The latest on D7000 skin tones?

Started May 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Luke Kaven
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CFLs on indoor shots
In reply to Swedish Hambern, May 25, 2011

Your daylight pictures are fine, taking into account reflections off nearby objects, such as a bright orange shirt, etc.

Your indoor pictures look as though they were shot under CFL lighting. Increasingly these days, you must consider the color rendering index (CRI) of the indoor lighting sources you are using. Since the time you got your D70, most people have changed over from incandescent bulbs to CFLs. Most CFLs you can never color balance, no matter how hard you try.

I think you are looking too much at the camera and not enough at other factors in the situation. If you'd like to really learn as much as you can, you might try the X-rite color checker passport, and learn to apply the profiles that it generates. That way, you will know without any further questions what is going on, and whether it is your camera or your lighting or your technique.

You can expect neutral to always deliver the best, because that delivers the linear data, pretty much as the sensor sees it. Once you apply tone curves (in the form of picture controls), you can expect colors to start bunching up. Learning how to roll your own curve in post so that they do not mess with your skin tones is a skill that all professionals need to learn.

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