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Nikon D5300 For Dummies by Julie Adair King

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Mastering Color Controls

In This Chapter

  • Exploring white balance and its effect on color
  • Creating custom White Balance settings
  • Bracketing white balance
  • Setting the Color Space (sRGB versus Adobe RGB)
  • Experimenting with Picture Controls

Compared with understanding certain aspects of digital photography — resolution, aperture, shutter speed, and so on — making sense of your camera's color options is easy-breezy. First, color problems aren't all that common, and when they are, they're usually simple to fix with a quick shift of your camera's White Balance setting. And getting a grip on color requires learning only a couple of new terms, an unusual state of affairs for an endeavor that often seems more like high-tech science than art.

This chapter explains the aforementioned White Balance control along with other features that enable you to fine-tune the way your camera renders colors, whether you're shooting photos or recording movies. See Chapter 10 for some color adjustments you can make to existing pictures via the Retouch menu.

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Understanding the White Balance Setting

Every light source emits a particular color cast. The old-fashioned fluorescent lights found in most public restrooms, for example, put out a bluish-greenish light, which is why we all look sickly when we view ...

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