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Old Jan 13, 2003, 5:32 PM   #21
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jsmeeker makes a number of valid points. But the reason why white balance is such an issue with digi and movie cams is they don't have the same latitude for error as the dye and layer structure of film. So there is less margin for error.

However, the good news is a colour error which looks bad at first, can be easily made to look ok in editing, except with mixed lighting. Here the latitude of film may still give a reasonable result, but the digicam will auto balance for the light colour which is strongest.
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Old Jan 13, 2003, 6:17 PM   #22
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jsmeeker makes a number of valid points. But the reason why white balance is such an issue with digi and movie cams is they don't have the same latitude for error as the dye and layer structure of film. So there is less margin for error.

However, the good news is a colour error which looks bad at first, can be easily made to look ok in editing, except with mixed lighting. Here the latitude of film may still give a reasonable result, but the digicam will auto balance for the light colour which is strongest.
If people are used to working with print films, they need to remember the lab will work on color balancing/correcting when making prints.

Comparing digital photography and viewing the images on a screen to viewing prints made from a traditional camera is a little unfair, IMHO. In one, you are looking at the actual image as captured by the camera. In the other, you are not. To do a more fair comparison, load the little P&S film camera with slide film and shoot. See what you get.
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