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Old Nov 30, 2002, 9:08 PM   #1
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Default OOPS! Wrong White Balance Setting!!

OOPS! Wrong White Balance Setting!!:

Today I took my Canon D-60 out for a gray, overcast shoot along the Hudson River piers in Manhattan…a natural for the WB cloudy setting (6000K).

Alas, I had done some tungsten (3200K) work last night…and didn’t change the WB balance.

While keeping an eye out for raindrops, I paid little attention to the LCD playback screen.

When I got home and reviewed my images…they all had the distinctive bluish cast. ARRGGGHHH!

What are the best ways to correct this color cast and get the normal rendering I sought?

Many thanks.

M i k e
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Old Dec 1, 2002, 10:28 AM   #2
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I think you would have to edit them in an photoeditor. You can try adjusting the colorbalance - remove some blue, less green and lesser red.

You should be able to get an OK result.
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Old Dec 2, 2002, 3:21 PM   #3
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Many editors have an autobalance function. Photoshop Elements will do this and PaintShop Pro has a colour balance control that lets you choose the colour of the light you want and then adjusts the picture to match.

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If you have Photoshop, open the "Levels" box. Click on the white eyedropper in the box and then click on anything that should be a true white in the scene. (Sometimes a reflected highlight will do.) If you don't have a white area, use the gray eyedropper and click on something that should be a neutral gray.
Otherwise, you can use "Variations" or the color balance sliders.
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I have sometimes used the pixels in the whites of eyes, particularly with flash.
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Does your camera support Canon RAW file format? If it does, give it a try. I use it almost exclusively in my Powershot Pro90. This format lets you adjust white balance, saturation and sharpness outside the camera during the conversion process. Try it if it's available.
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