Photostory: Custom White Balance & Cool Matte Finish Preset in Lightroom

For last one year I have been sharing my old recipes in new ‘Avatar’ in ‘Revisiting Through the Lens Series.’ The intent is firstly to improve my own photography and also to show how the same product could be done better with limited resources. I usually post in this series around end of the month.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Last few months I have started another series ‘Photostory’ where I take food shots as still photography or travel I do to various places and the food I eat there. It will also showcase any major improvement or learning in my own photography. This series appears around first week of the month.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

As part of this photostory series, this post will show how I learned to set Custom White Balance.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

A while ago I was added by a food photographer to a secret group on Food Photography on Facebook. I usually stay away from Facebook groups because they tend to become a place to promote some members extensively and ignore the rest.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

But this group has been very good for me. Not that I am being promoted or ignored but the body of work everyone shares is astounding and one gets to learn so much by reading the discussion on each image.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

One such discussion made me understand how to set Custom White Balance brilliantly explained by Jerry Deutsch.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

I have been religiously following his technique for all my shoots since. I also learned how to create Presets for Cool Matte Finish in Lightroom 5 using Irvin’s tutorial.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Until next Photostory, leaving you with some random shots.

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance

Photostory: Custard Apple & Working with Custom White Balance