David Whitney French Photography | Using Adobe Lightroom with Dr. Andrew Weil and his famous Kale Salad

Using Adobe Lightroom with Dr. Andrew Weil and his famous Kale Salad

April 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


Dr. Andrew Weil is a world-renowned medical health professional who specializes in teaching one how to eat healthy meals. According to Dr. Weil, Kale is among the most nutrient dense vegetables, with one cup providing over 1300 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin K, 192 percent for vitamin A, and 88 percent for vitamin C.  I was asked to photograph Dr. Weil at recent cooking demo. This took place in a stunning Tucson home, complete with a commercial grade kitchen.  The kitchen was lit with large orange lights. While the lights looked great and produced a nice warm glow on everyone's face, I noticed later that the skin tones were a bit too orange. Luckily, I shot the entire event in RAW and was able to use Adobe Lightroom to remove much of the orange casts that were in my original photographs.

My first task was lightening some of the shadow areas on Dr. Weil's face.  Next, I used Adobe Lightroom’s camera sliders to increase the overall exposure and contrast. Lastly, I went into the color panel and decreased the orange saturation to get the photo you see here: Dr. Weil, holding fresh Kale, just before starting in on making his famous Kale salad.


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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!