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Avoid Color Correction

Do the following to avoid having to correct the color.

White Balance

Use the Icons

Use the optimum white balance setting for the ambient light.

Many photographers only use the automatic white balance setting.

However, if you use the other white balance settings, the white balance may be better.

Mixed Lighting

If photographing with mixed colored lighting, in which one color is dominant on the subject, use a white balance setting for the dominant color, especially if the color is not a warm color (blue, green, or cyan).

Flash

Bounce

Use flash, especially bounce flash, to overpower problematic ambient light, such as mixed colored lighting.

When using bounce flash, the ceiling must be white.

Too Blue

Warm up the color of your flash if it's too blue.

This may be more noticeable when using fill flash.

You can tape an amber colored filter onto the flash.

Use a Rosco Cinegel 3409 (Roscosun 1/4 CTO), which warms the light by 1000K.

Or, use the less strong, Rosco Cinegel 3410 (Roscosun 1/8 CTO), which warms the light by 600K.

Match the Flash to the

Color of the Ambient Light

When using flash, especially direct flash, with ambient light, filter the flash to match the color of the ambient light.

Then, use the appropriate white balance correction for the ambient light.

By doing so, you won't have the light from the flash being normal, while the background and shadows are orange (tungsten) or green (florescent).

Ambient Light Filter on Flash White Balance Setting

Tungsten

Use a Rosco Cinegel 3401 (Roscosun 85), which is equivalent to a Kodak 85B filter, to convert flash to a tungsten color temperature (3200°K).

Tungsten (Light bulb icon)

Florescent

Use a Rosco Cinegel 3304 (Tough Plusgreen), which is equivalent to a Kodak 30G filter, to convert a flash to a florescent color temperature.

Florescent (Tube icon)

MPS Sticky Fill Flash Correction Filters makes similar filters that stick by themselves to your flash.

Reflectors

Use a gold reflector when filling in shadows on a sunny day.