In this video from Lucy Martin, you’ll learn how to utilize the camera calibration tool in Lightroom to help with your post-processing workflow and get your photos looking awesome!
How to use the Camera Calibration Tool in Lightroom
The Camera Calibration tool is at the bottom of all your panel tools.
You want to use the camera calibration tool right at the beginning of the editing process, as this will inform the colors in your image.
Open the panel so that you can see the Shadows, Red Primary, Green Primary, and Blue Primary Sliders.
These sliders allow you to adjust the Tint of the Shadows and the Hue and Saturation level of Red, Green, and Blues (the RGB colors).
What you change in this panel will affect all the pixels of your image because every pixel is made up of RGB values.
If you hover over a section in your image, check the histogram, and it will show you the RGB values. Understanding this will give you a better understanding of how the camera calibration panel works.
It works differently to the HSL panel that specifically targets just the individual color ranges.
Again, color Camera Calibration affects everything.
Each camera renders color slightly different depending on the brands. They will each have a different idea of what a true red, blue, or green is. You may want to alter these slightly to what you see, or you may like to get creative with it.
Lucy likes to bring up the saturation of the Blue Primary slider to give more life to her images. She also works with the Green Primary by changing the Hue and Saturation for landscape photos.
The Red Primary is great for working with skin tones and warm sunset photos.
This is a great starting point before making further edits.
Lucy also gives you some other examples of creative editing using these sliders. So check it out to see what you can do to make your photos pop!
Bonus: If your image has a red, green, or blue color cast, you can use the saturation slider of that primary color and reduce it to remove the cast.
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