incorrect white balance values assigned??


I have an image that was rejected because of " incorrect white balance value assigned", what does this mean and how can I make sure 1. that I have the correct white balance assigned, and 2. how can I prevent this from happening in the future? I have seven days to resubmit the image with this correction made, not sure at all how to do it to get it right. can anyone help?

Thanks in advance for your kindness, knowledge and support!


Photo credits: Stan Shillingburg.

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January 21, 2010


white balance is in relation to the color temperature of light.
this can be problematic if there are different lighting in your shooting location . the colour temperature of flash, sunrise, sunset, tungsten light, cloudy day,etc.. all have varying light temperature. your camera will have an option to customize and manually set this so you won't be getting this inccorect WB problem.
some cases are totally unavoidable, like if you are shooting in say a shopping centre where there is a skylight and a strong illumination of fluorescent and other artificial light. this may pose a problem when most times, in such a situation you need to shoot at a slow shutter speed.
thus, you get the wrong WB.
in your example above, one is cool and the other is warm,
which is due to situation like a cloudy day and the other during sunset or near some artificial illumination lke our house lamps which are dreadfully yellow.
the spectrum strength from cool end of the light which is blue which in nature means farthest away from the earth to the other extreme end which is warm or red which is in nature the sun is nearest to the earth.
in between you will see the variations and shades of magenta, purple, etc.. with the mixing of red and blue.
electronic flash is more like daylight when the colour temperature is closest to white, although many flash are more on the blue end of this color temperature.
although flash tube that are older will eventually "warm" up, and give you that nice cleaner white , which is why many pros hang on to their older strobes because they have already worked past this sterile cold clinical blue that new flash tubes have.

a simple way to get a white balance properly is the take a reading off a white card (Zone VIII if you're an Ansel Adams follower like myself, lol) and use your camera to memorize that reading.
it all depends on what your camera has to allow you this full control of WB.
as far as i know, most of the pro and pro sumer DSLR have that feature.

failing that, you can always try to post process and use layers to correct these areas of different light temperature, although this is not a fool proof solution.
the best way is to set the white balance to the most predominant light source. and then work from there.

sometimes, even when you set the WB to be correct, there are other factor to muck things up for you. eg. if you shoot in an area with a strong color, the lighting could bounce off these walls of colours and create a colour cast.
most times, colour cast is almost impossible to correct even in extreme
post processing. because the strong cast of a predominant colour may corect one part of the spectrum, but leave other parts to be incorrect.
in this case, you post process to correct the main object, or subject, and leave the rest to fall where it falls.

there are way to correct everything, with layers in PS and using the other
options like...

January 21, 2010


Thanks so much for all your comments! I am going for the corection now and then resubmit. You guys are awesome, thanks again!

January 21, 2010


when i have a prob i try and do it in photoshop - adjustments - match color - then tick neutral box (doesn't always work)
or else i try what mani said below
or go to levels and press the grey dropper and find a grey spot and keep clicking on grey spots till the white balance is what you'd like it to be (isn't always easy)

good luck :)

January 21, 2010


From photoshop also you can go to image -> adjustments -> brightness/contrast
Try to balance between the two values till you get the right white balance.
Good Luck ;)

January 21, 2010


Some adjustment can be made in adobe photoshop under enhance, then adjust color, then color variations. You will be presented with a series of options to adjust blue, green and red. Also try auto levels to see if that does not fix the problem. Good luck.

January 20, 2010


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January 20, 2010


Thanks, I usually always shoot RAW. Unfortunately this series was shot in jpg fine, only. I can use Lightroon to correct the white balance, I am just wanting to find out if there is an accurate way to get the "correct" white balance setting. I tried the auto white balance setting, but I am worried this will be incorrect as well. Hoping someone out there can help me find a solution to setting the white balance correctly either in Lightroom or photoshop. Thanks for your reply!

January 20, 2010


Don't know much, but I guess if you have shoot in RAW you can adjust the WB settings..

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