This video tutorial by portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) takes a look at a very interesting advanced white balance technique as well as color correction in Photoshop.
This video will cover 5 different techniques that will get you started on color and white balance and getting beautiful colors in your photographs. This applies to both Photoshop and Camera RAW.
The white balancing technique Dodson is demonstrating here isn’t super quick – you need to create a 50% grey layer and add difference blend mode than add a threshold adjustment layer and find the first bits of black and sample using the eye dropper and using the shift key mark a point and than using an curves adjustment layer and take the middle eye dropper and point it to the point that we marked before (you can delete the 50% grey layer and the threshold adjustment layer you don’t need them any more).
An interesting table Dodson refers to in this video (which you can download from a PDF here) has to do with skin color percentage which different by the origin of the person.
there is much more in this video including a lot of info on correcting color so make sure you watch it all.
Getting a correct white balance is of course best done while shooting but if for some reason this was not done at this stage you can – for the most part do this in post as we have seen in this video. We actually covered this topic very extensivly in the past looking at different aspects of setting and working with white balance both in camera and in post processing here on LensVid. You can check out “Using White Balance – Camera Basics“, “How to Set up White Balance“, “6 Tips To Help You Understand White Balance and Color Temperature“, “How to Use Neutral Guides to Set white balance in Photoshop” and “How to Do Custom Camera White Balance with a Gray Card“.