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White balance considerations

From: Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light

Video: White balance considerations

(laughter and cross talk) Steve's out there shooting again. I'm in here snacking. There's a problem we haven't addressed yet though, and that's white balance. White balance, as I mentioned earlier, is always really an issue when you're in low light because everything turns a lot more red. Steve and I are taking different white-balance strategies. He's gone out and is trying a manual white-balance strategy, and I've decided to simply ignore white balance all together. I'm shooting RAW and so I know that I'm going to be able to change my white balance after the fact.

White balance considerations

(laughter and cross talk) Steve's out there shooting again. I'm in here snacking. There's a problem we haven't addressed yet though, and that's white balance. White balance, as I mentioned earlier, is always really an issue when you're in low light because everything turns a lot more red. Steve and I are taking different white-balance strategies. He's gone out and is trying a manual white-balance strategy, and I've decided to simply ignore white balance all together. I'm shooting RAW and so I know that I'm going to be able to change my white balance after the fact.

So--and I wasn't just looking for more food here-- I was looking for my white balance card. What I'm going to do is go out there and put my white balance card in there somewhere and take a picture of it and then take it away, and then I know that later I'll be able to use this as a reference to correct all of the white balance in my image. So we're going to shoot some images and then talk about it and see what strategy works better. Chris could you hold my white balance card? Thank you.

Steve might be doing manual white balance, but I'm doing this much fancier white- balance-card-based thing. What I'll do with that is be able to sample that with the white balance dropper in my RAW converter later and then apply that white balance to a bunch of images. So that'll give me a real accurate white balance, but it's going to be an extra step in my image editing process. If I needed to get these images out of the camera and delivered really quickly, that might be not be so practical. (cross talk) Okay Steve, I have explained to them already that obviously in low light we need to worry about white balance and that you and I took very different strategies.

Steve: Yes, we did. Ben: You went all manual on me. Steve: I did go on manual. This is a little a trick. I don't even know where I learnt it, but it's very effective, because I actually selected white balance, the color temperature, and I did kind of a custom white balance, not officially, but by using the live view, the camera's live view function. I'll show you what I did. I basically activated live view, so you get a view of the table. You can see the color is not very good here. Ben: There's a red shift that you usually get in low light. Steve: You really do. So in order to figure out what the most natural rendition is going to be visually, just using my eye in live view, I press and hold the white balance. And by turning the front dial, you can see I'm changing the white balance, and you can see the scene shifting in color until it becomes kind of natural-looking.

I like to go too far back and then come back and see what looks good. And this gets me really close, just by eyeballing the white balance. Though in RAW, of course, we can seamlessly correct without any real repercussions, I find it's easier to get those skin tones when you get the white balance right out of the box a little closer. Ben: A little closer, right. It can be difficult when things are shifted really far to the red, even if you're trying to manually correct it in RAW. You've got so far to go, it's hard to even have a reference point. So that is a very nice way of ball-parking it.

It's not super accurate, but it's certainly better than starting with a really red image. Steve: Absolutely. Ben: White balance is a critical choice to make though, when you come into low light. If you're shooting JPEG, you absolutely have to think about white balance. You've got to get it right in camera because that's going to be very difficult to correct later if you got a JPEG image, because you can't actually just alter that white balance.

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Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light

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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
      2m 27s
  2. 6m 20s
    1. What can you shoot in low light?
      2m 17s
    2. What you need for this course
      4m 3s
  3. 28m 54s
    1. Working with exposure parameters in low light
      1m 13s
    2. Working with image sensors in low light
      4m 35s
    3. Working with shutter speed in low light
      3m 3s
    4. Considering motion blur
      1m 14s
    5. Working with ISO in low light
      2m 29s
    6. Assessing your camera's high ISO capability
      4m 52s
    7. Working with in-camera noise reduction
      2m 4s
    8. Working with aperture in low light
      2m 10s
    9. Understanding dynamic range
      2m 2s
    10. Working with color temperature and white balance
      1m 11s
    11. Exposing to the right
      4m 1s
  4. 34m 39s
    1. Introduction
      1m 36s
    2. Talking with Steve Simon about low-light photography
      13m 46s
    3. Shooting by candlelight
      1m 55s
    4. Choosing a mode
      4m 34s
    5. Exploring the role of lens stabilization
      3m 1s
    6. White balance considerations
      3m 27s
    7. Flash considerations
      1m 18s
    8. Problem solving
      1m 35s
    9. Understanding aesthetics and composition
      3m 27s
  5. 30m 4s
    1. Introduction
      2m 20s
    2. Preparing for the shoot
      5m 25s
    3. Act I: adjusting to the light
      3m 48s
    4. Intermission: reviewing the strategy
      1m 53s
    5. Act II: moving to the back of the house
      2m 35s
    6. After the show: lessons learned
      1m 18s
    7. Reviewing the performance images
      12m 45s
  6. 19m 18s
    1. Shooting in the shade
      2m 55s
    2. Street shooting
      2m 52s
    3. Shooting flash portraits at night
      4m 5s
    4. Controlling flash color temperature
      2m 50s
    5. Adjusting exposure to preserve the mood
      2m 34s
    6. Dynamic range considerations
      4m 2s
  7. 41m 0s
    1. Shooting lingering sunsets
      1m 42s
    2. Exploring focusing strategies
      5m 17s
    3. Composing and focusing at night
      10m 42s
    4. Shooting the stars
      9m 27s
    5. Practicing low-light landscape shooting
      9m 55s
    6. Focusing on the horizon in low light
      3m 57s
  8. 13m 4s
    1. Light painting: behind the camera
      7m 34s
    2. Light painting: in front of the camera
      2m 13s
    3. Manipulating long shutter speeds
      3m 17s
  9. 1h 4m
    1. Correcting white balance
      8m 49s
    2. Correcting white balance with a gray card
      3m 50s
    3. Correcting white balance of JPEG images
      2m 0s
    4. Blending exposures with different white balances
      7m 13s
    5. Brightening shadows
      9m 8s
    6. Reducing noise
      7m 44s
    7. Sharpening
      9m 14s
    8. Correcting depth-of-field issues
      9m 32s
    9. Correcting night skies
      6m 39s
  10. 53s
    1. Goodbye
      53s

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