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Underwater white balance - got an idea

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by Arty, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. pclark2

    pclark2 Angel Fish

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    I also normally use ambient light (except for night dives of course) and normally get great results just white balancing in post using something in the shot itself. I use Lightroom for editing and normally just use the eyedropper to try different bits of sand or rock, or sometimes even the eye of the subject. If the result looks off, I try using a different point. I can also manually tweak the sliders, but normally just the eyedropper is all I need.

    I got in the habit of ambient light back when I lived in the Florida Keys and it was all very shallow diving. These days I find myself deeper, but still cling to ambient light. My next trip I'll be using a new camera and plan to use it with my strobe during the day some. The one issue I have run into with ambient light is sometimes when white balancing in Lightroom you max out the slider and it is still slightly blue. I found a way to create a custom camera profile which allowed me to essentially stack the settings and get it to a more natural color. Down deep though, there just isn't any red to enhance.
     
  2. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    Location: San Francisco
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    I did run across an article about white balancing with sand using a Sony. It said while there's no positive feedback from the camera when the white balance is performed (error message), the camera does white balance.
     

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