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Old 01-31-2009, 08:00 PM
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color and white balance

If I wish to create a coffee table book of photos, any recommendation how to align the white balance and colors from pictures taken on different dates and in different conditions. One critique I often read concerning coffee table books and/or wedding books is that all the pictures don't have the same white balance. How best to align white balance/color from various photos (different times/different conditions)?
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:02 PM
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Re: color and white balance

By eye. and it will be tough at that
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:36 AM
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Re: color and white balance

If all photos have the critically right white balance, can the problem be solved?
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:45 AM
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Re: color and white balance

You find the lightest point in the image, and you set a highlight in that area with curves.

Then you find the darkest point, and punch a shadow.

Check the neutrals/grays to make sure they're gray, unless you want a color cast throughout the book.

Make colors match that are supposed to match, i.e. clothing, skies, flesh tones, etc.

Do all of this using the numbers in the info palette. Professional color/pre-press people "read" color using those numbers. The monitor and your eyes can be deceived. Confirm that the numbers used to make those colors are balanced with the eyedropper and the info palette.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:04 AM
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Re: color and white balance

On the other hand, color and white balance can be used to evoke a mood. Some photographs may benefit from a warmer or cooler tone, depending on the mood they are designed to evoke. It's fine to match white balances of similar images, but I'd consider if different balances might add to the shots as well.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:12 PM
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Re: color and white balance

thanks for the pointers...
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:34 PM
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Re: color and white balance

Weddings have many different moods brought on by difficult lighting situations. Not to mention that the go from color to sepia to black and white at times.

Balance is a tough thing to master.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:08 AM
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Re: color and white balance

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