Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating color-correct photographs, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 01 Importing with the Library Module.
Next, I want to take a look at how we can take advantage of Lightroom's ability to color correct our photographs. And this is especially helpful when it comes to working with Tethered Capture. So, here, I'm going to go ahead and choose my Develop Settings as None, and then I'll click the Capture button in order to capture a photograph. And what I want to do here is see how the photograph appears without any adjustments applied to it in Lightroom at all. This will bring up the photograph. And one of the things that we'll see here, is that the image has just a slight warmth to it.
So, what I want to do is set something up in my frame. In this case, I'm going to use what's called the Color Checker Passport. It's a device which allows you to capture an image and then color correct based on this photograph. You'll see what I mean in just a second. Let me go ahead and set this item down in front of the camera. Alright. Well, now that I've set that down there, I'm going to go ahead and trigger the capture in order to try to capture a frame with this included. And often what you can do, is include something which you know has some sort of neutrality to it. In this case, let me zoom out a little bit so, you can see all of this.
Here you can see the Color Checker Passport, again, it's just sitting right in front of the camera. And what you can do is you can then color correct your images based on this. To do this, I'm going to navigate to the Develop module. Now, I know we haven't covered much of the Develop module yet, but what I do want to highlight here is that in the Develop module, you can use your White Balance tool which is this eyedropper, and you can click on something that you know should be neutral. In this case, we can click on one of the swatches here. And what it will do is it will slightly modify the color in the photograph.
In this case, you can see that it made a slight correction to the overall color. If we look at the before and after, here's the before and after, it may be difficult to see. Let me zoom in a little bit on the photograph, perhaps even further to a one-to-one perspective, to one of these areas where we have some gray. Here you can see again, the image has a little bit of yellow or red to it, and then that's without that, this is with the correction. Sometimes what you'll have is a color cast which is really dramatic. In the area where I'm sitting I have white balance lights which are neutral lights.
So, there isn't much of a color cast, yet there's still is a little bit. Well, what you can do is you can use something like this. And this device, it is pretty affordable, it's something that I use all the time when I'm capturing images, especially with Tethered Capture. Again, it's called the Xrite ColorChecker Passport. Then after you have used that device to create a White Balanced setting, what you do is you then capture another photograph, but the next photograph you use Same As Previous. When you do this, of course, you'll want to remove that color checker chart.
So, I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Alright. Well I pulled that ColorChecker chart out of the way, I'll go ahead and capture another frame. And what this will allow me to do is to capture an image which is now color correct. And in a sense, what we can do now is really begin the task of shooting. And you know, this is so important when you're in the studio, because you never know what's going to happen in regards to your overall color. For example, if there's a color shift, and it's always better to correct that at the beginning of a shoot, rather than after the fact.
And by using this technique here, we can take advantage of that. We can use that Same As Previous setting, which in turn will apply a color correction to this image, so that now we can just keep shooting. And we can shoot whatever we want. As long as we use the Same As Previous setting, this will then apply that White Balance correction to all of the other photographs that we then capture.
- What is Lightroom?
- Importing images and video files
- Choosing an import destination
- Renaming files
- Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
- Working with tethered capture
- Exporting a catalog
- Using Smart Previews
- Customizing the Lightroom background