Squirrels (Five Photographs) and some words on Dark Photos and Color-casts
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Opening the post in reader will allow you to read this post and see the photos in order. I have included both the before and after shots here, the dark shots being the before shots. Getting under-exposed/color-cast shots like these is common in nature photography. The steps below underline the importance white balance plays in photographs, and some of the measures I have taken to adjust for other anomalies. After cropping I worked on the exposure and color-cast in Lightroom. While the exposure may be entirely my fault, the white balance error is the camera’s interpretation of the temperature of the light. In LR a good trick to get your white balance right is with the picker open and instead of looking at the photograph itself, look at the photo in the Navigator Panel; that shows the color changes. White Balance and desaturation of some red, magenta and yellow tinges bring the final photos out of the shadows and give them a more normal look. De-noising, sharpening, applying levels or curves in Photoshop and some Macphun tonal contrast (the latter without saturation) are the last touches. Tonal contrast in NIK and Macphun add saturation. I have found the results are more natural if you remove that saturation. There are still places where a bit of pink and purple show, probably invisible on the web but are the quid pro quo of fixing the larger problems.