Joined: 30 Dec 2012 Posts: 154 Location: Coventry, UK
Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:13 pm Post subject: Film 'white balance' - what is the best way to control it?
Hi, I have started to shoot a lot more film including more colour film and one thing I notice is how colour film captures the light temperature / tone very easily. With digital if I am using my Leica M9 and doing an evening portrait session I adjust the manual white balance in camera to get the 'correct' skin tones. If I shoot the same on film I would get blue tinge faces in the cool tone evening light.
If I use a flash you get a blue tint to the highlights (as with digital) captured on film.
My question is how did people control the film colour / white balance before the days of Lightroom and Photoshop? Were coloured filtered used with colour film to correct the colour temp? (such as a skyline filter?)
I can gel a flash with a CTO gel so that's easy but it is more when the available light is the 'wrong' colour?
Correcting in post processing is great for digital files.
Similar steps are taken in the darkroom. Make a contract print with a basic filter pack, examine all the frames. Usually make a one or more new contract prints 'zeroing in' on a filter starting point. Then test prints of individual frames. Next would be full size prints, that need more color correction.
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