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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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How do I convert the color space correctly?

Since I'm working on a new camera's 2A tuning, I have to calculate the color temperature correctly by myself, but the only data I have is the RAW image that is captured in D65 light source with a ...
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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 does my 6D create greenish images with a high temperature white balance setting?

My 6D gives a strange white balance when shooting pictures, it's very green when a high temperature white balance is used. I've tried resetting my settings to the manufacturing default, but I still ...
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Auto White Balance data

I am a wedding photographer and work under a wide range of lighting conditions. I prefer to set my white balance with a Sekonic Kelvin meter and use this value in the Kelvin setting on the camera. I ...
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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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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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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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How does a digital camera measure white balance? [duplicate]

Is there some kind of dedicated sensor for white balance in the camera, or does the processor just grab the normal image signal and perform some processing like "shift color to make the brightest part ...
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How to get correct white balance with different types of light sources? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I properly white-balance my photographs when I'm shooting in mixed-lighting environments? I was at a wedding recently, and the reception hall had these huge ...
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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 ...
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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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White balance math for white, black, and grey color cards

This question got me very close to my answer, but I'm looking for more precision: What is the math behind white-balance, and how to choose it? I have an image with white, grey, and black color cards ...
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What is the “right” displayed color?

Taking in consideration the web environment only, not screen-to-print jobs, let's suppose that we have a font color e.g. #f1ecd6 Hex, displayed by a LCD, properly—by a hardware device—calibrated, ...
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How can I compensate for soft white ceiling lights adding warmth to the light coming from a big window? [duplicate]

I have 12 overhead soft white canned lights in a 10ft ceiling, each casting about 65watts. A large tinted window is bringing a ton of grey light into a 550 ft room. So my problem is now the can ...
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What is the difference between auto white balance and custom white balance?

I have used both modes on my Canon 550D and found the results to be quite different, particularly indoors under fluorescent light. Auto white balance seems to produce yellowish images at times, while ...
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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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How do I adjust the color balance on a Nikon D300?

First of all let me clarify here. I am aware of the color balance feature on the Nikon D300 and I generally use Auto, so this isn't about that aspect of color balance. My camera has a tendency to ...
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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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Is a gray card sufficient to get accurate colors in a photograph?

I have a card that has three bands: black, gray, and white. If I place this in a photograph I am taking that I want to be color accurate, will that give me sufficient information to tune the photo, ...
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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?
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Why does AWB mode on my camera produce a blue tinge in photographs?

Is that normal? Canon Powershot SX210. I used to use the AWB mode in the fully manual mode. EDIT 1: The blue tinted photo added:
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How to avoid burnt photos with nikon d300?

Sometimes when I take photos with a Nikon D300 I got the photos burnt. Does anybody knows a technique that helps to avoid this undesirable effect?
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Does changing the WB in post-processing affect noise?

I have a friend who took some macro photos of snowflakes with the WB preset to "Cloudy", but lighted from an 11-watt flourescent bulb. Snowflakes look more pleasing with a blue tint, rather than "warm"...
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Is a 18% gray card intended for exposure metering, and its use to set white-balance is just a bonus? [duplicate]

I've heard that 18% gray cards are intended specifically to aid on determining the right exposure for photography, and only coincidentally for white balance. Is this true? Is it better to use a ...
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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 do I warm up my flash's color for indoor shooting with slide film?

I am using ISO 100 35mm slide film (camera Minolta x700, with a dedicated flash unit). Pictures taken indoors with flash have come out insipid and almost too cold (white). How can I add a bit of ...
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How do you use a gray card…in the dark room?

Similar to this question; however, I'd like to know more information about using a gray card in a dark room. I know that I am supposed to balance off of it; however, after I make a test strip, how do ...
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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 configure white balance on a light table?

I am currently photographing large aerial (300mmx260mm) transparencies on a light table using an Olympus E-420 and spirit level. How would I best set up the white balance of such a set up?
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How to create custom white balance on Nikon D800 with a small gray card?

I'm using a 3x5 grey card to set a custom white balance for a Nikon D800 camera, however, for my 50mm lens, the card does not completely fill the camera's image frame. It appears this is throwing off ...
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Canon custom white balance does not import to Lightroom / Photoshop [duplicate]

I have a Canon SL1. I snapped several shots this morning with a custom white balance that was set in camera. When I import the photos to Lightroom, they come in without the custom white balance. ...
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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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What is the math behind white-balance, and how to choose it?

Given a bad balanced RGB image (in terms of white balance), how can I choose the proper color balance that needs to be applyed (as a RGB vector where 128,128,128 is the neutral)? Same question for a ...
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How to use a Kodak Gray Scale to color-proof image scans?

I am familiar with the usage of a (Kodak) Gray Scale card when photographing, e.g. to get a color-proof replica of a painting. Now, I'd like to use such a card to ensure my scans are color-proof. At ...
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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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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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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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What should I set my white balance to to record the true colour of the Milky Way? [duplicate]

When doing astro-photography in the past I have often set my white balance to tungsten to get the bluey tint that is so common with pictures of the milky way. However,the milky way isn't that colour (...
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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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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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Color matching Product

How can i match colors from the real world to my computer monitor. I have seen tons of post talking about matching colors from picture to picture, calibrating colors on my monitor, etc. But i haven't ...