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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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Will LEDs work with a point & shoot camera for light booth digital photography?

I am planning on using multiple strips of LEDs to light up a 2 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft light booth for taking pictures of small items. LED output is Cool White 6500k. Digital camera is low cost 5 megapixel ...
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What are techniques for enhancing visibility of photos under natural, outdoor daylight?

I'm trying to find techniques for making photos more visible under daylight (i.e., when daylight reflects off the photo displayed on a screen or print). Does anyone know of any photo editing ...
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Why are these lights all different colours and how can I correct them?

I occasionally take panoramic city photos and I've noticed that certain sections of the cities have a lot of different coloured lights. What causes these different lights? Some of these appear to be ...
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How does the gray level in a target impact the true color after calibration

I'm trying to learn how to take photos that are color accurate. I'm testing on a newly painted wall in my kitchen, and has a biege paint with some green tone. ...
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What's the best way to correct white balance in post?

A lot of my photo's seem to have incorrect white balance, but as I shoot in raw I'm thinking this can be corrected. So my question is, with post processing, what's the best way to ensure correct white ...
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How does one use a white balance card (gray card) to set a custom white balance? [duplicate]

I have only been able to find instructions that involve post-processing. Is there a process where I can take a photo of the card and set that white balance and save it for my photos? Basically setting ...
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How do I judge correct White Balance?

Which photo has the more correct White Balance? For me the second is much better than the first. My understanding is that the R+G+B histogram needs to be as balanced as possible. Is this true, or does ...
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How does the eye perform the equivalent of white balance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can knowledge of human perception of color be used in photography? How does the eye perform the equivalent of white balance? Why is the camera not able to replicate ...
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Would auto white balance benefit from use of a color card? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Auto White-Balance Really Work? How? How do you use a gray card? An ongoing unsolved challenge is white balance (Nikon D800E). The camera in auto WB fails way too ...
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Using gray/white card to determine white balance, does it matter where I stand when I take reading photo?

If I want to use a white card to determine the white balance, and I'm taking a picture of something that is a short distance away from me, does it matter if I don't walk back to where I'm going to ...
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How can I adjust for any inaccuracy in a homemade white card?

Quite a number of years ago, I made my own white card. It is basically made up by two white access cards in plastic glued together and sanded down so that they have a matte finish. The cards have ...
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Can I cut up a 15x20cm Novoflex Graycard without ruining its properties?

I purchased a graycard, specifically a Novoflex 15x20cm (~ 6x8") card that is white on one side and 18%? gray on the other side. However, it's a bit too large to comfortably fit into jacket pocket or ...
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Does Lightroom export white-balance temperature and tint value to JPEG metadata?

When I export a JPEG from Lightroom 3.6, is the white-balance temperature and tint value written in the JPEG file somewhere? Could I later take that JPEG and see (in the EXIF for example) what the WB ...
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How does white-balance synchronisation work in Lightroom?

I just noticed that when in Lightroom I sync white-balance between multiple images the colour temperature and tint of the source image is not just copied over to the target images, but somehow ...
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How to change background and maintain realistic effect?

I have like 30 different photos to process like this, but I want to know key things to maintain realistic photo by changing it's background, or maybe just modify background so it would be more ...
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How can I see the white balance levels of photos in playback with my Nikon DSLR?

I am a Nikon user, and have recently moved to the Nikon D5100. On my old camera when viewing images I would be able to press the arrow button and I would be able to see the white balance levels of ...
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How did Matt Grum color correct the images in “Why is the Fluorescent filter for a flash green?”?

I saw in another question - "Why is the Fluorescent filter for a flash green?" - that Matt Grum had amazingly color corrected two images and would love to know how. Of course, all are invited to ...
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Gray card angle during custom white balance calibration - does it matter?

Do I have to have the gray card on a specific angle while taking a photo for custom white balance calibration? Or it is irrelevant? I am guessing that the gray card plane should be perpendicular (90 ...
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Should I reuse a custom white balance for the same scene but with a different lens?

Let's say I'm shooting from a tripod to an exact spot, I set a custom white balance with a gray card and then I switch lens. Should I redo the custom white balance?
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How does aperture size or shutter speed affect color temperature?

With all other parameters assumed constant, does aperture size or duration of exposure have any effect on the resulting color warmth or vividness? (Even slightly.) While answering please also ...
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If shooting RAW, is the white balance selected in camera irrelevant for exposure?

I have read the existing question - Does the camera white balance setting affect the raw image at all? After reading the above post, I am still not clear on the part around exposure. Is it possible ...
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Lightroom white balance adjustment without a grey card

I'm using Lightroom 4, trying to adjust white balance using the eyedropper by the Temp slider, but I'm not sure where in the image to click to get the right balance. I did not use a grey card, so do I ...
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With so many white balance tools on the market, which of them (if any) are recommended?

Is the white balance card enough or would one of these work better? I know there are sometimes certain objects in the environment that I can calibrate against, but I often get worse or unpredictable ...
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White balance adjustment using gray card

I need some advice regarding white balance adjustment. I was using a gray card when shooting a series of photos in a forest, because I found the light a bit tricky there. The plan was to set the ...
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Why does setting white balance in the camera prevent me from being able to change it afterwards? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can I adjust the white balance of a RAW file but not a JPEG file? I thought white balance adjustments were simple color-cast adjustments applied uniformly across the ...
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Infrared Photography - How to set White Balance?

