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White balance correction in PS7 ?


dalowsons 10 89 Australia
5 Oct 2004 10:55PM
I have just set up my own "studio" using halogen lights. The problem I am finding is that I get a very yellow colour cast to all my pictures - which I would expect from the lighting. I have tried various settings on my camera (Fuji Finepix S5000) but can't seem to get it quite right.

I am quite happy to change the colour cast in PS afterwards, but I am not sure how ! I have experimented a bit, but so far not too pleased with the results. I would be very grateful if someone could advise me how to go about getting the correct white balance in PS - what steps to take, settings, etc. ?

Thanks !

Al

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sillyconguru 10 4.4k
5 Oct 2004 10:57PM
orly??
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
6 Oct 2004 12:27AM
Surely all you need to do is use the Colour Cast eyedropper tool?

For me this is about the most useful tool in PS !
dalowsons 10 89 Australia
6 Oct 2004 12:45AM
Thanks, Sillyconguru, I will have a look and see what's out there.

Carabosse ... very possibly ! Only (and I'm a bit embarassed to admit this ...) I'd never heard of it before now. Care to give me a brief lesson !? Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
6 Oct 2004 8:55AM
Well in PSE2 (I imagine it is similar in PS7 etc) you click on Enhance -> Adjust Color -> Color Cast. Then use the "eyedropper" on any area of the image which should be white, grey or black.

I find white works best. You may need to experiment a bit, clicking on different areas of the pic, before you get a natural result result.

Usually takes just a few seconds.

There are various other ways of correcting colour casts but the above is about the simplest.
BOB S 12 2.6k
6 Oct 2004 9:37AM
Why not fit a filter to your camera and save all the messing around in Photoshop - a pale blue is the required filter - I am no expert in filters for colour but I am sure somebody here will give us the correct filter details before too long.

BOB
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
6 Oct 2004 9:39AM
80A filter. You lose a couple of stops. I had one years ago but never used it - certainly couldn't be bothered now, with digi.
dalowsons 10 89 Australia
6 Oct 2004 10:10AM
Thanks so much for your advice, CB and Bob. Bob, seeing as I do a fair bit of "enhancement" in PS anyway, I don't think I will get a filter. Saving my filter shopping for ND filters, etc., anyway ! Smile

CB, I don't think there is that option in PS7 (that I could find) but what you said did give me an idea and I've found a great tutorial on the net which has solved my problem !

So thanks all round and I am much happier with my results now ! Smile

Al
geoffash26 10 2.5k United Kingdom
6 Oct 2004 10:17AM
Al please post that link I would be intersted
Thanks
Geoff
BOB S 12 2.6k
6 Oct 2004 10:50AM
If you shoot in RAW mode you will have a lot more scope for colour correction prior to enhancement.

BOB
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
6 Oct 2004 10:59AM
There is no difficulty correcting simple colour casts on JPEGs and not everyone wants to spend time doing all the other things you have to do on RAW to make it an acceptable pic.
freds 10 184 England
6 Oct 2004 11:13AM
Why not just photograph a white background to set you white balance.

Fred.
dalowsons 10 89 Australia
6 Oct 2004 5:18PM
Geoff, here is the link I found useful:

Tutorial

Thanks for the other ideas - I am going to try the white background thing, read about that yesterday too. I have tried taking photos in RAW just as an experiment, but had the same problem of where to start with the correction ?

Might try again now that I have a bit of a better idea.

Thanks again for all your help and advice.

Al

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