The Lightroom Develop Module: Setting a custom white balance

In The Lab | July 16, 2015 | By

The first step in my post-processing workflow is to check and, if necessary, adjust the white balance in my image.  Lightroom CC provides three tools within the Basic panel for adjusting white balance.  You can choose from (1) a variety of presets (e.g. cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent), (2) you can move the temperature slider to the left or right (although I’m generally a bit over-caffeinated for this to be a realistic option), or (3) you can use the eyedropper tool as I demonstrate in the brief video below.

While the white balance adjustment in this example is rather subtle, you will achieve much more dramatic results when you apply this technique, for example, to images taken within a gymnasium.  Give it a try and let me know which tool you prefer!



PS – If you find yourself in a situation where “eyeballing” a proper white balance will not suffice, you might try one of the following products:

ColorChecker Passport

EzyBalance Gray Card

ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White Balance Filter

**B&H Photo is my vendor of choice. Please note that these are affiliate links.


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