New member here, so bear with me.
I am a portrait photographer, and recently upgraded from a 5D Mark 2 to a 5D Mark 3.. Despite advice from a friend, I took the Mark 3 to a shoot without practicing first. As as I shot, I was looking at the LCD playback screen, and thought they all looked wonderful. But once I got home, I quickly realized that I have a problem. I was not quite prepared for the drastic difference in color between the 2 and the 3. When I shot with my Mark 2, I never had an issue with color... and if I did, it was user error. But the color is awful in the images that I made with the new Mark 3.
I have Googled until my fingers were numb, so I joined the forum just so I could ask... Is there any way to correct this IN-CAMERA?!?! (And if not, what is the easiest way to correct the problem for any & all future RAW files that I shoot?)
I have tried changing picture styles. I have tried changing the Kelvin settings.. No matter what I do, the color looks "off". Please help me!!
I have attached some links to examples from the shoot. And while I'm well aware that there are probably "other" technical problems with the images, I ask that you only look at the image color(s) as the problem. (For what it's worth.. I know the location is not the issue, because I shot in the very same location with my Mark 2, and the colors were lovely. But in the photos below, as you'll see, there's an over-abundance of green.)
Image details.. 6850 Kelvin (which, btw, is not what it said in-camera as I was shooting) with +5 magenta
And yes, I shot these in RAW.
Thanks for any and all advice/tips/suggestions you might have!
"...the wrong white balance was set in camera ..."
You are still not understanding. WB in a Raw file is meaningless. It can be set anywhere you like. Raw files contain only luminous info. Nothing else. The WB that is used for display is taken from the camera but it is meaningless.
You are still not understaning what I mean.
The neutral gray is maybe 100 % right after setting white balance properly, but the overal colors still do not looking nice, and it is because from the start point when I did shoot this photo there was wrong white balance for the shadow scene.
I expirienced this all the time when I make mistake with wrong white balance settings the color saturation of raw files going over saturate and when you pick up the white balance from the right grey point the colors became very strange.
I'm going to make some tests some day, and then I'll show you what I mean.
"Do you have some permanent preset set by default in your Lightroom..."
I opened your jpg in ACR not LR and didn't make any additional edits except WB by selecting different areas. Look at the gravel right to the right of her back. There are several spots that are petty close to 18% gray. Choosing her shorts was a mistake so don't choose areas like that anymore.
You are probably unconscious of it here is the proof that sliders in ACR was moved and tweaked
Thanks a lot to you all. You give me a bunch of very usefull information that I will use in my workflow.
My display is HP Elite Display E243i quite a good one but not for the commercial graphic work. I must finally to invest some day in better display but not now. And I will do calibrate my display to see a difference.
You've also confirmed me that everything is fine with my camera and I need to work on my post processing skil yet.
Thanks once again 🙂
"...additional edits except WB by selecting different areas..."
Sorry I was unclear. No additional edits were made to adjust WB except the grayscale selection point. Both your sample shots need other adjustments to make them more pleasing, IMHO. I was unable to do lens correction but that doesn't effect WB for instance.
" I did shoot this photo there was wrong white balance for the shadow scene. I expirienced this all the time when I make mistake with wrong white balance settings ..."
You still aren't understanding a Raw file. There is no WB. None is 'set'. You do that in post. You can set it to whatever you want. If other colors are not to your liking they can be edited also. If colors are getting off to what you like, I do suspect it is your post editing skills that need some more training.
Remember the image shown in your editor, is just a guess by the post editor using your camera settings and the editor's internal algorithms.. It still in no way alters your original Raw file.
"... the color saturation of raw files going over saturate and when you pick up the white balance from the right grey point the colors became very strange."
A quick thought. When you add color to a photo, you add brightness. Why, because you added something. This means you may have to decrease exposure or overall brightness. Whether you added it by WB or other edits, anything added increases brightness. This might be what you are seeing as "going over saturate".
"The most adequate color toning that I like is third photo for me either."
Does this mean you like #3 the best? You should as it is the most accurate. It could still stand a few tweaks but it is very close as is. I don't agree with Tim about not having gray in most photos to use as a WB starting point. Most, again most, note I did not say all Tim, scenes will have something that is near 18% gay.
"The most adequate color toning that I like is third photo for me either."
I don't agree with Tim about not having gray in most photos to use as a WB starting point. Most, again most, note I did not say all Tim, scenes will have something that is near 18% gay.
It isn’t the tonality of the “gray”... it’s being able to be SURE that it actually IS “gray”. 18% is from the Angel Adams idea that “middle gray” is 18% (this has to do with the gamma of the human eye. You’d think 50% would be “middle” but it turns out the eye... in an effort to improve dynamic range... naturally brightens up dark tones in a non-linear way). Most modern digital cameras are calibrated to treat some value between 12-18% as “middle gray” with the majority being much closer to the 12% value. If you had a “12% gray card” you could use it as a very accurate light meter. But usually a gray card is used to achieve white balance... not so much as a light meter target.
If on a scale of 0-100% ... the “cyan”, “magenta”, and “yellow” colors are all perfectly equal, then the “red”, “green”, and “blue” light reflected (RGB is “additive” primary colors, CMY is “subtractive” primary colors) then the RGB values on the camera would be equal.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 30%, 30%, and 30%, or 71.3%, 71.3%, and 71.3% ... as long as those three are guaranteed to be equal, you get a true neutral “gray” result.
Very often a “white” will actually be some “off white” ... or a “gray” will have a very slight blue or brown cast ... it’s not genuinely neutral.
You can use anything you want... as long as it’s neutral.
The point of a photographic gray card is to take the guess work out because it’s designed to be neutral.
The point is Tim most photos will have something that can be used for 18% gray. That is what I said although I thought you may not have understood it. Deep technical explanation as to what is actually happening not with standing.
This is how I might have treated this shot.
Thanks for this try. I thing the color are now very nice but althought it seem to me the mood of the photo have gone somewhere, but colors aren't oversaturated at least.
I found some interesting forum topic about 5D mark III. The person have got some problem with this camera too as me now
I'm just struggling with almost the same problems.
I'm very curious, maybe just this camera is harder to learn how to shoot properly and post process after 🙂
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