Assessing the quality of the pictures, all of us, regardless of experience, based on several criteria, among which one of the most important is the absence of spurious color.
Even without being an expert, anyone looking at the photo below, notice the excessive greenery. Of course, the expert favors a more definite, and perhaps even find a number of problems. But today we will talk only about the absence of spurious tones, or in other words, the correct color balance.
And this conversation is not addressed to experts and ordinary users of Photoshop.
When we are inside a real scene, our eyes adapt (accustomed) to the lighting conditions. Thus, the brain eliminates the existing light in hue, that is – automatically sets the white balance. Considering the outside sheet of plain paper, we take it with white. Entering from the street into a room lit by incandescent bulbs, we get used to a warmer world and continue to take a white sheet of paper as white as the outside. Learn more about photography tips and techniques.
In the photo (reproduction) is not light, which could be adapted eye of the observer, so the task of setting the color balance is passed on to us.
When shooting with a digital camera, we expose the white balance in accordance with the conditions of ambient light. Or leave it “on the machine,” hoping that the camera will detect the correct value. What to do in case of a miss of automation? When shooting in raw is possible to change the color balance setting in the converter. The share of shoot in jpg is follow-up in Photoshop.
Carefully set the color balance with Curves (Curves). Using white, black and gray eyedropper, or performing the work by hand, color corrector rid of parasitic hue in the highlights, shadows and midtones. Here’s how it will look after our image of being subjected to the corresponding curves.
rivye – is the main tool in the arsenal of the color corrector. I shall return to this subject in future articles and will help you learn this wonderful instrument. While I can only say: not all users are able to free enough to handle it. Yes, frankly, not all of it and need it.
The search for white, black and gray dots – not always a simple task. Each photo requires personal settings. And you want to have a quick and easy recipe, preferably in the form of action, requiring us to minimum participation. For example, ask at the end of the degree introduced in the original picture changes.