Yellow/green tint indoor photo using auto portrait mode
We were told that the auto settings on the Nikon d80 SLR would take care of the green/yellow tint in photos taken in auto portrait mode, but mine still come out too yellow or too green. I can adjust it somewhat in Photoshop, but prefer a better raw photo if I can get it. I must work with existing light, usually fluorescent, and an attached flash. I am new to this camera, so have not gotten a grasp of the settings necessary for indoor snapshots in aperture mode yet, and there is another person who is less skilled than I am who is also using this camera and changing settings. Any recommendations?
Try setting the white balance to fluorescent an compare. Also you could set your own white balance preset by shooting a white card as per page 59. Lastly you can play with the "tone adjustment" on page 80.
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I have assumed that you are trying to take photos in normal daylight. Check the menu for the setting of 'White Balance' it may not be set to 'Auto'. You may also have changed the colour temperature setting. That should be set to 0 or auto. Make sure that there is no colour tint set anywhere in the menus/effects.
Incandescent lighting is yellow and shows up that way on photos. That's why digital cameras have white balance controls. Usually, auto white balance works ok but, sometimes you need to go into the settings and choose incandescent white balance to remove the yellow as you take the pics.
You can't. The Portrait mode, like all the other point&shoot modes, are automatic. The camera controls most functions, like exposure metering, auto-focus mode, and white-balance. If you want control over the camera, you'll have to use one of the PSAM modes.
The D80 has a lot more settings to deal with and depending on the lens the depth of field may explain the blurry background (that is desired effect on a portrait) The view finder on the D80 is for composing the shot and has read outs for the settings. The LCD on the back is for playback and the menus, it doesn't work like a live view of what's being taken (on some newer and more expensive DSLRs it does preview on the big LCD) on smaller point & Shoot cameras that don't have a viewfinder they use the LCD as the viewfinder, does that make sense? If she has the manual you may want to faniliarize yourself with some of the features, start out on one at a time for the different modes so they make more sense, you can really appriciate the camera after that and respect what pro photographers do. The D80 is not a cheap camera and I personally know a couple of professionals that use it among their cameras. (lots of different lenses that cost many time more than the camera body) Have fun with it, and if you get into it you will find you can take some fantastic photos with it. Can you tell that I like that camera?
This was posted in the Nikon area but it's the same for Canon cameras, you have to select the lighting type you are shooting under, be it fluorescent, incandescent , tungsten, sunlight or flash (menu item). If your camera has a White Balance check or setting try to go through that setup, there may be an auto white balance where you point at something white take a picture while setting it and you are set. If you go to another area with different lighting you'll have to redo it, also with Nikon if you turn off the camera you will have to reset it. I know this is after the fact (12-30-08) but if you have the shots and have Photoshop or even Adobe Lightroom you can adjust the warmth out of the images so they are more natural prior to having the photos processed.
Have you had the picture printed at a local photo lab. Try that and see if it's your computer/printer matching.
You may have to see if the Camera is set for Adobe RGB (or RGB) and your computer/printer is set for Adobe RGB or sRGB. These need to match. There's a new world with color matching that the point and shoot don't do.
Hope this helps. I could regurgitate all about Color Matching, but why when someone else has it all written out.