This one catches all of us out at some time or other…
The white balance is perfect on photo A, so you sync the settings to photo B… but it doesn’t change. So you try it again… and it still doesn’t change. Why?
As Shot is the key. If photo A is set to As Shot white balance, photo B will also be set to As Shot, not the same numerical values.
To solve it, select ‘Custom’ from the white balance dropdown, or shift the values slightly, and THEN sync with photo B, and your numerical values will then be copied.
Thank you for this. This was driving me nuts this morning.
Meri Bond says
You go, girl. Tried the LR site, and it was useless. Bless you. I was ready to do a reinstall.
Jeff Martin says
YESSSS. Thank you.
Thank you! I had tried it again and again, and as soon as I read your introductory sentence, I realised…
Bill Truslow says
Thanks Victoria, I’ve never noticed that before but accidentally had my camera on AWB. I’ve got a number of other problems happening now since I loaded OS 10.7 over the weekend. I did a white balance with the eyedropper on a color checker (studio environment) which did change the values slightly. No luck with sync. I changed several other values; clarity, saturation, did a vignette and the sync worked. The problem now is that the previews went really magenta. Original file was 5200, +5. The white balance change was almost imperceptible but the numbers went to 5100, +28. This sounds very magenta to me in this environment. I did a sync to two subsequent files. All the values changed and the previews look very magenta. If I go back to the first photo, move to the second and hit the previous button and the numbers stay the same (5100, +28) but the preview now looks right. My gut tells me that +28 is way too much magenta but whatever is right, LR is not working correctly. Tech support had me do a reinstall, but no change. Any ideas?
Victoria Bampton says
Hey Bill. Was your white balance within LR set to custom? If LR’s got it listed as ‘as shot’, it’ll sync the ‘as shot’ status. If it’s not that, I’m mystified. I wouldn’t worry too much about the numbers of the WB as long as it looks correct. The other thing we could try is the resetting the preferences. If that still doesn’t work as expected, let me have a few of the files and I’ll see if I can replicate it here.
Dave Katz says
Thank you Victoria! I was looking for a quick answer on google and recognized your url from previous “fix my Lightroom issue” inquiries to the magical google box, and yup, this worked first try.
Victoria Bampton says
Excellent, pleased to hear it Dave! You’ll find almost every question you can ever think of in my book, if you want to save yourself some google time.
Thanks, that really really drove me nuts and you helped me! Thank you so much.
Thought I was losing it…Googled it and landed here, solved in a few seconds! Thanks!
Thank you Victoria!! After so many years of sleepless nights I finally resolved this issue because of you! Small thing but very disturbing if not resolved.
Bill Morgan says
Thanks so much! You are deserving of your royal title.
Thank You!!! I’ve been with LR since the very first beta and this has ALWAYS stumped me!
Thanks, Be Blessed!