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Old May 6, 2006, 8:23 PM   #1
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New to the digicam world and have questions re getting "true" colors on wildflower shots: sometimes mine are great and other times the purples turn blue, dark blues turn light blue, and reds tend to take on a pink/orange cast.

Changing the color saturation didn't work; figure I need to change the ISO/aperture settings too, but haven't hit on the right combination yet, and still trying to grasp how all the different settings work together.

Any info would be most welcome.............Thanks!
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Old May 6, 2006, 9:43 PM   #2
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It can be the white balance...
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Old May 7, 2006, 1:42 AM   #3
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I agree, could be the white balance. What camera are you using? If it has a RAW setting, try shooting RAW and then fix the colors in post processing.

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Camera is a Sony DSC-H1 Cybershot.

Don't see anything in the manual index about a RAW setting...
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Old May 7, 2006, 8:06 AM   #5
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Likely the white balance: is it set on auto white balance for the shots that had bad color? Can you set it to daylight/cloudy/tungsten/... ?

There should be some software that came with your camera that lets you read the EXIF data in the image header.
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Also remember that digital cameras cannot deal with purple with any degree of accuracy.

See http://www.tribecalabs.com/products.htm


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Also remember that digital cameras cannot deal with purple with any degree of accuracy.
This is really odd, but true. I'm a big Sacramento Kings fan and my friend is a big LA Lakers fan, and whenever we take pictures of the team's purple jerseys, the color comes out as blue.

I think this is also true with digital video cameras' CCDs, the colors on TV sometimes are blue, and I suspect it's because they use digital video camera.

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Old May 7, 2006, 12:31 PM   #8
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Checked some earlier shots--properties summary states WB/light source "unknown".

Changed some settings last night and this morning took some shots withWB set on Daylight. Can't say I notice a difference.

When I get closer to the scarlet flax it gets more orange-y, and when I am not super-close to one flower, the color is more accurate. Blues still come out brighter than the actual color.
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