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Questions about how to choose the correct colour balance for a given scene, and how it affects photos.

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Color correction based on known samples (that are not grey)

In Lightroom and other such programs, color temperature for lighting is easy with an eyedropper tool if you have a true neutral in the photo, such as a grey card. For a natural object, it gets you ...
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White balance setting to match the way we perceive things

A white piece of paper on my table does not look as white in the evening when the light bulb is illuminating it compared to daytime when the Sun is illuminating it. The difference is much smaller than ...
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How to scale between two white balance settings for perceptually equal increments?

If I have two white balance settings (say, one for direct noon sunlight, and one for full shade) and I want to create a series of interpolated settings that span between the two, what would be the ...
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How can I get a uniform white balance on a batch of JPEG images?

I have shot many photos of the same subject in JPG. Since I have shot for many hours with different light conditions the white balance is quite different for all the shots. I would like to ...
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Why is there a colour cast when using an incorrect white balance?

I understand what colour balance is and how it is meant to be used. However I don't fully understand why we see what we see if an incorrect White Balance is used. If for example we take a photo out ...
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What effect does Gary Fong's collapsible LightSphere have on color temperature?

I intend to use a Gary Fong collapsible LightSphere, the one with white-transparent body and the warmer yellow semi-sphere for shooting portraits on locations and studio. How can I know the real ...
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How can I achieve consistent skin tones in my photographs?

I've been shooting more people recently and have noticed that their skin tones are all over the map depending on the lighting situation. Are there any best practices or tips to ensure consistent and ...
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Are D-Lightning and in scene mode effects applied when shooting in RAW mode [duplicate]

I'm currently learning about the possible settings for my Nikon D5300 like D-lightning and WB and other scene modes and I don't see anywhere mentioned if those effects are permanently changing the way ...
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Do I always get the same colours when I set the white balance correctly?

I can set my white balance camera dial to sunlight, to overcast sky or to a tungsten lamp ensuring there's no bluish or yellowish tint and the white is really white. I know I can fine-tune these ...
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Is there a specific color temperature to film?

Recently, I was taking some pictures of the snow using Kodak Gold (I believe) 200 and Fuji Superia 200. When I got them developed, I noticed that the Kodak had a "warmer" feel to them than the Fuji, ...
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How would IR-assisted white balancing work?

One of the Samsung Galaxy S6's new camera feature is to use its IR-based heart-rate sensor to aid in white balancing. Some of the write-ups on tech websites briefly mention how the IR sensor can ...
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Do photographers see ambiguity in the color of the blue/black (gold/white) dress?

Okay, so, this has taken the Internet by storm today... You've probably seen it and lots of commentary. Apparently, many people see this as gold and white; to me, it's unambiguously blue. There are ...
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How to select “white point” before calibrating a monitor with Spyder3 [duplicate]

My Samsung monitor has the following Color Modes Cool 2 Cool 1 Normal Warm 1 Warm 2 With factory settings, the monitor has a minor red tint; if I switch to Cool 1, it looks normal; whites look ...
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What *exactly* is white balance?

When setting a white balance configuration, we adjust the temperature and green-magenta shift to a wavelength-intensity distribution of light that correlates most closely with the actual distribution ...
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How can I control the white balance from an Android application?

I am currently working on an Android Application that does Day-to-Night/Night-to-Day Time-lapse using Bulb Ramping, and I think I am 80% there. What the application does is that it takes photos in ...
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How to Get a Whiter Background when Taking Photos Against An Off White Wall? [duplicate]

I am trying to take a photo of a banner against an off white wall. Is there a way to get a pure white background and the banner colors not be overexposed? I am using a point a point and shoot camera ...
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How to programmatically determine as-shot ColorTemp from NEF (RAW) file?

When shooting RAW images in AUTO WhiteBalance mode, the camera will somehow determine what it thinks is a good WB for the picture. In Photoshop (CS6), there is no way I can find to extract the ...
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How can I adjust white balance for many photos by the same amount in Lightroom?

I own Lightroom 5 and I've been running a quite stable workflow for several years, including calibration of the monitor and the printer. In the past I printed my photos on my own and I was pleased ...
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Why isn't my grey card giving me repeatable results in the same room with different lighting?

Here are two white-balance adjusted photos taken in two different lighting situations. Both photos were shot RAW and corrected using the white balance tool in Lightoom (using a large enough sample ...
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How do I measure the correlated color temperature of a light source with a DSLR without a gray card?

By curiosity, I tried to measure the correlated color temperature of different light sources in my house by taking a photo of a white object (a piece of paper) lit by a single source at a time. The ...
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How to get consistent white balance on a 3 photo stack?

I have a 3-photo stack - the same photo done with -2, 0, +2 EV, and want the same white balance on each of the photos. Photos will be used to construct a 360 degree panorama, 4x3 photos stack = 12 ...
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Why would D90 preset white balance be no good [closed]

For the Nikon D90, how do I remove the preset white balance in Image d-0?
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Why do I get different white balance results from a grey card vs a white card?

I recently purchased a grey card set from here (comes with a grey card, white card, and a black card): ...
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Is it possible to know the value of color temperature that camera applied on JPEG Images at taken moment?

I want to develop an app for smartphones to measure some special parameters with taking images. I think if I have the color temperature value that camera in auto white balance mode applied on that ...
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Problem in white balancing photographs taken in sun

When a photograph is taken in sun, the whole photograph becomes slightly orange in color. Specially the skin tones become too orange. The photographs are taken from simple mobile phone high megapixel ...
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How do I map white balance settings on the Sony NEX to Lightroom?

