Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the white-balance correction options, part of Exploring Photography: White Balance and Color Temperature.
- Earlier, you saw me correct…the white balance in this RAW image.…I have made a JPEG copy of the original image,…and that's what this is right here,…and I've done that because I want you to see…the difference between correcting white balance…in a RAW file and a JPEG file.…Lightroom, Camera RAW, Aperture, iPhoto,…they all give you the same white balance interface,…whether you're working with RAWs or JPEGs.…So, I can use the same controls here…when I'm working with a non-RAW image.…That doesn't have to be JPEG,…that could be a TIFF file, a PSD,…anything like that.…
But, though the tools look the same,…they behave pretty differently.…Again, I've got my "As Shot" pop-up menu here,…but I have far fewer options in it.…I don't have all of those presets,…and one reason I don't have those presets…is that my temperature slider is no longer a Kelvin slider.…So if we go back to the RAW image,…you can see I'm at 7100 here,…let me switch back to "As Shot".…You can see that I'm at 4850.…When I come over here, it doesn't say 4850,…
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