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For Photographers – Lightroom & Colour Balance

Washington DC Wedding Photographer : Stephen Gosling Photography

The first thing I want to say is that I am under no illusion that people read my blog, let alone other photographers.  I in no way think that the way I do things is the correct way and I am not writing these posts to tell people how to shoot or how to run their businesses.  I am however going to be writing about my experiences; my failures, my successes, etc.  If these posts help anyone, great!  If not; no big deal.

First of all; yes colour is spelt with a U!

Down to business.  A few weeks ago I was sitting down and having coffee with a couple whose wedding I had shot in 2012 and we were talking a little about editing and colour balance (the groom is a video guy so it kind of correlates).  I was explaining to them the basic differences of Photoshop and Lightroom and how when I edit images I tend to add a little ‘warmth’ to the photo in the colour editing process; as I like my images a little on the warmer side.  This particular bride and groom mentioned that the ‘warmth’ in my images was one the reason they decided to book with me.

‘Warmth’ is kind of nothingy term when you talk about colour balance but to be as simplistic as I can about it; I try to find the correct/neutral colour balance for the image and then I add a little yellow, and a little magenta.

So here is a quick look at a recent engagement session in Lightroom;

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The image in Lightroom has been edited and is ready for export, but lets take a quick look at the control panel; The white balance is set to Custom.

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The white balance tool here is set to Custom as I have manipulated the image to the usual ‘warmth’ level I like.


Let’s take a look at some of the pre-set options and what they would have looked like.

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The flash, tungsten and fluorescent options are not really going to work in this situation as none of the light sources in the image are either flash, tungsten or fluorescent.  But the daylight and shade options are pretty close.  And for naturally lit images, those two pre-sets are usually where I start and then I will play around with the sliders just a little, until I get that ‘warmth’ I’m looking for.

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