Friday, August 10, 2012

how to edit bathtub pictures in Lightroom

How many of us love to take photos of our kids in the bathtub only to have them come out looking yellow and nasty and depressing? I know it's not just me. Most of the time the problem is that your white balance is off (unless you have a ton of amazing natural light in your bathroom, which, well, I'm not so lucky). Fortunately it is a super easy fix in post processing!

The white balance tool is super easy to use. See that little eyedropper thingie? Click on it. Next, click on something in your photo that is supposed to be white, black, or grey. (I clicked on a part of the bathtub). And voila! Like magic your photo isn't yellowish anymore!

See? Before:

And after! Ta-da!

And since I'm showing you one of my favorite Lightroom tools I thought I might as well show you my other favorite tool...the straighten tool. Seriously. I love it. To use it you just click on the little level icon and then you click along a line in your photo that you want to be either horizontal or vertical. In this photo I "drew" along the edge of the bathtub. Lightroom will then "straighten" your photo and put the crop box around it (because when you straighten you end up losing a part of the edge of your photo), so you can then drag the corners of the crop box to make it smaller (like I did here) and then when you like what you see just hit enter to accept your straighten and crop! This is my favorite tool because I actually think it is really fun to do. I am a total nerd, I know.

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  1. These are definitely 2 things that I use all the time. While my kids are way too old for me to be taking pics of them at bath time- I do get this same nasty cast on anything I capture in my kitchen. Which stinks because if I want good natural light for food pics I have to haul everything out to the media room & do a full set up. So when I am looking to do things quick- this is what I do...and that straighten tool- oh yes. Seems I can't hold the camera to my face without a bit of tilt in there a good portion of the time.

  2. I love that simple little tool in Lightroom. Makes it soo much easier.Great picture!

  3. Quick and easy. I just love LR! Great tips :)

  4. Thanks so much for sharing Lightroom info. It seems like there's tons of Photoshop stuff out there, but not much Lightroom! :)


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