White Balance | Tampa Family Photographer

August 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

While on vacation I took many many many pictures...it is so hard to NOT to do full on edits on my own family photos! Makes for a LOT of work while on vacation. :/  {good thing I enjoy editing!}

One of the coolest features of our vacation home was the tub in the master bath. LOVED it. The girls loved playing in it cause it made great bubbles. :) I took many many pictures of them on that tub.

White balance is one of those things that no matter the price of the camera it rarely gets right on its own and it is one of the things that can make or brake a photo. If the white balance is off the skin tones are usually off too. Usually the skin looks too red or too yellow.

I use Photoshop to edit. If I am in a hurry I will let the camera stay on auto for WB and correct it when I edit cause it is a quick edit. When I am doing a shoot you will see me with a little grey card. I snap a picture of the card in my custom WB setting to tell the camera what kind of light I am shooting in and what "white" looks like in that light. All light has a different color cast. You can learn lots more here.  White Balance

So, Im on vacation and Im snapping pics of the girls playing in the tub with my camera set at auto white balance. Then I load it into ACR (adobe camera raw) In that you can use an eye dropper on something white or grey to tell it what is white.

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SOOC

You can see that it just does not look right.

 

 

eye dropper on tub

better, but not great... the tub and towel are blown and there is a yellow/green tint to everything

 

 

 

 

I still did not like what it looked like so I decided to try the "auto" in ACR and look what I got! I was shocked that it did such a good job.

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Auto WB in ACR!

skin looks good, nothing blown. cool! We'll go with this.{ I had never even thought of clicking "auto" in my editing software, as auto anything in there usually is not what I like. }

 

 

 

 

 

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Edited Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Snapping!

(Hey, if you could take a second and click the google +1 for me that would be great! Thanks!)

patty


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