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Questions tagged [white-balance]

Questions about how to choose the correct colour balance for a given scene, and how it affects photos.

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What is considered a good quality for consistent white balance in a flash/strobe?

Looking to buy a flash/strobe and can't tell if 5600k ± 200k is considered good or bad quality. I can imagine using 2 strobes from the same manufacturer and getting a difference of 400K, which could ...
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What is the color temperature of an iphone 8 flash? [duplicate]

Is it the same as the iphone 6 or is the iphone 8 stronger? Does it still use 2 LEDs?
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When is color over done

So Ive been working on a few landscapes recently and the colors were something that Id been focused on - however, after working on images for too long, I find myself over using color and the images ...
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Why does my subject's skin have such a red cast — did my auto white balance fail me?

I have close to two hundred images where the subject looks like he just walked out of a sauna. It was 36 degrees with humidex, but he was not that red. For comparison, attaching another picture, ...
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Infrared photography—why are green leaves not appearing as white?

I'm new to IR photography. I'm trying to get the white colour out of green plants (leafs, grass etc.). Here is my setup: Canon EOS 100D full spectrum - IR filter in front of sensor removed Samyang ...
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What readily available items can be used for color correction or reference?

Are there any easily available things I can carry with me, that I probably have already, that I could use as a rough color reference card while taking photos with a phone? I realize that most phones ...
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Why can software correct white balance more accurately for RAW files than it can with JPEGs?

Why are post-processing JPEG white balance corrections not as accurate as white balance with Raw? My understanding is that when shooting jpeg the camera internally does the following steps: Convert ...
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DSLR bright shots [closed]

My DSLR Nikon d3200 shots were brighter than usual camera shots. the white balancing is on auto and the shots are taken not merely from direct sunlight. Is this because of lens?
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Why Is There No Reference White Balance

I understand why White Balance is a necessary part of any imaging pipeline, but I don't understand why using a colorchecker on a measured sensor does not have an associated reference equation to ...
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Is the white balance wrong in these field poppy pictures?

Yesterday I went out to take some pictures of a field of poppies next to my home. There seems to be something wrong with the color in most of the pictures. The first one of the following 3 pictures is ...
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Is it possible to pre-calculate white balance gains from a sample image

Let me try to explain the question in more detail. Let's suppose: I have a camera taking images in a dynamic environment (colour temperature is constantly changing) I cannot use automatic in-camera ...
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Is color filter detection on speedlights useful when shooting RAW?

I am planning to upgrade my speedlight setup. Naturally, I stumbled upon Canon's Speedlite 600EX II-RT, which offers 2 color filters (both CTOs) that will be detected by the flash. The speedlight's ...
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Wrong in-camera auto white balance issue

I own a Sony DSC-H55 point and shoot camera. It has a 14 MP CCD sensor with 10x optical zoom. I am happy with the overall image quality. The in camera auto-white balance is producing wrong color ...
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Film Camera White Balance in Studio

I found this thread but still have questions: What is the white balance of film? I am going to use Film in studio with Strobes. The films I am experimenting with are: Fuji FP-100C (Peel-apart ...
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What does it mean when color channels clip?

I know about color channels. They represent the amount of color (light) in a photo. Usually in red, blue and yellow or red, blue and green. Black and white only has a greyscale channel. Setting the ...
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Relationship between tint-temp and magenta-green-blue-amber white balance corrections?

In some tools, like Photoshop, the white balance adjustment is two sliders: tint and temperature. In many cameras however, a 2D grid is used with one axis being magenta-green, and the other blue-...
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Color temperature changing with altitude?

After 50+ years of traditional photography, I went 6 months ago for drone video&photography. Incredible what the change in perspective can do... Anyway, the question is now related with a dominant ...
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Why can't I set a black object as the sample when setting custom white balance?

If I set black color as a sample in the custom white balance and then take a picture.The picture has a shade of green color. could you please tell me why?
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How can I cause red eye in photos I take with my iPhone 6s?

How do I cause red-eye in my photos? I had no trouble causing red-eye in my old iPhone 4; but having issues with the 6s, even with [right & left] circular polarising filters over the flash and ...
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Raw photo for scientific purpose. How to set white reference to defined numeric L*a*b value?

I need a scientific raw photo for colour analysis. I shot with a reference gray card which has a defined Lab color space L=70*a=0*b=0. I need to balance the photo with L=70 in camera raw. Is it ...
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Is there a difference between shooting the skin with tungsten compared to flash (WB is adjusted)?

As far as I know cold temperature light sources suppress red colours and enhance blues, warm sources enhance reds and suppress blues. So, will there be any difference if I shoot skin with tungsten (...
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Why is the range for manual white balance so limited at the bottom and top?

I am learning about white balance and everything related to it. Minimal setting for white balance in Lightroom is limited to 2000K (for example the candle light can be around 1600K). I remember one ...
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Is there a way to figure out a lamp's color temperature from a photo?

Let's say we have some incandescent, flourescent, luminescent lamps and LEDs, and there are photos made with different cameras in auto mode with each of these lamps on, and with a white sheet of ...
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What causes the odd white light tint at places like Zion National Park?

I'm currently visiting Zion National Park in Utah. One of the first things everyone in my group noticed is that, even on clear days (which are the only type we've had so far -- so this isn't a fluke), ...
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What's it called when white objects or white backgrounds become blue in photographs?

