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consistency in color from 1 headshot to another

 
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Jun 18, 2018 15:40 |  #1

Greetings and thanks for your consideration of this question.

I have a number of corporate headshots across the country that I am shooting for a client. The biggest complaint of the current headshots is inconsistency in color be it skin tone and background.

I use a gray card however I get very disappointing and inconsistent results. I used a gray background with 2 lights for the existing portraits. I end up sampling with the picker on the background.

Fortunately we have eliminated the background light so the possibility of inconsistency from the background light and Key light is eliminated.

I know I need a better gray card. Anyone know the best one to buy? I purchased one and is plastic. It shoots very blue.

My camera is a Mrkiii and my raw editing is Capture 1. I use a small octodome on a Dyna-lite.

* Or is the question "how do I get my monitior more consistent?" I tether when I capture but use a iMAC 27" to process. Both monitors get calibrated.




  
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Jun 18, 2018 15:50 |  #2

schewitt wrote in post #18647485 (external link)
Greetings and thanks for your consideration of this question.

I have a number of corporate headshots across the country that I am shooting for a client. The biggest complaint of the current headshots is inconsistency in color be it skin tone and background.

I use a gray card however I get very disappointing and inconsistent results. I used a gray background with 2 lights for the existing portraits. I end up sampling with the picker on the background.

Fortunately we have eliminated the background light so the possibility of inconsistency from the background light and Key light is eliminated.

I know I need a better gray card. Anyone know the best one to buy? I purchased one and is plastic. It shoots very blue.

My camera is a Mrkiii and my raw editing is Capture 1. I use a small octodome on a Dyna-lite.

* Or is the question "how do I get my monitior more consistent?" I tether when I capture but use a iMAC 27" to process. Both monitors get calibrated.


Examples of your issue?


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Jun 18, 2018 17:02 |  #3

A couple of things I'd consider:

1. Do you have too much ambient light leaking in on your mobile studio?
2. Your portable lights could be bouncing off of other surfaces in the vicinity such as low ceilings, desks, colored walls, etc...


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Jun 18, 2018 17:58 |  #4

This should be more accurate then a grey card as it will use software in Lightroom to ensure all of the colors are accurate.I don't ahve one personally, but i sure do need one. X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

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Jun 19, 2018 13:30 |  #5

Thank you.You are correct about the many possible reflecting colors surrounding the many different places we shoot these. However, I believe in theory a gray card should always be able to bring the color back to its proper gray balance. What i am noticing is a color/contrast shift from one person to another in the same session.

I'm baffled. I go back to the monitor drifting and possibly the window light that changes in my office through out the day.




  
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Jun 19, 2018 13:39 |  #6

Some light sources, especially cheap office light, will flicker with the electric cycle. So if it is present in the exposure, it will easily change from shot to shot.

With decent strobes you should be able to stop down enough to eliminate most ambient light. If you have already done that then the issue is with the strobes/lights.


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Jun 21, 2018 09:30 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #7

What issues with the strobes should I be looking into?

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Jun 26, 2018 22:51 |  #8

schewitt wrote in post #18648823 (external link)
What issues with the strobes should I be looking into?

It's not the strobes but the natural or artificial ambient light. Either the shifting white balance from the natural light or the shifting output of overhead fluorescent.

The solution to both is the overpower them with strobes.

schewitt wrote in post #18647936 (external link)
....I go back to the monitor drifting and possibly the window light that changes in my office through out the day.

The monitor would have to be really badly broken to drift during a single session.


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Jul 06, 2018 09:44 |  #9

I have never used a gray card but have had no issues with an X-Rite Passport and processed with CaptureOne.


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