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Dec 22, 2011 13:47 |  #1

This is a picture I took about 30 minutes ago of a presidential gold dollar. It's lacking any gold coloring at all. I tried using a flash and without a flash, I just can't seem to get the gold color to show up. The ones with flash (pictured below) are all over-exposed. I just don't know how to go about this. Any ideas?

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Dec 22, 2011 14:03 |  #2

Here was one I shot without flash. Its not over-exposed, but again, no gold coloring whatsoever.

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Dec 22, 2011 14:58 |  #3

kjonnnn wrote in post #13585995 (external link)
Bounce the light with a gold reflector. How are you metering? Use Spot. Try underexposing a bit.

I wish i had a gold reflector. And I tried underexposing it. It seems like the camera is just getting the luster and not the color. Its kinda the way it appears to the eye as well when the light hits it right.


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Dec 22, 2011 15:05 |  #4

How about using the WB slider in Lightroom?... (quick edit)

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Dec 22, 2011 15:08 |  #5

Xxx Stormy xxX wrote in post #13586040 (external link)
How about using the WB slider in Lightroom?... (quick edit)
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I only wish I had or knew how to do what you just did...:lol: I dont have lightroom, and dont know what the "WB slider" is, but I think I need to find out. Your "quick edit" was exactly what I was going for.


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Dec 22, 2011 15:20 |  #6

Oops! Sorry bout that.. well let's see - what if any programs do you use for editing your photos? If you have Adobe Camera Raw you can use that too... all it is, is sliding the white balance slider to warm (yellow) as opposed to blue. Some programs offer free trials so you can look into that .. google lightroom, capture one, or even gimp which i know is free.

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Dec 22, 2011 15:31 |  #7

Xxx Stormy xxX wrote in post #13586122 (external link)
Oops! Sorry bout that.. well let's see - what if any programs do you use for editing your photos? If you have Adobe Camera Raw you can use that too... all it is, is sliding the white balance slider to warm (yellow) as opposed to blue. Some programs offer free trials so you can look into that .. google lightroom, capture one, or even gimp which i know is free.

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Ah, i see. :) I use Photoshop CS5. I haven't explored everything in it, but I'm sure it has a white balance hidden deep within its plethora of options. Thank you for elaborating, and thanks for the help.


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Dec 22, 2011 15:37 |  #8

Ahh yup. It's called "color balance".. you should use an adjustment layer too which will be non-destructive ;)


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Dec 22, 2011 15:46 |  #9

Xxx Stormy xxX wrote in post #13586230 (external link)
Ahh yup. It's called "color balance".. you should use an adjustment layer too which will be non-destructive ;)

Thank you so much! I found it in very little time and it works wonders. :) I can't believe I didn't already know about that.


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Dec 22, 2011 17:06 |  #10

I decided to post my edit after the color balance. I wasn't going to but I need to make sure I'm learning this stuff properly.

I used the ellipse marquee tool to only select the coin itself, then adjusted the color so the background wouldn't be affected. Let me know if this is any better.

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