White Balance

20 posts / 0 new
Last post
Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852
White Balance

I took some pictures of my DD in the snow today. The snow isn't turning out exactly white because I shot most the pictures in the shade. I figured I need to fix white balance? I have no idea how to do that.. Can anyone tell me how or link me to a good tutorial?

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Well, I brightened the picture a bit and it helped. Maybe you ladies can let me know what you think. Here is one of the pictures:

It would still be helpful for the future though to know how to fix white balance issues.

Amy_&_Eva's picture
Joined: 08/23/07
Posts: 2378

Do you mean to fix it in-camera right? Did you already try setting the WB to "shade" or another setting that might work? If that didn't work I'd next try taking a pic of just the snow and then using that pic to set a custom WB if your camera has that feature. I've been trying that out lately indoors and it works great. Otherwise, I fix WB in PSP.

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

I actually mean in PSP. I do know about in camera but never do it. It's always just set on auto. I never think about it but maybe need too; especially with snow pictures.

fudd8963's picture
Joined: 12/27/07
Posts: 1630

I can't help, but I am curious as to how to fix it.

I did want to add that the pic is SOOO cute! Your little girls is adorable!

Amy_&_Eva's picture
Joined: 08/23/07
Posts: 2378

Yay I'm excited someone else is using PSP besides me! Smile I'm not at my home PC right now but generally, you can get an idea of what adjustment to use by going to "effect browser" in the menu bar and seeing what every adjustment can give you....but for snow color I'd go to the "Color Balance" in the effects menu and just play with each tool until you get white snow that still keeps the rest of the pic looking natural. Another one I can think of off the top of my head is "black and white points" where you can click on your "bluish" snow as the original "white" and then choose pure white as the "target" color and see what it gives you.

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
Posts: 6186

I too am using PSP. I am so dumb in it though, so I am no help. I am happy to understand the black and white points though, thanks to Amy&Eva! THANKS!

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Thanks Tara! Biggrin

Here is another one. Is the white balance off or is it just because the picture is in the shade? I'm thinking it's the latter.

I'm going to go look at what you're referring to now Amy. Thanks

Amy_&_Eva's picture
Joined: 08/23/07
Posts: 2378

Yep in that pic, you can see the pure-white snow in the background IS pure white already, so I think if you tried to change the shaded snow you'd end up with crazy colors in the rest of the pic. Unless you selected only the shaded section to adjust. You COULD in theory select the shaded area and turn it white. But you might end up with no footprints. I'd have to try it.

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Oh and I'm using Photoshop CS3- is that PSP?

sadieruth's picture
Joined: 06/09/05
Posts: 6186

No, PSP= Paint Shop Pro.

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Oh hehe Smile That's why it didn't make sense to me. Blum 3

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Can I get some CC on these final edits? Biggrin I brightened them up and "think" I got the coloring right...

Amy_&_Eva's picture
Joined: 08/23/07
Posts: 2378

Oh darn, yes "PSP" is Paint Shop Pro lol. The edits look good though!!!

EL2
EL2's picture
Joined: 12/05/07
Posts: 1665

I can't comment on the color since I am uncalibrated here at work.

The first one she looks a bit gray/pale. I would add a bit red on her face.
The second one. I am not liking that ray of light on the snow at the back. It makes her look darker. I would maybe bring down the exposure just on that light and bump everything else

La123's picture
Joined: 04/11/08
Posts: 815

I think the ones in the shade are a bit underexposed. If you bring up the exposure, the snow that looks white now, will be blown, but the rest of the photo would be properly exposed. If you shoot in raw, you can open up the photo in ACR and adjust the white balance with the white balance eye dropper, by selecting it, and clicking on something that should be white (eyes). I think you are having issues with both exposure, and white balance. There are other ways to adjust white balance in Photoshop, but I'm not totally sure how, as I always use ACR.... HTH!

ETA: Looking back, the first one doesn't look under exposed at all. I would just fix the WB on that one Smile

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

"EL2" wrote:

I can't comment on the color since I am uncalibrated here at work.

The first one she looks a bit gray/pale. I would add a bit red on her face.
The second one. I am not liking that ray of light on the snow at the back. It makes her look darker. I would maybe bring down the exposure just on that light and bump everything else

You're right about the gray/pale. I'll fix that.

I'm not sure how to just select a certain part of a photo to change the exposure though. Is it possible to explain it to me? I'd really appreciate it. Smile

La123's picture
Joined: 04/11/08
Posts: 815

"Jaxie" wrote:

You're right about the gray/pale. I'll fix that.

I'm not sure how to just select a certain part of a photo to change the exposure though. Is it possible to explain it to me? I'd really appreciate it. Smile

The best way I can think of to do it would be to do a curves layer, pull the curves up in the middle until it looks bright enough, then mask out the part that is already bright. I'm also JSO though, so there is probably a better way. Smile

Joined: 01/16/07
Posts: 951

did you take in RAW? Even if you didn't I think you can open your jpg in ACR (adobe camera raw) and do a few minor wb settings

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

n/m