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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 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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Do photographers see ambiguity in the color of the blue/black (gold/white) dress?

Okay, so, this has taken the Internet by storm today... You've probably seen it and lots of commentary. Apparently, many people see this as gold and white; to me, it's unambiguously blue. There are ...
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How do I measure the correlated color temperature of a light source with a DSLR without a gray card?

By curiosity, I tried to measure the correlated color temperature of different light sources in my house by taking a photo of a white object (a piece of paper) lit by a single source at a time. The ...
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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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Is there a specific color temperature to film?

Recently, I was taking some pictures of the snow using Kodak Gold (I believe) 200 and Fuji Superia 200. When I got them developed, I noticed that the Kodak had a "warmer" feel to them than the Fuji, ...
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What is color temperature and how does it affect my photography?

I have seen color temperature mentioned with regard to white balance, mixing different sources of light, etc., but I haven't come across a clear explanation of what it means to talk about the ...
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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 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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What *exactly* is white balance?

When setting a white balance configuration, we adjust the temperature and green-magenta shift to a wavelength-intensity distribution of light that correlates most closely with the actual distribution ...
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Does the camera white balance setting affect the raw image at all?

Does a DSLR's white balance setting (whether a preset like cloudy or a custom WB setting) affect the raw file at all, or does that setting only determine the WB of the JPG that the camera generates? ...
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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 can I control the white balance from an Android application?

I am currently working on an Android Application that does Day-to-Night/Night-to-Day Time-lapse using Bulb Ramping, and I think I am 80% there. What the application does is that it takes photos in ...
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How to Get a Whiter Background when Taking Photos Against An Off White Wall? [duplicate]

I am trying to take a photo of a banner against an off white wall. Is there a way to get a pure white background and the banner colors not be overexposed? I am using a point a point and shoot camera ...
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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 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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Reducing ambient color while preserving sharpness with a flash in concert photos

I have been shooting (small) live concerts with poor env. lightning for some years now with the help of F/1.4 & 2.8 lenses, mostly using a 160th shutter speed to make sure that the fast movements ...
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How can color temperature be measured using a digital camera?

I know that one can photograph a color-neutral card (white, gray, black) and use it for white balance, either in-camera or in post-processing. Using an image of a color-neutral card taken under given ...
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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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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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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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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 get consistent white balance on a 3 photo stack?

I have a 3-photo stack - the same photo done with -2, 0, +2 EV, and want the same white balance on each of the photos. Photos will be used to construct a 360 degree panorama, 4x3 photos stack = 12 ...
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Is it possible to know the value of color temperature that camera applied on JPEG Images at taken moment?

I want to develop an app for smartphones to measure some special parameters with taking images. I think if I have the color temperature value that camera in auto white balance mode applied on that ...
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Why would D90 preset white balance be no good [closed]

For the Nikon D90, how do I remove the preset white balance in Image d-0?
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How do I accurately capture the colour of sunlight on a wall?

I found a brilliant yellow area of sunlight on my wall, and I wanted to capture this color. I took a photo with auto WB, on my NEX-5R: The sunlight in this photo isn't yellow enough, so I switched ...
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How do I map white balance settings on the Sony NEX to Lightroom?

This answer describes how Lightroom measures white-balance, primarily using a "Temp" slider and secondarily using a "Tint" slider. My Sony NEX-5R seems to use a different system for white balance ...
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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?
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I get a consistent White Balance when shooting different color products?

I've attached an example photo. I can't seem to get the colors to be consistent across shots without struggling to manually tweak each image. What can I do to get a consistent White Balance?
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How to get correct colours when printing in a kiosk

Is there any way to get consistent (i.e. un-'corrected') prints from a photo printing kiosk? I have tried to ask the people in the shops but they don't seem to be very knowledgeable about the ...
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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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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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Setting white balance for raw image from Canon S100 using Lighroom failed to work well

I have a Canon Powershot S100 and use Adobe Photoshop 5.1, up until this point I have just saved images on my camera jpeg but I decided to try saving as raw format as well. So I set my camera to save ...
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Does Gimp have a Match Color function similar to that in Adobe Photoshop?

In a recent question, Steve Ross points out that Adobe Photoshop has a useful feature for matching color between photographs. Of course, color adjustment can be accomplished in Gimp with careful use ...
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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 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 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 ...