white balance

Tips and Solutions

Most of us wouldn't want a blue dog, red horse, or purple parents, but we've all had them at one time or another in our cameras. Like wearing polka dots with plaid, the light balance and your subject were just a bad match. This is where custom white balance comes in handy.

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1 year ago
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We humans looooove color! All you have to do is walk down the aisle of your local supermarket, and you can see how important color is to us humans. We’re pretty color-conscious—even if we’re not consciously thinking about it. If you’re into “visually communicating,” an eloquent way of saying “taking photographs,” then you need to be tuned into colors. And just for the record, black and white are colors. You shoot in color—but do you think in color? Do you consciously use it, manipulate it, and make it an important element in your photo, like that little thing called light?

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Moose Peterson.

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1 year ago
Tips and Solutions

Hi, everyone. I’ve been asked to write a series of articles for B&H Insights, and despite my hectic schedule, I will try to write on a somewhat regular basis. Let me start this series by writing about one of my favorite products. I use this little piece of gear constantly, and found it quite by accident.

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Hands-on Review

Every photographer has their favorite accessory, the one item that makes their work that much easier or interesting and that offers the simple pleasure of realizing how a little addition to your camera setup can make a big difference in your final product. This article is a kind of a mixed bag, touching on a variety of items, any one of which has the potential to be a photographer’s new, favorite accessory.

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2 years ago
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Off-camera flash is usually associated with studio environments. However, in this twenty-five minute presentation, professional photographer Robert Harrington addresses a group that is about to go to a nearby location for some “guerilla-style" shooting. For Harrington, this style provides an opportunity to throw planning out the window and roll with whatever happens.

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There are two cardinal rules for capturing great sports photographs. First, know your equipment, and second, know the sport. There are several secondary rules that are just as important and all of these, plus more, are covered in Jeff Cable’s extensive ninety-plus-minute presentation.

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Tips and Solutions

This useful video uses four camcorders to clearly demonstrate a few tips that should help you improve the quality of your video recordings. The four camcorders used to illustrate these concepts are the Canon VIXIA HF M50, the Sony PJ580V, the Panasonic HC-X900K and the JVC EVERIO GZ-EX210.

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Let’s face it: aside from getting together with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season, the neatest part of the holidays is the exchange of gifts. And if you’re reading this article, there’s a pretty good chance you just received a new camera, a new lens, a flash or some sort of photo-related goodie as a holiday gift (hopefully something you have been pining for).

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2 years ago
Hands-on Review

Maintaining clean color balance when shooting stills and video in mixed lighting has long been problematic in portraiture, fashion, beauty and textile applications. But with the introduction of the Lowel Blender, maintaining color balance is easy.

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3 years ago
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Seascapes are about sky, water, the physical dynamics of the points at which they meet, reflections and mirror imaging and most of all, the unique qualities of moisture-filtered light that one can only find where sky meets water.

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3 years ago
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For many years, we've been told that color casts—those shifts in color towards blue or yellow—are a bad thing and should be corrected at all costs. In the film days we used color-correction (CC) filters to battle them and, in the digital age, most choose to set their cameras to auto-white-balance (AWB), in effect telling the camera to detect and neutralize color casts automatically. After all, neutral whites and lack of color casts are desirable and natural, right? Wrong!



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By Guy Tal |
3 years ago
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Auto white balance sounds like it solves every issue regarding colors in your pictures, but it doesn't. For example, when you shoot at sunset or sunrise, AWB wants to 'correct' the golden tones that we love so much when the sun is close to the horizon. It desaturates the yellow and red portion of the spectrum, and the colors look weak and disappointing. By contrast, if you shoot with daylight white balance, you will capture the colors you see. The yellows, reds, and oranges will be saturated and dramatic.




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3 years ago
Tips and Solutions

Setting the white balance of your camera correctly basically boils down to a couple-or-three clicks through your camera’s set-up menu and a few moments of your time. Depending on your needs or mindset, you can adjust your camera’s WB settings by dialing in a specific Kelvin rating (°K) or by adjusting the Scene Mode.

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3 years ago
Tips and Solutions

With the exception of a few SpongeBob and Hello Kitty point-and-shoot digicams, every digital camera allows you the option of setting the White Balance (WB) to a selection of specific pre-sets (Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, etc.) or Auto, and for the most part, you’ll get acceptable results regardless of whether you set your camera to Auto or man-up and choose one of the camera’s pre-set modes. But what about getting the best results?

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3 years ago
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Color management in digital photography is effectively the supervision of color from input to output. A camera captures color, a monitor displays this color accurately, and a printer outputs what's on screen. Seem simple? It's not. Plagued with a lack of standards and countless variables, color management is among the most confounding, perplexing, and difficult concepts to master in digital imaging.

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4 years ago

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