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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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Softbox color cast

I have some continuous light softboxes I bought for food photography. Later, I bought another Godox LED softbox to supplement/use as a key light. I still use the old softboxes as fill. The problem now ...
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How to keep background color consistent when shooting different colored objects? [duplicate]

I am attempting to take quality product photos for my eBay business, and can't seem to get my background color and exposure to stay consistent across all different colors of items. At first I was ...
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Why does the image get bluish and not yellowish when I shift the color temperature to a lower K? [duplicate]

I know that colour temperature is an approximation of the black body emission, so a body with a higher temperature emits bluish light while at a lower temperature emits yellowish light. However in ...
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RawTherapee/ART: How to match these warm colors from the embedded JPEG?

I've been using RawTherapee (and then its fork, ART) for several months, and overall I have been quite satisfied with it. However, there are a handful of scenarios where I'm struggling to achieve the ...
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How to prevent colour noise from developing in water portion of the image?

I have developed enough post processing skill in over an year to create moods in my photos as I prefer (mainly dark moody photos with low saturation). However, when it comes to showing drama in the ...
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Why only the right hand of the woman is green and different to her skin colour in other parts?

I am wondering how the woman's writing hand is oddly coloured and so much greener than her tint tone on the other hand? Does it have to do with the circuit boards around her writing hand or the ...
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Wall colors varying wildly during the same shoot [duplicate]

I took photos at a wedding reception. The event took place in a room where two adjacent walls were interior walls with no windows, and the other two walls faced the exterior of the building and let in ...
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Shift white color of an image?

I took a photo of this stuff with my phone. It is for a Wikipedia article. The stuff is off-white, or more precisely white with orine-ish tint. Instead, I got a photo using my phone where it is light ...
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How to emulate sRGB on wider gamut or buy only sRGB monitor?

My Dell U2520D display shows magenta cast on a standard mode on both windows and mac. I think I am aware now that even if I use RGB ICC profile with this wider gamut display it will still look ...
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Appropriate White-Balance Settings for Sunsets

See attached images. Shot with Canon EOS t5i with a Tamron 17-50mm lens back in November 2019. Processed with ACR with Adobe 'Auto' WB and Adobe Standard Color. It seems way too blue to my taste. But ...
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Post-process custom WB for full-spectrum photo?

Quite a noobie question. I did a conversion of Fujifilm s1000fd to a full spectrum camera and started to take pictures with a 590nm filter. When I set a custom white balance on the camera, discovered ...
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Times when I don't want auto color correction or auto white point setting

There are times when I have taken pictures in a forest on a sunny day, and the light filtering through the leaves provides a nice green cast that I want to preserve. However, my Nikon Coolpix S9900 ...
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How to keep right color temperature if I edit photos with night light mode turned on?

Subject. I do care about eyes (ish), so I have the "Night light" setting enabled almost always (Windows and android). But when I edit photos, I tempted to reduce color temp on them, and ...
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How do color values change mathematically as you change temperature and tint?

I was wondering what does color temperature do to your pixel's RGB/LAB values when you adjust it. I get that things get more yellow or more blue in the case of temperature, but what equation is ...
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Why does temperature in Lightroom go from blue to yellow instead of orange to bright blue?

I was wondering why Adobe chose to have color temperature compensation be the B-channel of the LAB spectrum, as it does not look at all like the kelvin spectrum. Does the B-channel compliment Kelvin ...
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How does Lightroom and PS guess color temperature?

I've been searching for weeks for what Lightroom and Photoshop use to determine your image's color temperature. People have said a lot about the kelvin scale and how to white balance, but this isn't ...
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Getting whites to match the example photo

I'd like to know how I could make the whites in my photos more like in the example photo. Here the first one with a cup of coffee is my photo and the second one with handbags is an example found from ...
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Can't get the right colors when shooting art. Looks pale even with ColorChecker Passport

I am trying to shoot my art, and colors seem off, more specifically pale. I am aware I can adjust settings manually since I shoot in RAW, but I feel like if I get exposure and white balance and ...
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Auto white balance shifting from cooler to warmer during photo shoot

When shooting portraits or still life images the auto white balance seems to shift image from a cooler to warmer temperature and I’m not sure what’s causing it. Both flash and natural light. Nikon ...
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How to quickly change white balance on Nikon D5600 in aperture priority mode?

