We recently received a very interesting mail message from photographer Mark Mortensen (http://www.markmortensen.com). Mark uses our Cross Camera Color profiles when developing his Nikon D700 and Nikon D7000 NEF files.
Mark said that he has noticed that when he set the camera calibration of the D7000 in Lightroom, to match the D3 Standard profile, he got some posterization or banding in shadow areas of certain images. We asked Mark to send us the NEF files and the .xmp files (so we can track his develop settings) and it was as he said. Posterisation was certainly present in the shadows:
So, Balance the White Balance…
The first photo was to “cool”. The “As Shot” White Balance was set to 4500. A small correction of the White Balance temperature from 4500 to 5200, corrected the color hues and removed the artefacts immediately:
The second photo was to “warm”. The “As Shot” White Balance was set to 4000. A small correction of the White Balance temperature from 4000 to 3450, corrected the color hues and removed the artefacts immediately:
When you use PSKiss Cross Camera Color profiles or Skin & Scenery Color profiles, you alter the basic color scheme of your photo. If you see artefacts, such as posterisation or banding, especially in high ISO images, simply make some minor changes to the White Balance. In most cases, that will do.