This answer describes how Lightroom measures white-balance, primarily using a "Temp" slider and secondarily using a "Tint" slider. My Sony NEX-5R seems to use a different system for white balance ...
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How do I accurately capture the colour of sunlight on a wall?

I found a brilliant yellow area of sunlight on my wall, and I wanted to capture this color. I took a photo with auto WB, on my NEX-5R: The sunlight in this photo isn't yellow enough, so I switched ...
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What are the values in the white balance menu in D40 refer to?

In D40 whitebalance menu,I found values like +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -3 in each setting. Does that represent values related to Kelvins?
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Do I have to do camera calibration every shoot?

I bought a xrite color checker export. I understand that for white balance, I'm suppose to shoot the card every shoot. Because the whitebalance is different in every environment. But what about ...
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Why use UniWB? Doesn't apparent clipping of “final” colors matter more than actual clipping of RAW sensor values?

I've been reading up on UniWB and trying it out myself. My understanding is that the camera (and other RAW software?), in applying a white balance during the JPEG conversion, effectively overexposes ...
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Match colors in Lightroom to other editing tools

I noticed that sometimes Lightroom develops a raw image quite differently from my Canon camera or DPP (Digital Photo Professional by Canon). Even if in 90% of the cases I'm happy with Lightroom, in ...
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Why does using the flash mess up the white balance?

When I take a photo without flash, I get reasonable white-balance: But when I turn on the flash, everything becomes yellow, which is not how the scene looks to the naked eye: Why does this ...
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Do film emulation presets assume a certain white balance setting?

The other day I thought I'd try 'shooting a specific film', i.e., post-process all the shots from the day with one particular film emulation preset, Kodak Portra 160 in this case. But when I sat down ...
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How do I get a consistent White Balance when shooting different color products?

I've attached an example photo. I can't seem to get the colors to be consistent across shots without struggling to manually tweak each image. What can I do to get a consistent White Balance?
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Reducing ambient color while preserving sharpness with a flash in concert photos

I have been shooting (small) live concerts with poor env. lightning for some years now with the help of F/1.4 & 2.8 lenses, mostly using a 160th shutter speed to make sure that the fast movements ...
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How to get correct colours when printing in a kiosk

Is there any way to get consistent (i.e. un-'corrected') prints from a photo printing kiosk? I have tried to ask the people in the shops but they don't seem to be very knowledgeable about the ...
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Why does negative flash adjustment lead to weird, orange pictures?

I try to shoot with available light as often as possible, but sometimes I just have to pull out the built-in flash on my Panasonic GH3. I don’t like the “rabbit in the headlights” look of the photos ...
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Strange color difference between Rebel XS & 70D

I recently noticed a difference in the photos my Rebel XS was taking compared with a friend's Canon 70D. While my photos tend to be very dull, his are rather "vibrant" for lack of a better word. ...
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Setting white balance for raw image from Canon S100 using Lighroom failed to work well

I have a Canon Powershot S100 and use Adobe Photoshop 5.1, up until this point I have just saved images on my camera jpeg but I decided to try saving as raw format as well. So I set my camera to save ...
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How does a camera implement different white balance modes?

My camera (Nikon D7100) has several modes for white balance. I'm wondering what happens when I chose different options. What does it do internally? Does it change intensity of components of the color ...
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How to configure the camera to capture true colors of ambient light?

I'm an amateur photographer and I have a Nikon D5200 and a ColorChecker Passport. I'm trying to understand what are the procedures that I should take to capture the real true colors that I am seeing. ...
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Match color temp, white balance of 2 JPEG

I have 2 jpegs of a same landscape, I want to make a panorama with it. But as they have difference tone how can I solve it using Photoshop CS6 ? I cant open the files in Camera RAW [parent app not ...
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Will using a CTO gel help make my flash less distracting in a cafe?

I sometimes encounter a situation where using a flash would greatly enhance the pictures because of the low ambient light, but I don't use the flash as it is mighty distracting in a low-light cafe/bar ...
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If shooting in RAW and processing, why still care about WB?

WB is obviously important for JPGs and I'm not referring to JPGs here. I do know this question is related to two others. Sorry, I'm a newbie here and I don't know how to refer to them, but @Craig ...
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How does dynamic range relate to white balance?

Is there a relationship between dynamic range and white balance?
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How to recognize different lighting color temperatures?

I'm getting my first "real" flash soon, and I've been studying a bit about lighting techniques. However, the flash comes with little colored plastic covers to match the color of the environment's ...
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Yellowing effect on Canon Rebel

I've started to notice a strong yellowing of the indoor pictures with my Canon Rebel T1i. If I use the flash, this doesn't happen, but I don't want to have to use the flash on every picture as this ...
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Do colors in photographs depend on ambient temperature?

My friend, previously a photographer, said that if you are taking photos in cold weather the photo is more blue (as if a slight blue filter has been applied). Inversely, taking photos when it is warm ...
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Does the subject's face have too much red tint?

I took the attached picture with an iPhone 4, outside around 5pm, which was close to sunset. Does the subject's face have too much red tint? If yes, how would I fix this?
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When you shoot flash through an umbrella, does it change the color of the flash light?

Does the umbrella cloth (or whatever material it is made of) act as a filter and modify the original color temperature of flash?