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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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Why does the “As Shot White XY” metadata tag change even when WB is set manually?

I am capturing raw images using N900 camera. It gives me DNG files. I have some question regarding the colour temperature of these raw images. Objective: I am trying to map the CIE-XY Camera white ...
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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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How does light quality vary between fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent?

I have two sets of soft boxes. One has incandescent bulbs (3,200k) and the other uses compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL @ 5,500K). I'm trying to sort out some of my understandings regarding the light ...
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How to whiten the yellow light of a poorly illuminated picture?

I had some poor lighting during a photo shoot (amateur) and ended up with pictures like the ones below. Is there any easy way in Lightroom to correct and whiten the lights in these kind of pictures? ...
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What color temperture produces warmer tones?

With two sources of light: an incandescent light approximate color temperature of 3000 K, sun with an approximate color temperature of 6000 K. W Which source produces warmer tones? Consider ...
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How can I know what is ideally neutral in a picture, in order to set white balance?

According to my understanding white balance is procedure that removes effect of colorful lengthening. It makes picture like it was lightened with ideal white color light. Please, correct me if I'm ...
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How do I warm the background color but keep natural color in the subject?

I'm just learning photography and I found this picture http://www.michaelkormos.com/blog/a-lovely-afternoon-family-photography-nyc-family-photographer The background was warm with yellow soft tones ...
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How to set white balance in a photo of stars?

Just as in camera menu, there is WB presets available in RAW processing. Those include daylight, cloudy, shade, flash, fluorescent, etc. And of course Auto and custom settings. When processing my ...
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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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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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How to correct yellowish pictures under fluorescent lighting on a digital camera?

What can I do about some of my pictures turning yellowish under fluorescent lights - I can not turn the lights off - judo lessons for my grandson in school gym. I am using the Canon Rebel XSI (450D) ...
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How can I get white balance support for Canon EOS 1100D in UFRaw?

I have a Canon EOS 1100D and I'd like to edit my raw pictures using Gimp. I've installed Ufraw but it says that there are is no white balance presets for my camera model. How can I make it work and ...
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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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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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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 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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How to I change settings to prevent very red images with Canon 550D?

I've just shot some video with the 550D in Full HD mode, 25 frames, with AWB on, but the reds are very red, almost bleeding. Admittedly what I shot was a Christmas play, with lots of red costumes and ...
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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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Hotshoe flash with adaptable color temperature?

The dual LED flash in the iPhone 5s allows changing its color from white to amber, to approximate the color temperature of ambient light. dpreview.com writes: In fact, it features the first ...
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Color correcting difficulties… on cloudy days

I own professional photography equipment and I know how to achieve correct exposure. I also use adobe lightroom. I use auto white balance but I am usually pretty good at eyeballing color corrections ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the color of “white” that is displayed on a Camera screen or LED monitor?

When I white balance my DSLR to a given color temperature that temperature shows as "white" on the LED screen, and on a computer monitor. What color is the LED screen or computer monitor displaying ...
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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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Why do we actually need to adjust white balance?

The answer seems obvious: without white balance, we would have bad color reproduction, because different lighting would produce lots of different color tints. Our eyes adjust for the color tints so we ...
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What causes color imbalance, and how does it relate to chromatic aberration?

I am trying to figure out how color balance and chromatic aberration are different and related. It seems to me chromatic aberration is caused by the lens operating differently on lights of different ...
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How can I match adjustable-color artificial light temperature to ambient light?

I got some bi-color LEDs that allow me to control the temperature of the light they produce in the range 3200K-5600K. I will be using them in non-studio settings to complement available light. What ...
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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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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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How can I get my colours true for product photography?

I am struggling to get some colours correct in my product photography. I have used a gray card to set a custom white balance and also tried AWB in the camera, but still seem to have trouble getting ...
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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 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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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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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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What should I do with negative values when computing sRGB colors from spectra?

This question is from the computational side of things. Maybe some of you computational photography folks can help me out. If I have a normalized CIE XYZ tristimulus vector like this one: (x, y, z) ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Why would one lens produce warmer colors than another?

I was recently watching the following comparison video between the Nikon 85mm 1.4G and 1.8G (judge as you will): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZkbEivJbUw When they showed off very similar ...
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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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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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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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How can I correct a yellow tint in prints which formerly were properly colored?

I have been printing pictures for some time and all of a sudden they started coming out tinted in yellow. My goal is to print some Memory Books for my Grandchildren and I am unable to proceed like ...
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Is there a way to change the size of the custom white balance sampling area on Fujifilm X cameras?

Like many cameras, my Fujifilm X-T10 has a feature to set white balance by framing a white object and clicking the shutter. From the manual: White balance measurement options will be displayed; ...
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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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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 ...