Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Blending exposures with different white balances, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
Earlier in this course, we looked at slow sync photography, what your camera may…call night portrait photography.…That's where we have a flash firing in conjunction with a long exposure so that…we get flash-illuminated foreground and a well-exposed background.…As you saw earlier, the problem with that can be you get your normal reddish…orange low-light thing going on in the background and kind of a bluish-white…light going on in the foreground, and they just don't mix very well.…We showed you how you can gel your flash to compensate for that problem, but…there are going to be times when you may not have happened to be carrying gels…with you or you're just too lazy or you don't have time or whatnot.…
So there is a way that we can fix is in post-production.…I'm here in Camera Raw and I've got this file open.…I'm going to brighten this up because it's looking a little dark to me.…Now you may think, well, all I have to do is adjust the white balance and…everything will be okay.…Well, of course, if I adjust the white balance aiming to correct his skin…
Ben also shows how to obtain accurate color balance in tungsten and fluorescent lighting situations, and how to postprocess the images in Photoshop to remove noise caused by higher ISO settings. He also demonstrates accessories that can greatly expand your low-light photography options.
- Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
- Preparing for a low-light shoot
- Shooting in dimly lit rooms
- Using the flash indoors
- Shooting in the shade
- Taking flash portraits at night
- Controlling flash color temperature
- Focusing in low light
- Light painting
- Manipulating long shutter speeds
- Correcting white balance
- Brightening shadows
- Sharpening and noise reduction
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Setting the Stage
2. Exposure Considerations
3. Scenario: A Dinner Party
4. Scenario: A Performance
5. Scenario: In a City
6. Scenario: Landscapes
7. Special Effects
8. Post-Processing Considerations
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