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April 29th, 2013

The Blue Hour

Posted By Ian Plant
"The Blue Hour" by Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) We all love to capture colorful skies at sunrise and sunset, but there is a color that often goes overlooked by most photographers: blue. This is because our eyes (actually, our brains) don’t always perceive the blue color cast that exists when the sky is covered with clouds. Especially during twilight, more …
January 8th, 2013

5 Examples of Creative White Balance

Posted By Ian Plant
"Fiery Dawn" by Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) I think it is fair to say that most digital photographers use auto white balance, letting our cameras make informed guesses as to the proper color casts for our images (for an explanation of how white balance works and why I use auto white balance, check out Understanding and Selecting the Best …
April 25th, 2011

Getting the “Right” White Balance

Posted By Ian Plant
"Rio de las Vueltas" - Patagonia
(© Ian Plant) White balance is something of a mystery to most beginning photographers, and it can even be a bit confounding for the seasoned pros out there. If you find yourself struggling to understand how white balance works, don’t despair—it is actually easier than you think. White balance is essentially a process by which your camera …
February 18th, 2011

The Problem with AWB and RAW

Posted By Rob Sheppard
RS-giant coreopsis-4
I know, I know, so many photographers, especially some pros, think that it is never a problem shooting auto white balance and RAW. After all, you can always change the white balance to whatever you want later. But I have to bring this up again because I see so many amateur photographers struggling with auto …
December 22nd, 2010

White Balance for Landscape Photographs – Part 2: Shade

Posted By Michael Frye
White Balance for Landscape Photographs – Part 2: Shade from Michael Frye on Vimeo. Here’s the second part of my video series on white balance. Today it’s all about shade—finding the perfect color temperature that brings out all the hues when there’s no sunlight in your photograph. If you haven’t seen it already, here’s a …
December 10th, 2010

New Video: White Balance for Landscape Photographs

Posted By Michael Frye
White Balance for Landscape Photographs – Part 1: Sunlight from Michael Frye on Vimeo. My recent critique of Mark Wilburn’s dogwood photograph prompted a lively discussion about white balance, so this seemed like a good topic for a more in-depth treatment. I’ve created three videos on white balance for landscape photographs, and here’s part one, …
July 16th, 2010

Digital Workflow e-book updated for Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5

Posted By Michael Clark
I am happy to announce that the new version of my digital workflow e-book, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Professional Photographer’s Workflow has been updated for Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 and is now available on my website. I have been working on this new version of the e-book for a few months now and have done extensive research …
June 8th, 2010

Understanding White Balance

Posted By Ian Plant
Online Tutorial: Selecting the Best White Balance for Nature Photography
Welcome to Off the Beaten Path, dedicated to far away places, once-in-a-lifetime moments, and those rare flashes of inspired thinking. In this post, I’d like to respond to a recent entry by my fellow OP blogger Rob Sheppard concerning the use of automatic white balance (AWB) for nature photography. At the risk of misstating Rob’s arguments, he seems …
June 3rd, 2010

Why AWB Is Not A Good Choice For Nature Photographers

Posted By Rob Sheppard
by Rob Sheppard This is an issue that comes up again and again, yet again and again, I see that folks are missing this important part of the craft of digital photography. If you consistently want the best color in your images, I suggest you never use auto white balance outdoors and use a specific …