Help with night Photography

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  1. iluvphotography

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    OK I don't know if this is my place (being a noobi and all) but I didn't want to go to the beginners forum cuz I thought all you pros don't look at that forum... Anyway sorry if I have a supid quesion..

    So I jus got back from Italy and I took some night shots but they all have an orange/redish colors .. I tried everything I could.. like different apr. and shuter speed, ISo, etc... but still too orange... I know the light source could be red but I got perfect shots with my point and shoot camera...

    Here are a few examples... Please let me know what did I do wrong and if I can fix them in Photoshop and how...[​IMG]

    OK HOW DO I POST A PHOTO HERE???
     
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    in the message box, theres an icon with a mountain in it, click, and put in the url of the picture (it has to be posted on the web somewhere eles)
     
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    You didn't quite try EVERYTHING you could :p

    I assume you are using digital. You have to set your white balance accordingly. Most outdoor street lights are tungesten, so you'll want to adjust for that.
     
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    Here are a few examples... Please let me know what did I do wrong and if I can fix them in Photoshop and how...http://static.flickr.com/49/178049323_de8b7729ed.jpg?v=0

    OK here we go this is one example.. thanks for the instruction..

    Thanks Matt... I wish I knew this before I went away:-(

    So how do I set the white balance?? Is there anything I can do now to make these pictures look better??
     
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    You didn't say what camera you are using, so I have no idea how to set your white balance. I'm sure you'll find it in the manual though.

    You can adjust the color in photoshop using color balance. Look at a color wheel sometime. You need to add some of the opposite color to counteract the color cast. In this case, you would add blue/cyan, which you'll easily see using Photoshop's color balance, are opposite of yellow and red.
     
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    I am using Canon Rebel 300D.

    I have tried the color balance but still is not perfect.... Oh I am so sad...

    Here is my attemp in Photoshop for another picture.. it has too much green now.. what do you think??

    [​IMG]
     
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    Shoot in raw, and you can achieve perfect color balance afterwards.

    That picture is too small for me to reall tell, but it doesn't look too green. It's very reddish/orange.

    For help identifying a color cast, you can duplicate the background layer, and run an average blur on it. It will blur the scene into one color (the average). Invert it, (ctrl+i) then set the blend mode of this layer to "color", and reduce the opacity until it looks good. This creates a layer of the opposite color, to cancel out the color cast. You have to balance it.
     
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    Mmm.... interesting... I'll have to try it when I go home tonight.. I am at work now and don't have Photoshop..

    Ohhh I am so sad.. I wish I had asked all these questions before I left... I even thought about shooting in RAW when I was in Europe but then I thought I don't know how to develop them and I might screw up...

    I picked up my first DSLR before I left for my trip so I didn't have a lot of experience with it.. I am used to Film SLR..
     
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    There's nothing difficult about RAW, and there's nothing you can screw up. You can always click a button to revert the image to how it was shot.
     
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    to rescue these try using some filters to cool the image just a idea
     
  11. iluvphotography

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    Could you please elaborate on that?

    Use filter at the time of shooting or use filter in Photoshop?
     
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    using filters in photoshop
    go
    image
    >adjustments
    >photo filter

    might work dunno

    Dom
     

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