We've broken out the big guns today - that's right, we're doing an Adobe Lightroom Classic DESKTOP tutorial today, and it's all about basic colour correction in Adobe Lightroom Classic.
We also have a video version of this tutorial, if you'd rather watch than read this tutorial - you can watch the video here.
Basic Colour Correction
Firstly, we're going to select the images that we want to edit, and apply our preset. I'm using my Lightbulb & Star preset, and of course, you can use whatever preset you want to use for the images that you have chosen. All of these images were taken on my camera, I have a Canon 750D, it's a bit old, I think I've had it for about five or six years now, but it does the job.
First, we're going to apply our preset. The first thing we are going to be looking at, and the only thing we are going to be looking at is the little section on the right-hand side on the screen, we have the white balance eyedropper tool, and then we also have these two bars - the temperature bar and the tint bar. And for colour correction, these are the only tools that we will be using. Personally, when I colour correct an image, I use the temperature and the tint tool, but I know some people do use the white balance selector.
When you click on the White Balance Selector tool, you can pick a neutral target. In the left-hand pane of the screen, it shows you what the white balance would be. I personally don't think that the White Balance Selector tool will really get the most accurate answer that you will be looking for when you try to colour correct. Which is why I use the temperature bar when I edit. I like to use the up and down keys on my keyboard (which go up in or down in increments of 50).
Because this is only colour correction, I do find that exposure does play a large part in the temperature of your image. I do find that, especially if you've got a warm image, the exposure does affect the temperature of your image.
All of this is obviously down to personal preference, you might like your images a lot warmer, or a lot cooler or a lot greener or a lot more purple. It's completely down to your preference. But for my images, I quite like to have a neutral tone, not too cold and not too warm.
One way to match an image technically is to copy and paste your settings from one image to another. But that sometimes doesn't work and it doesn't often match the temperature of your previous photo as the sun can go in and out, clouds can come
about and it can change the whole look and feel and temperature of your image. So even though technically, the colour may match with the numbers on your temp or tint bar, it's always best to check by eye, if they are, in fact, the right colour, the right temperature that you would want. This is very important, especially when you're editing a collection of photos, and they all have to look quite the same. So for instance, if you're doing a product shoot outside, you have to make sure that the temperature is the same throughout the collection of images. It has a consistent look.
I think when you get to know your preset, and how it works, how it interacts with images both inside and outside, you just know what you need to do after then. I know my preset is quite blue, and that I like to pull the luminance down on the red, orange and yellow, just so it gives me a good starting point for tweaking skin tones. And it'll be the same for your presets, I'm sure when you know how it interacts with the environment and what you need to do with the temperature and the tint, then I think you're set!
The annoying thing about colour correction is that it is completely subjective as to what you're taking, what the environment is like, and whether you're indoors or outdoors, whether it's cloudy, sunny, or raining. Once you learn your preset and you know what needs to be done to get it to how you want it, then that's magic. That's what you want.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Don't forget, you can watch along with my Youtube video of this here!