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Lighting and colors
mauserman
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2006 - 02:26 AM UTC
I recently took the photo below and was disappointed in how the background color came out. I used a medium blue for the background but as you can see it came out anything but blue. I assume it was because of the lighting used, but not being an experinced photographer, I don't know. I used three 100 watt 'natural light' bulbs. One on each side and one on top. Any suggestions for better color rendition?


AJLaFleche
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2006 - 02:49 AM UTC
Do you have a white balance button on your camera? Try hitting it to see what happens. Do you have spot metering? Make shure it's engaged and center it in the model. If you look at my gallery, all the pictures of my stuff is done much as yours. There's a picture in there of the set up as well.
mauserman
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2006 - 04:15 AM UTC
I checked the manual and do have white balance. I'll try adjusting it to incandescant lighting the next time. No reference though to spot metering.

Thanks for your help.
BuckGully
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2006 - 06:38 AM UTC
Actually, try all of the different white balance settings on your camera and see which one works best. Especially when using "natural light" bulbs, since they're not the same color as normal incandecent bulbs.

nzgunnie
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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 02:14 PM UTC
If you have a custom white balance use that, it will do a better job than any of the presets.
Murdo
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Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 01:39 AM UTC
The kind of lighting you are taking the picture in, e.g. cloudy daylight, sunlight, normal bulbs, daylight bulbs, strip lighting and the camera setting will make a HUGE difference to your pictures.

Leave your camera set on bulb and take a pic in sunlight. The pic will have a very orange tinge. change it to strip light and do the same, the pic will have a greenish tinge.

I have a Canon D50 DSLR and when I forget to switch to the correct lighting setting it WILL ruin photos.

Hope this helps some.
mauserman
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Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 02:22 AM UTC
Thanks Murdo, I have learned that lesson. The picture below was taken indoors with a combination of flourescent and natural incandescent bulbs. As you can see, it made a world of difference.

InfantryMan
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Posted: Friday, August 04, 2006 - 03:25 PM UTC
Hello there
you should try to view some forum posts that are in Armorama forum. Your light conditions donīt help you in your photos. In photography light is everything (Photography....writing with light). You should cam outside and try to take your pictures with daylight or with an inside technic that John use in this Forum Topic

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=73418&page=1

Good pictures
Pedro