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Canon 10d - best settings for good skin tone?
Old 08-17-2004, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How about it. Anyone have good contrast, saturation, etc settings that they like for good skin tone?

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Re: Canon 10d - best settings for good skin tone?
Old 08-17-2004, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Typically, I set the white balance to the shade mode with my 10D (if memory serves me correctly, that's equivilent to 7000K temp). It warms up the skin tones nicely. If you perfer it not as warm, try the cloudy mode (6000K). As far as the extra tweaks on the parameters, I usually pass on them and deal with it in post production. Be sure to have your color settings under parameters set to Adobe as opposed to standard, too.

Just how I do it. Others, I am sure, will share their viewpoints. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Good luck with it.

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Re: Canon 10d - best settings for good skin tone?
Old 08-17-2004, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did I miss something here.... 6000K is not warmer than 7000K in lighting. and the shade setting is bluer than the daylight setting I believe??? or am I wrong ?? The higher kelvin temperature the bluer the flame or the lower the kelvin temperature the more red the flame.... the flame being the light source. Kelvin temperature is centigrade plus 273 degrees. So 6000 K 0r 7000 K are very very hot ( 5727 C or 10160.2 F to 6727 C or 12140.6 F )!!! white or blue white... well out of the red yellow range of color temperature. So when you think of 6000 being warmer than 7000 you really mean slightly bluer rather than whiter light source at those ranges. So setting the color balance to shade will subtract a little more blue from the exposure to compensate resulting in slightly more reddish appearance to the skin tones. What ever.....
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Old 08-17-2004, 02:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I shoot with Alien Bees and have a 10D too.

I use a Gray Card and shoot on custom white balance enabled.
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Re: Canon 10d - best settings for good skin tone?
Old 08-17-2004, 02:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You are correct in what you wrote, except you may have misread what I wrote ...

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If you perfer it not as warm, try the cloudy mode (6000K).

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If shooting under flashes calibrated to 5000-5200K and you want very warm skin tones with the 10D, set the WB to shade (which is 7000K in the 10D). You want less, try cloudy the cloudy setting (which is 6000K in the 10D).

While I understand what you are saying here, remember that the poster was asking what setting is best on the 10D for good skin tone ... not which is hotter and colder in the Kelivin scale. ;-)

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There are none......lol
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because they are all yellow.....I'm joking, well kind of.

I am sure serious 10d users will have their best settings but I never could figure it out....it was ALL yellow.





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Re: Canon 10d - best settings for good skin tone?
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Bluer is cooler and redder is warmer when referrinf to color.
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Re: Canon 10d - best settings for good skin tone?
Old 08-17-2004, 05:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I find that with Dyna-Lite studio flashes and softboxes, the daylight WB setting works best with the 10D.



I normally use cloudy WB while outdoors.
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Re: Canon 10d - best settings for good skin tone?
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shoot raw-- then warm it or cool it when you convert. or use custom WB with a white card (back side of a kodak 18% gray card). shooting with strobes/speedlites? they're in the 6K Kelvin range. try setting to daylight (around 5.2K Kelvin). that'll warm it up. try a 1/8 amber gel over the flash head, that'll also warm it up or use gold reflectors/umbrellas. photoshop 8 (cs) has photo filters so you can warm things in post that way. of course, we're talking about shooting models flashing a fair amount of skin, right? which is why you want to warm it up, right? in video, canon skin tone is a bit yellower/duller.... sony skin tone, as a comparison, is warmer/brighter. no reason to believe canon skin tone is any different with their line of digital still cameras... which are more closely-related to a video camera than a (film) photographic camera from a "recording the image" point of view anyway.
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