How to quickly fix a Color Balance issue on your photos?

May 08

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  • While most photographers heavily rely on AWB (Auto White Balance) there's something to be said for taking the time to getting it right. After all, every color in your photo is affected by the White Balance setting. That's because your camera uses it as the reference point...

Why White Balance?

The color temperature of light can look very different.  The way a candle lights up a subject is very different than a sunny day. Each scenario is a bit different, but usually, your eyes automatically calibrate and the scene looks natural.

How to quickly fix a Color Balance issue on your photos? Image1Your camera is not as smart as your brain, however.  If the right balance settings are wrong in the camera, then the image will take on a distinct color cast.  While this can occasionally look ok, it often is too pronounced and looks unnatural. At this point, getting it right when you edit the photo becomes critical.

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In-Camera or at the Computer?

Now you might be asking - Can’t I just use Auto White Balance in my camera? Auto White Balance can do quite a good job, but it isn't 100% accurate all the time. So sometimes we need to be able to do a few corrections ourselves.

Luminar offers useful controls in the RAW Develop and Develop filters for fixing White Balance issues. Simply launch the "Professional" workspace to access all the tools you need.

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White Balance.

Use the White Balance preset list to choose from a variety of presets that are similar to a camera’s white balance menu. Built-in presets are only available with RAW photos. 


Click to sample a white or neutral gray object. (Coming to Windows version of Luminar very soon).


Use this slider to warm or cool a shot. This adjustment essentially adds Cyan or Yellow to an image to change its color temperature.


This adjusts the amount of Green or Magenta that is added to a shot. It is useful for removing color casts from an image.

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Learn How to Fix it in Luminar (VIDEO)

Let's take a look at fixing Color balance or Color Casts in using a variety of filters in Luminar 2018. We’ll be moving back and forth between 3 images. In this video, you'll learn how to solve even the toughest white balance and color cast issues.

This video will show you how powerful Luminar is for fixing color problems in your photos - and how easy it is to make the colors in your photos picture perfect.

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Written by

Abba Shapiro

Fine Art, Portrait, and Landscape Photographer

Abba picked up his first camera at the age of 12 and has been passionately shooting ever since.  In addition to being a professional photographer, Abba has 30 years of experience in video and film production. Abba has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, The Discovery Channel, and CNN.  In addition to teaching classes through Creative Live,, and Ripple training, Abba conducts production workshops around the globe at conferences including NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and Macworld. When Abba is not bouncing around the world teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.

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