dave_g_lim PRO 5:25am, 12 August 2010
hey all, so i was recently in DC and took some night photographs of the monuments with my friends. I basically did a long exposure and flashed them in manually. However, I didn't bring all my equipment, including gels, so the flash and the lighted monuments aren't color matched. The question, is there a way to adjust the color temp on specific portions of the photo? If lightroom can't, can photoshop?
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ShutterCraze (NUEL) 8 years ago
I'm not a LR user, but Photoshop can do anything man.

There are probably several methods to do this and maybe a combination of several methods. I probably would start with a Curves adjustment and also try experimenting with a Color Balance adjustment. Between the two you can turn anything in your photo pretty much any color, or no color at all. Paint it in and you're done.

Good luck.
dath1974 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by dath1974 (member) 8 years ago
There is really not a way to do this in LR that I can think of, but you definitely can do it in Photoshop. It can be a bit painful though if you want to do a good job. I'd take the first suggestion by ShutterCraze -- a curves layer with a layer mask. "Simply" drop an eye-dropper sampling point (shift click with the dropper) in a place where you have an idea what the color should be (if you have two statues, one strobed and one not, drop a point on each in a similarly lit area), then adjust the individual curves to get the "correct" RGB values. You may have to do this in several spots along the curve (start with the brighter areas, our eyes are more sensitive to those). . . There are way too many situations to be absolute in suggesting how to create a mask, but generally a soft-edged brush works well for this sort of thing, especially if the changes aren't too major. If that doesn't work for you, you can be very precise with the pen tool creating a path around the object and then converting that path to a selection. Or you could try the quick selection tool. Or there is any combination thereof;->

Hopefully that all makes some kind of sense? It isn't *so* horrible to do once you get the hang of it, but it is almost always less time intensive to shoot it how you wanted, especially if you have more than one frame to correct;->

Edit: Oh, one suggestion. . . Get the WB in LR set correctly for what would be the most difficult or most numerous set of objects to correct. That way you have less masking to do in Photoshop;->

-Daniel
dave_g_lim PRO 8 years ago
thanks guys, i ended up going with photoshop to correct my color balance. Just using photoshop seems so daunting since there's more you can adjust, and for now i just wanted to keep my edits rather simple until i really learn what a great picture really is
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