Finding the Perfect White Balance for a Landscape Photo in Lightroom

White balance is a fundamental aspect of a landscape photo, often dictating the mood and atmosphere of an image. This helpful video tutorial will show you how to quickly get just the right white balance using Lightroom.

Coming to you from Christian Möhrle - The Phlog Photography, this informative video provides a practical guide to achieving accurate white balance in Lightroom. Möhrle begins by highlighting a common misconception: the belief that a photograph's initial white balance is satisfactory based on its appearance. He points out that the true indicator of incorrect white balance is the histogram, specifically the misalignment of its colored peaks. His technique involves adjusting the temperature and tint sliders to align these peaks, thus neutralizing unwanted color casts. This method not only rectifies the white balance but also enhances the natural look of the image.

Möhrle further elaborates on refinment by adjusting the vibrance and saturation, offering insights into how these adjustments affect the histogram. His approach is methodical and precise, ensuring that the changes made to the temperature and tint settings are in harmony with the image's overall color scheme. The video goes beyond basic adjustments, discussing how to use white balance to not just correct colors, but also to creatively enhance an image. Möhrle demonstrates this by adding a slight blue color cast to a cold landscape scene, which contributes to the image's mood. He emphasizes the importance of intentionality in these adjustments, encouraging photographers to use white balance as a tool for artistic expression. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Möhrle.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out our latest tutorial, "Photographing the World: Japan With Elia Locardi!" 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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