Getting "that blue" of the sky & sea

Started Jan 31, 2013 | Questions thread
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Mark Scott Abeln Veteran Member • Posts: 7,991
Automatic white balance

Jasonsmom wrote:

I've notice that some people get amazing blues in their pictures where as others have greyish sky/sea. How do you get those amazing blues?

I'm a newbie with a D5100

Digital cameras have an automatic white balance feature which attempts to subtract out the color of light in order to make objects that are gray or white in the scene actually appear gray or white in the final photograph.

This technology often doesn’t work too well.

It is possible, for your particular scene, that the color of the blue sky is being subtracted from the image — you can tell if the foreground subjects appear more yellowish than you would expect.

You might get good results if you manually set your camera to use Daylight color balance when shooting the sky.

Using a polarizing filter can help, as can shooting away from the sun, and also avoiding overexposure.

Your camera comes with View NX2 software which can be used to manually adjust your white balance after the fact, as long as you shoot using RAW.

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