Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding white balance and color temperature, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 03 Develop Module Basics.
As you begin to work on your photographs in the Develop module in the Basic panel, you'll often begin up here at the top. Where you can work on the color temperature and the white balance of your photographs. And you know, we already know quite a bit intuitively about color temperature. We know there are times of day when the color temperature is really cool and cold, like with this photograph here. Then there are other times of day, or other sources of light, say like a candle, or the sunset light, which is really warm and inviting. Well, in light room we have the ability to correct and to customize the color, or the white balance in our images.
And we can do so by using these controls right here. Let's begin by taking a look at how we can use the white balance tool in order to correct the color in a photograph. We'll begin by working with this picture here, which is a photograph of one of my friends named Jeff. Well, in this particular image, it looks like the color is off, but I just can't figure it out. So if you can't figure out the color, one of the things that you want to think about, is you want to ask yourself, was there anything that should be neutral in this image? Well, I was there. I know that this camera, it's a Leica camera.
It is black. So what you can do is if you know that there should be something which is neutral, and it's a black, a gray, or maybe a white. You can work with the White Balance tool. You can select it by pressing the W key. You may want to jot that shortcut down, or you can click on the White Balance tool icon right here. Now in doing this what we can do is position our cursor over the image. If you look at the navigator panel it will show you what your image would look like if you were to click on that area. In this case if I were to click on the camera area right here, and if I were to make that area a true black it would then color correct the photograph and it looks as if it almost lifted a blue sheet of saran wrap off of the photograph. Here if we press the backslash key you can see this is the before. Tap again and this is the after.
And after having made this correction, I think this image looks better. Yet I do think, it's a little bit, too warm. Well, you can always further customize or tweak the color temperature by using your temperature in your tent sliders. You may have noticed that it changed the values in these sliders. We can further customize this by simply clicking and dragging. Drag to the right, it'll become more warm. Drag to the left, and this will become more cool. Rather than dragging it that far, it was at 19, I'm just going to bring this down maybe to about 14 or so. With the tint slider, you can make the image more magenta or more green. And again, this one was at about 12.
I think I'll leave that right around there. I think that looks pretty good. So you can always use the white balance tool by itself, and you can click or sample on an area which you know should be neutral. And then if you want to take it even further, you can further customize the color by working with your temperature and your tint sliders. Alright, well now that we've been introduced to this concept, let's go ahead and continue this conversation about how we can can correct and improve the color in our photographs, and let's do that in the next movie.
- How raw processing works in the Develop module
- Evaluating before and after versions of your photos
- Understanding white balance and color temperature
- Correcting exposure with the histogram
- Identifying problem areas with clipping indicators
- Enhancing color with Vibrance, Saturation, and Contrast
- Adding warm tones
- Three ways to remove color from an image
- Changing brightness with the Targeted Adjustment tool
- Processing multiple images
- A Basic panel workflow
- Using snapshots and history