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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 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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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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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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How to adjust RAW photos from underwater?

I have some photos that were taken from a glass bottom submarine that have colors that look all wrong. I'd like to edit these raw files in Adobe RAW Converter to make them look more normal. There ...
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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 does Aperture 3 set the default White Balance when developing a RAW file?

I already learned that on raw images no white balance transformation has been applied yet. 1) If Aperture develops the preview images (without manually setting the WB by the user) it has to decide ...
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What are the differences between color calibration cards?

The lower level ColorChecker Classic is around $59 USD, Datacolor Spyder comparable one is also around $50... meanwhile there's some DKG Tools for only $25. Current on B&H: DKG Color Spyder 24 ...
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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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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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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 do my photos have an exaggerated blue hue when I shoot in manual mode?

I'm learning my Nikon D3200. Lately I've noticed that my photos (manual mode) have an exaggerated blue hue. I've taken photos in Auto mode and emulated the aperture and shutter speed settings in ...
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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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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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Why do gray cards come with a black card and a white card?

Whenever I adjust my white balance during post processing I try to select a sample of 18% gray somewhere in my picture. In the real world, that color doesn't always exist in every frame that 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 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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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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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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Can golden/blue hour light be simulated?

Photographers love the light available in the golden hour (just after the sun rises and before it sets) and blue hour (just before the sun rises and after it sets). Part of the reason for that is that ...
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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): http://www.amazon.com/DGK-Color-Tools-Reference-Correction/dp/B001KNP3MQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&...
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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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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 auto-...
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White Balance - How is plastic made white? RGB(255,255,255)

Yes, it is a photography question, but it requests a chemist answer. Overall concern is about the neutral color accuracy of White Balance cards that are white. It can be a purchase and a usage ...
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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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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. http://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Why is the white balance so different when using daylight bulbs?

I normally photograph landscapes. However I am dabbling in photographing some friends' artwork and I am quite pleased with the printed results, when you consider the nightmare of colour matching ...
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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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Two of the same cameras giving different white balance values in Lightroom

I have two cameras, both Canon 5D MkIII, both set to the same white balance. The only difference is the lens. One has a 24-70 f/2.8, the other has a 70-200 f/2.8 (both Canon brands). When I ...
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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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Control for shading and variable outdoor lighting conditions

First, I am a wildlife ecologist who does some very amateurish photography on the side. I would like to start using digital photography techniques to collect field data. The Problem: I need to take ...
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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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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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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 ...