Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting white balance with a gray card, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
The White Balance eyedropper in Camera Raw, or really just about any other RAW…converter software, is a great way to fix white balance: single-click and bang,…your colors all fall into place.…The problem with working in low light is it's often very difficult to tell what…in the image was originally gray or white.…In other words, what is a good target to be sampling off of for your white balance?…Also, because you are working in low light, you probably got your ISO up. If you…are working with a camera that's very noisy, even though you might see a patch…on the screen that you know is supposed to be gray, the pixel you click on might…actually be a green or purple color.…
So it can just be a little bit difficult to work with that White Balance dropper…when you're shooting in low light.…If you are very picky about white balance, if you want to be sure that you can…come home and very easily correct your white balance consider carrying a white…balance card with you.…That's what I did here.…I shot this image. I was just walking around the street. It was raining and I…
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
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Foundations of Photography: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 4m Intermediate
Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshopwith Seán Duggan2h 12m Intermediate
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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