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Getting a fresh opinion

From: Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop

Video: Getting a fresh opinion

I've said it once, but it bears repeating. Color correction is highly subjective. When you look at a photo, you might see that something is wrong, but what you see could be very different than what somebody else sees. In the case of this photo here, what you'll notice is the image is very blue. Well, I took this picture at about 6:30 at night, and the sun was just starting to set, and this is actually accurate for the time of day. This is the white balance that was measured by the camera at that particular time of day, matching the settings that I took. However, we have the ability to tweak this.

Getting a fresh opinion

I've said it once, but it bears repeating. Color correction is highly subjective. When you look at a photo, you might see that something is wrong, but what you see could be very different than what somebody else sees. In the case of this photo here, what you'll notice is the image is very blue. Well, I took this picture at about 6:30 at night, and the sun was just starting to set, and this is actually accurate for the time of day. This is the white balance that was measured by the camera at that particular time of day, matching the settings that I took. However, we have the ability to tweak this.

You'll notice in this case here that we've got the actual developed photo, and if I double-click that there is the raw file embedded inside. As shot, you'll see the original white balance. However, we have the ability to auto white balance or choose from several different options, in this case such as Cloudy, to actually match the time of days as well as the weather conditions. I'm going to click Cancel for a moment and just exit out. You see here that the image looks pretty good; however, here's a second opinion, done by a second person. In this case the saturation was toned down a bit, and the image still retains some of that cloudy-day feeling, as opposed to this image which looks particularly bright and very well saturated for a cloudy day.

The key here is you want to have a conversation with your subject, or with the client. As you adjust color, there's lots of ways of doing it, and all three of these images were within the same raw file. This is the art of color correction, as well as exposure compensation, and as you make these adjustments, you're going to need to balance your opinions with those of a client and, potentially, your audience.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  2. 9m 20s
    1. Setting the environment
      2m 37s
    2. Performing triage
      4m 51s
    3. Getting a fresh opinion
      1m 52s
  3. 9m 33s
    1. Working with a copy of the image
      1m 23s
    2. Converting layers to Smart Objects
      2m 4s
    3. Cloning to an empty layer
      2m 33s
    4. Using adjustment layers
      1m 29s
    5. Creating a new document from the current state
      2m 4s
  4. 14m 27s
    1. Exploring essential raw adjustments
      3m 3s
    2. Opening a raw file as a Smart Object
      2m 8s
    3. Recovering skies
      3m 12s
    4. Performing selective adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Re-editing a raw file
      2m 6s
  5. 19m 6s
    1. Fixing exposure with a Levels adjustment layer
      1m 41s
    2. Speeding up with an Auto Levels adjustment
      1m 7s
    3. Saving time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
      1m 37s
    4. Reading the Histogram panel
      2m 38s
    5. Removing a color cast with a Levels adjustment layer
      1m 43s
    6. Fixing exposure with a Curves adjustment layer
      1m 45s
    7. Refining a Curves adjustment layer using the On-Image tool
      1m 54s
    8. Adjusting hue and saturation
      2m 31s
    9. Boosting color with a Vibrance adjustment layer
      2m 20s
    10. Using adjustment presets
      1m 50s
  6. 10m 24s
    1. Using the Color Range command
      3m 9s
    2. Controlling adjustment layers with masks
      2m 33s
    3. Clipping adjustment layers
      1m 21s
    4. Blending adjustment layers
      3m 21s
  7. 9m 52s
    1. Applying the Shadow/Highlights command to a Smart Object
      3m 41s
    2. Adjusting shadows and highlights in a raw image
      4m 18s
    3. Refining the Shadow/Highlights command
      1m 53s
  8. 11m 14s
    1. Using the Equalize command to fix exposure and contrast
      1m 49s
    2. Using Match Color with two photos
      2m 2s
    3. Adjusting color and exposure with the Photo Filter command
      1m 29s
    4. Tinting with the Gradient Map adjustment
      2m 25s
    5. Blending Smart Filters
      1m 43s
    6. Using color lookup tables to process images
      1m 46s
  9. 5m 14s
    1. Creating black-and-white images
      1m 41s
    2. Combining Black & White adjustment layers with blend modes
      1m 32s
    3. Hand-tinting a photo
      2m 1s
  10. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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