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White balance vs color correction

Started Jul 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Jack Hogan
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Re: White balance vs color correction
In reply to fft81, Jul 8, 2013

fft81 wrote:

Somewhat of a newb question: is white balance just a subset of color correction?

No, they are two different things.  You need a proper white point (balance) in order to define the colorimetric RGB cube within which to build your image.  Once you have that a camera profile may help better match what's coming from your camera to the standard color space (I personally find the differences not worth the effort for my uses).  Of course Xrite's software can do both in one go, since it's got all the reference neutrals/colors it needs to do both.

It's not too dissimilar to the process that calibrates/profiles a monitor: first you set the color temperature of the screen with the hardware controls, then the software builds a profile for it to help correct potential color discrepancies.


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