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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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ISO changing accuracy of skin tones and white balance?

I'm wondering why the ISO has seemingly changed the white balance and its effect on the skin tones of the groom especially, when the only differences here are ISO and shutter speed. Both images are ...
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Is it possible to determine the color temperature of a light source from a photo?

I have several recessed LED lamps that I'd like to assess for color temperature so I can purchase replacements. The lights are advertised as having a "color temperature" of 2700K and 3000K among ...
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Why do pure colors (red/green/blue) become a mixture of colors when converting raw?

In trying to understand how raw is converted, I created a synthetic raw image that has a red, green and blue gradient strip, with a gamma of 2.2 (dng). I made the synthetic raw by converting an image ...
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Does white balance change from lens to lens? [duplicate]

Does white balance change from lens to lens? Though I think it does not, the reason I ask is auto white balance with a wide-angle lens seems to be different from auto white balance with a macro lens. ...
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Why does the green gain affect the blue and red values on a CMOS sensor with individual gain control?

I'm taking pictures of little surfaces (5 x 5 Millimeters) in an experimental setup with an ids camera that contains a cmos sensor. Afterwards the pictures are split into the 3 color channels (red, ...
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Is knowing the Sun color temperature enough to get the right white balance?

Assuming the picture is taken at sea level, in direct sunlight (no shadow) under a cloudless sky, and knowing the latitude, day and hour, I can in principle determine the color temperature of sunlight ...
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How can I mimic the color saturation of Nikon's miniature-faking mode?

Nikon's on-camera "miniature faking" tweak appears to increase the saturation, increase the contrast, and perform some selective horizontal/vertical blurring (with a falloff region) for a tilt-shift ...
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How does white balancing with a gray difference layer work?

One method of white balancing in Photoshop involves: Adding a difference layer filled with 50% grey over existing image. Adding a threshold layer over that and sliding the slider to the left until ...
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What does SaturatedOpacity mean in Rawtherapee?

When checking differences between Rawtherapee .pp3 profiles, I noticed a SaturatedOpacity parameter under [ColorToning], either equal to 0 or 1, and likely set by the white balance point tool. I may ...
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concert lighting difficulty with blue lighting - how to fix?

This is the first time I've shot a concert and I'm wondering why the blues gave me trouble some of the time (A and B), but not all of the time (C seems fine). I can correct A and B in post by ...
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Why is my photo partially colour imbalanced?

I have this photo where part of it is funnily colour imbalanced. I took some product shots under couple of 5500K lights. Part of the product was navy blue and it is appearing as black in the raw files....
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It is correct to match light sources with the same color temperature?

For example, the color temperature of a candle flame, sunrise and sunset have the same color temperature, knowing that its color temperature is the same, could you say that these sources are similar ...
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How to set adjusted white balance as start position for lightroom presets

As example, after import i have image with temp=3400, then i have decreased temp to 3000, but when i'm trying apply some preset, preset increases not adjusted value(3000), but value(3400). So, ...
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Can you adjust white balance in Photoshop based on average blur?

Can you adjust white balance in a digital image using Photoshop (or similar) in such a way that average blurring the entire image gives gray (R=G=B)? Note, I'm not necessarily looking to achieve "...
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What is the difference between color calibration and white balance?

Apologies if this is a stupid question but I haven't been able to figure it out. In both cases the images are adjusted such that the color aren't influenced by the color of the illumination right? Or ...
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Why does white balance knob have green and purple setting?

I first saw this in a camcorder knob and later saw it in a DSLR screen. . Why add tint control to a camera and merge it with WB knob?
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How do I find the right white balance value to set in my camera?

As I understand White Balancing means - making a particular color look as it should have been irrespective of what color the Ambient Light is. i.e A white paper must look white not blueish grey(cool) ...
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How to set color levels (or white point level) on all layers of an image using gimp?

I have an image with multiple layers, and I have to set the same white point on all pf them. how can I do it without selecting each layer at once?
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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) ...