One of the things that I like about digital photography and tools like Lightroom is that you can quickly correct for white balance. But it’s not uncommon to have multiple types of lighting in one photograph. Previous you might correct for the most important areas which leaves the differently lit areas off-color.

While looking at the below photo which has both outdoor lighting (daylight) and indoor lighting (e.g.tungsten or fluorescent), it occurred to me that there is probably a way to easily and quickly correct for this using the adjustment brush in Lightroom. There was just such an option which previously had never occurred to me what they would be used for.

Open the image and select the adjustment brush. Mask off the area that contains the secondary area with a different white balance. In the screen shot below you can see the area that I’ve applied the adjustment brush to.

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Next use the sliders to visually correct the white balance, using the Temp and Tint sliders.

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Here’s a before and after look at the corrected part of the image.

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That’s all there is to it.

It strikes me that this might be really useful with night photography which is a big interest of mine!

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