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Aug 24, 2011 21:51 |  #1

Hi, I am brand new to this forum. I have had my Rebel XT for about 6 years (first SLR) and never really learned anything about photography. I have taken some really good pics with it, but mainly luck and the right light. Recently, it seems like every picture I take something is off with the color. I have been taking a ton of pics because we just had our second baby, and an occasional pic is decent, but really there is something off with almost all of them.

About two years ago, i got the 430EX Flash because all the pics indoors were awful. But now, even with the flash the color seems too dark and sometimes too pink. Is there something I can adjust to compensate?




  
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Aug 25, 2011 00:13 |  #2

Try posting a couple of pics of your bloopers..


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Aug 25, 2011 00:59 |  #3

I feel like it is the White Balance. Can you post some samples w/ EXIF intact preferrably?


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Aug 25, 2011 02:00 as a reply to  @ monst0r's post |  #4

First: which white Balance do you use? AWB is fine for most situations, but indoor under tungsten light it could bring some of the told problems.

Second: if you using a speedlite under tungsten light indoor you make these problems even bigger. A speedlite has light with a color temperature of ~5,500 K aka daylight, tungsten light has ~3,000 K. If you mix it up you'll end up with very unrealistic colors. You can use Lee filters for solving this problem, but before you should...

Third: ...increase your knowledge base about photography. Then you'll find out, that using a speedlite in auto mode creates pictures that are much too dark - the dslr works in auto mode with a speedlite as the only light source. Better using it in Av, just try that at home.

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Aug 25, 2011 21:21 |  #5

i have a couple sample pics that are messed up, and would love suggestions. but the site wont let the files be uploaded because of the dimensions. i will resize and try again. and how do i keep the exif intact? not sure what that is...




  
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Aug 25, 2011 21:27 |  #6

Try uploading somewhere like flickr or something if you're having trouble uploading here. I agree it's probably white balance but let's see some samples!


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Aug 25, 2011 22:16 |  #7

here are two files which both seem to be too red


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Aug 26, 2011 02:21 |  #8

Are you bouncing the flash, and is it picking up colour from that surface.


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Aug 26, 2011 13:30 |  #9

Here are some things you can do for the color issue:
- Use "flash" white balance instead of "auto" white balance (this won't help much if there are mixed light sources, such as incandescent or fluorescent lights plus flash, or if the flash is "pushing" reflected color onto the subject, as suggested by artyman above).
- Shoot in RAW and correct white balance when processing the RAW file.
- Check your settings for "Portrait" shooting mode (although I'm not sure if you can customize any settings in that mode - check your camera manual) - make sure there's nothing that would be throwing the color off. I'd suggest that you shoot in "P" mode instead of portrait, and use exposure compensation and/or flash exposure compensation to brighten your images; you can also set custom parameters for your in-camera JPEG conversions to get more contrast, etc., in your images.
- Learn about the histogram (http://www.luminous-landscape.com …standing-histograms.shtml (external link)) and use that to check the overall brightness level of your images.

As to images being too dark, take a look here at the "How Your Camera Works" tutorials:
http://www.cambridgein​colour.com/tutorials.h​tm (external link)

You can learn a lot about using flash here:
http://neilvn.com …h-photography-techniques/ (external link)


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