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Editing White on White in Lightroom

Lesson 37 from: Craft Photography Fundamentals

Candice Stringham

Editing White on White in Lightroom

Lesson 37 from: Craft Photography Fundamentals

Candice Stringham

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37. Editing White on White in Lightroom


Class Trailer

Session 1


Introduction to Craft Photography Fundamentals


What Your Visuals Say About Your Brand


How to Become a Photographic Author


How to Use Natural Light for Your Product Photography


Setting Up Your Photo: The Basic Rules


Becoming the Viewer to Take Better Photos


Shooting 3 Setups: Creating the Backstory with Images


Lesson Info

Editing White on White in Lightroom

Let's work on this one because I think this was one that was a big concern to a lot of people, white on white. Okay, so I am looking through these for composition. I'm also looking to kind of make sure that I had a pretty good exposure, and that was on this. This is pretty close to how I'm gonna want it to be, but I'm just straightening out my card perspective again. I definitely want my colors to be richer because I was overexposing to get those whites. Now I feel like the colors are not quite as dark as I wanted them to be. Because they're the darkest thing, when I darken my shadows, that's sort of what is going to get darker. Then I will lighten my highlights, but probably not too much because I can still see the edge of the card, and that's really important to me. It's harder for you in the audience to see it, but as you watch this back, you'll be able to see. Okay, so I even am still lifting out my whites, and as long as I can see the edge of that card, I'm cool with it. Then I'm ...

going to bring in my saturation just a tiny bit. I'm going to go back up and bring some blue into the whites so they stay a pure white and they don't go warm or creamy. To me, this looks pretty white, but let's just test it. Nope. Not pure white. Definitely not, okay? It depends on how you're using it. If I'm using on Instagram, it's probably not a big deal. I can just crop it square, and send it off, and it's gonna be fine. If it's on my website, it would really bother me to have this item there without a pure white background, and so that is when I would go in again with a brush, pull it all the way up, pull my highlights all the way up, really start big so I can cover a large area, and just start painting it out. If I go over an area of the card and that bothers me, I can either go back a step or you can do opposite and bring it back in. Oops, I just did it again. Okay. It takes a little bit of time but definitely not as much time as the other ways of doing it. I always just like do a first passover that's really wide. Then I just continue getting closer and closer to my subject matter, and bringing my brush in to be like a little bit smaller. You'll definitely see me like leaning in, so I would take more time, generally, when I'm getting in close. Now what I don't like here is that it's starting to make my card look gray. That was something that I know was a concern here and probably in the chat room, so let's go ahead and finish getting it white, and then we go back in and make adjustments. Great! Again, I would be way more careful, and really blow this up, and just get in all the little nooks and make sure that I'm getting everything. This is pretty good. If I wanted to just go back and bring in this corner 'cause I accidentally went over it, I would hit Option, and now do you see like there's a minus sign? I can just go back in and bring the corner of my card back just like that. Okay, so I'm going to click Done 'cause we've basically... Look, we'll proof it. We made it white, but now my card looks so blue, so I've gotta fix that. I'm gonna go in and just start to warm it up a little bit. Do you see how that's already making a difference? I'm warming the card up and it's not affecting my white because it's pure white. It's pure white, so nothing is going to be added into it. I can't make it a different color. I'm gonna go in a little bit magenta, and then I'm going to go ahead and brighten it a little bit. Because now that my white is truly white, I can lighten the card more, and it's not gonna go away into the background, so now I'm brightening my exposure again a little bit and maybe a little bit in my highlights. Do you see how much better that already looks? Then I'll bring in the contrast a little bit. Now because I really warmed it up, the red, again, is getting way too saturated, and that happens a lot with red. So I would just go into my color panel and de-saturate the red a little. I think right about there. Okay, and that is a finished on-white product. Yes. Quick question. Is there a way to with a brush to add a slight shadow to the edge or something like that? If you wanted to darken it a little bit, you'd do exactly what we did with that bead. So you would go into the brush, and you can choose like where you want your exposure, and then you can go in and darken it. You can also just go into that brush and darken the shadows. You bring down the shadows, and then when you're going over a shadow, it's gonna deepen it. Thank you. So, yeah, we could definitely do that. But I think that this looks really, really nice. It's a really finished, clean white product, and no one would ever know that I didn't take that to a professional photographer and have them photograph it. But I am a professional (audience laughs), but you know what I mean.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Creating Visuals For Your Brand Assignment
Slide Presentation for Lessons Part 1
Slide Presentation for Lessons Part 2
Prop List

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

This class taught by Candice was amazing. She teaches in such a step-by-step, easy to understand pace. She shares so much of her own tips and tricks she uses to create beautiful images without spending a fortune or having all kinds of expensive equipment. Having the DSLR lessons included was really great for anyone who wants to do more than the camera phones are capable of. Learning the basics of how to use a DSLR is confusing for most people, but Candice broke it down in the simplest way possible. Social media is all about imagery, so if you want to put out the most beautiful eye-catching photos, then you want to learn how to use more than the camera phone. I don't have a business where I need to take photos of things I sell and I still enjoyed her class so much. As a photographer, I am going to use her ideas and insight when I photograph things for fun. There is so much to gain from this class. I would highly recommend taking her class. She is a wealth of great ideas and information and has that friendly personality of someone you'd want to sit and have coffee with.


A wonderful class to get you going with craft/product photography. Candice provides (and shows) fantastic examples and it's really fun to watch her work through a shoot, moving items, etc. to create the final image. She also covers some basic photography tips which is very helpful. Great class! I definitely recommend to others!

Melinda Malamoco

I loved this class! Candice is so personable, clear and relatable. I would want to hang out with her and be creative! I have been taking pictures for YEARS, and for my Etsy store for over two years, and I still learned a lot in her class. The lessons are set up in a way that you can follow, take what you want and don't worry about what you don't need. I will say that I got a TON of ideas for how to better display my brand, what my personal style is and how to be consistent with it. I so recommend this class for anyone who has small business or just wants to be able to take better pictures of their products. Okay, off to build a prop kit!

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