This 3 step raw colour correction tip will fix your white balance woes

Apr 28, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This 3 step raw colour correction tip will fix your white balance woes

Apr 28, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Even if you plan to alter or grade your footage afterwards, having an accurate and consistent starting point makes your life much easier. Getting perfect white balance without a grey card, Expodisc, ColorChecker or fancy colour meter can be tricky, though. But it’s not impossible.

This video from Blake Rudis at f64 Academy walks us through a simple 3 step process to get perfect white balance in Adobe Camera Raw. While a neutral source in your shot can make this process much faster, this technique is still very quick and easy.

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The process involves three steps.

  1. Take your vibrance all the way to +100
  2. Adjust the colour temperature to offset blue/yellow
  3. Adjust the tint slider to offset green/magenta

Then there is the unspoken 4th tip, which is to bring your vibrance back down to a level that’s pleasing to you.

The trick to this technique is to get rid of colours that might be dominating a scene. Ramping the vibrance up makes these overbearing colours much more obvious. Thus, easier to correct for.

Of course, you could just use the white picker tool in ACR, but that relies on having something neutral in your shot. But you don’t always have the chance to whip out a grey card. Figuring out exactly what’s neutral in a random scene when your white balance is already off isn’t always easy.

As they share the same Raw engine, this technique also works in Lightroom, too.

 

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “This 3 step raw colour correction tip will fix your white balance woes”

  1. Jameson Clifton Avatar
    Jameson Clifton

    Step one, learn how to white balance.

  2. Haroen Dilrosun Avatar
    Haroen Dilrosun

    Very handy tip !! Thank you !!

  3. Deirdre L. Battaglia Avatar
    Deirdre L. Battaglia

    Great tip!

  4. Joshua Boldt Avatar
    Joshua Boldt

    If you want to find white in your photo to use the white balance picker you can crank the saturation and vibrance up all the way and the white black and grey stuff stay mostly neutral