Managing Bright Pin Lights

How do we manage bright or mismatched pin lights? First, open up Lightroom.

A Note On Cropping

Once you’ve culled your images and applied your basic presets, crop your images to taste. Cropping is something you should also carefully consider when capturing the image in-camera. You can see in the image below that there is a drastic difference between our chosen angle on the floor vs. up high to conceal how the chandeliers were hung. Nevertheless, you can crop in post to conceal whatever it is you want to conceal.

In the first example that we present in this video, there is one table that was not lit with the same color temperature as the other tables in the room, and this one table is front and center! Fortunately, the fix is quick and easy.

  1. Set the white balance for the scene
  2. Open your brush tool
    1. In this example, we adjusted the color temperature of the brush to match the other tables in the room
  3. Brush over the affected area
  4. Adjust the temperature, highlights, etc. to taste (or whatever feature you’re trying to fix)

If the pin light is too bright, as seen in the second example, you can make the following adjustments in Lightroom:

  1. Apply preset (we chose “Soft Color”)
  2. Lift shadows (if necessary)
  3. Set color temperature using the white balance sliders/tool
  4. Adjust exposure
    1. If adjusted to the pin light/bright areas:
      1. Lift the shadows more
        1. This may make the image appear “flat”
      2. Use a radial filter and dodge the area outside of the filter
    2. If adjusted for the room (and not the bright pin light):
      1. Use a radial filter and dodge the area inside the filter
      2. Use a brush to burn the overly bright areas