When I started out photographing in infrared I wasn't setting a specific White Balance (I let the camera set on automatic). Then I started learning more about how people take infrared shots, and that ...
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Why would my Hoya ND8 Pro 1 decrease the white balance dramatically?

I've just bought the Hoya ND8 Pro filter (+3 stops). After some tests, i've just notice that the results are very different from a single shot. After some tests, here is my conclusions : The ND ...
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What is WB bracketing used for?

I found out that I can bracket white balance in camera on my 550D. When is this useful?
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How to check what White Balance setting was used (on a Mac)?

I've been experimenting with different white balance settings, and I can see what was used while browsing photos on my Nikon preview screen. But when I copy the photos to my laptop where I can ...
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What are the RGB values that correctly represent a 5800 K white surface on a calibrated 6500 K monitor?

Consider a high-quality monitor calibrated at the standard parameters: 6500 K, 2.2 gamma, 120 cd/m^2. Calibration is accomplished with a LaCie hardware sensor + its software, and it's quite accurate. ...
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What is the best free software to edit NEF photos? [duplicate]

I'm new to photography and just starting to take photo in RAW format. I haven't found a difference in quality of color adjustment editing between ViewNX (free software coming with my Nikon d5100) and ...
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Calibrating monitor for editing photos for publishing on web [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing? I have a bunch of photos taken in rather difficult lighting conditions and I am trying to ...
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Does this sunrise photograph have a problem with white balance?

I find this scene "all" "Orangey". The trees are also looking a kind Orangey. Is the colour balance wrong? Or it is normal for a sunrise scene? ...
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Is a white sheet of paper as good as grey card?

Can I use a white sheet of paper instead of the grey card for white balance calibration? I actually tried and it works not bad at all. I know the grey card is calibrated etc, but does it really ...
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How to set white balance when there's no neutral region to select with the eyedropper?

If, in an image, there is no region which is neutral white, grey or black, how to set white balance?
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Should I be warming grey card calibrated shots?

In a recent blog post at this site, Tim Grey recommended the following: You could then use the white balance tool in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw (or similar tools in other software) to make ...
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What does it mean when Dpreview says “White balance often excessively orange under artificial light”?

From: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond3100/page19.asp White balance often excessively orange under artificial light. Artificial light here may also mean Flash. Is this something which I ...
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When editing white balance on a computer, should I tweak tint or temperature first?

Changing the value of one affects the appearance of the other, hence it makes a difference whether you change the tint value first and then move on to the temperature, or the other way around.
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Why is custom white balance in Canon DSLR's so cumbersome?

I've always wondered why custom setting the white balance in Canon dslr's (focus on white surface, take picture, goto menu, goto define custom white balance, choose picture, validate) is so much more ...
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Why are greycards used for white balance?

I know 18% grey cards are supposed to provide a neutral color to set custom white balance. But why are grey cards used instead of pure white ones? My assumptions: Is a specific greytone easier to ...
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Why does Adobe Camera Raw 6.4.1 offer different White Balance for different photos?

I am using Adobe Camera Raw v6.4.1 to view my Nikon d-90 photos on my computer and when I go to change the White Balance, for some photos I only get the choices: As Shot Auto Custom Yet for other ...
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Are scene modes, white balance, color tones, and similar just post-processing effects?

What happens when the following settings are changed: White balance Color tones Scene modes Are these parameters affect the way in which the photo is taken or they are just applied by processing ...
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Do the preset picture styles also affect the White Balance?

I started shooting RAW with my Canon 550D, and tried out different Picture Style settings on some of the images using the software provided by Canon (I am assuming that the Picture Style settings are ...
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Can white balance be changed in scene modes with the Nikon Coolpix L23?

Can we change white balance in scene modes (portrait, landscape, etc....) of the Nikon Coolpix L23?
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Will I lose image quality by adjusting white balance in post processing?

I understand that if I shoot in RAW, post processing software like Lightroom is capable of adjusting colour temperature and tint to my desire. Will I lose any image quality in process? Or is it as ...
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How to get colors right with Nikon D300?

With my Nikon D300 I have been photographing dahlias. I have been unable to get accurate colors of some of the flowers particularly in the magenta-violet range. I have adjusted white balance manually ...
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What is the easiest way to alter white balance in Gimp?

Let's say I've accidentally shot my pictures on "sunny" white balace when I should have used "shade". What is the easiest way to warm the pictures up a bit in Gimp? The "Colors/Color balance" tool ...
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How to take photos of children in difficult lighting?

I recently went to a one-year-old's birthday party. The event took place inside; there was some light coming through the windows from outside and there was also light from the lightbulbs in the room, ...
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How to determine optimal color correction filters for a sensor?

Originally, this question was titled: How to detemine native color temperature of a sensor? For questions about warming filters and color filters in general, leading answers indicate that for optimal ...
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Should I recalculate white balance for all my pictures after moving from iPhoto to Aperture?

I been shooting in RAW since I got my DSLR about a year ago (why not? storage space? that gets bigger and bigger all the time) and I kept storing my pictures in iPhoto, but this week I moved to ...