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Colors Gone Astray.
Old 12-08-2004, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi out there, I am hoping one (or maybe more than one) of you can help me with a problem I am having with a Nikon D100 digital camera I just bought. I do mostly sports photography (kids Little League and Soccer) but lately I am starting to take a lot of what I would call fashion and glamour photos mostly of friends and daughters of friends.

Some of my people photos are coming out with an orangish or yellowish cast on the skin tones and I don’t know what I am doing wrong and how to correct it but I am very frustrated over it. I have the White Balance in my camera set to Cloudy. The salesman at the camera shop suggested it and he said I would get better photos from it. I set the camera at ISO 200 and I try to shoot my people photos outside in open shade or if it is slightly overcast. I have a Nikon 80 – 200 f2.8 lens and I use that a lot for my people photos because I like the perspective it gives me. I keep a UV Have filter on the lens to protect the front element. I typically shoot in Program mode and let the camera make the exposure decisions for me.

Can anyone tell me what is causing this and what I need to do to eliminate it? I have paid for two glamour workshops and I do not want to spend my money to get funky photos so I want to fix this as soon as possible plus it will make me a better photographer. Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You color setting should always match the color of the light your are shooting in (if you want acurate colors). I highly recommend you do a custom color balance using a white card prior to each shoot (using the same lighting you will be using for the actual shoot).

This is the best method of getting acurate colors.

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Old 12-09-2004, 09:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You might want to try shooting in RAW mode, and then you can adjust the white balance, either in the camera software or in Photoshop. You can see what effect that various white balances have on the overall composition. I am assuming that the D100 is similar to the D70, so you may want to try shooting in a Programmed Mode, with everything on auto and RAW format. That way you can see what settings the camera thinks it needs and compare to what you have been using. That may give you some ideas on what settings you might tweak to achieve better outcomes.

You did not specify whether you are metering to a gray card, when shooting in shady conditions. If you don't have an incident light meter, that is an inexpensive way to see if you are metering properly.

Good luck
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