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Old Jul 5, 2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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I just got a new Konica-Minolta Dimage Z5. It is my second digital camera. My first was a Kodak DC260. My other hobby is building plastic scale model cars.Then I like to take pictures of them for posting at model car websites. I use a white backdrop that I place my models on and put a reasonably bright light over them. My photos with the Kodak came out fine. I would just do a little touchup with the Mediachance DC Enhancer software. Now I am taking the pictures the same way with the Dimage Z5. Well the white backdrop comes out quite yellowed. So I am wondering what I can be doing wrong? What setting I should set the camera at? In fact I tried taking the pictures again with just ambient room light and they came out much better. I then brightened them up with the DC Enhancer and they looked fine although the white backdop was just a little bit gray but I had a much better result. Does anyone know why this should happen?

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Old Jul 5, 2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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It sounds like your white balance is set incorrectly. If the lighting is incandescent, set your WB for incandescent. If it is fluorescent, WB should be set for fluorescent. For really accurate colors, read in your camera manual on how to manually set white balance by taking a reading from a white surface, your backdrop in this case. Different cameras have different procedures for this but basically it amounts to setting WB to manual and "taking a picture" of the white object being metered. It doesn't actually take a picture but records the color information.

Good luck to you.

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Old Jul 5, 2005, 1:17 PM   #3
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Thanks Cal. That sounds like a good way to go and logical too.

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Old Jul 5, 2005, 6:19 PM   #4
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Cal,

I just wanted to let you know that I set the white balance like you said to and it did the trick. I used my 100W incadescent light. In fact the flash didn't even need to go off. Attached is a sample photo.
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Old Jul 5, 2005, 11:25 PM   #5
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Nice looking model cars. I'm glad the white balence helped you. Post more, please.

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