Temperature Throw | Advanced White Balance Free Ebook Tutorial

Ask SLR Lounge August 11th 2014 2:17 PM 7 Comments

A “temperature throw” is a term that Post Production Pye started using in our studio. It refers to the technique of 1) taking one RAW image, 2) creating a virtual copy in Adobe Lightroom, 3) varying the color temperatures of the two images and 4) combining them in Adobe Photoshop CS6 to create a unique image. Of course, this brief description is an oversimplification of the process, so we’ve created a premium white balance tutorial for all of you!

But first let’s check out the before and after images.

Temperature Throw Before and After Images



Why Do a Temperature Throw?

You can use this technique in almost any situation to add interest to a scene. For example, if you take a gloomy gray sunset and throw the skies to deep blues, your image can potential become much more interesting. Or if you’re looking to create a moody indoor scene, you might choose to “temperature throw” an image to the orange side of the white balance spectrum. This is simply another powerful tool to open up your creativity.

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  1. Raoni Franco

    Sure the technique can be usefull but, MAN!! This particular result is ugly!! I think a lighter hand here would be nice. Unless you were going for a romance-retro-cience fiction-weird neon+tungsten bulb look.

  2. Bill Bentley

    I agree with Raoni that this example is a bit strong. But the technique is definitely useful for some images. I also use split toning from time to time. It can really make certain images come alive with color.

  3. Austin Swenson

    Yeah I think I would make the blue temperature a lot more toned down because it seems a bit saturated, but I appreciate the color contrast it throws when you look at the subject.

  4. Rafael Steffen

    This is a great technique that I want to try out soon!

  5. Aaron Cheney

    Very interesting

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