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Background hue for poloroid miniportrait passport camera

We use a solid white background behind subject, but the pictures show a green hue in the background. Is there a way to correct this? We did change the batteries and it helped, but doesn't completely correct it.

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    Change to Fuji Max film. It will give you the most accurate colors.



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That white background is likely picking up greenish light from some nearby source - a wall, a bank of trees outside the window, a rug? Look around and you may find the culprit. Then, you can pull curtains, wait for the leaves to fall, use a flash or other lighting, etc. Your eye makes the correction automatically, so you won't notice this distortion till you make a point of looking for it - or seeing your photos as they are. You may be able to fix this problem by adjusting the color balance in your camera - I'm assuming you're shooting digital. My digital camera, for instance, offers a Warm color balance setting, which emphasizes the redder end of the spectrum. You may be able to go further than that and adjust the balance to your own exact liking. Or, later, with the photos in the computer, your ediing program (iPhoto, say) may be able to apply a fix. If the pix are critical and you get only once chance to make them, you should fiddle with these different options and find the right setting(s) and lighting setup and then, and only then, go for your actual photos. The whole goal in photography, whether its silver or digital, is to eliminate variables and make the process repeatable. Then, you can adjust variables one by one and know, pretty much, what the results will be. The other goal, somewhat related, is to essentially forget about your camera and about its settings - about the very fact that it's in your hand and in front of your face - and just start to See the world as it is. Like that Zen archer and his arrow. That's another story for another time, but now that you know this, grasshopper, you will never forget it and it will make itself incredibly useful to you when the time comes. Trust in it. Now, go make art.

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