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#1 Carl Looper

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Posted 29 October 2014 - 09:27 PM

A friend of mine, following a technique I suggested for removing the orange mask from a scan of a negative, came up with the following outcome:

ColourBalance1.jpg

 

Looking at this I thought wow - something's definitely gone wrong. But when it comes to colour grading a shot it's not just the rather technical process of removing the orange mask. There is also the more labour intensive task of correcting the colour. Which is far more  the case on an uncalibrated system of course, as this result obviously was. Indeed looking at this I thought the neg may be beyond repair. I certainly didn't think I could do anything with this particular file.

 

But as a test I took this image, as is, into Photoshop and played around with colour balance sliders. Nothing else - just colour balance, and sure enough, there was something of a colour image to be found in such. I managed to get something half way to what he was after. It just goes to show that one shouldn't judge an image on face value.

 

ColourBalance2.jpg


Edited by Carl Looper, 29 October 2014 - 09:28 PM.

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