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    Question RAW and white balance

    I know I've asked a similar question like this before. I'm finally deciding to venture into shooting RAW. I have no idea why this makes me so nervous.. but I'm taking the hurdle today and practicing with my daughter.

    Now, when I go to edit these pictures, I just open them in ACR? What exactly should I do to adjust the white balance in them? Is it best to use the white balance dropper or to do it manually or a combination of both until I get what I like best?

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    you want to find a neutral gray to click on. the whites of the eyes are usually something good to click, then you just adjust the warmth of the temp a little if you use the eyes (I find that the eyes aren't the perfect thing to click, but they'll work if you have nothing else). I try to find something with a number in the 60s for all three values for the neutral gray, but that can be a challenge.

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    Ok, I need help.

    When I took pictures today I shot using both RAW and Jpeg. Now, when I uploaded them onto my computer, it uploaded them all as Jpeg files. It says, for example, IMG_7166 and IMG_7166(37). There are 2 pictures for each picture I took, but both say they are Jpeg. Which one is which?

    My second issue is when I go to open the picture. I click on 'Open as' and choose 'ACR' for a picture. Then, I used your advice Gwen but when I do it, it seems my picture have a greyish cast to them. I uploaded a random pic for an example of what I'm talking about so you can see visually. Do you see what I mean?

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    Doing the white balance dropper in ACR, using as close to all 60 like suggested (in the trees):

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    Sorry, can't help with the 2 jpeg issues...but I never use the eye dropper to click something in the image to help white balance. Only thing I ever use that tool for is to click an actual gray card. I just use the sliders to make it look right to my eyes.
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    I'm with Amber. I just use the sliders till I like what I see. I don't nitpick over numbers. I tend to like my pictures warmer anyway, especially beach ones.

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    That makes me soooo much better. I've gotten a lot better with seeing it with my eye now that I just do it that way as well. I thought everyone did it more technically though and I wanted to learn how to as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxie View Post
    Ok, I need help.

    When I took pictures today I shot using both RAW and Jpeg. Now, when I uploaded them onto my computer, it uploaded them all as Jpeg files. It says, for example, IMG_7166 and IMG_7166(37). There are 2 pictures for each picture I took, but both say they are Jpeg. Which one is which?
    how are you uploading them? I remember having something similar happen when I first shot in RAW, and found that the best way to import them was to use the organizer in Elements (as that's what I had at the time). Now I import using Bridge. If you're copying from the card in Windows Explorer or something, it might be messing with the files.


    As far as the WB, I'm an eye dropper user, but then I use the sliders after that. I like to have a good starting point.
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    Yes, I'm not using anything but Windows. I thought maybe that was it.. I don't have the Canon software on my computer anymore because I reformatted a bit ago and just never put it back on. Thanks!

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    I don't use the Canon software either, just the Adobe stuff
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