Making targeted temperature adjustments in Lightroom

One of the greatest advantages of shooting in RAW format is the ability to change the image's white balance in post production using Adobe Lightroom. As a busy wedding photographer, it means you can put your camera's white balance setting to "Auto", allowing you shoot in a variety of fast-paced scenarios under different lighting situations (full sun, shade, tungsten, etc.), knowing any white balance inaccuracies can be corrected after the fact.

In some shooting situations, however, wholesale white balance changes can't correct an image the way you want. For example, when shooting group photos or bridal portraits on green grass under full sunlight, a green hue will be reflected back on the subject. Certain skin tones can also be tricky under certain lighting situations. Sometimes you need to make targeted temperature adjustments to certain parts of an image without affecting the image's overall white balance setting.

Fortunately, Lightroom's local adjustment brush makes this task super easy!  And that's what this week's blog post is all about.

In the circled area, the bride's shoulder and arm area recorded with a very red tint under this lighting situation.

In the circled area, the bride's shoulder and arm area recorded with a very red tint under this lighting situation.

In the photograph above, the overall white balance and tone is to the photographer's liking, but the bride's right shoulder and upper arm recorded with an overly red tint. Adjusting the overall white balance can get the area less red, but the rest of the image will change along with it. Using LR's local adjustment brush, we can fix this in a flash!

When you've selected the image you want to edit, enter the Develop module and select the Adjustment Brush tool. From the Effect dropdown menu, select "Temp".

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Next, adjust the brush's size, feather and flow.

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Start brushing the area you want to edit. It helps to check the option for "Show Selected Mask Overlay" so you can see exactly where you're brushing. When you're done brushing, uncheck the box. 

Next, adjust the temperature and tint to your liking.

The finished product. Notice the adjusted area now blends more naturally with the rest of the bride's skin.

The finished product. Notice the adjusted area now blends more naturally with the rest of the bride's skin.

Voila, you're done! 

Remember to check back for more tips and tricks on using Adobe Lightroom!