Balancing Color Temperatures in Capture One


Different light sources have various color temperatures. For instance, a standard incandescent lamp is much warmer than daylight. Thus, if you have distinct light sources in a scene, it’s impossible to set a correct WB using only White Balance tool.

Luckily, Capture One offers plenty of ways to edit such images.
In some of the cases, you can go with a simple gradient mask. It works well for scenes where you have natural light from a window and artificial light from a lamp.
Things get a bit more complicated if you’re dealing with mixed light sources across the whole image.

In this case, you can create a masked layer from a target color:

Don’t forget to refine the mask – the correction would look much more accurate.
Now, set WB for selected areas to balance color temperatures.


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Alexander Svet – Professional photographer and photography instructor. Phase One Certified Professional and Capture One beta tester.