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Old Feb 2, 2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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I have found lots of info about yellow tints to indoor shots, however I have tried changing the white balance to 'Tungsten Light ' on the camera (Pentax *ist DS) and it still doesn't work out right

Also, if I try to use a flash, the photos come out very stark and not flattering at all... :?

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Old Feb 2, 2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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Well, there is tungsten light and then there is tungsten light. Most ordinary household lamps are tungsten, but many high intensity studio lamps, and shop lights are tungsten-halogen, which are considerably brighter, with higher color temperature. The latter are what camera tungsten balance is set for, so you will get some yellow cast from household lights.

If you want true white balance indoors, the best way is to create a cusom WB setting in your camera, using a gray or white card for setting.

The reason, I believe, the camera makers do this, is that the yellow/orange cast tends to be more flattering to skin tones than a bluer light.

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