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Old Feb 14, 2006, 1:38 PM   #1
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Here is example of my ussual problem:

This is original photo taken by NIKON 8700 with

white balance pre-set


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Old Feb 14, 2006, 1:40 PM   #2
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Now, when i use

Auto contrast

auto balance

auto color

I have this
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Old Feb 14, 2006, 1:43 PM   #3
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So, not exactly what I need.

Where is my mistake:

Bad white balance pre-set or

bad light adjustments.

How can I adjust white setings the best.

Is there some tutorial how to histogram (i do not know)

or anything else would be appriciated to know.

My final result is following:
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Old Feb 17, 2006, 6:32 PM   #4
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i am also interested in what you are talking about,.......
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 1:44 AM   #5
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The point is when you look the #1 and #3 photo they are similar but when consider #1 and #2 you see big differance as the second have colors off or out or too "cold".

On that photo #2 I used in photoshop auto levels, auto color balance and auto contrast... that means my photo was takenwith some false adjustment. Wandering what: wrong white pre set or wrong light adjustment... Photos was taken all in M.

Hope I was clear

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 7:15 AM   #6
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Personally, I think 1 & 3 are a lot more natural lookin than 2, unless your subject really is that colour! I don't think you need to use the 'auto' functions, because they don't seem to be working well in the indoor studio environment. No3 is a nicely coloured image. Not sure if that's what you meant, but those are my thoughts anyway...
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 1:46 PM   #7
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Don't use the auto functions. Photoshop doesn't know what the scene is supposed to look like and it has nothing to do with your camera settings.

If you're having trouble getting what you think is a proper white balance, try taking your photos in RAW mode and using Adobe Camera Raw to do the white balancing. Then you can try using the auto functions in ACR, they're a lot more accurate (don't rely on them though).
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 5:12 PM   #8
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Thanks Corpsy, I was really thinking that PSD can balance good color saturationand to be honest ussually do but somethimes miss a lot, then I start thinking it is my photos.

Adobe camera raw is program which can be downloaded or it comes in some packing because I do not have it.
Do you have usefull internet address.

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Old Feb 19, 2006, 11:17 AM   #9
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Adobe Camera Raw comes with CS and CS 2. I think it's available for older versions as a download, though I'm not sure if it's free. There are some free programs out there that do a pretty good job. I use UFRaw occasionally. It's better with bright images for some reason, though not quite as easy to use

http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/.
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