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03-27-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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white balance WAAAAY off

Am I SOL in fixing this ? It was such a bright day and I couldn't see the settings on my camera. Obviously the white balance was way wrong.

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03-27-2011, 02:23 PM   #2
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Actually, your exposure is way off.
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So what did you do in PP?
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Your problem is not WB, it is severe over exposure.

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If you have shot in RAW then it would be okay cause you could correct the exposure, but I have a feeling you shot it in JPG.
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RAW isn't a miracle drug, this looks so over exposed I very much doubt even RAW will save it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Leana Quote
So what did you do in PP?
I opened it in camera raw, and fiddled with the sliders until it looked as good as I could get it.
I know I adjusted the colour temp slightly, but most of the adjustment was bringing down the exposure and dropping the contrast.
It is blown out enough to be relatively unrecoverable, but I thought it would be fun to play with it a little.
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I feel like such a moron

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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
RAW isn't a miracle drug, this looks so over exposed I very much doubt even RAW will save it.
I don't know about pentax's raw, but I'm certain that sony's raw could do it.
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Once highlights are blown out, nobody's RAW will fix it, Sony included.

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Hmm, I guess I was wrong then. My apologies.
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Use the Histogram on the back of the camera for scenes like this. You knew, correctly, you needed to up the exposure for snow and guessed at too much. There's no EXIF, we have no idea which camera you are using, but look up how to use it in the manual. Take a shot, check the histogram, adjust the compensation and get on with taking pictures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Leana Quote
I feel like such a moron
Not at all, Leana. Making mistakes is the only way any of us ever learn. Having the courage to ask for help is going to make you a better photographer. We're all here to support each other.

BTW, you may have been off with your exposure, but you've captured a lovely scene of people having fun in the snow. Sometimes a lot can be forgiven technically if the story is appealing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Junyu Quote
I don't know about pentax's raw, but I'm certain that sony's raw could do it.
Pentax's RAW can save it. I have saved photos that were a bit more over/under exposed than that. I must slightly disagree and say that RAW is almost a miracle drug, it can fix most anything (if you know what you are doing).
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None of us know if a RAW would have been salvegeable - we can only guess. Since the OP asked the question she has hopefully learnt from the photo and discussion and will avoid the same mistake in the future.
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