White balance explained: how cameras correct the color of different types of light

    | Photography for Beginners | 31/01/2014 00:01am
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    White balance and raw converters

    Different raw programs don’t always agree about White Balance settings…

    White balance and raw converters

    Direct Sunlight
    This is how our picture should actually look. It was taken using the Direct Sunlight setting on a Nikon D5200, and this is the colour rendition Nikon thinks the camera should produce.

     

    White balance and raw converters: Lightroom 'as shot'

    Lightroom ‘As Shot’
    This is how it looks in Adobe Lightroom. Interestingly, Lightroom is reporting the Temperature as 5000K and the Tint as +1. According to Nikon, the Direct Sunlight preset is 5200K with no tint.

     

    White balance and raw converters: Lightroom 'daylight'

    Lightroom ‘Daylight’
    Lightroom has its own White Balance presets. If we choose its ‘Daylight’ preset, the colours are visibly warmer, and Lightroom has applied a Temperature value of 5500K and a tint of +10.

     

    White balance and raw converters: Lightroom manual values

    Lightroom manual values
    If we type in Nikon’s official Direct Sunlight value, the result is much warmer. With third-party programs you need to adjust White Balance settings according to your software’s own interpretation.

    PAGE 1: White balance explained
    PAGE 2: How to preset white balance manually
    PAGE 3: White balance fine-tuning
    PAGE 4: White balance and raw converters

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