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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.
In order to further our understanding of working with white balance and color temperature, for this movie, we are going to exit out of our white balance folder, and we are going to navigate to the main folder here in Exercise Files. What we are going to do is just scroll down a little bit. I'm going to work with two different images. The first one is this one here; it's titled SantaBarbara_Harbor_01.dng. What's interesting about this image is there's a big color shift. We can see that this image isn't neutral. Let's take this image to the Develop module. We can do so by clicking on the Develop button in the module picker.
Here, what I want to highlight is the white balance options that we have here in the Basic panel. Currently, the White Balance is set to As Shot. Now, why do we have this blue color temperature shift if it's set to As Shot? Well, this particular image, I changed the white balance setting on my camera, because I wanted to capture this look. I wanted to have all of these really cool blue tones, but we can also change this after the fact. So after the fact, we could change this to something, say, like Auto.
And as I scroll through these different options, you are going to see it's going to change the color temperature; here is Daylight. We are going to see that it's going to remove a lot of those blue colors, and give us a different look. So what these white balance options are doing for me is they are changing my temperature and tint. Watch as I make a selection here to the Temperature and Tint sliders; you can see that it's trying to color correct for those lighting situations in order to try to create what's called neutral color, right? To try to neutralize the color temperature shift.
So here, as we go through these options, you can see that some of the options kind of work; some of them don't. And a lot of times what you'll do when you're working with color is you will experiment, perhaps, with this pulldown menu. Other times, you may just work with the color temperature you get on the camera, and then take it even further. In this case, I'm going to make things even perhaps a little bit more blue, or maybe I'll remove some of that tint, which we can see there, that magenta tint, and bring that down a little bit more so that it's a touch more green.
And again, you can modify these controls in order to come up with a different look, and there's quite a bit of different types of looks that we could accomplish with an image like this. So here, with this White Balance pulldown menu, it gives us the ability to come up with different looks for a photograph. Let's take a look at a different picture. I will go ahead and click on this one; it's titled christian.dng. This is a photograph of a couple of guys on this adventure sailing trip, way out in the ocean, on the Pacific Ocean, in this small little boat.
Well here, the White Balance As Shot; well, it looks pretty neutral, and this is the image just as captured. Let's go through the options. We will take this to a Daylight balance. Now, when we take this to a Daylight balance, we will see that it will give us a different look. What about a little bit of a cloudy day? What Cloudy will do for us is give us a bit more warmth. Because remember, when it's cloudy, or when there is shade, the color temperature, it's much more cool. Well, I kind of like that. I kind of like the warmth that it added.
Let's compare the Cloudy, and the As Shot view. Here is As Shot; let's let that render in. It looks a little bit more cool. Look at the color temperature, and let's change that to, then, Cloudy: you are going to see that's just boosting that color temperature and that tint up. So again, sometimes you will choose these options, and see something you might like, and then even enhance it a little bit further. Let's make this even a little bit more warm, and then perhaps even a little bit more of a tint. Now I've changed the color pretty drastically; pretty dramatically. Let's take a look.
Press the Backslash key; here is our before, and then here is the after. So again, we have the ability to change the color temperature. And a lot of times, when you get to these types of subjective color adjustments, well, it's just kind of fun, because you can bring the image to life in some interesting ways. You know, other times what you'll do is you will use this to correct something which is wrong. Rather than just kind of enhancing an image, or finding the right look, you can correct some sort of a color problem.
Well, let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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