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How to find white balance from a photo?
Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 11:10 PM on 10.22.21
->> I want to build myself kind of a lighting guide of my local stadiums and fields using examples of previous games I’ve shot and the settings used. All the shot info is easy to include, but is there a way I can see what my white balance was set on for each photo? For example, what kelvin I had it on?
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Steve Daggs, Photographer
Washington | IL | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 10.25.21
->> I'm a Nikon guy (D2X,D3s,D3x). It's probably about the same if you shoot the D4 or D5. So if one of those cameras is your tool of choice, let me know and I can help.

Otherwise, check out your manual or do a Google search. Or maybe someone with your camera will respond here.

I shoot a lot at three locations. It has taken me a while to get the "right" white balance I like for each. Thankfully, most fluorescent, halogen and other ugly lighting has been replaced with LEDs. Even most of those fluorescents in the front of scorer's tables are gone. They would give you that "surprise" green color cast that was tough to fix.

Most of the LEDs I encounter are daylight (5000-6000 Kelvin) and produce good results on auto. Even then, dominant colors other than white in a gym can give you some color casts that can be hard to correct. PS auto color is pretty good but may not be the best solution.

Good luck!
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Scott R. Galvin, Photographer, Assistant
Cleveland/Pittsburgh | OH/PA | U.S.A. | Posted: 12:49 AM on 10.30.21
->> What if you tried taking a photo at each location using a grey/white card for white balancing. Shoot in Raw and Auto White Balance (AWB) and use the color picker in Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom to see where it puts your white balance. Then adjust your camera Kelvin temperature to that white balance at the same venue.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 11:08 AM on 10.31.21
->> Thanks for all the responses, here and via email and phone. What I’ll probably have to do is to take notes moving forward because I haven’t found a way to look back on previous games to see after the fact. In Canon files, it seems to only keep whether the white balance was manual or not. Even from the camera, if I put pictures back on a card for it to show me, it only shows me that it was kelvin, not the specific temperature.
We need to make a mega thread for things we’d like cameras to have.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 8:37 AM on 11.02.21
->> Thank you, Duane Burleson, for the email. Sharing here for others.

The white balance kelvin is available through the Canon Digital Photo Professional software that can be downloaded for free. When viewing a photo with that program, command+I will display the exact white balance. It's strange that lightroom and photoshop both scrub that information, even when looking at the exif raw.

Anyway, thanks everyone for the help. This will save me a lot of time building my personal lighting guide.
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