ON1 Short Clip — Complete White Balance Control

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One of the most common questions I get is, “Blake, how do I adjust the White Balance in my image when the automated settings just don’t work?” You can adjust the White Balance without slider slamming or guessing, but you have to know a little bit about Color Theory!

With this method you can adjust your White Balance in two simple steps! First, temporarily increase the Vibrance by 100%, this will show you the dominant color in the image. Then manipulate the Temperature and/or Tint adjustments until the dominant color subsides. The Color Theory Principle working here is the Complimentary Color relationship. Take a look at the tutorial, and give it a try!

20 comments on “ON1 Short Clip — Complete White Balance Control”

    1. On April 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm Blake Rudis replied:

      Thanks! It hit me like a ton of bricks the other day :) Glad you liked it.

  1. On April 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Great idea of addressing overall color casts in effects and applying it in a blended color mode thus sparing tonality. Pairing it with split toning to address shadow and highlight schemes can produce some amazing results.

    1. On April 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm Blake Rudis replied:

      I like the way you think Adam! Keep that going, you are onto something!

  2. On April 26, 2017 at 2:58 am ADRIAN SANTOS wrote:

    Wow will be trying out this theory today on some shots. Have always had questions on when to know or feel like the white balance was correct. This gives a lot more guidance on how to see and adjust the balance . Thanks for the insight , love the education On1 and it’s instructors give for improving our results.

    1. On April 26, 2017 at 6:21 am Blake Rudis replied:

      I hope you like the technique, it is pretty sweet how effective it can be, even on the most tricky White Balance situations.

  3. On April 26, 2017 at 10:30 am Heike wrote:

    Nice example for me knowing some things about color theory in theory and not knowing when it is best time to use it :)
    Thanks for the clear explanation and reminder, Blake.

    1. On April 27, 2017 at 7:17 am Blake Rudis replied:

      I know the feeling. I had to get very deliberate with it for a long time to understand it. You will get there, young grasshopper!

  4. On April 26, 2017 at 2:38 pm Eugen Naiman wrote:

    Really nice and instructive video Blake – thank you :)

    I have a big problem trying to get a proper white balance on pictures with snow/ice/glaciers – they are all on the blue side and no matter what I try, they end up looking worse.
    What do you do with those kind of images?

    I shoot raw with automatic white balance.

    Thank you,

    1. On April 27, 2017 at 7:18 am Blake Rudis replied:

      Blue is a common problem with snow. The best thing is to make a mask specifically for the snow. So I would do something similar to this here but go a little more yellow on the snow, not with liquid, but with temperature :)

      The yellow will offset the blue and make it appear more white.

      1. On April 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm Eugen Naiman replied:

        Thanks Blake, that’s an excellent idea – I’ll try it a.s.a.p :)

      2. On April 28, 2017 at 11:39 am Blake Rudis replied:

        Sweet! Hope it helps.

  5. On April 28, 2017 at 11:37 am sanjoy.moulik@gmail.com wrote:

    Blake, Thank you again for the awesome tips.

    In one of your other videos, you mentioned the Voigtlander wide-angle lens that you used when you went out with Hudson. What’s your impression of the lens? Do you like it? Do you recommend it?

    Sanjoy

    1. On April 28, 2017 at 11:39 am Blake Rudis replied:

      The Voigtlander 10mm lens on the A7RII is the butter to my bread, the bees to my knees, the hops to my beer. I love that lens. I cannot say enough good things about it. It distorts where it needs to and can be a little much for some, but for a wide angle lens when it is used the correct way, it is incredible! My favorite lens in my kit right now.

      1. On May 12, 2017 at 10:32 am sanjoy.moulik@gmail.com replied:

        Thank you Blake; I love the expression. I was thinking about it, but was not sure. Now I am going to order it from Amazon right away.

  6. On April 30, 2017 at 8:13 am Yolanda wrote:

    Smart, smart, smart. Love your tips. One from me (actually learned from one of the video’s from Nicole S. Young: ) double click on the name Tint, and you reset the vibrance slider -or any other slider.
    Yolanda

  7. On July 14, 2017 at 8:34 am Kip Beatty wrote:

    Forgive the late comment Blake as I just stumbled across this. Yeah, just select a neutral spot with the eyedropper. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve sat there saying “How the hell do I know what’s supposed to be neutral here?”, I could take photos just for fun!

    I’m very much looking forward to trying your suggestion.

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