Hello there, I am desperate for help as I have ( hopefully ) manipulated a setting on my 20 D that has created a huge problem with skin tones. No details in the highlights at all. Have bracketed with WB and have attemped to adjust temp an dhave made it worse. Last Senior Portrait I did was possibly irretrievable. Please provide a reference for me to reset the camera as it waswhen I bought it.I started adjusting because face were too yellow.
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Unless you state the make and model it's impossible to tell you for certain, but most digital cameras have that option.
In practice though, it's a bad idea. It's always better to shoot in colour and then convert afterwards: there's more information captured so you can use the colour data to manipulate the monochrome image, and once you choose to shoot in monochrome to start with you can never get the colour data back again.
Manipulating the unwanted colour data on a pc means that you can correct washed out cloudy skies to make them more dramatic and can choose which colours in the image are light or dark on the monochrome image. Think of things like red lipstick, for example. It's easy if you shoot in colour to ensure that the lips are sharply defined by making red the dark colour to contrast with lighter skin tones. You don't need expensive programs or knowledge, just the control sliders in the bog-standard picture viewers in Mac and Windows will do the job. Always save any edits as a copy of the original to preserve the original data.
If you still wish to shoot in monochrome then add a comment with details of your camera make and model and I'll try to provide further assistance.
Comparing Nikon to Canon or Canon to Nikon is like comparing Ford and Chev. They both do the job some swear by Chev while others swear at them same with Ford. Yes I've noticed a slight red bias on my Canon gear but nothing that can't be corrected with a proper white balance. To me Nikon had a more unflattering skin tone and I was and still do tweak the color in an image editing program. I use many different digital cameras in my work and personally own four different major manufacturer digital camera systems.
your settings are wrong on the brightness and contrast
some of the power shots set up by using KELVINS as the method of balancing the warmth or coolness of a picture. Others have a setting for OUTSIDE Inside Halogen and fluro If its set on halogen and you are taking pics outside it will have a red tinge.
Adjustment is in the menu screen, you shouldn't have to go very deep as it is a frequently adjusted setting.
White Balance is how the camera interprets white depending on ambient lighting. Have you ever noticed how when you are taking pictures inside at night and all of the light comes from lamps and the flash that your pictures have a yellow look? Take a picture under flourescent lamps and the pictures look different as well? How about outside? Best true color rendition on the picture taken outside, but different than the others.
White balance is a way for the photographer to adjust the tone of the picture to accurately reproduce the true colors seen in real life in the picture. Most cameras have an automatic white balance and they usually work fairly well. But for the best results, set it manually. Your whites will be white and skin tones appear accurate.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
If you're using an E-500, this one should be easy. It sounds like a simple white balance issue. Just turn the camera on and, without going to the menu screen, press the WB button (the up arrow above the OK button). Change the WB setting to "AUTO" and you should be all set.
F1 simulation mode suppresses flaring in flash highlights when the flash is used and stresses smooth tonal transitions in the reproduction of skin tones. It is ideal for portrait studio work where the aim is professional standard negative (i.e. Pro Neg Film).
F2 simulation mode provides vibrant reproduction of natural colors such as blue skies and is ideal for landscape and nature photography. Almost like shooting with slide film (i.e. Fuji chrome/ Velvia)
Note: Color spaces needs to be set on sRGB and D-Range set to wide in order to use these modes. Color, Tone and Sharpness cannot be changes in any F simulation mode.