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Old Jul 23, 2006, 10:07 AM   #1
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I have been doing wedding photography for 25 years I have swiched to digital in the last two years. My studio work is good, outside with a fill flash is fine, however when I use the canon 580 flash in the church my images are too red or orange. I am at my whits end as to what may be causing this problem. I have my white balance set on flash mode I am using 400 or 800 iso. Camera is the canon 20D.
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Old Jul 23, 2006, 3:27 PM   #2
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What file format (RAW or JPG) are you using?
What color sapce do you have the camera set to? (I don't recall if the 20D can use different color spaces.)
How are you viewing the image? Is this on the camera or on your computer or both?

I was going to suggest it was a white balance problem, but it sounds like it isn't.

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Old Jul 23, 2006, 8:40 PM   #3
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My studio work is good, outside with a fill flash is fine, however when I use the canon 580 flash in the church my images are too red or orange. I am at my whits end as to what may be causing this problem. I have my white balance set on flash mode I am using 400 or 800 iso. Camera is the canon 20D.
Are you're trying to do a fill in the church?

The incandescent or candle light in the church are warmer than your flash ending in red/orange!
Decrease the ISO so all lights will come mainly from the flash instead (and what you've set your camera to)

Or change your white balance to incandescent, but then you risk of getting blue when the flash is overwhelming

-> Your main problen is you're mixing two different light colors :idea:
(in the old day there's filter/gel you can insert in front of the flash to make it match the warmer tone...)
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Related follow-up question to everyone:

Could the lens of the SLR also cause this problem? I've heard of some lenses being 'warmer' than other, so could this problem be caused by a malfunctioning lens?
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Could the lens of the SLR also cause this problem? I've heard of some lenses being 'warmer' than other, so could this problem be caused by a malfunctioning lens?
No - Highly improbable

The same camera and lens work outdoor, and in the studio with flash according to nelshine where they are all daylight balanced
-> The same combination only misbehave in mixed lighting in the church

BTW you can easily prove this yourself by putting a warming filter such as KR.3 in front of the lens - either the camera's auto white balance or the manual white balance will cancel it out... :idea:
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