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Please comment on color/levels and lighting
Old 06-12-2005, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here my first "real" shoot with my home made flourescent bank.

I'm having some color management issues. Please comment on lighting, color balance and overall exposure.

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Re: Please comment on color/levels and lighting
Old 06-12-2005, 09:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay, this isn't exactly the comments you were looking for (sorry [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]), but it looks like a pretty darned good shot to me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Can't really help with color issues, as I don't really see anything color-wise that bothers me, but what do I know? I've been shooting mostly black & white lately. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] Seriously, though, nice shot...

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Re: Please comment on color/levels and lighting
Old 06-12-2005, 09:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You are maybe a tad hot on the white of the collar but white is hard to hold with digital. You probably could have gone 1/4 stop darker but many prefer something like this anyways. You also seem to be maybe a few points red, but within personal preference(I like warm images).

So Im saying that the image debatably correct, some will moan u should have done one thing and others another but no one can say you aren't in ballpark(I think you are within the infield).

Things to be interested in, do you have a good monitor? Are you shooting and correcting in Adobe RGB 1998 and it seems with this one picture you made a good translation to web.

Just my 2 cents,

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oh yeah really nice shot and I love redheads.
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Re: Please comment on color/levels and lighting
Old 06-12-2005, 09:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, very definitely in the ballpark. I'm thinking you're just about 1/3-2/3 stop overexposed (the lack of details in her collar is the giveaway, but her forehead and cheeks are also without much detail), but the detail and highlights in her hair are just gorgeous!

Color correction - can't really tell because of the overexposure, but it looks pretty close. Did you have to take out much green?

It looks like an over/under arrangement of tubes, yes?

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Color balance ?
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It is hard to say, as already pointed out, because of the exposure problem. But generally, one just does a custom white balance and that will guarantee the colors were what was really there. Then if you like you can warm it up or cool it down in post processing. You can also just set the camera to somewhere between 5500K and 6000K for a nice warm color balance. I actually use this target:



To do my color custom white balance. I use the target to first zero in the exposure with three fully visible spikes in the histogram for the target full frame and then I used the gray center for the custom white balance. So one shot gets me both and gives a wonderful reference photo for final post processing later. I shoot mostly RAW, so the gray area is great for the color balance choice in RAW.

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Re: Color balance ?
Old 06-13-2005, 12:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Genius.

I have a macbeth color chart that I use for product photography. What the heck was I thinking.

Next time I'll use it for the test shots.

The shot is actually exposed correctly. The detail is there. My problem is somewhere between "Save for Web" and converting color profiles. Plus I'm editing on a Mac. Images look totally different on PC's.

I'm just trying to see what other people are seeing.

Here's another version. The only difference was that I did not convert to sRGB before I saved for web. The levels look correct to me but the color is dull.

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Re: Color balance ?
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this 2nd one looks perfect. that is on my monitor. Results may vary depending on monitor, age of such monitor, operating system and amount of coca cola you have in your bloodstream.

Even so Mac or PC you arent ever going to get it looking perfect on everyones monitor.

I hope you dont end up being one of those people who concentrate so much on technical side that your work ends up being rigid and unspontaneous.

Little chance of that given the work on your website but I just wanted to throw that out there for others.

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Re: Please comment on color/levels and lighting
Old 06-13-2005, 05:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You have a ton of red and yellow killing the balance. As one poster already posted, use a greycard to give yourself a good starting point. Also, shoot a greycard with your lights and then change your Kelvin scale on your camera to properly balane the color, then shoot your entire shoot without ahving to do it all in post production.
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