A friend of mine purposely set
up a very difficult-to-color-balance shot to test our
color correction skills. It consists of a few objects,
a live monitor display, and lit with halogen spots and
one weak tungsten overhead lamp. Our friend was soooo
kind as to white balance to the halogen lamps only. Grrr...
This really looks like a color-correction nightmare...
||Ok, lets do this step
by step. First of all we want to get rid of that red cast
at the bottom. We place our sample area at left bottom and
try each of the Cast Types. Luckily the Linear cast type
manages to remove the red casts completely. Hurray! But
the screen still looks very unnatural.
|Ok, we need
to color correct the screen only, so we create a feathered
selection of the screen in our image application and run
Color Washer on it. We create a sample area at the top right
of the screen and switch back the Cast Type combo to Auto
detect. Good, there's no color cast on the monitor anymore.
||As a final
step, lets try to give this shot more depth. In ColorWasher
we use the Reset button and decrease the Highlight slider
to make the monitor a bit dimmer and increase the Shadow
slider slightly. Looks like the photo has more depth of
field now. My friend is going to get real envious about
my skills :-))).