A RAW file open in Camera Raw 8.4 shows the color values for white, middle gray and black before it is white balanced.

What comes after using an incident meter to set the exposure? Setting a neutral color balance then refining the exposure, both in post production. I always refine the exposure after neutralizing the color. Before going into the steps for either one, here’s some background on digital captures, especially RAW files. (You are shooting RAW aren’t […]

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This is a guest post by Thomas Shue – lilsamedia.com/blog Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/ThomasShue Many times in photography you have very little control of the distracting elements that just may end up in your frame. Combine that with the desire to deliver images that set you apart, you just might find the next five minutes to be pretty […]

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Looking for a new Lightroom preset that’s perfect for the Fall season?  Photofocus team member Nicole S. Young has created a cool one called Autumn Colors as a kick off to the fall season. Download the free Lightroom preset here. ______ This Post Sponsored by: lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials […]

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Light is everything. Light is the fuel that makes a photograph go. So the more we explore, study and know about light, the better image-makers we will be. Today I want to talk about light’s impact on color. Here’s an experiment I’d like you to do. Go buy an inexpensive piece of poster board. Try […]

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Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons Practical color photography wasn’t available until 1907. Until then, we lived in a black and white photographic world. The use of color in photography changed everything and while many photographers study composition, posing, gear and lighting, not enough study color. Color can accomplish many things in a photograph. It […]

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Guest Post & Photos by Bambi Cantrell It is a well known fact that color can be a powerful motivator of people, and I can honestly say It sure motivates me. Certain colors make me feel happy.  With that in mind,  I look for colorful walls to enhance a bridal portrait, and create an image […]

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Did you know that color symbolism plays a big role in everything from religion to culture? Have you stopped to think about the colors in your photos and how they might (or might not) mesh with the subjects you’re photographing? Let’s look at some primary colors and talk about the mood they help to convey. […]

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Photo by Scott Bourne Photographers should understand color. While it’s tempting to simply photograph color when you find it, there may be times when you’re shooting a commercial job or approaching a serious fine art project when you want to “design” a photograph. That is, you want to plan how colors work to make the […]

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