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Not so white "white" dress??? Help, please!
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Savina
Date Posted: Jan/01/2011 8:32 PM
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I just shot a wedding today....the bride's dress was WHITE - but not in my photos! I understand color temp and all that. I had my WB set for tungsten....The dress turned out to be the color of the walls, sort of a creamy beige. I've taken it into PSE...when I auto color correct, it looks blown out, skin is yellow, dress is same. What do I need to do to fix this????

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Savina
Date Posted: Jan/01/2011 8:33 PM
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skin is red, but I can fix that...as you can see, the curtain is white.


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jimmy h
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 4:52 AM
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hello savina
just had a look at this, i imported it into cs5, hit auto levels and the upped exposure just a little, looks a bit better i think. did you shoot in raw this gives you a lot more options for editing etc
happy new year
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Steve
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 4:59 AM
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Here is what I would suggest: lasso the bride's dress, feather to 99% or as needed, and correct for color there. You may want to layer so that the flowers or othere parts stay out of the correction process. Here is my experiment. I hope you do not mind.

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 5:50 AM
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I'm afraid I would ajust all the colour not just the dress, correcting the skin tones as well left the window "cold" so I selected that and ajusted it on it's own.
Wayne

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chance
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 6:50 AM
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I like your correction Wayne. Savina this is beautiful. Did all your pics turn out with off color? Christmas weddings are so pretty.

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Paparazzi Cathy
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 12:20 PM
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Here is just a curves adjustment.

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Paparazzi Cathy
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 12:23 PM
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This one had more steps. Auto color, hue/sat reduce reds, then curves.

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Savina
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 3:31 PM
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Wow, thank you everyone for the help!
Jimmy, I didn't shoot in RAW...unfortunately.
Steve, I tried lasso-ing the dress and color correcting, but the shadows on the dress became blue! Any suggestiongs why? I'm at a loss!
Wayne, I agree, the skin tone seems VERY red! Reflections?
Chance, they all did turn out this way...now I DID do one with flash, but it turned out more bluish. Probably because my WB was set for tungsten...should have switched that over, but this wedding didn't take longer than 15 minutes - start to finish. Not a lot of time to switch settings and experiment!
Cathy, thanks for checking in.
All of your suggestions are helpful, I will try each of them - and I don't mind you showing me what you've done to my photo! I APPRECIATE the help so much! Will be working on them later today...hope to show you the results soon!!!
Thanks again!

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 6:33 PM
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It could well be a reflection of wall or celing colour, I have sent you a PM with my ajustments, don't know if you got it though.
Wayne

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Paparazzi Cathy
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 7:53 PM
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Forgive me for being ignorant with this question, but when you are using your on-camera flash don't you set your WB to "flash"? I kinda thought WB was for no flash.

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Steve
Date Posted: Jan/02/2011 8:22 PM
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Savina all I did was auto color... It did not blue up on me. I agree that the other things should be adjusted, but I am sure with all the suggestions you will get to your and more importantly the bride's liking.

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Jan/03/2011 4:48 AM
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Cathy it would depend on wether the flash is the main lightsource or just fill light in my opinion, if your shooting in raw it only really affects the embedded jpeg anyway.
The other problem is that reflection in a room can affect the light colour, if you have orange walls or something it will still tend to warm up the room regardless of the flash (theres almost always some ambiant or spill light)
One trick is to use live view if your camera has it, switch LV on and scroll through the WB options and see which one is closest to the scene, it may help getting a better starting point for the editing later on, some people will also use WB cards in the first shot if your shooting in one light source, you can then batch colour correct using the cards in the first shot.
Wayne

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kennymc
Date Posted: Jan/03/2011 10:47 AM
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Auto colour...
Hue & Sat... Select Blue... Lighten...
Hue & Sat... Select Red... Hue +5...

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Savina
Date Posted: Jan/19/2011 10:31 PM
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Kenny, that's great!...Cathy, I used mainly available light. I tried a couple with flash but made no WB adjustments. Those looked terrible, and I realized too late that that was the cause.

Thanks all...I haven't had a chance to go into my digital dark room and make adjustments. I hope to be able to do that SOMEDAY!

Thanks again...

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Camera Happy
Date Posted: May/03/2011 4:35 PM
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Kenny's revision is PERFECT!!!

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kennymc
Date Posted: May/04/2011 2:26 PM
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<< Kenny's revision is PERFECT!!! >>



Nah! I should have lightened the shadows a bit...

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Camera Happy
Date Posted: May/06/2011 3:49 PM
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Kenny,

I dont think so - I personally think it is just right - IMHO...

The shadows are not deep or harsh - they are to be expected with any light source...

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wilsonclark
Date Posted: May/10/2012 1:45 AM
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It's a better Steve. The color is perfect than the real one and brightness is also looking good.

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