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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Are there any apps for “eye training” (e.g., visual perception of white balance/color temp)?

I know there are several apps in the music world (such as functional ear training) that 'train' you to recognize certain intervals within keys by playing notes and then having you pick what the ...
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Correcting severe cyan colour cast

I am attempting to retrieve extremely strangely colour cast photos for some friends. These are from an overseas trip and they would value their availability in something like correct colours. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Room color temperature

Gday. In my room I have a monitor that I feel is good for color accuracy. It's not the best but it's the best i've had. It's an LG 24MP76. I like processing my photos, so I bought some LIFX light ...
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white back ground [duplicate]

I am a retailer that is starting a web store. My problem is I'm not a photographer. I have taken several picture of my shoes in a photo booth that I have purchased.I cant seem to get the back ground ...
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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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Nikon RAW image processing in non-Nikon software

I love Adobe Lightroom, the workflow, the interface, the whole package. However, as a Nikon owner never did I manage to get the colors to look as good as after processing with Capture NX. No doubt ...
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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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How do I find the right whitebalance for a night cityscape?

There are a number of articles on the net saying how to properly set WB for night shots. Specifically for cityscapes. For example, one of them says to use fixed Kelvin values like 2500 for nice blue ...
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How do I standardize white-balancing in Lightroom without using auto?

I want to edit a bunch of photos at once, in Lightroom, to have roughly the same white balance (as close to neutral as possible – not any artistic tinting, or anything). I use a Canon camera to shoot ...
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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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Should changing the shutter speed affect the moon's color?

I just took two moon photos: one at shutter speed= 1/400 and the other at 1/200. Both @200mm, f/8, 100 ISO I can understand with a higher shutter speed less light will enter into camera sensor, ...
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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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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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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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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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In working out Auto White Balance, what to do if there are multiple sources of light?

I'm trying to research Auto White Balance Algorithms. These algorithms are defined assuming only one source of light. For example: 1.Grey world assumption ( this assumes that R, G and B average ...
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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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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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When do I have to readjust the white balance in studio?

Let's say model wears dress number 1, I setup my lights to light setup 1 and we hold a gray card a shoot it and set the white balance of camera on that. Now if model changes to dress number 2 and I ...
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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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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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What temperature lighting should I use for photographing old paper photos?

I know I should be using daylight lighting system to achieve natural looks of photographs, but I don't want to spend a lot of money for profesional lighting equipment, so I was thinking to just put a ...
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How can I revert back to the preset incandescent white balance on a Nikon camera?

I have changed the setting on the preset incandescent white balance on my Nikon D5200, and can't seem to find a way to change it back.
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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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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 does Kelvin for color temperature relate to Kelvin for actual temperature?

Color doesn't have actual temperature. Try putting a blue square and a red square up on your monitor and hold a thermometer against both regions. If you find that there's a difference, you're doing it ...
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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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Is there a 120 film with cool colors?

Does anyone know of some 120 film models that yield cool colors? I'm not looking for super saturated films or weird toy films by Lomography. I'm looking for very cinematic colors. Most likely vintage. ...
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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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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 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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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 can I correctly measure light using a built-in camera meter?

Many times when I shoot photos, the photo is sometimes too bright or too dark and the colors are incorrect. Sometimes, the white in the photo is not the white that I have for a background, but gray. ...
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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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Why do I get inconsistent results with Canon ETTL flash?

When using any flash I have ever bought on whatever camera I ever had I get inconsistent results. So I am assuming it is my lack of knowledge. I am now using the canon 6d and a 600ex-rt flash on ...
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How to force xRite ColorChecker passport software detection orientation?

I'm using the xRite ColorChecker Passport for color correction in RAW photos. I like to have the passport by on the main plane of the item being photographed so that the lighting of the reference ...
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What are the color temperatures of the iPhone 6's flash?

The iPhone 6 has a dual-LED flash. What are the color temperatures of the two LEDs? Are there any commonly occurring light sources or scenes that are outside this range? For example, a sodium vapor ...
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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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Does white balance totally correct color shift due to lens glass or coating?

I'm about to create custom profiles for my camera and in order to do so I need to shoot pictures of color reference card. I don't really understand the impact of the lens I choose to create the ...
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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 ...