Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Custom tethered capture white balance, part of Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques.
Well now that I fired off my first test shot, what I want to do is modify things a little bit. Before I do so, I am going to take this image into the Develop module. To do that, I will press the D key. Now once inside of the Develop module, one of the things that you can do is you can press the J key in order to turn on your clipping indicator. Here it is showing me that I have a little bit of clipping in these specular highlights. Now at that juncture what I might want to do is go ahead and lower my exposure a little bit, and I could do so a couple of different ways if I wanted to modify things. And I will just do that on camera there a little bit and then take another picture.
Now what I am looking for here is just to be able to compare the exposure with the two images. And again, I am just modifying things using the Develop module here. In this case, the exposure is a little bit darker. Let's compare the two. Well, here we have a little bit more clipping indicator in the highlights, but our shadows are okay. In this image perhaps the shadows now are a little bit too dark. So again, what we can do is make some subtle decisions in regards to our overall exposure, and really it's up to you in regards to what you are trying to expose for.
All right. Well, the next thing that I want to do here is go ahead and create a white balance for this image. To do that, I am going to set in this area right in front of these little Russian dolls here, and I am going to go ahead and create, or capture, another image. Now when I capture this image, what we should see is this ColorChecker chart. This is a ColorChecker chart that's put out by the folks at X-Rite. It's called the Passport. It is a great color checker. Next, I will press the W key to select the White Balance tool, and I will go ahead and click on one of these white balance icons here, one of the gray patches, because I know that those should be neutral.
Well, now that is completely and drastically different. Let's take a look. Here is before, and then here is after. Well once I have done that, once I have white balanced this photograph, I want to then remove the ColorChecker chart, and I want to create an image with this same color balance. To do so, we can use this option here, which is called Same as previous. So now when I take the next image, what we should see is that we have a photograph, which is comparable to the original photographs, except we have a completely different color, or white balance, and here you can see it's now brought that in in a completely new context.
What's great about this is once we dial this in, what we can then do is make some other decisions as well. For example, let's say that what we want to do is have a little bit of fill light here, perhaps a touch more contrast, and then we can work on some of our other controls here as well. We could also get creative and make some color, or other type of creative adjustment changes as well. Now I want to have this image a little bit warmer than where it was, probably not quite so neutral. Again, I am making some subjective decisions at this point.
We could also go down the line and say work on our detail, and in the Detail panel, we could add a bit of sharpening, work on our controls here, work on the color noise, et cetera, et cetera. The sky really is the limit in regards to how we work with these controls. And again, as we then take pictures, it will remember whatever we dialed in, in regards to our Develop module previously. So let's see how this next image comes in. You can see that in that way. Well let's say that one of the things that we want to do is work on a specific color.
Here I am going to go into HSL, and I am going to go into my Saturation, grabbing the Target Adjustment tool. I am going to hover over this foreground color and just remove that. Take down some of those Oranges there. You can see how we are bringing some of those colors out. I will bring up my reds also bring up some of the greens and aquas and blues. So now I just have a different color palette, something that's completely distinct, or different. I will go into Split Toning and in Split Toning, I am going to add some color in my highlights. And again, I am just going to have a little bit of fun with this.
See if I can come up with something creative. And really all that I am doing here is just winging it to try to come up with something that looks completely distinct, or different. Next step of course will be to click on the Capture button, and we will see that the next image will come in with those same Develop module settings. Now the point here isn't necessarily to process your images in this drastic of a way, yet it may be helpful to think about how you can use all of those controls. I mean the sky is the limit. You could do things like lens corrections, effects, camera calibration--you name it.
Well let's say that as we get to this point we realize, you know what? This doesn't really look very good. I don't like the creative stuff that I was doing. I just want things to be color correct. What you can do is you can always go back to one of your previous images, like this one, which has really good white balance. You could then say, "You know what? I want a copy these settings here." So here what we are going to do is go to our Settings pulldown menu and choose Copy Settings, and what I want to do is check everything. I just want to copy all of these different settings. So I will go ahead and click Copy.
Next, I'll click on one image, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the others, go back to Settings, and here choose Paste Settings, and you will notice there are shortcuts here, if you like using shortcuts. You could always take note of those there, and then use them as well. But here, I am going to use the long-cut. I am just going to go to Settings and then click on Paste Settings. So now when I click on Paste Settings, what we'll see is it then updates all of these photographs with that particular white balance. And the great thing about this is what we can do, of course, is if we want to change what we are photographing--say in this case, I am going to set something else in front of the camera, and then refocus there, and now I will go ahead and click on the Capture button--and what will happen is whatever the new object, or the new subject, is for the photograph will come in with that same white balance and that same color correction as those previous files.
Here you can see I set my lynda.com coffee cup in front of those other objects. What I can do is just continue to shoot away. Well in conclusion, as you have seen, we can use tethered capture for some really functional or creative purposes. And the reason why I wanted to highlight was just to get you to begin to think about how you can use tethered capture in order to become a more efficient and also a better photographer. Because sometimes by having the instant review, being able to see your images really big, being able to make changes to your photographs, to apply those changes to multiple images, it can begin to expand the way you see, the way you think, and the way you work inside of Lightroom.
- Maximizing file compatibility
- Speeding up the workflow with automation
- Working with catalogs, collections, and folders
- Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
- Performing and restoring backups
- Setting up tethered capture
- Advanced retouching techniques, such as eye enhancement and blemish reduction
- Working with color profiles
- Perfecting prints from Lightroom
- Creating custom watermarks
- Making a custom web gallery
- Exporting and publishing photos