Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting white balance, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
When you shoot in low light, most of your images are going to need a…white balance correction.…Low-light situations play havoc with auto white balance mechanisms, shifting your…image towards red or orange.…You can try and be very diligent and careful and manually white balance at the…scene, but sometimes that's not possible. Sometimes you may not have a white…balance card, you may not be able to get it into the light where you're…shooting, or as in the case when we shot the theatresports show the other…night, you maybe dealing with stage lighting where a light is actually being…intentionally colored in different ways and that coloring is changing…throughout the shoot.…
Even if I could have gotten on stage ahead of time and done a white balance, the…light was changing throughout the show and so that white balance would have gone…bad after a scene change and then I'd be back where I started.…So if you're shooting RAW, this all gets much easier, because with a RAW file,…you can change white balance after the fact-- and we are going to try that right now.…
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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