LIGHTROOM: Fine tuning white balance and cloning out imperfections

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I would love to see Lightroom have the ability to fine tune white balance with a color wheel sort of tool, something that allows shifting the balance toward blue and green or toward yellow and green, etc. After spending several years working with Canon's Digital Photo Professional, I find the two slider approach more time consuming at times. Much of the time I want to shift diagonally with respect to Lightrooms two sliders. With DPP you can shift the hue in any direction by dragging a point on the color circle while watching the affect on the image. With Lightroom I have to take turns adjusting two sliders back and forth if I don't want to go straight toward blue, yellow, green or red.

Also, the stamp tool in DPP has Lightroom beat when it comes to cloning out unwanted flaws in some ways. Lightroom does a nice job with simple things like a pimple in open space, but I just can't work with it in detailed areas. I spent about 20 minutes trying to remove a spot of glare on a pair of black rimmed glasses in a photo with lightroom and was not able to succeed. In DPP I would have had that spot of glare gone in about 30 seconds. DPP and the Gimp, both free software, have a better approach to cloning out imperfections in my opinion. I've seen that same opinion expressed by others.

I'm a Lightroom convert and I love the software so far, but I wouldn't have expected any free software to handle anything better than Lightroom.
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Brent Hiatt

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