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Jun 17, 2013

How To Fix Common Sunset Problems In Photoshop

How To Fix Common Sunset Problems In Photoshop

Shooting in during sunset or sunrise can pose particular problems regarding color. But, there are two ways to help fix this in camera. One is to make sure your white balance isn’t set to auto – you’ll lose the warm tones and get a blueish image. Not very fitting for a sunset. Another way to improve your color is to gel your strobes, if you’re using them. Most strobes are daylight balanced, but this can be thrown off when the sun is closer to the horizon and creating a warmer light. By adding an orange gel to your light, you’ll solve any problems of mismatched light temperature.

Warming Up A Sunset In Photoshop

Thankfully we have Photoshop to color correct images as well. By using a combination of many curves adjustment layers, we can add realistic colors to our photo while also bringing in more detail to certain parts of the image. This creates a final image that looks like it was actually taken during sunset hours.

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    Nick Li

    I still think the lens flare distracts viewers too much. What I usually do is I take photos of model and the lens flare, then I retake the landscape.

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    Ryan Peterman

    When shooting “Raw” format, adobe raw, Lightroom or Aperture it is easy to fix color balance afterward. Sure it is a good habit to have shooting in the right mode, but it doesn’t make a difference in post. (Another forum I am part of had this big discussion last week.) Shoot raw! Your thoughts?

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      tonderai stephen Muunganirwa

      i made sure i shoot raw hahaha tripple checked

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    tonderai stephen Muunganirwa

    THANX AARON I HAD A PHOTO SHOOT THIS SATURDAY SUNSET IT WAS NYC I MANAGED TO KEEP THE WARMTH IN THE PICS. I AM STILL GRADING I NOTICED THE BLUE MAKES IT COLD IF YOU PLACE THE TEMPERATURE ON AUTO EVEN IN CAMERA RAW, SO WAS TRYING TO BALANCE IT OUT SO THAT MY MODEL IS NOT TO ORANGE AND TOO COLD.

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    Sebastien Galtier

    just to make sure !
    To get details on the rock i could also have used a curve layer and apply image right ?
    Now i try to anticipate what you re gonna do and this time i got it wrong lol !

    Great ending result !