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White Balance

Was taking some photo's in a school hall. Tried using AWB and then all the options in the menu (M10) but all the pictures still came out with various degrees of yellow/orange cast caused by the hall lights. I am sure a dumb Qu but apart from using flash how is the light balance adjusted? Will try an upload a photo (Doesn't seem to be working!). Thanks - Steve
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Re: White Balance

Try the setting for tunsten or fluorescent lighting that should take the yellow away.
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Re: White Balance

Thanks - i think I did that but shall try again.
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Re: White Balance

Try editing the file and using the white balance picker to select a white object as this takes account of any colour cast and does not rely on a temperature based white balance.
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Re: White Balance

Take a gray scale card or I use a Color Picker for one shot then set the white balance in LR & copy
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Re: White Balance

If you have shot only in JPG, I found the program irfanview pretty good in adjusting the WB.

http://www.irfanview.com/
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Re: White Balance

An advantage of using raw files is that you retain much more control over WB when processing. However, if the subject is lit by different light sources (for example a mixture of tungsten and fluorescent lights in the hall with maybe some daylight through the windows) there will always be problems in getting the right balance. In this scenario, unless it results in light levels becoming too low, it can help to turn off the strip lights (leaving only the tungsten) and/or drawing the curtains if there are any.
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Re: White Balance

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An advantage of using raw files is that you retain much more control over WB when processing. However, if the subject is lit by different light sources (for example a mixture of tungsten and fluorescent lights in the hall with maybe some daylight through the windows) there will always be problems in getting the right balance. In this scenario, unless it results in light levels becoming too low, it can help to turn off the strip lights (leaving only the tungsten) and/or drawing the curtains if there are any.
This can be a real problem. I sometimes take pics of the kids using a couple of flashes. If I don't drown out the other light sources (room's LED lights or window) I end up with different colour casts over the background.
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Re: White Balance

I shoot everything at 6500K in RAW and correct in Post Processing.

Unless I'm being completely lazy and using iAuto...
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Re: White Balance

Thanks for responses and sorry for late post in appreciation. I was able to clean the photos up in Aperture (Mac) which I rarely use. Fortunately I took them in Raw + JPEG. My real point was that none of the settings on the camera (AWB, tungsten etc) made any real difference which was disappointing (especially as I am not really into post processing and generally use JPEG). Thanks again. Steve
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Re: White Balance

If the light is consistent try taking a white card with you and using that set a custom white balance in the camera.
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Re: White Balance

I use auto WB but convert most of my shots to B&W, so little or problem with WB. For for the odd colour shot, I rely on my memory to correct in PP. Skin tones are good, we all know what they should looks like, and of course your allowed 'artistic licence' to make it look anyway you want.

Another suggestion, in tricky lighting take a reference shot off the palm of your hand as this will provide a good reference for correction in PP. Your palm is also good for setting exposure when determining incident lighting. I often do this and make an adjustment based on artistic choice, ie deliberately under or over exposing.
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Re: White Balance

I use my XZ-1 on Monday and then on Teusday the E-M5II in the school hall our Scouts meet and the XZ-1 gave me perfect WB and the E-M5II had to sorted in post.
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Re: White Balance

Just shoot raw and adjust later. Job done!
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Re: White Balance

Here is an example of two unedited jpegs in the same room same light

Here is the XZ-1

P2220944 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

Here is the E-M5II

P2231057 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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