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01-04-2013, 01:51 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by hcarvalhoalves Quote

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I prefer the camera to handle white balance like negative film did, having a consistent (rather than possibly right) temperature for an entire set, so you have latitude to work on post.
If you shoot in RAW it works just like that. The RAW shot will contain information on what colour temperature the AWB selected but that is just a recorded setting. The raw data itself is entirely unaffected by the colour temperature chosen by AWB.

If you do not touch anything then the RAW will be rendered to JPEG using the temperature that AWB chose but alternatively if you set the balance manually to the same temperature on all the photos (a simple matter of copy settings / multi select photos / paste settings) then all the photos will be rendered with the same colour temperature irrespective of what the AWB had decided. In effect the AWB becomes simply a 'suggested' colour temperature setting which you may choose to accept or ignore.

For example, using Lightroom, lets say you shoot 10 pictures with different composition but in the same light and you then find that they all have a different colour temperature. All you need to do is set the temperature to what seems best on one photo then on that photo Develop->copy settings, unselect all boxes and select just the white balance box. Then shift select all 10 photos, Develop->paste settings and you're done - all the photos will have the same colour temperature. Other raw processing software will undoubtedly be able to do the exact same thing, just perhaps having different names for the various menus and things.

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