Lightroom: Altering "Auto White Balance"

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Over time I've noticed that the AWB tends to make my images a little too yellow (with just a hint of green!)

Does anyone know how it arrives at its values, and if the user has any way to "tweak" the algorithm at all?

I've tried setting up my own custom WBs but naturally they are only suitable for particular types of image, so AWB is a great tool, but would be even better if it didn't add so much of the greeny yellow hue.

Thanks in advance
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Edward

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Andrew Rodney

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The WB metadata from the camera is just a suggestion, this has no effect on the raw data. One usually has to season to taste. You could find such a setting and make it a default (or just the WB Tool) etc. So no, you can’t really tweak the algorithm but you can tweak the sliders closer to a initial goal and make that a new default setting. This all assumes raw data and either ACR or Lightroom.
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Hi Edward,

One idea: Use Quick Develop to cool (and de-green) after clicking auto-white-balance...

If the QD increments are too coarse, then download DevAdjust and create a finer (relative) preset.

Another idea: create your own Camera Calibration Profiles that include a relative white balance adjustment, then select one of these compensated profiles after clicking auto-white-balance. Advanced Color Editor can help you with that, or just use DPE without the middleman (ACE plugin) if you prefer.

Rob
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Richard Owens

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When was your montor last calibrated?

Rich
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Edward

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Hi Rich
monthly normally with the i1Display. I think the issue is more about controlling the WB in a "subjective" way, where perhaps what I see as too much of the "warming" effect of the yellow/green works well for someone else.

It would be interesting to know if other users found the Auto WB found a similar result

thanks
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Richard Owens

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Just a thought Edward, that's all.

Even if I use the dropper to adjust I always season to taste with the sliders. I go by what pleases me rather than some numbers. The real test comes when prnted and I have adjusted again and printed again to get it just right.

Rich