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P Alesse wrote:
Color and WB are not empirical in the same sense as focus where it's either in focus or it's not. Color saturation and wb are more of a matter of personal taste left up to the individual photographer. Everyone has their own personal style which includes composition, cropping, saturation, and wb.
I agree completely with that and i'll even add it's the reason i don't use my Color Checker Passport card anymore. I don't know if it was a mistake or not but 2 years ago i bought one thinking i could get a better WB and better truer colours in my action shots and that all this would make me a better sports shooter and a better photographer in general.
It didn't take me long to realize i was fine tuning these parameters to my liking 95% of the time. True absolutely perfect WB isn't always the solution. I also thought at first a Color Checker would help me achieve perfect WB when shooting under city park's artificial lights and that it would set me apart from other photographers that didn't take the time to do this. Although it helps here too i realized i couldn't get perfect WB or colour rendering simply because all lights do not pulsate at the same time (cycle). If i got rid of the magenta hue it would exaggerate the green one and vice versa, just like when i eye balled it in post so i reverted to my old evaluative and subjective method which gave me better results.
This being said in sports like any other photographic specialities there are some dos and don'ts in my opinion.
Last week a member of one of the forums i moderate sent me a picture for critique and advice. Although the action and timing was very good the overall image was dull, very desaturated and generally lacking details. I asked what he did in PP and he candidly told me he had applied the same "recipe" he uses for his portraits.
I did what i could with the low rez JPG he had sent me sending it back with detailed explanations. He couldn't believe he had processed the picture like he did when he saw the difference. He then processed the whole series in the same fashion and received many compliments on the forum after that. By this i mean although there is a great part of subjectivity in photography in general there are always some guide lines as well. Especially in sports shooting although one can apply any sort of post processing he wants chances are the nice saturated, clear pictures of a sporting event will end up getting published before his de saturated, murky ones. Does this make any sense or am i off track again ? :-)
Carl gave me permission to post those for teaching purposes.
If you don't want me to post pictures on your thread Matt just tell me i'll remove it