This tutorial was originally published on Instagram Stories. You can find it in its original format as a highlight on the Watch Studies Instagram profile.
In an ideal world, every shot we take is already perfectly exposed, white balanced, and free of blemishes. Spoiler alert: this is not a world we live in.
In fact, even the best shots we take can sometimes use a few little "tricks" to help them reach their full potential. And I put tricks in double quotes here because they're actually just examples of proper feature usage rather than some kind of black magic sorcery. We just happen to not know how to use every one of the features the clever folks at Adobe have made available for us.
Set the white balance with a watch's steel. Use local adjustments to make black dials black. And desaturate colors to get rid of accidental lume. These are 3 of my favorite "tricks" for editing watch photos. Enjoy!
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