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05/01/2010 05:24:21 PM · #1
I have a kind of silly question, when shootin durin the day the colors in the photo are ruined by the sun rays but even when i shoot on a cloudy day or in shade the colors are still different with some sort of yellow cast or something (hope everyone understands what i mean).. what do i do wrong ?
05/01/2010 05:41:47 PM · #2
Have you checked your white balance settings?
05/01/2010 08:14:53 PM · #3
You got several choices, assuming it is indeed the white balance
a) Put the white balance setting on automatic, and the camera will probably get the colors right 98% of the time when you save your files as JPEG
b) Manually change the white balance depending on what type of light you are using (which you may not want to do unless you are willing and can remember to remember to change it all the time)
c) Save your files in RAW and then adjust the white balance in processing

You might also consider doing both a) and c) -- a) to give you properly balanced images right out of camera most of the time and c) to give you better control over processing for the images you like the best
05/01/2010 11:25:40 PM · #4
Maybe post an example. It could be a number of things.
05/02/2010 03:21:57 AM · #5
Hope you know what i mean when i show you those.

Here are the bad photos (dont mind the fact they're blurry)

//img341.imageshack.us/img341/3038/img0192uu.jpg and //img96.imageshack.us/img96/403/img3172g.jpg

and here's one that's clear and nice

//img18.imageshack.us/img18/7123/img34502copy.jpg
05/02/2010 07:40:32 AM · #6
I think it would be helpful to give your shot info ..what settings are you using ..what iso. that kind of stuff. If say you had it on auto and on a sunny day it would use a low iso so your pictures would like better and say and a darker day it would pump up your iso causing your pictures not to look as good.
05/02/2010 07:42:14 AM · #7
They look ok to me. Your white balance is set to manual, but at what setting is it? Try it on auto and shoot RAW and compare to your jpegs.
05/02/2010 07:44:48 AM · #8
Originally posted by electrolost:

I think it would be helpful to give your shot info ..what settings are you using ..what iso. that kind of stuff. If say you had it on auto and on a sunny day it would use a low iso so your pictures would like better and say and a darker day it would pump up your iso causing your pictures not to look as good.


This is for the one she says that's clear and nice.

# Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) {0x829A} = 1/60 second ===> 0.01667 second
# Lens F-Number / F-Stop {0x829D} = 5/1 ===> /5
# Exposure Program {0x8822} = aperture priority (3)
# ISO Speed Ratings {0x8827} = 200
# EXIF Version {0x9000} = 0221
# Original Date/Time {0x9003} = 2008:05:12 19:08:12
# Digitization Date/Time {0x9004} = 2008:05:12 19:08:12
# Shutter Speed Value (APEX) {0x9201} = 5906891/1000000
Shutter Speed (Exposure Time) = 1/60 second
# Aperture Value (APEX) {0x9202} = 4643856/1000000
Aperture = /5
# Exposure Bias (EV) {0x9204} = 0/3 ===> 0
# Max Aperture Value (APEX) {0x9205} = 16875/10000 ===> 1.69
Max Aperture = /1.79
# Metering Mode {0x9207} = pattern / multi-segment (5)
# Flash {0x9209} = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
# Focal Length {0x920A} = 50/1 mm ===> 50 mm
# Colour Space {0xA001} = sRGB (1)
# Image Width {0xA002} = 3888 pixels
# Image Height {0xA003} = 2592 pixels
# Focal Plane X-Resolution {0xA20E} = 3888000/877 ===> 4433.3
# Focal Plane Y-Resolution {0xA20F} = 2592000/582 ===> 4453.61
# Focal Plane X/Y-Resolution Unit {0xA210} = inch (2)
# Custom Rendered {0xA401} = normal process (0)
# Exposure Mode {0xA402} = auto exposure (0)
# White Balance {0xA403} = manual (1) <----- This should mean it was set manually but what setting is it at?
# Scene Capture Type {0xA406} = standard (0)

Message edited by author 2010-05-02 07:45:00.
05/02/2010 08:12:49 AM · #9
so what does the bad one say?
05/02/2010 08:30:32 AM · #10
I noticed the color space is sRBG
05/05/2010 11:42:36 AM · #11
There maybe a few things going on here. You say your images are ruined by the son, but that's not the case. They're ruined by the color of the light. Light has different temperature or coloring in different situations:
Direct Sun
Shade
Indoor Lighting
Flash

When you start mixing these, it gets more complicated (Shade with a flash, Indoor with a flash). You just need to adjust your white balance better. I the first picture, there seems to be a slight magenta cast. The third picture he skin tone is a little yellow.

Check out this article on skin-tone and how to adjust in photoshop.

I hope this helps.
05/05/2010 02:55:55 PM · #12
it could also be your monitor. I looked at the pics you linked to and they look fine to me, I don't see what the problem is honestly, maybe you could be more specific with what you think is letting the shots down?
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