Color correction is one of my favorite and most-used technique. Once
you are familiar with it, you’ll find this is extremely handy for
almost all kinds of color adjustments. Even the most troubled situation
such as completely off white balance will never be a problem again!
This is the direct result (fine JPG mode) from my Canon EOS 10D
using Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens. As you can see, even if shooting
with professional DSLR camera, the image quality still came out poorly.
To restore the color of what you really saw on the shooting site,
first you’ll need to be able to tell what color went wrong. In this
case, it is too much RED and YELLOW.
Select "Image" from the menu, under "Adjustments" you will fine "Color Balance" tool.
Notice that there's an option called "Tone Balance" at the bottom. The default setting is "Midtones", however if you want to change the brighter or darker part of the image, you'll need to do it separately. Lets work on the brighter part first, thuse we choose "Highlights".
As we already know, there's too much RED in this picture. Therefore we lower the redness by shifting the bar toward "CYAN".
Now we lower a little bit of YELLOW. As you can see, the color had been corrected close to normal.
In order to apply more depth of color to the image, now we switch to "Shadows" in "Tone Balance". Then raise a bit more "BLUE" to it.
Depends on your own preference, you can lighten the tone of the skin and make it even more appealing. Click on "Adjustments" and click on "Selective Color". The idea is to change only selective color in the image, which is YELLOW in this case.
Choose "Yellow", then lower "Magenta" and "Black", then we are almost done.
Last step, review the image again, check especially and see if the image is too dark. If so, under "Adjustments" look for "Curves", click on it. Remember: Always shoot with at least 1/3 lower exposure for additional room on final adjustments.
Click on the line and carefully drag around to adjust the brightness of the image. The key is not to loose the details in the brightest area.
Done!, here's the final result. :-)
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