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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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Do fluorescent lighting and shutter speed create a problem with color cast?

I took a bunch of photos at my son's martial arts club using a D90 with a 50mm F1.8. The club is lit with overhead fluorescent lighting, and I was getting some weird results where some shots are ...
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What does the Custom White-Balance *icon* represent?

I already know what White Balance is (at least enough to get by!) I already know what Custom White Balance is. All of the pre-configured White Balance options on the Canon DSLRs have meaningful icons ...
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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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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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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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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 set tint if one is colour blind?

How should someone with red-green deficiency in colour vision set tint in Lightroom or other post-processing tools?? Are there any external tools (other than asking someone) that say whether white ...
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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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What white point temperature should I set my LCD monitor to?

I've got the Xrite Eye One Display 2, and tried the advanced calibration today for the first time. It asked what white point I wanted, and had a default of 6500K. I didn't realize that was up for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does 'freedom of color from white or gray' mean?

The dictionary entry for the word chroma says, "the purity of a color, or its freedom from white or gray." What does that statement mean? What is color made of? What causes color? I was reading this ...
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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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How can I use CMYK values to white balance skin?

I recently heard a photographer mention that they: ...adjusted the white balance using the CMYK method I did a bit of searching on this and found different resources claiming to use formulas ...
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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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Why isn't there a Red/Cyan slider in Color Temperature sliders in photo editing software?

This is in Adobe Camera RAW and in Lightroom, the color temperature sliders are Blue/Yellow and Green/Magenta, why isn't there one for Red/Cyan?
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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 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 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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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 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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What is the white balance of film?

As opposed to digital photography, the white balance in film photography is fixed, cannot be changed easily after taking the shot and depends on the film. But what is the white balance of film? I know ...
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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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Does Earth's latitude affect the color of light?

I was talking with a friend about what conditions can affect color, gamma and white balance, and how to get in order these variables into the configuration to set up and get a good shot. Beside the ...
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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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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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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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What is Universal White Balance (UniWB)?

How and in what kind of situations should it be used?
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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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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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Does Auto White-Balance Really Work? How?

I don't understand how the camera can work out the white-balance to use in a given scene. I could see it working if there is an obvious colour-cast (for example: under fluorescent lights). Does it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you use a gray card?

There are already two questions on how to make a gray card, but unfortunately my ignorance goes deeper than that. How do you use a gray card?