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As I've recently picked up photography as a hobby, I've been reading more and more about it online. A term I come across is "Colour Correction." But what does this mean for my photos? I've never seen anything about it on the options of the camera.

Is this some sort of treatment done afterwards? How does it enhance my photos and how do I use it?

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I think that this is already covered quite well in the answer by @jrista here: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/2624/… –  dpollitt Mar 14 '12 at 19:19
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Colour correction could also refer to fixing white balance issues and colour casts, as in this: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/11763/…, or to gelling lights –  MikeW Mar 14 '12 at 19:32
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Color (or colour) correction is a broad topic. But generally is it trying to get the most accurate colors out of an image.

The basic problem at hand is that your eye automatically color corrects everything you see. A piece of paper looks just as white inside under a lamp as it does outside in the sun. However the two lighting conditions are really very different. When a camera captures images of that same sheet of paper under the same circumstances, you will see that the inside light is most likely orange, and the outside is white or blue.

Your camera will generally do an okay job correcting for this fact, by applying a white balance (the specific color white should be under any given type of light). But sometimes it is wrong or slightly off. Additionally, A photographer may choose to tweak the color of lighting for artistic reasons, or because of a mixed lighting that doesn't match.

There are a variety of ways to accomplish this in photoshop, lightroom, and even in your camera. If you have the option, shoot in RAW for the most flexibility.

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check this link http://www.digital-photography-school.com/color-correction-photoshop

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Ahmed, could you comment on the link, what it covers? Maybe a quick summary? –  MikeW Mar 14 '12 at 20:42
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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. –  Francesco Sep 8 '12 at 5:37
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