Correcting the White Balance in CS6 before import and post production

To correct the white balance of your image in raw you need to simply click into the White Balance Tool at the top of the left hand side of your pane. Your mouse will change to a small pipette. You simply choose an area of your image you think is the correct White Balance and click, this will have changed your White Balance, if your still not happy with the White Balance you can adjust the temperature slider on the right hand side panel.

White Balance 1

Corrected White Balance.

Corrected White Balance

You can also use the Tone Curve tool to correct different areas of the image White Balance if required.

You will find the Tone Curve on the right hand side panel.

Whit Balance Tone Curve

Once you are happy with your White Balance you are ready to Import your image (open image)

Apple Aperture 3

Operating requirements: Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later

Aperture is more of a Lightroom alternative than a Photoshop CS6 alternative, and if you’re a Mac user it might be just what you need. Aperture blends advanced features such as RAW processing, manual retouching, custom-printing elements, and tagging/organization tools with novice-friendly options such as facial recognition, geotagging, and one-click filters. Unlike Lightroom, Aperture does not offer built-in lens-distortion correction out of the box, but there are several Aperture plugins available on Apple’s site that offer that and many other features.

Earlier versions of Aperture were notoriously system-intensive, requiring a lot of processing power to run, but Aperture 3 is much improved. At $80 it’s hard to find much to complain about.

DxO Optics Pro 8

If you want automated, tailored-to-your-camera lens correction in your RAW-processing software, look no further than DxO Optics Pro.

This Lightroom alternative features an extensive database of camera/lens combinations, which you can activate as ‘modules’ to automate lens-correction, chromatic aberration, sharpening, vignetting, and noise-reduction fixes. The Standard edition’s database of lens/camera combinations is built to support everything from RAW-capable point-and-shoot cameras to consumer-level DSLRs, while the Elite edition is a better fit for those shooting with a full-frame DSLR or other professional-level kits. Optics Pro 8 takes some getting used to, but it’s an incredibly powerful tool and its lens corrections really do have to be seen to be believed. Be prepared to wait for new cameras and lens modules to be added, though DxO is getting better in this regard.

Phase One Capture One Pro 7

There are plenty of reasons for enthusiast photographers to consider this RAW-processing package, too though, including excellent organization tools, speedy performance, and a unique focus-peaking preview that helps you identify the sharpest shots in your batch of photos. Like Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro, it also offers an extensive selection of noise-reduction, lens-correction, color-correction, and custom-printing tools. If its relatively high cost gives you pause, you can always download a free trial version and see how you get on.