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Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

Video: Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance

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.

Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance

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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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 44s
  14. 36m 35s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 38s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 10s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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