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City at night, help !


18 Mar 2012 10:24PM
Being a novice, I am seeking the wisdom of all you experts.

When shooting in a city at night, how do you minimise the orange glow from all the steet lights etc.

I was in Glasgow and got some nice images, but all suffered from the "orange glow".

Any advice appreciated.
Nick_w Plus
14 4.3k 99 England
18 Mar 2012 10:30PM
Shoot RAW and adjust the white balance in the raw converter.
User_Removed 11 4.6k 1 Scotland
18 Mar 2012 10:41PM
As above.

(Mind you, the "orange glow" in Glasgow tonight might be the result of Celtic getting gubbed at Hampden this afternoon! )
mikehit 12 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 11:01PM
Are you talking about a glow around the streetlamps or a general orange cast over the whole picture?

An enlarged orange halo around the streetlamps is often due to long exposures you need at night to bet a usable exposure over the darker areas. You can ovecome this by taking pictures at about sunset when the amount of ambient light and the street light is better balanced.
The orange colour cast over the whole picture can be more difficult but generally you can correct using white balance. But even then some streetlamps have a narrow emission spectrum which means that even with correcting white balance you will not be able to recreate all colours (the brain is immensely powerful in working out what native colour something is even under streetlights where a camera is totally incapable of showing this).
User_Removed 17 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 11:42PM
If you aren't shooting raw then at least set a manual kelvin number for your white balance. Where I am the street lights look okay when wb is set to 2900k
19 Mar 2012 1:04AM

Quote:As above.

(Mind you, the "orange glow" in Glasgow tonight might be the result of Celtic getting gubbed at Hampden this afternoon! )



For pity's sake DON'T GO THERE!! Remember the fuss when Gazza pretended to play an Orange flute?
User_Removed 11 4.6k 1 Scotland
19 Mar 2012 11:51AM

Quote:As above.

(Mind you, the "orange glow" in Glasgow tonight might be the result of Celtic getting gubbed at Hampden this afternoon! )

For pity's sake DON'T GO THERE!! Remember the fuss when Gazza pretended to play an Orange flute?



...but that was in the days long before you could alter the colour caste of a photograph by merely moving a slider in Lightroom!

Wink

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