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How Do You Control Wonky Color Casts From LR/Enfuse?

Published: 12/07/2016
By: larry

CameraCalibrationAndy recently asked the following question about using the LR/Enfuse process:

Am finding still results from Nikon FX cameras using Enfuse a little wonky on the color casts. I'm wondering if you have suggestions of how to address this issue? A colleague shoots Canon and gets better color rendering using LR/Enfuse.

I've never used a Nikon FX body but there are two standard ways of controlling wonky color casts:

  1. Use the color calibration in Lightroom: If you think it is an issue with the camera that is producing the color problem use the technique described in the tutorial above by Scott Kelby that explains how to calibrate a specific camera body.
  2. Use a single off-camera flash when shooting brackets: When shooting brackets use a single off-camera flash to one or all of the series of brackets. Bounce the flash off a wall behind the camera, the ceiling or a ceiling/wall joint. Use trial and error to get the right power setting for the flash. The flash will usually fix color casts issues.

Are there any Nikon FX users that have experienced this?


10 comments on “How Do You Control Wonky Color Casts From LR/Enfuse?”

  1. I am also looking to correct my color cast. Would like some advice for a off camera flash for a7rii and a method you suggest please. Thanks.

  2. I apply a preset for interiors that contains the starting point settings for my enfuse output files that are imported to Lightroom. I find my Nikon cameras are a little heavy on the yellow / orange, so the preset contains adjustments in the HSL area to turn down the saturation in the yellow and orange. Start with -20 for yellow and -10 for orange. I also apply an adjustment to the blue of -40 and set Auto white balance. After those are set in every file I move through them to fine tune and tweak individual photos.

  3. @Ted Silvius - even with camera calibration checked I apply those settings - and I include a flash frame in with my brackets. This is just a starting point - most photos require further tweaking.

  4. Turn all lights off and set white balance in-camera to match the natural light. 4800K is perfect on my Canon 6D. Do your brackets with an additional bounce flash. This is assuming you have enough natural light from a window. The result will be crisp, airy perfection. Simon Maxwell details this in his enfuse book. If you have to have some lights on then Larry's method described above should knock out most casts. You can always use Lightroom color desaturate slider to remove remaining color casts. If the cast is the same color as an important detail then a selective desaturation in photoshop might be necessary.

  5. On-site prep makes the biggest differences obviously, but I have also found you can take the color sliders in Lightroom, and desaturate specific shades and tones out of a photo also, worst case scenario.

  6. There are a number of reasons why Andy and his colleague might be getting different results. Perhaps it is a matter of creating a custom camera profile as mentioned above, or just using a different stock profile in Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW. However, it might also be due to the two photographers using different techniques for shooting, or simply that Andy's colleague is better at processing his or her images than Andy. We don't really have enough information to judge that.

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