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Color Correction

As a digital photographer, you have more flexibility in getting accurate color in your images, but the techniques you used with film cameras provide valuable background for implementing digital techniques. In the film realm, color correction is often achieved using filters over the camera lens to compensate for slight color casts. Other filters correct for the unique requirements of fluorescent lighting. Color correction can also be done when making a print. If you understand all these methods, you’ll know how to use your digital camera’s white-balancing tools to provide the best color in your raw image. You’ll certainly have a head start if more drastic corrections are required in an image editor. One advantage digital color correction has over conventional methods is that your corrections can be updated and refined as you work. If you snap a photo and the LCD view screen shows that the image is badly balanced, you can adjust your camera and reshoot the picture. Corrections made with your image editor are also fast, repeatable, and reversible. If you like, you can even make several changes to your image’s color and decide which you like best.


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