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Muting the Summertime Blues in Photoshop

Muting the Summertime Blues in Photoshop

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If you live in the northern hemisphere, it’s summertime, which means it’s time to give thought to taking pictures under bright, sunny skies. Aside from being toasty warm, summertime also packs more daylight into our waking hours than the dead of winter. The farther north you live, the longer the sun lingers in the sky, and if you go far enough north, it never sets at all!

This is all terrific but, like all terrific things, there’s a price to pay. In the case of photography, the price of all these additional hours of sunshine is that the sun climbs so high toward midday that it creates, deep, harsh shadows and, depending on your surroundings, a blue cast that “cools” the mood of the photograph. The sweet magic hours of dawn and dusk remain the same, but the midday sun can make things appear chilly. Photographs taken near the ocean, large bodies of water, or at high altitudes are particularly susceptible to a cooler color palette due to higher concentrations of ultraviolet (UV) light.

The photo of the two gents sitting in front of Charlies Bridge Stop has a bit of a blue, midday cast. Filtering the image in Photoshop with an 85 Warming Filter set to 10% density warmed things up fine.

Sometimes Auto White Balance Fixes Things, Sometimes it Doesn’t

Setting your camera’s White Balance (WB) to Auto will often minimize any blue cast that might appear in your photographs. As for the accuracy of your camera’s WB settings, they vary among camera and brand, but most are fairly good at establishing realistic color and tone.

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