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Jul 10, 2011 20:37 |  #1

Is there a white balance issue with this image? It was shot on auto white balance. This is SOOC.

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Jul 10, 2011 20:44 |  #2

I think the WB looks pretty good. IMO


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Jul 10, 2011 23:19 as a reply to  @ JayyBee519's post |  #3

On my monitor, there seems to be a slight green cast to her skin, probably a reflection off the grass surrounding her. If you have photoshop, you can open the image using ACR and adjust the white balance.

Here is a quick edit I did to see if you think the w/b looks a bit better. I also bumped up the contrast slightly.


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Jul 11, 2011 00:11 |  #4

navydoc wrote in post #12736993 (external link)
On my monitor, there seems to be a slight green cast to her skin, probably a reflection off the grass surrounding her. If you have photoshop, you can open the image using ACR and adjust the white balance.

Here is a quick edit I did to see if you think the w/b looks a bit better. I also bumped up the contrast slightly.

Very nice job, I think this one looks way better.


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Jul 11, 2011 00:19 as a reply to  @ navydoc's post |  #5

Green reflection under her left arm removed in PS - replace color:

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Jul 11, 2011 07:36 |  #6

Shoot in Raw. Place the subject where you intend to photograph them, meter the scene, set the aperture and SS according to the meter reading, shoot an 18% gray card and then the subject. Back in the work room open the images in ACR, take the white balance eyedropper and click on the gray card, hit Select All and Synchronize and your white balance problems are 100% instantly solved.

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Jul 11, 2011 10:04 as a reply to  @ Benji's post |  #7

Hi benjii, how if you don't have a grey card handy how would you solve a problem like this?
sorry OP I know what you mean with this so I was curious too.


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Jul 11, 2011 10:26 |  #8

You can use the white dropper (in the curve adjustment layer) on white areas too. In this shot the right lapel area is so close to blown that it's difficult to correct without blowing out. If you have the RAW file you can correct the white balance and recover the exposure.

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Jul 11, 2011 10:35 |  #9

If custom white balance isn't an option, at the very least start setting your presets for the lighting that you're shooting in. In this case, the Shade preset (little, house-looking symbol) would have been a bit more appropriate and would have giving you a more "warm" image, so she wouldn't appear quite so blue. Just remember that the white balance needs to be set for the light that is falling on your subject, regardless of where you are standing.

Also, there is definitely a very slight green tint, as NavyDoc noted. Neither are difficult to fix, though, as shown in the above edits.


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Jul 11, 2011 11:41 |  #10

ukcyberboy wrote in post #12738970 (external link)
Hi benjii, how if you don't have a grey card handy how would you solve a problem like this?

I always have a gray card with me! :lol: I have two in the van, and one in each of my camera rooms. In a pinch you can use anything white that the subject may be wearing, but with about 1000 different whites the results will not be perfect, but close enough for this kind of shooting.

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Jul 11, 2011 11:46 |  #11

It's a charming picture of a pretty child but it would have helped had you got furter down more on her level and composed the image to include her left foot. Paying attention to such details will turn you from a snapper into a photographer.

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Jul 11, 2011 12:28 |  #12

Thanks everyone! Very helpful information and edits. Will work on it.




  
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Jul 11, 2011 12:30 |  #13

Woodworker wrote in post #12739550 (external link)
It's a charming picture of a pretty child but it would have helped had you got furter down more on her level and composed the image to include her left foot. Paying attention to such details will turn you from a snapper into a photographer.

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Yeah, this wasn't the greatest shot. I was just looking for some feedback on the white balance. I seem to be having some trouble getting it right.




  
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Jul 11, 2011 12:32 |  #14

navydoc wrote in post #12736993 (external link)
On my monitor, there seems to be a slight green cast to her skin, probably a reflection off the grass surrounding her. If you have photoshop, you can open the image using ACR and adjust the white balance.

Here is a quick edit I did to see if you think the w/b looks a bit better. I also bumped up the contrast slightly.

Thanks. When I see your version I can definitely tell mine doesn't look right.




  
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Jul 11, 2011 13:20 as a reply to  @ elio79's post |  #15

Thanks for everyones extra help.


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