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.

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11 responses

  1. Stunning photographs!

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    November 28, 2016 at 5:18 am

  2. The contrast of the before and after is amazing. Thanks for the explanation. I hope to salvage some mediocre photos

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    November 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

  3. Wonderful photos!

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    November 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  4. So cute, but he looks like trouble!

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    November 28, 2016 at 8:26 pm

  5. amazing..cute little animal.!!
    let me share one my post dedicated on this wonder wild beauty..!!
    Palm Squirrel-Cute Little Wild Animals

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    November 28, 2016 at 10:18 pm

  6. The change from before to after is awesome. Cute squirrel.

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    December 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm

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