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Lightroom white balance tint adjust limitation (underwater photo)

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May 27, 2017

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Does anyone know how to increase white balance tint (greed/red) adjust limitation? I'm currently processing several underwater RAW photos shooting on Olympus TG4 without any light equipment, expected underwater has less red light and more green or blue color, when I try to adjust white balance, tint is already reach max 150 but still looks greenish ... same raw photo can be adjusted to close to actual object color in Olympus software so I believe the raw image has that capability to do that also in Lightroom, which just need to increase ting adjust range.

The reason why I use Lightroom instead of Olympus software is Olympus software is very slow and unstable, and I knew if red gain is too high will cause serious noise, but for sharing to friends is still acceptable with resized image, and it would be better to share colorful image instead of bad white balance greenish photo.

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Lightroom white balance tint adjust limitation (underwater photo)

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Does anyone know how to increase white balance tint (greed/red) adjust limitation? I'm currently processing several underwater RAW photos shooting on Olympus TG4 without any light equipment, expected underwater has less red light and more green or blue color, when I try to adjust white balance, tint is already reach max 150 but still looks greenish ... same raw photo can be adjusted to close to actual object color in Olympus software so I believe the raw image has that capability to do that also in Lightroom, which just need to increase ting adjust range.

The reason why I use Lightroom instead of Olympus software is Olympus software is very slow and unstable, and I knew if red gain is too high will cause serious noise, but for sharing to friends is still acceptable with resized image, and it would be better to share colorful image instead of bad white balance greenish photo.

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May 28, 2017

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Try using the HSL/Color/B&W section in the Color mode for more adjustments. You could also try different WB: lighting options first then adjust the Temp-Tint.

Have you tried the Auto option in the WB: drop down?

Why not upload one of the raw images to Dropbox and post a link to it in this thread so other users can have a go at it.

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Jun 01, 2017

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Thanks for the suggestion, actually I've tried both adjust color temperature manually and use WB selector at beginning, but they're not perfectly working as expectation.

1. You can see in right side is raw image adjust WB by pointing selector at sea slug white area in Olympus software, and left side is doing the same thing in LR, color temperature is auto adjusted and tint is already tuned to max value.

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2. If I adjust WB manually, and fine tune color in HSL section, ignoring slight color differen, thee image is close to expectation but unfortunately HSL color adjustment is not continuous and making strange green color in between.

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If you would like to try my raw image, please download from below link, ORF is TG4 original raw image format and LR can import it directly.

Dropbox - P5110170.ORF

From Olympus software experience, I think it's not very difficult to tune WB with simple color temperature and tint adjustment instead of trying incontinuous HSL color adjustment if LR can open wider tint adjust range...

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Nov 27, 2017

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If you still have a color cast, say green, try brushing on the complimentary color, in this case, Cyan. You can vary the density and flow to put in just the amount of Cyan to offset the green.

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Jun 01, 2017

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Hi bhousto90, thank you for the suggestion, but this method doesn't work for my case, DNF profiles still has it adjust limitation.

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What you need to do is create a custom DCP Camera profile, done underwater. The 'limitations' are based upon the actual profile and a custom profile might allow you to achieve what you wish. 

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Nov 26, 2017

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Hi JS755332​.
Like you, i haven't found any way to over correct the white balance in LR.
One solution i use is to import the picture in Photoshop and use the Camera RAW filter (CTRL+SHIFT+A). You can even stack this filter!
That way you can go very far on the white balance correction (i even use it for ultra violet underwater photography)

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Hi damien nc

Unfortunately my LR is standalone version, not like subscribe version come with PS, still hope if LR can open wider WB and tint adjustment range to easily solve this problem.

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JS755332  wrote

Hi https://forums.adobe.com/people/damien+nc

Unfortunately my LR is standalone version, not like subscribe version come with PS, still hope if LR can open wider WB and tint adjustment range to easily solve this problem.

Actually, there is no difference in that feature of Lightroom between the standalone version and the "subscription" version. The only thing that could be limiting your white balance choices is it the images are JPEG images.

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Dec 10, 2017

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There is work around and yes its an annoying limitation - it forced me to use canon DPP or Capture 1 for ambient light underwater shots as they CAN dial in more tint.

The work around someone else described is here:-

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_4_white_balance_adjustments_for_und...

Basically, get the DNG profile creator from Adobe (free) and create a new camera profile where the only change you make is drag the tint to the maximum allowed (100 or 150).  Then select that profile in the camera calibration tab in lightroom.  You will then in effect START from the maximum allowed and set by the profile and be allowed to add up to 150 more.  This is enough for pretty much all shots.

It works but i wish such a workaround wasn't needed.  ACR in general is a long way behind others these days.

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