On my old camera, Nikon D50, you would press WB and rotate the wheel. I now bought Nikon D5600 and am testing it out. I need to take picture of something where the auto WB does not cut it. Is there an ...
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Why does high brightness affect white balance correction?

I am starting to shoot with a Nikon D5200. Today, the light is bright and diffuse because of clouds. In M mode with f at 5.6, I set the white balance preset as per the manual, and often get an error &...
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Same manual camera settings under continuous light but some pictures are yellow and some are blue

I recently did a product photoshoot. After a few pictures, I noticed that some of the photos are warm coloured, some of them are cold. I have not touched the object, my camera was on a tripod, and I ...
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How can I get both monitors to look the same?

I have used Acer V247Ybip for about a year and decided to buy Acer V247bi to use for second monitor, which is basically the same monitor, but without the Display Port. The problem is that basically ...
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Which of these ND filtered images do you think is more accurate? (sample images included)

As a followup to my previous question; there has been interest expressed in the results of my ND filter tests. First, I should clarify that the heavy color cast shown in that post was from a single ...
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How to use X-Rite ColorChecker with Sony a7R IV?

I purchased an X-Rite ColorChecker to attempt to get better white balance for my camera (a7R IV). My first attempt at using it has yielded wildly questionable results. Process below. All files ...
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For a given lens/camera, will a ND filter always need same WB correction in all conditions?

I've taken a few photos with a new B+W ND 6-stop filter and found that it leaves them quite warm. I'm able to correct this in ACR using temperature/tint sliders. For the few photos I've taken so far, ...
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White balance color space [duplicate]

How were the colors for white balance chosen? Why is it specifically temperature going from blue to yellow and tint going from violet to green?
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How do you keep white balance from killing the color?

I first noticed this when I used one push white balance in Hxr-Mc2500 sitting on a fluid head. I used a piece of A4 paper for WB reference and the lighting of the incandescent bulbs became weird white ...
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White photos on Canon S5 IS

I have an old CANON S5 IS camera, which I was using for half a year until it started to take completely white photos. Exposure and white balance are set to normal. ISO is also set to auto. In low-...
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Can you use a phone as grey/white card?

I have a Nikon D5300 and always shoot on Auto White Balance because it can be easily fixed in Lightroom or other RAW Processing applications. However, I wanted to experiment a bit with shooting Video ...
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Canon DPP 4 - copy/apply white balance settings

I have two shots made with automatic white balance setup (AWB) in artificial light conditions. I like how the camera evaluated the white balance in the picture with white paw, I like how green color ...
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Colors consistency between RAW pictures for timelapse in Darktable

Why do I get different colors while applying the same exact history to every pictures in Darktable. It was my understanding that the white balance setting of the camera didn't matter to a RAW file and ...
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Can I get the Temperature from the colors matrices or the chromatic adaptation provided in the ICC Profile (meta-data) of a picture?

I would like to get the temperature of a picture already taken to determine the kind of white-balance has been used. I can only access the ICC profile. I wanted to know if it's possible to use Red/...
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How to clean stains from 35mm color negative film? [duplicate]

I developed colour negative film for the first time yesterday and I have two problems. Firstly many of the pictures have these stains like circles on them and I cannot understand what caused them and ...
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white is gray in some areas?

I'm taking tshirt pictures with my phone, but even with 2 softboxes, the plain white shirt is a darker gray in some area. Do I only do it in a dark room with no light coming in or is it because the ...
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Xrite Colorchecker color specifications and 18% reflectance gray card

I have a Xrite Colorchecker Classic: Where to find the color specifications for each square (either in CMJN or any other format)? Let's say I want to develop my own open-source color correction ...
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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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