction, when we click here. And down here it's 60, 59, 54. What this does again, it favors the highlight, notice that. So we've actually added a color cast to this image by doing this. More work on the highlight. So this would not be a good choice if we were trying to neutralize the image. And in this case, what it does, because there's so much highlight it actually How about this tool? blows out and loses some of the detail in some portions of this image. Well, if we use the eyedropper tool and click So in this case the auto white balance here, indeed it's going to neutralize that portion of the sky.

works but the auto tone correction not so much. Notice 68, 68, 68.

So do I use these tools? Very sparingly. If we click down here, it gives us a different result. A little bit later on in the course I'll show you some places I do use them. It gives us that color cast. When I have complete control over the lighting and the So it depends upon where you click. So you need to be very judicious. background and that kind of thing, particularly in product photography. Above where you want to click using this tool. But for landscapes and natural light photography, I find them of limited usefulness and use them very sparingly. And you get different results depending upon where you click. And it seems like with this particular image, the darker the area on which you're clicking the more of the red-green color balance that you're getting. So here we want to click on the light portion of the sky in order to neutralize that sky. So these tools can be useful and they can work, but you really have to use them judiciously. In terms of the automatic exposure, the tone control, look at the histogram here. No data from highlight to mid tone, no data from three quarter to shadow, when I click on auto, basically what it does is it lightens the image. It moves all the data towards the highlight, cause it tends to favor the highlight data in the image. But notice it's light in the midtone hasn't done much for the shadow at all, so it really over brightens the image and from my valuation this would be an over exposed image, from the auto correction here. So, really the auto correction is not much help here. If you did the auto correction you certainly want to come back with the blacks. It moves the blacks down to increase the contrast. Unless you wanted the over exposed look. So, the automatic tools can be useful and when you use them in conjunction with evaluating the histogram, you can see whether they're working or not and certainly with the info tool as well. You can see what's neutral and what's not. And just to take a quick look at this image. Very different distribution of tone. Let's go ahead and choose an Auto, in terms of this white balance. In this image it works pretty well. Notice that the difference here in the histogram, we have the blue offset, to this image we've got a blue color cast. And we look at the RGB values, sure enough, you know, we've got a 74, and a 65, 62. Here the auto balance works pretty well. The auto white balance, because so much of the image is neutral. The more neutral most of the image is, the better this works. So, that works pretty well there. We look here, 88, 89, 88. It's within a percent. So, here, nice job on the auto balance. Now, for the auto tone correction, when we click here. What this does again, it favors the highlight, notice that. More work on the highlight. And in this case, what it does, because there's so much highlight it actually blows out and loses some of the detail in some portions of this image. So in this case the auto white balance works but the auto tone correction not so much.

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Color Correction in Lightroom

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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 40s
  2. 7m 18s
    1. Overview of color correction tools in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    2. Using virtual copies for color-adjustment variations
      3m 1s
  3. 10m 40s
    1. Setting up the interface for color adjustments
      4m 33s
    2. Setting up the color tools
      1m 45s
    3. Using Lightroom's soft proofing
      4m 22s
  4. 29m 9s
    1. Understanding how the histogram displays tone
      7m 51s
    2. Understanding how the histogram displays color
      4m 35s
    3. Identifying color casts with histograms and the Info tool
      6m 54s
    4. Measuring skin tones
      5m 50s
    5. Using target-based measurements
      3m 59s
  5. 51m 54s
    1. Understanding the interaction of Lightroom's histogram and tone panels
      8m 27s
    2. Adjusting color balance with the Temperature and Tint tools
      5m 51s
    3. Avoiding highlight and shadow clipping
      6m 58s
    4. Adjusting color balance using the Info tool and the Tone panel
      8m 19s
    5. Using Lightroom's automated adjustment tools
      5m 42s
    6. Adjusting overall brightness and contrast
      6m 21s
    7. Using targets for color correction
      4m 0s
    8. Challenge: Evaluating and correcting color
      1m 2s
    9. Solution: Evaluating and correcting color
      5m 14s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Evaluating and correcting critical highlights, shadows, and contrast areas in landscapes
      7m 28s
    2. Working with near neutrals and images with no neutrals
      6m 42s
    3. Correcting skin tones in a portrait
      5m 37s
    4. Correcting a faded image
      7m 54s
    5. Adding pop to product images
      7m 58s
    6. Making curve-based color correction adjustments
      7m 40s
    7. Color correcting product shots
      11m 26s
    8. Making creative adjustments
      5m 45s
    9. Automating adjustments
      4m 34s
    10. Challenge: Identifying and correcting a color cast
      1m 2s
    11. Solution: Identifying and correcting a color cast
      6m 54s
  7. 1m 26s
    1. Next steps
      1m 26s

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