Originally Posted by Closeencounters
My image of Holley that I attached was shot at 5900k based on Rolando's rec but I didn't like how it made the rest of the image look. I think that setting works fine in some situations but not when you have white bedspreads or sheets. Unless it looks like evening light it looks off.
I generally like to shoot with Custom White Balance rather than dialing in a Kelvin setting. Then if I want it warmer I can do that in the RAW converter. I shoot only RAW. But you're right, you can sometimes end up with the skin tones you want, but the rest of the scene is too warm. The secret to handling this problem, is in shooting RAW. You just process the RAW photo twice. Once with the skin just the way you want it and once with the rest of the scene at the WB that works best for it. Bring both RAW images into PS. Drag the model image on top of the background image. So now the whole photo looks warm. What we want is to have the model stay warm, but leave the background with the good WB we created in RAW. So ...
Click on the Create Layer Mask while holding down the ALT key, and this will give you a black mask and he image will show the background looking good and the model a bit cool (the black mask hides the front photo of the model with warm skin). Now grab a soft white brush at about 25% and start brushing over the areas of the skin that you want warmer. White reveals (black conceals).
That's all there is to it. See my tutorial on using the Black Mask technique here: