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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's continue to take a look at how we can use the White Balance tool in order to color correct our photographs. In certain situations we won't have the luxury of being able to include a color checker chart in our photographs. In those situations what do we do? Like with this particular portrait of my good friends Travis and Holly. This image was taken after a day of skiing the backcountry. It was a phenomenal day. I didn't have a color checker chart with me. The sun had set, but what I did know is that this is a cool time of day right? There are really cool tones here.
While the image looks warm and inviting, I have to begin to think and notice color temperature in more distinct ways. And because of that I know that this image needs to be color corrected. And so what I'm going to do is press the W key to select the White Balance tool. Now typically when you're using this I choose Auto Dismiss, because I'm pretty confident about how this tool works. If you're not too sure how this works, it may be a good idea to turn this off so that you can select multiple areas. Let me show you what I mean. Well I click this off, and let's say as I hover over the image I decide, well what if I click on the snow in the background? Well if I click on that, nothing happens. So here I'm clicking.
There's not enough information here in the snow for me to color correct the image. It's too white, and you can see that in my RGB values. So in this case, had I turned on Auto Dismiss and clicked on the snow, well it would then deactivate the tool, and I would be out of luck. So let's go ahead and reselect the tool and now turn Auto Dismiss off and then hover over the image. One of the things that I do know is that this jacket was black and so I'm going to click on that as a nice sample area.
All right, now that's a beautiful, warm and inviting image. Let's take a look at the before and after. Here is our before, what we thought was kind of warm, and then here's the after the color correct photograph. So one of the things that we're going to do is as we make these changes we can click in different areas and make our way through our photographs in order to click on things that we think should be neutral. Now sometimes what we'll find is that we won't get it exactly right and we may find that perhaps let's say this is a little bit too warm.
Well in those situations no big deal, all we're going to do is modify our slider, so we have this nice kind of warm and cool tone together. So actually begin to work with this White Balance tool, keep in mind that sometimes you're going to nail it. You're going to get it right from the get-go, other times you may need to go in and make some subjective edits in order to further enhance the overall color temperature.
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