A Quick Lightroom Lesson

Okay, so this has been making me a little bit crazy, so I felt the need to write a blog post about it.

I’ve recently been inundated with ads on Facebook regarding “Actions” that you can use to warm up your images and make them look better. These actions sell for anywhere between $10 and $30. Some of them can’t even be purchased outside of a Collection of actions, which start at $75 if they’re on sale, and I’ve seen them as expensive as $199.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about simplifying workflow and being creative and actions have their place, but they should never replace certain fundamental things that a photographer should know about post-processing, and that includes how to warm up your images.

So, I’ve taken an image from a recent family session and it can be seen below.  I did not custom white balance the image, so there is a lot of cyan in it, despite the gorgeous sunset to the right of this couple.  The image is also a stop underexposed, which I should mention that I do intentionally, especially because Mom is wearing a white blouse.

Portland Family Photography Veronica Gillas

The fix for this takes all of 15 seconds.  In Lightroom when you pull an image in under the “Develop” tab, there are a bunch of sliders to your right.  The very first one says “temperature”.  I pulled temperature up to 7000 to pull out blues and pull in some warmer tones.  Then I slide the “exposure” slider over to brighten the image up.

That’s it.  That’s all I did to this image in Lightroom.  Now, to me this image isn’t done, I have to fix Mom’s bra strap and make a few other small adjustments, but warming up the image took me 15 seconds.

There you go.  I’m glad that’s off my chest and hopefully I’ve saved you a few dollars for something that is super easy that you can handle yourself! Learning LR and Photoshop inside and out was probably one of the biggest game changers for me, because it simplified my workflow and gave me more creative control over my images!


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