Thank you Destiny for your wonderful image submission! <3 xx
I saw this image and noticed 2 things. One- adorable little baby boy. Two- this needed some white balance help.
Fixing White Balance in RAW is not only fixable but easily fixable. It’s forgivable. Shooting JPG and setting White Balance…well you get some wiggle room. But if you mess it up- it’s harder to fix and sometimes you can only make the best of the bad white balance. In RAW, you can fix it. In 2 shakes of a lambs tail.I try to find white or black and use that as my anchor. I sometimes even have my kids hold a white piece of paper up (when we’re in the shade) and just take a picture of them holding the white piece of paper. Doesn’t have to be perfectly focused or anything but at least I have a white object to use for that session. I’m not gadgety enough to buy a white balance disk like some. I like using paper.
So here is a RAW image. Focus is good. Exposure is good. White balance not good. Watch what magical thing happens when we click the white bal dropper and click the little baby boy’s sleeve on the white stripe.
So here is the SOOC RAW file.
Cutie little guy!
Now watch this bit of magic….
Yes. All I did was fix the white balance at this point. Amazing right? This is but one reason I love RAW.
I simply applied one of my all time favorite, most used and beloved (by me) preset I have… [bubbly]. *sigh*
The adjustment brush in Lightroom is like being able to use 6 layers at one time. It’s pretty awesome.
I often have 4-7 or so Adjustment Brush anchors (see that tiny little button looking thing about the little boy’s head? That’s the ‘anchor’.
I drop a new one, like I would a new layer in Photoshop or Elements.
And here we are all done. Now admit- that didn’t look hard at all. You know why? Because it wasn’t.
The really smart thing about Lightroom? Copy ALL or a few or just one of the settings (white balance, exposure, color, blacks etc ) from one image and Sync them to another image or 100 images…in seconds. You can’t do anything like it in Photoshop and certainly not in a seconds.
And the Before and After one last time.
Gorgeous shot! Thank you so much Destiny Frye for the wonderful submission!