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How to stop White Balance from editing on it's own

Community Beginner ,
Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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I just installed Lightroom Classic on my new Macbook Pro laptop and cannot figure out why, when I am editing in the develop module, every few pictures that I scroll through are showing in the history tab that the white balance has been edited to "As shot" when I haven't even touched the while balance at all. They aren't images I want to edit so it's super frustrating when I sort by edit time to export images and all the images I don't want to be part of my gallery are mixed in because they are showing that the white balance has been edited. How do I stop accidentally editing the white balance?! I never had this problem for the last 7 years I used Lightroom on my iMac.

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Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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As Shot is using the metadata WB in the raw to 'interpret' a value to set. You can over-ride this (although I don't recommend it) with an import preset. There has to be some WB value used, this one simply examines the camera generated WB value (as shot) and uses it to render a preview. You can of course set this to anything you wish at any time, one image at a time or in a batch. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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If you haven't applied an Import preset or edited the image at all in LRC, the WB setting should be "As Shot". If you touch an image at all, applying any changes, the Edit Time will be updated, even if you Reset and restore it to the SOOC condition; so it seems that perhaps sorting by Edit Time isn't a reliable way to discriminate between "keepers" and "outtakes".

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Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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Why is it not changing the history of every image though? It only changes the edit history of every 5th picture or so. I'm curious about how it's decided which images to randomly "edit" when I haven't done anything. I have applied zero changes.

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Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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You said "the white balance has been edited to "As shot" when I haven't even touched the while balance at all." But as several of us have indicated, "As shot" means that NO WB edits have been applied. Do you copy or sync your edits from one image to all the similar images? It's possible that you're copying a WB balance change without having touched the WB slider on those images to which you copied/synced your edits.

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Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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No, I haven't copied or synced edits to other pictures. The only thing I've done when the edit history suddenly changes to show "White Balance: As Shot" is use the arrow keys to move between images. I don't know if there is some secret white balance short cut that the arrow keys are triggering or what.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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As shot is the default, as stated, it  is just what was passed from the metadata in the original image.

 

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Why is it not changing the history of every image then? It only does to like every 5th picture or so. I'm curious about how it's decided which images to randomly "edit" when I haven't done anything.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 14, 2021 Jun 14, 2021

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see:

https://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-correct-white-balance-in-photos-with-lightroom--cm...

 

 

Method 1: Use the White Balance Slider
The Develop module is used to adjust an image's visual settings: the White Balance slider is near the top of the panels on the right side. You'll see a slider that ranges from blue tones to yellow tones. 

Notice that every image you open already has a temperature set. Unlike an adjustment like Exposure, white balance doesn't start at zero. The starting point is the temperature that your camera applied based on the settings at the time of exposure.

 

and:

https://digital-photography-school.com/adjusting-white-balance-in-lightroom/

 

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LEGEND ,
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A better question would be why some of your images, before any edits, do not show White Balance as Shot.

As Shot is the default, and in this default, means do nothing, just accept what the camera was set at.

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Was an acceptable answer actually found for this? The replies here are all pondering and basically disbelieving the problem, or misinterpreting it.

 

I have about 1500 photos from a shoot, and as I click through them one at a time, every so often one of them makes a History item "White Balance: As Shot" and likewise shows the +/- in the thumbs that it was edited.

 

All of the photos were shot within a few moments of each other with the same settings on the 5D MkIV. All of them, under white balance, show "WB: As Shot" without me having to set it.

 

Out of 1500, maybe 30 of them did this. So I assume it is not a problem of why "some did not do this."

 

These were all shot in a high-speed setting, with multiple exposures happening (again all with the same setting, burst is for posture/content, not bracketing or unique settings). It is very obnoxious because if I am not paying attention when scanning for selects, it looks like those were edited and thus selected.

 

The only other thing I can think of is that this is definitely a recent issue, as I've been shooting with the mk4 since its release at the same settings, and this has only started happening in the last year or so.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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excuse the double post, surprised to find no edit/delete function

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Community Expert ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Not sure why this is happening. If you are just scrolling through the images and not touching any edit controls, nothing should get entered in the history and they should not show up when filtering to only show edited images. I can't reproduce what you're describing. I normally never browse this way (arrow keys in the develop module) and do the quick select in Library instead but when I use your workflow (use arrow keys to step through images in Develop) I don't see the behavior you describe. Classic 11.2 on Monterey 12.2.1. 2019 MacBook Pro.

ry the same workflow in a fresh empty catalog and see if it does the same thing. Perhaps your preferences file needs to be reset.

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New Here ,
Sep 24, 2022 Sep 24, 2022

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I found the same problem on my macbook with the lastest version of Lightroom. When I click the 'right' arrow key, some photos would automaticlly shows "White Balance: As Shot" in History. That trouble me to filter photos which are actual editted. On my Windows PC, never found this issue.

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New Here ,
Sep 25, 2022 Sep 25, 2022

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In develop mode, when I click the 'right' arrow key to select next photo (never edit before), it would automaticlly edit "White Balance: As Shot" in History. That trouble me to filter photos which are actual editted. On my Windows PC, never found this issue. 

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I found this problem also reported by other user in community since 2021:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic-discussions/how-to-stop-white-balance-from-editing-...

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Feb 26, 2023 Feb 26, 2023

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It started happening to me as well.

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