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whites photographed.turn out pale green

 
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Re: whites photographed.turn out pale green

What camera?
Sounds like a white balance issue.
The auto white balance may fail to give correct results.
If you shoot RAW you have great latitude to adjust WB in post on the computer. If you shoot JPG you have less ability to adjust it afterward so it is more important to get it right in camera.
If you move into fluorescent lighting switch your WB to fluorescent if the LCD shows the auto WB is giving a bad color cast. There are settings for sunny cloudy shady tungsten flash etc.
personally this is a major reason I shoot RAW. I hate messing with this and frequently forget to do it or I guess wrong on what setting is right.
Scott

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Re: whites photographed.turn out pale green

What camera?  I'll bet if you do a reset, this will correct itself.  Depending on which camera, go into the menu and "Clear all settings".

Or, remove all the batteries in the camera over night.  Buy a brand new memory card and formate it with the camera.

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Re: whites photographed.turn out pale green

Most likely White Balance, as Scotty said. Traditional Fluorescent lights are actually green, and will turn skin a sickly color if you don't account for it with WB.

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Funny how things change. Years ago it seemed like orange color casts were a bigger problem than today, because tho old fashioned light bulbs were matching the tungsten WB setting. Nowadays the green color casts are more often the problem since current bulbs have gone compact fluorescent.
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Why do so many people say "FER-tographer"? Do they take "fertographs"?
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@ScottyP wrote:
Funny how things change. Years ago it seemed like orange color casts were a bigger problem than today, because tho old fashioned light bulbs were matching the tungsten WB setting. Nowadays the green color casts are more often the problem since current bulbs have gone compact fluorescent.

CFs will soon be a thing of the past, now that the prices of LED bulbs are falling.

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I guess we'll need a firmware update then, to add "LED" to e menu of canned white balance settings?
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Re: whites photographed.turn out pale green


@RobertTheFat wrote:

@ScottyP wrote:
Funny how things change. Years ago it seemed like orange color casts were a bigger problem than today, because tho old fashioned light bulbs were matching the tungsten WB setting. Nowadays the green color casts are more often the problem since current bulbs have gone compact fluorescent.

CFs will soon be a thing of the past, now that the prices of LED bulbs are falling.


And good riddance.

 

I've been waiting for those LED prices to fall a bit more before biting the bullet and doing all the recessed lighting in my house.  I'm sick of burning through those R20 bulbs.

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@ScottyP wrote:
I guess we'll need a firmware update then, to add "LED" to e menu of canned white balance settings?

Maybe not. My impression is that LEDs are much closer to having a sensible color temperature than fluorescents (including CFs) are. In my office at work I have a CF desk lamp and a pole lamp with three 8W(!) LED spotlights. To my eyes, the LEDs are a fair approximation of 60W tungstens, while the light from the desk lamp looks greenish. I don't recall having a chance to do a photo shoot in LED light, but I'd be surprised if it isn't more tractable than any form of fluorescent light.

 

It occurs to me that they just renovated our City Council Chamber, and I'll bet it now has LED lights. So I may have a chance to test my theory sooner rather than later. Even if the Chamber doesn't have LEDs, it'll be better than it was before. The old lighting was godawful, especially in the evening when there's little or no light from the windows. I sometimes had to ask for the TV lights, even when the event wasn't being televised.

Bob
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Re: whites photographed.turn out pale green

reble 1000d.Have played with WB.in 36 different settings,auto and all selections,even to grid and custom with neutral card.Exposure and light variances.From tripod/off camera flash thru light box to soft existing light.I don't understand why?When a mobile phone records white to my satisfaction. For some reason the 1000d records white as soft pastel green.Many thanks.

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