Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding white balance and JPEGs, part of Exploring Photography: White Balance and Color Temperature.
- If you're shooting in JPEG,…then your camera is doing a lot of image processing for you.…It's the same type of image processing…that you might do in Photoshop…or any image editor later.…Every time you shoot,…it automatically makes a lot of adjustments…to the color and tone and sharpness in your image.…You can control, to a degree, how much…of that editing it's doing…and whether you want more,…say, saturation or less,…more sharpness or less.…In a Canon camera, that's all controlled…through the Picture Style mechanism.…Nikon cameras use something called Picture Control.…
Other cameras give you other terminology…for these JPEG editing parameters.…If I am set to a certain picture style on my camera,…that means every time I shoot a JPEG image…the same amount of sharpness adjustment is being made,…saturation adjustment, contrast adjustment,…something called color tone.…If I want to hook my computer up to the camera,…I can get real finicky about the adjustments.…I can have very specific adjustments made…to say flesh tones or blue skies or that kind of thing.…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the art and science of white balance and color temperature. Ben explores how to adjust your camera's white-balance settings, and what to do when auto white balance goes wrong. He then surveys some optional aids for white balance, and scenarios where "inaccurate" color may well be the right stylistic choice.
- What is white balance?
- Exploring auto white balance and understanding why it fails
- Working with white-balance camera presets
- Using ExpoDiscs and WhiBal cards
- Making stylistic white-balance choices
- Correcting mixed white balance