Quick Adobe Lightroom trick from photographer Mark Turner

By October 23, 2013Tips & Tricks

Mark Turner is a performing arts photographer in Canberra, Australia. He is also one of our contributors. This morning Mark emailed us:

I got taught this amazing trick in lightroom today that I thought would be really useful for muso togs.

Mark sent us a run-down of the before and after photo (above) and how to achieve it in Adobe Lightroom®

OK, before we start, I wish to acknowledge a few things…

  • LED lights for on stage performances are stupidly cheap compared to a bank of fresnels or similar.
  • They are also stupidly cheap to run.
  • They can run multiple colours from one lamp (apparently even white, like I’ve ever seen it)
  • However, for the performing arts tog, they also give you this. Blasting light at short wavelengths that scour detail away.

Up until now, I’ve pretty much followed the normal procedure for editing such images:

  • Play with the temperature and tint in white balance – sometimes does pretty well when you have a blue/pink LED combo.
  • Play with Hue/Saturation/Luminance sliders – Can help in some cases, especially with a little white balance tweaking
  • Convert to monochrome – the old classic. Usually works a treat but if you did have some colours that worked, that’s gone.

Until today!

Thanks to a bloody good photographer mate of mine, Brett Sargeant of D-eye Photography (Deye), I have a fantastic little tweak to share with all you muso togs out there.

(For Lightroom 5+, not sure about older versions)

Once you have your LED blasted photo in the Develop module, you need to scroll all the way down in the editing/slider pane on the right. Scroll down to “Camera Calibration” and look for the ‘Profile:‘ section (the one under ‘Process:‘) Click on the drop down and change from ‘Adobe Standard‘ to ‘Camera Neutral‘ and BAM!

Quite an impressive difference with just one option changed.

You can then do some tweaking with your white balance, curves, clarity and exposure to get you to your goal but this will at least get you much closer.


Great tip! Thanks a lot Mark. To check out Mark’s work you can use the following links:

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  • To add to this, a quick google search and you should find some third party custom presets for your camera. I found some for my D5100 and it made such a difference.

    You can also set each profile to be loaded on import, so instead of applying each one, one by one, you can have it correct it on import, which I also find handy. 🙂

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