Originally Posted by photoguy2003
I am needing some advice on color. Im shoot with a canon 30D with no extra lights. the only light i use is the sun. I do a custome white balance at every location, and use a spot metter, but all my images seem to come out flat. How can I get images that have awesome color that pops, without going out and buying lights and using photoshop?
First of all, the color balance really has very little if anything to do with whether an image is "flat". If you're wanting to just get good quality color, contrast and sharpness from a digital image, and you're shooting JPG, because you seem to indicate that you want those results out of the camera, then you must experiment with the parameters settings in the 30D. Bump the contrast, saturation and sharpness settings up and make some shots at those and other higher settings to see which you like best. But to get the fullest power out of the images, you often need to shoot RAW, and use a good RAW converter to choose the contrast, and saturation and Photoshop for critical sharpening. That being said, if you pay attention to all of the critical details of good photography, you can get images that pop right of the camera.
If you use only the sun as your light, then you will probably have to has at least a reflector to work with.
Bottom line is that you need to concentrate on how you use the light you have and how you expose the image.