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We’re photographers. Our craft is our work. Our work is our art. To be moving forward with our work, we must be constantly on the search for creativity. We must develop; broaden the perspectives we see and the images we produce and the art we define.
When you come to that point when nothing seems to be new, and you have become stuck in a rut with your images, your editing, your creations, it may be worth your while to take a look at Lightroom’s Split Toning.
Can’t fix the white balance of an image with Lightroom’s standard White Balance Treatment? Try adjusting the picture with the Split Toning Feature.
To warm up this image (the original is above right), I went through all the basic steps above in about 2 minutes.
I simply went to the split toning tool bar, and adjusted my highlights and shadows to add the same lighter but warmer hue to both. From here, I adjusted the balance so the highlights were a bit intensified. Already, my image is markedly where I like it.
Just want to do something different with your images? Many professional photographers have a signature “tone” to their images. Blue hints. Orange hints. Etc. Play around with adding these tones to your pictures to add a bit of flair to the editing style you already have.
I took this picture of a friend of mine in a little coffee shop in MN. It began slightly cold in tone, and I’ve been enjoying editing with a warmer tint. To achieve this, I added a warmer green yellow hue to my highlights and increased the saturation over 60 percent. I then adjusted my shadows to add an almost lavender hue and saturated it only by 20 percent. The picture still was a bit off, so I then went to my individual colors and de-saturated blues and purples. Viola!
If you want to learn more about split toning, but don’t know how to start, go ahead and begin with Lightroom’s Selenium tone preset. From here, you can adjust the colors, saturation, and balance of split toning without having to start from scratch.
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