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Lynsey Lund
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/14/2005
 

Red Skin


I just took a bunch of photos of a couple at a park....not with too much water, mostly grass, some nice dangly green and yellow branches, and the trunks. And a bridge. I couldn't see it on my LCD screen, so I thought the images were ok, but when I uploaded them the skin tones are pretty red. I have been able to fix most of them in photoshop, but if anyone could offer me some insight into maybe WHY it happened, then I could prevent it from happening next time =o) Going for the great shot the first time around and all that. I can upload an example or two if you would like to see them. TIA, I appreciate your input!


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11/11/2005 7:26:28 AM

 
Michelle Ochoa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
  A lot of factors here. Is the saturation set high? What is the skin tone of the couple (i.e. white, brown, dark brown, etc)., what type of camera, was white balance manual and on what setting, etc?. Uploading samples and settings would probably get you some answers, or at least theories.


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11/11/2005 11:22:59 PM

 
Lynsey Lund
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/14/2005
 
 
 
Sorry, I guess I didn't think of what more information you might need! Took with a D70, most with the kit lens, some with my zoom (70-300....whatever that works out on digital, multiply by 1.5 I think) I shot on aperture or shutter priority, white balance and all that was auto. The lighting outside was nice, kind of overcast. I'm still pretty new....I'm not sure what the saturation is. Both of them are white....she was wearing red so I don't know if somehow I was metering with too much of that...though that doesn't sound right to me, ya never know. I wasn't using an external flash, just my on-camera, and I don't think I actually used that on any shots. Maybe that's my problem? I've uploaded a couple examples....thanks!


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11/12/2005 7:24:23 AM

 
Lynsey Lund
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/14/2005
 
 
  Really red
Really red
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  not as red
not as red
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Nikon D70 Digital ...
 
  still a little pink
still a little pink
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Sorry, I guess I didn't think of what more information you might need! Took with a D70, most with the kit lens, some with my zoom (70-300....whatever that works out on digital, multiply by 1.5 I think) I shot on aperture or shutter priority, white balance and all that was auto. The lighting outside was nice, kind of overcast. I'm still pretty new....I'm not sure what the saturation is. Both of them are white....she was wearing red so I don't know if somehow I was metering with too much of that...though that doesn't sound right to me, ya never know. I wasn't using an external flash, just my on-camera, and I don't think I actually used that on any shots. Maybe that's my problem? I've uploaded a couple examples....thanks!


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11/12/2005 7:24:39 AM

 
Lynsey Lund
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/14/2005
  I just looked @ the web versions of the pics I posted...you can really only see it in the first one, sorry. The last one actually looks nicely normal that size =o) It isn't too bad in big version, he is just a little pinker than normal....mostly I guess I am concerned about the obvious, unnatural redness like the first pic...not sure what I did wrong. Just wanted to clarify!


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11/12/2005 7:37:59 AM

 
Michelle Ochoa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
  Unfortunately I don't know either, but now with the info out there, maybe someone else can come along and help you (and me!). I use auto a lot on my camera, and I could be standing in the same position, and take two shots one right after the other. One may be zoomed in a little tighter, or maybe portrait instead of landscape, but I've had variances in color too. Mostly blue or green hues, especially when dealing with white background. I didn't know if it was just my camera or what, and if I have to get used to taking two or three of each shot just to make sure I get a good one. Hopefully we'll both find some answers.


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11/12/2005 10:35:59 AM

 
Nicole Kessel   I can't be for sure but, I'm guessing that the camera's auto white balance set itself for the landscapes and not the skin tones. The auto mode will color balance for whatever is dominating in the frame. So, if you recompose the shot (ex: crop in tighter) it may change the end color. Unless you have the camera set to portrait mode. Then it should consistantly expose for skin tones with some exceptions.

If you like using the auto function, try setting the camera to "P" which is similiar to auto, then set your white balance to daylight, and go into "optimize image" in the menu and set it to portrait. But, you will probably have to change the white balance again if you use the flash.

I'm almost positive this will work in "P", shutter priority, or apt priority modes but, not "auto". I do know it works great for me in manual mode. (It will tell you for sure in the D70 manual.)

Hope this helps.


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11/12/2005 12:41:11 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  As Nicole was saying I would also guess it auto-set the WB for lets say some kind of landscape or something. The best bet would be to set the wb for whatever you're shooting, intead of enslaving yourself with auto. I personally would say change you're wb to cloudy/overcast or to daylight and meter off a gray card. all the camera did was oversaturate the skin. in the film world that's like shooting portraits with velvia (bad bad idea). anyways if there's a way to set the saturation lower on the d70 like nicole mentioned to a skin or portrait that will soften the colors up a tad. all the camera did was think that you were shooting landscape and assumed that you wanted punchy colors. just pull off of auto and move to daylight/overcast or if you have an external flash set wb to flash and let the flash go to town.


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11/12/2005 7:52:22 PM

 
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