Sometimes when I take photos with my smartphone, the white objects or the white backgrounds become blue. Most of the time it happens when the location is a bit shadowed, but sometimes it happens in ...
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Confusion about Super 8 Color Temperature

On a Super 8 Cartridge, various sources state that the red circle I have made in this image is a notch on the cartridge indicating its color temperature. On my camera, with the notch present, an ...
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In Auto white balance, why the reference is always taken as neutral colors like gray or white instead of other colors like orange or red?

Why auto white balance is based on the neutral colors?..Is there any care to be taken while choosing the reference color.?
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D3200 - White Balance [duplicate]

What does "Auto" setting of white balance do? I know what it is supposed to do but how does it actually work? Does it chose from the various Sunny, cloudy,incandescent white balance settings you have ...
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How does the White Balance preview work on the OM-D E-M1?

I can't figure out how the white balance preview works on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and it is not covered in the official manual. If you go to the LV control panel, select either of the A/G WB ...
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Setting Custom white-balance in Nikon 5200

I have only used NIKON till now and haven't explored much with Canon cameras. Recently someone showed in Canon custom WB can be set by plotting a point in a 2D graph. When I checked in my Nikon ...
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How do I white balance for B&W with Lee filters?

I am a B&W newbie....I'm using an X-T2 and the Lee 100mm polyester filter B&W set; I'm shooting in RAW. Let's assume I am using the green filter. Shooting: Do I do a custom WB before the ...
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Color management (via ColorMunki and Filex lamp), but monitor is bluer than prints

I’m trying to implement monitor/print color management, but it’s not quite working. In short, to get a monitor-to-print match with a D50 white point for my monitor, I need to use a 6500K (vs. 5000K) ...
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How to choose the correct white balance for star trail photography (Nikon D3200)

These last days I've been practising star trails photography. It's not complicated, but there's a problem that keeps me giving headaches: the white balance. I know, for this type of situations, I ...
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Could I use white water as white balance reference?

So I have some photos taken with a variable ND to create the flowing water effect, particularly with strong waves, and it looks white to the naked eye. However, it seem that the filter does impart a ...
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Viability of in-camera correction for LED and fluorescent lighting?

I am getting an Olympus MFT system. The bodies in the system have in-camera color correction, and I am wondering how effective it will be compared to using gels. My concern is that for intense lights ...
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How to color calibrate to a set reference?

My post can be considered a follow-up question to this post. I have two sets of cameras (not DSLRs, rather industrial CMOS cameras), one a reference set and one a new set, and I want to calibrate ...
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What white balance should be selected if the photo is supposed to completely surround the viewer?

Suppose you shoot a cubemap to be viewed inside a room with walls, ceiling and floor being screens showing the scene you shot. The monitors should obviously show the images as closely to what would be ...
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What's the color temperature of target illumination of white balance?

Based on my googling, some web sites said neutral color temperature is about 4000K. But that is not consistent with color temperature locus (black body locus) in CIE xy chromaticity diagram. According ...
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What is white balance in a camera? When and where should I use WB? [duplicate]

I like to do different experiments in my photography. Recently I was experimenting with white balance. Can anyone help me? What is actually white balance and when it is used? Do you have an example?
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Is there a connection between color temperature concept and Hershel's color temperature experiment through which he discovered infrared? [duplicate]

I just watched a Cosmos episode about Hershel's experiment, of which i think i was not aware. According to it, red light temperature is higher than blue (measured in celsius). As far as I know, ...
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Canon 450D White Balance

Why is the Daylight White Balance setting of my Canon 450D showing in Lightroom as 4900K instead of the 5500K it should be? The images shot in shade have a distinct blue cast. Does the lens affect WB? ...
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Wrong color representation in the image

I have an issue of getting similar color of background as the subject, most of the time (not all) the image comes out like this, the water in the background is certainly not the color it captured in ...
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Sunny day in the shade - how to deal with white balance and exposure settings? [duplicate]

I was out doing an assignment about symmetric and asymmetric pictures (rule of third, golden mean, golden ratio). I could not figure out what is the best way to deal with the following setting: I am ...
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How to deal with fabric colors? Studio strobe lighting

i've problem with colors. On the right is fabric with WB set with X-rite Color Checker Passport, and the camera profile is also made with Passport. On the left is this same photo but after more ...
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Help for a film shooter: how to cope with the paradox of choice?

So I've always shot film, and it was great because of the constraints it placed on color: you shoot 36 consecutive exposures with a particular feel, and if you don't like to results, deal with it ...
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How often do I need to recalibrate using a ColorChecker?

So I'm picking up a ColorChecker. Partly because I'd like to have more accurate colors and (let's be honest) partly out of curiosity and boredom. My question is: I understand that colors should ...
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What factors impact color variation for studio strobes (same session/2-3 minutes apart/in between shots)?

I want to get a Godox AD600 studio strobe for fashion/portrait studio photography, but especially for product gigs. While colour consistency is not that easy to achieve for any strobe, I would still ...
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Sony DSC-RX100 gives unnatural (depressive) colors

I am amateur photographer and I have Sony DSC-RX100. The photos it gives have great quality in terms of resolution, sharpness and crispness, but they have some "dark", "sad", "depressive" unnatural ...
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18% gray paint manufacturers

I want this to kind of be a "mega thread" of paint. So, here is the scenario: I have a room that I want to use as a studio. Since this room will only be used for photography, I want to have it ...
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How to set color temperature to get images with a strong red color cast?

In the above image, there is a very strong red light cast over the room. How can I produce a similar image? My images either look terrible and washed out, like I took them on a cell phone camera (with ...