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Sony A7R II

Raw Conversion: White Balance, Tint, Sharpening (ACR in Photoshop CC)

Each camera and sensor has its own color quirks. Some have non-linearities. The most basic thing one can do for good color is to set white balance and tint, based on settings against a known target*.

* Some users make camera profiles, but your author was greatly disappointed in the results when doing so, and admits to little patience for the tweaks and variants needed to do it really right. And camera profiles are subjective at best, as one can see by just looking at defaults used by some cameras—night and day.

Using a grayscale target to choose white balance and tint

The Datacolor SpyderChecker target was angled to avoid reflections and placed well away from foliage in an open area (greenery can often throw green into the lighting and it can be tricky getting good “clean” sunlight in some areas). This is a nice target because it folds up into its own clamshell—not great for carrying around on a day hike, but plenty portable.

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Assessing white balance and tint using Datacolor SpyderChecker

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