Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video White balance considerations, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
(laughter and cross talk)…Steve's out there shooting again.…I'm in here snacking.…There's a problem we haven't addressed yet though, and that's white balance.…White balance, as I mentioned earlier, is always really an issue when you're in…low light because everything turns a lot more red.…Steve and I are taking different white-balance strategies.…He's gone out and is trying a manual white-balance strategy, and I've decided to…simply ignore white balance all together.…I'm shooting RAW and so I know that I'm going to be able to change my white…balance after the fact.…
So--and I wasn't just looking for more food here-- I was looking for my white balance card.…What I'm going to do is go out there and put my white balance card in there…somewhere and take a picture of it and then take it away, and then I know that…later I'll be able to use this as a reference to correct all of the white…balance in my image.…So we're going to shoot some images and then talk about it and see what…strategy works better.…
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
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Photography Foundations: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m 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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