Saturday, December 22, 2007

Garage Ghost

7 comments:

Pete said...

As always, a great shot, Rick.

Did you use the incandescent white balance setting for this like you did on the birds on a wire shot below? Is it better to change the setting on the camera or can you achieve the same effect in Photoshop?

Rick Lee said...

I set the color balance on "Auto" because that lamp is a mercury-vapor which is very green. I could have experimented with the 3 fluorescent settings on the camera but I was in a hurry because I was in the passenger seat of the car and we were just about to drive away. Even with that setting, which did away with most of the excess green, I still had to do some correction is Photoshop. Is it better to do this in-camera? Well... my little camera doesn't save raw files, so I think it's better to do the correction in the camera, before the jpg is saved. With my big camera, I could shoot a raw file and just worry about the color later, because processing a raw file on the computer is just same as doing the correction in the camera. When the camera does its work and then saves an 8-bit jpg, it's throwing away a LOT of data in the process. If you save the raw file, all of that data is preserved to play with at your leisure. Does that make sense?

k said...

Off topic, here, but did you see that yours is the Find Of The Day today, Rick? Great find!

Nicole P. said...

Hey Rick, cool shot.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Rick Lee said...

Wow, thanks K... I never would have noticed. They've been saving that FOUND item for a whole year just waiting for Christmas. You can view it here.

Rick Lee said...

BTW... I posted this here last year.

Pete said...

Thanks for the tip, Rick. Makes perfect sense. I'll have to make sure I have the best picture possible in my little camera before tweaking it with my software - a lesson you've taught before.

In re: Find of the Day, good for you! I remember that post and it's well worth sharing.