Fade to white? Warning NSFW!

March 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

White balanceWhite balance In most cases the photographer will take great lengths to assure that the exposure and color balance is correct in camera, or in post processing. Very dark or very bright elements in the image tend to loose detail and in some cases can not be recovered.

However, there are cases when an image just needs some help. The above image above is from a workshop in which the sponsors recommended camera setting for a particular set. This was an supposed to be a winter like environment with cellophane representing ice cycles and cotton representing snow.  The wall at the recommended setting turned out grey, the cellophane looked like cellophane, and the model lighting was a little flat (left image)

Enter Lightroom and the "whites" slider. I pushed the slider from +10 up to about +80 which resulted in the image on the right. This clearly created some highlights even on the models skin, brightened the wall, and even affected the 'ice cycles'. Detail is certainly lost in some areas of this pseudo-high key image but I think it makes the image a little more interesting and worked a little better into the overall theme.

If you work in Lightroom, don't be afraid to move the sliders to extremes, since everything that you do is not destructive. Moving the sliders back to their original position or even using the "Image reset' button will return your image to the point at which it was imported.

 


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