01 September 2010

Photography Tip: White Balance

{note: this tip is for photographers that have the capability to shoot in RAW and use Photoshop}

A lot of times, like in the example below, we have terrible lighting. No windows to allow natural light. Only the yucky yellow bathroom lighting. If your picky like me, you'll want to read the tutorial below.

As a Photographer, I have learned how important it is to shoot in RAW. This allows me to tweak the white balance of a photo.

Here is how to do it.

1. Make sure in your camera settings, you have it set to either RAW or RAW+JPEG while shooting.

2. Open your photo in ACR (adobe camera raw).

(There are several ways to open your image in ACR, here is just one of them)

3. While Photoshop is open, on the top left hand side of the screen you will see an icon that says "Br". Click on it.

4. When you click on it, Adobe Bridge will open and it will look like this. Now you can open your image. I usually have either the image itself on the desktop or in a folder on the desktop so it's easy to access.

5. Once you have located the image you'd like to open. Right click and choose "open in camera raw"
You will the see something like this.
Now- you can adjust the temperature, tint, exposure...etc to taste.

This is what your 'yellowy' photo can look like after the adjustments in ACR.

side by side comparison

{was this helpful?? would you like to see more tips like these?}

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Shel said...

great tip, i never really knew what to do in bridge but you have enlightened me... i look forward to more tips like this!


Photo Freak said...

wonderful! Love it! Well you be my next guest photographer on Photo Freak?

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Yes, more tips please! And, I just got my camera in the mail! I'll have to give this a try!

Jhen.Stark said...

Yay! Seriously! BIG HELP! Too bad I didn't know this my last session... poo. Oh well, next time! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!

kriznizzel said...

Great tip, I'm no good on photoshop. I love your photos! The one you use to have as your header is just my fav I love it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip. I can always use tips.

Andree and Josh said...

Love the tips! Keep them coming!

Tiffany said...

thats amazing I've been shooting in raw for a couple of weeks. I have photoshop elements and lightroom do you know how to adjust on there? follow my blog if you like I love this tips!

Lacey said...

put a star next to this one!

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and complimenting my edit! You have such wonderful tips here and your edit is great! I have to say that I don't know much about editing as I just use my photo galleries stock editing and maybe, just maybe I will finally pull out my camera's manual tomorrow.

Ashley Sisk said...

This is a great tip - I wish I could say that I do a custom wb in camera but it's pretty easy to correct in ACR if you shoot in manual.

BTW, loved your zoo photos below (I think it was the zoo). Sorry I haven't been around much to comment.

All things Gale said...

Love the tip!!! Although I don't have photoshop, one day I will and I love to see awesome editing tips where someone else has done all the "figuring out" for me!!

Rachel said...

great tip, Mandy! I love learning new things. I just recently learned that you can actually edit in RAW, even if you shoot jpegs! I wrote about it here:

Courtney from The Story of Us said...

Love this tip! Thanks so much :)

Anna said...

This makes me feel SO much better about the pictures I take inside the house! This is EXACTLY how the pictures I take of the kids in the bath turn out! Thanks for sharing. :)