Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring white balance and highlight recovery, part of Learn Photography: Shooting in Raw Mode.
- Here in Camera Raw, white balance is at the top…of our controls because it's a fairly critical edit to make.…The white balance controls in your raw converter…might be actually all that you need…to get the color in your image where you want it.…The temperature slider alters the color…in your image from cool to warm, while the tint slider…makes very subtle adjustments from green to purple.…Temperature is the far more critical adjustment.…The tint slider is used simply to reverse any unwanted green…or purple shift that the temperature slider might introduce.…
If you've ever tried to correct bad white balance…using your normal image editor,…you've probably found this very difficult.…The color shift that appears…when white balance is wrong isn't uniform…through the entire color range of an image,…so you might be able to correct one part of an image…at the cost of another part.…What's more, the odds that you'll ever get the color…looking exactly right anywhere in the image…are pretty small, so white balance can be a real deal maker…
In this course, photographer and educator Ben Long shines a light on what it means to shoot in raw—and what it doesn't. Learn the benefits of shooting in raw, learn when your camera's RAW+JPEG mode makes more sense, and get insights into why some people prefer certain raw conversion software over others.
- Does your camera support raw?
- Understanding how a sensor works
- Correcting and compressing JPEGs in camera
- Customizing JPEG compression
- Understanding raw conversion
- Working with raw files in popular photo-editing software
- Shooting raw, JPEG, or both
- Reprocessing old raw images
- Choosing a camera