Wednesday, October 31, 2012

White Balance -- Setting the Color Temperature

Consider the following images.

I will argue that both renderings, cool on the left and Warm on the right are equally acceptable. For the "cool" bluer image, I just moved the temperature slider in camera raw to the left. For the ""warm" yellower image, I moved the temperature slider to the right.

I stopped when I liked what I saw. I LIKE both!



In the mossy picture, there is no obvious white point to select. What do you do if you want to set an "accurate" white point?



Solution #1: Set the white balance MANUALLY in the camera!

Most higher end cameras will let you set White Balance (WB) manually. The procedure is to photograph a "Spectrally pure white card".

After you photograph the white "card" --- in the Camera's settings for White Balance (WB) choose "Manual" or "Custom Preset". You'll then be asked to select the image of the "white card" that you just photographed.

I use a ColorRight White balance lens cap/filter. When you shoot the white card turn off the autofocus, especially if you are shooting the card up close...

Where to find a spectrally pure white card?

Visit your local cameras store, or search Google.


Solution #2: Trust your instincts!

Always edit the tones (Color) in the image that matches what YOU saw when you took the picture!!

But, remember the choice of what white balance you set is up to you, if you shoot in Raw format, the choices are enormous. Photography after all is an art!

Photograph, photograph, photograph!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Week 1 Setting up Everything...

Week 1 October 21, 2012 ---Setting Everything Up

Links to Web pages with details.

I will be updating "Acquiring Photos" to the New versions Of Bridge, Photoshop Elements Album and LightRoom Later this week


At the very least, just Calibrate your monitor. and Bring a Flash drive to class with some photos you want to "enhance" next Saturday

Got Lots of JPG Files?

If you have .Jpg images in your library of photographs, you might want to convert them to a "Non-Lossy" Format like .tif

Here's how to do that using either The Bridge --> Camera Raw or just in Photoshop Elements.

Batch Converting your Photographs

Here's a detailed article on how to get Photoshop Elements Organizer or the Bridge to see the photos captured by Apple's iPhoto

(Apple hides the photographs on your hard drive)

iPhoto to Adobe Organizer

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