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Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

Correcting color in JPEG images


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Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

with Ben Long

Video: Correcting color in JPEG images

I hope by now that you've seen the various advantages to shooting in RAW, and how landscape photographers especially benefit from RAW, thanks to its highlight recovery capabilities and 16-bit output, among other things. However, there might still be times when you shoot JPEG images, either because you are shooting with a point-and- shoot camera or a cell phone that doesn't offer RAW, or because you don't enough space on your card to shoot RAW, or you forgot to change your camera to RAW after shooting some JPEG files, or maybe you are just stubborn. Whatever the reason, there will be times when you have JPEG files that have slightly off white balance.
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  1. 3m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 46m 35s
    1. Defining landscape photography
      2m 23s
    2. Considering cameras and gear
      10m 41s
    3. Shooting and composition tips
      6m 39s
    4. Why you should shoot raw instead of JPEG
      4m 25s
    5. Making selects
      10m 42s
    6. Understanding the histogram
      6m 53s
    7. A little color theory
      4m 52s
  3. 1h 14m
    1. Opening an image
      4m 42s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      9m 56s
    3. Nondestructive editing
      6m 23s
    4. Spotting and cleanup
      3m 53s
    5. Cleaning the camera sensor
      11m 17s
    6. Lens correction
      6m 26s
    7. Correcting overexposed highlights
      7m 29s
    8. Basic tonal correction
      5m 45s
    9. Correcting blacks
      11m 54s
    10. Correcting white balance
      6m 35s
  4. 21m 34s
    1. Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool
      7m 24s
    2. Performing localized edits with the Adjustment brush
      7m 54s
    3. Controlling brush and gradient edits
      6m 16s
  5. 16m 34s
    1. Working with noise reduction
      5m 33s
    2. Clarity and sharpening
      5m 23s
    3. Exiting Camera Raw
      5m 38s
  6. 58m 5s
    1. Retouching
      8m 23s
    2. Using Levels adjustment layers
      10m 59s
    3. Saving images with adjustment layers
      4m 18s
    4. Advanced Levels adjustment layers
      9m 36s
    5. Guiding the viewer's eye with Levels
      8m 48s
    6. Using gradient masks for multiple adjustments
      5m 32s
    7. Correcting color in JPEG images
      3m 15s
    8. Adding a vignette
      3m 25s
    9. Knowing when edits have gone too far
      3m 49s
  7. 33m 24s
    1. Preparing to stitch
      5m 59s
    2. Stitching
      7m 39s
    3. Panoramic touchup
      7m 17s
    4. Shooting a panorama
      4m 58s
    5. Stitching a panorama
      7m 31s
  8. 27m 18s
    1. Shooting an HDR Image
      7m 53s
    2. Merging with HDR Pro
      11m 52s
    3. Adjusting and retouching
      7m 33s
  9. 24m 4s
    1. Why use black and white for images?
      2m 26s
    2. Black-and-white conversion
      7m 13s
    3. Correcting tone in black-and-white images
      7m 38s
    4. Adding highlights to black-and-white images
      6m 47s
  10. 49m 32s
    1. Painting light and shadow pt. 1
      11m 22s
    2. Painting light and shadow pt. 2
      12m 42s
    3. Painting light and shadow pt. 3
      9m 19s
    4. HDR + LDR
      5m 7s
    5. Reviewing sample images for inspiration
      11m 2s
  11. 48m 2s
    1. Sizing
      9m 8s
    2. Enlarging and reducing
      5m 3s
    3. Saving
      1m 24s
    4. Sharpening
      8m 23s
    5. Outputting an electronic file
      9m 4s
    6. Making a web gallery
      4m 17s
    7. Printing
      10m 43s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography
6h 43m Intermediate Jul 13, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography, Ben Long outlines a full, shooting-to-output workflow geared specifically toward the needs of landscape photographers, with a special emphasis on composition, exposure enhancement, and retouching. This course also covers converting to black and white, using high-dynamic range (HDR) imaging techniques to capture an image that’s closer to what your eye sees, and preparing images for large-format printing. Learn to bring back the impact of the original scene with some simple post-processing in Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting the shot: landscape-specific shooting tips and tricks
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Cropping and straightening images
  • Making localized color and tonal adjustments
  • Reducing noise
  • Guiding the viewer’s eye with localized adjustments
  • Adding a vignette
  • Using gradient masks to create seamless edits
  • Approaching adjustments like a painter–thinking in light and shadow
  • HDR imaging
  • Creating panoramas: shooting and post-processing techniques
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Ben Long

Correcting color in JPEG images

I hope by now that you've seen the various advantages to shooting in RAW, and how landscape photographers especially benefit from RAW, thanks to its highlight recovery capabilities and 16-bit output, among other things. However, there might still be times when you shoot JPEG images, either because you are shooting with a point-and- shoot camera or a cell phone that doesn't offer RAW, or because you don't enough space on your card to shoot RAW, or you forgot to change your camera to RAW after shooting some JPEG files, or maybe you are just stubborn. Whatever the reason, there will be times when you have JPEG files that have slightly off white balance.

That's what we have here, and it's very similar to the bad white balance that we corrected earlier in RAW. The sun had sunk low enough that the camera's auto white balance just went a little bit cool. It would be nice to warm the image up. Now, I have chosen an image with a person in it because the human eye is very sensitive to even subtle incorrections in flesh tone, and warmer flesh tone generally looks less dead. So it would be nice to warm the flesh tones up a little bit, and there is a very easy way to do that in Photoshop. There are a lots of ways of adjusting color.

We could use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer or Color Balance; we can even fix it in Levels. But the easiest way to address this particular issue is with Photo Filter, which mimics the process of putting a filter on the end of your camera's lens. So I am going to pick Photo Filter, and it's going to add an adjustment layer, and there we go; our image is fixed. That's really all there is to it. By default, Photo Filter comes in with the equivalent of an 85 Warming filter. If you have any familiarity with filters of camera lenses, you'll know what that means. It's basically just a filter that warms up the image.

I can control how dense the filter is, how much warming is being applied with this slider right here. So I kind of wouldn't mind going even a little bit warmer. It makes the dunes look more sand colored. It makes her flesh tone better. It just generally makes the image a warmer prettier picture. This pop-up menu here lets me change the type of filter that's added, and as you can see, there is lots of different colors. A lot of these have to do with mimicking filter effects when working with black-and-white images. The other one that you might use as a landscape shooter is a Cooling Filter for those times when you accidentally get a white balance that's way too cool.

It gives you something more like that, definitely not what we're looking for here. Because it's an adjustment layer, I can mask it to warm up just some of the image. I can turn it on and off. I can delete it. It's not going to solve the problem of a wildly inaccurate white balance. If I stepped outside and shot in bright daylight while my camera were set on fluorescent white balance because maybe I've been inside shooting under fluorescent light, that's not going to be something I can correct with a single filter. That's going to be a very difficult problem to address. But for the type of just slightly off white balance problems you are going to have when shooting landscapes, the Photo Filter set to Warming can be a fantastic way of correcting JPEG, Photoshop, or TIFF images, that is non RAW files that have bad white balance.

If you're shooting with RAW, it's still much better to work with the white balance controls in Camera Raw for fixing the RAW edits, and you'll learn more about why when we talk about knowing how to tell when your edits have gone too far.

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