White Balance: how to use a colour chart to get tones perfect

White Balance: how to use a colour chart to get tones perfect

When you photograph most subjects, getting the colours 100% accurate isn’t usually critical, and if you shoot on Auto White Balance, nine times out ten your digital will do a pretty good job of getting the white balance roughly right, so that whites actually look white, blacks look black, and all the colours in between look how you’d expect.

But sometimes getting colours 100% accurate is critical – when you need to photograph a painting to be reproduced in a book, say. The only way to ensure accurate colours is to get your white balance spot on, and the best way to do this is to use a colour chart.

Photo Ideas: break the rules with white balance for abstract pictures

Photo Ideas: break the rules of white balance to create abstract pictures

The coast holds a special allure for many photographers, and it’s easy to see why. The drama of the changing sea can be used to express a wide range of emotions, from the turbulent to the sublime. In this photography tutorial we’ve decided to see if we can capture the sea at the calm end of the mood scale by breaking some of the conventional rules around white balance and capturing realistic tones to create a more abstract picture.

How to correct white balance in Adobe Camera Raw

Use the ACR editor to tweak your photos for improved white balance, tones and exposure Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this video you’ll discover how to… Continue reading

Teach yourself Photoshop: Part 2, Video 2 – Adjusting white balance

Learn the basics of photo-editing with our introduction to Adobe’s image editing software. Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your raw format photos in the digital darkroom. In this second part you’ll find a heap of… Continue reading