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Old 11-24-2006, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are two photo taken in the late afternoon or just before the sun went down. The skin color originally from the camera adjusted WB on auto is with yellow cast what is normal.
Then below the same photos my friend changed it and there is no yellow cast on them.
QUESTION: What is the real situation over this matter. What is wrong. Is it normal to leave the yellow cast or you should change it. Should I use a Grey card for white balance or any another camera white balancing.... What is your professional conclusion.

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Re: SunSet skin color issue
Old 11-24-2006, 10:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The top two look great, Nice and warm. The bottom two look cold.
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Re: SunSet skin color issue
Old 11-24-2006, 11:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They call it "the golden hour" for a reason ... the color near sunset is a rich, warm, golden yellow. Your top two images have a warm, satisfying look to me. The others look cold and have a fill "flash look." Ultimately, it's a matter of personal preference -- if you like a warm, golden look, shoot around sunset. If you're shooting fashion (where the color of the clothing needs to match the real clothing color) don't shoot at sunset (or white balance for the setting sun.

Here's a shot of Jayme taken just minutes before sunset. I like the warm colors.

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Old 11-24-2006, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 11-25-2006, 12:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What Marty and JimmyD said.
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Re: SunSet skin color issue
Old 11-25-2006, 02:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the same issue with color cast at times even in my studio which should be far more controlled. Sometimes I try to correct it and sometimes I like it just the way it is even though it may not be correct in the eyes of many. I also intentionally blow out areas for effect in post processing and will receive critiques about it, but unless the critiques are really harsh they are useful to make sure I stay within reasonable boundaries..

I think the two originals are closer to what my eye might see in that situation and I appreciate the photograph more since it is warmer and to me more like i might expect. The second two are as the others said cold and far less appealing to me.

I do not thin that any of us will reach our potential if we stick rigidly to any rule but it is important o know and understand the basics and it is important to learn as you are by seeking alternatives where you are troubled. In this case the alternatives do not seem to be the answer you seek but you may find another solution to suit your intentions.

Good post and good question by the way

I do not get to shoot outside enough so this one has issues too but with this shot I used a gold refector to ""ADD"" warmth to an already warm glow from the sun.


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Re: SunSet skin color issue
Old 11-25-2006, 06:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Looks like the opinion is very much in favor of the images with "golden glow". I personally tried to be selective what time of the day I shoot outdoors giving prefence to sunrise and sunset. Like it was mention above, it's the golden hour and it's called that way for a reason,
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Old 11-25-2006, 10:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks really for your suggestions and comments... I appriciate it very much. For me as a big begginer it is very important that some doubts are cleared at the begining....
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Old 11-25-2006, 04:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Some were in between might be the answer. Copy the cooler version into a layer on top of the warmer one. Use the opacity silder and make the cooler version fade out some to get another version of the image.
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if you're not happy with the color due to the "golden hour" glow (something some of us wait all day to shoot) there's plenty of ways to adjust the hue so that it's more to your liking.

i don't think i'd recommend what digidawg said but you can certainly do all kinds of things with a hue/saturation layer or you can play around with adding (or subtracting) some of that warmth using photoshop's photo filters. if you shot in RAW there's even more options.
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