Temperature & Tint Save the Day

by David Miller

George Mann’s previous post illustrated the effects of Lightroom’s white balance presets. In the event that one of the presets don’t fill your needs, you are, of course, free to set your own balance, either with the eyedropper (as George describes), or by manually adjusting the Temperature & Tint sliders. The following anecdote illustrates one such situation.

Last week I shot a conference that took place in less–than–ideal lighting conditions: the stage and its speakers were lit by relatively dim incandescant lights reflected off red, orange, or brown surfaces: carpet, floors, and walls all added to the glow. Looking at the images in Lightroom at the end of the first day presented me with less–than promising results: virtually all of the images had a strong orange/red tint and were noticeably lacking in the contrast department. Luckily, Lightroom’s adjustments (white balance, contrast & clarity, and a few curve tweaks) on the RAW files were able to bring the shots back to something much closer to reality.


Amanda D
2007-10-10 08:47:04
Can you explain the difference between C&P the develop settings and the SYNC command?
2007-10-10 11:00:17
Here's a link to a previous post on Clarity

If you want more just do a search for Clarity and you'll find more posts.

Tim Broyer
2007-10-10 15:40:20
Great post that I think most of us have had to tackle before. I've increased my results with getting the "Red" out by performing a proper calibration using a color chart and the ACR script settings from this site below. With proper calibration for both my bodies and LR's great tools I've been I have achieved a level of post processing confidence I didn't have before I was "Lit", so to speak.