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What has happenned to the skin tones (E-P2)?

Discussion in 'Creative Corner' started by bilzmale, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    This is the only shot from babysitting today where the skintones were all off. I was shooting in iAuto so the camera made the decisions. 1/500 sec at f5.6 ISO 250. Colours in the rest of the shots were fine.

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  2. steve

    steve Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2010
    Havertown, PA
    Unfortunately, while the camera is smarter than us in so many ways, it's not a very creative thinker. The white balance is off here but can be easily corrected in post processing.

    Generally the camera's auto white balance is pretty close if not spot on when evaluating the scene and applying WB settings. However, the camera can be fooled quite easily when a scene presents a mix of sun and shade.

    I recommend shooting in RAW which allows a lot of latitude in color correction in post processing. I set my camera to auto white balance and fix any problems in Adobe Camera Raw. Jpegs can be adjusted this way as well, but do not offer nearly as much flexibility as RAW.

    Either way, what an adorable kid!
  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill, Steve's right. Should be an easy fix in PS.
    The green under his chin is more concern than WB.
    It might clear up in lens corrections..
  4. alessandro

    alessandro Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    I would say... not only WB: looks like the camera saw all that green and adopted some color saturation dedicated to panorama shots. Lowering the saturation helps, but the green on the face is due also to reflection (his skin is wet, green everywhere...). Must say it'd need some local retouching (sponge or similar) to clean the chin.
  5. steve

    steve Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2010
    Havertown, PA

    Good catch. I didn't think about that.
  6. bashar

    bashar Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 3, 2010
    iauto is bad! sometimes the camera ignores people and thinks its a landscape picture and boost colors too much, program with colors set to Natural is much better and stable!
  7. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Ok back to Aperture Priority and RAW it seems. Have shot little and pp'd less over the last 6 months and lacked some confidence in myself. Point taken - thanks.
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