Just received my 5D III, cream dress is white

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JAG007
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Just received my 5D III, cream dress is white
Dec 11, 2013

I have just received my new 5D III and am still playing around with it.  This dress is cream, but it appears white.  My WB was on auto and I only used natural light.  The walls of the room are light grey.  The ISO was 640 with a shutter speed of 1/500 at f4.  I dropped my shutter speed but it did not make much difference.  Any advice will be appreciated.

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In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

It does look cream, perhaps you monitor's color balance is a bit off.

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In reply to saralecaire, Dec 11, 2013

Yeah, looks cream to me as well.

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Re: Just received my 5D III, cream dress is white
In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

It looks Cream Colored on my monitor as well-

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In reply to Boiler_Jack, Dec 11, 2013

Many thanks for your responses, I will see if I can get my Macbook Pro calibrated.

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In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

On my calibrated monitor, it appears cream colored and the walls are indeed a light shade of gray. On my cheap uncalibrated monitor it appears white (slight pink tone maybe) and the walls looks a tad gray/blue.

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In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

on my calibrated monitor the dress is cream and the WB looks OK.

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In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

I have an Eizo CG243W, duly calibrated.

It shows cream, no doubt.

There seems to be a very, very light touch of blue cast in the WB.

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In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

It also looks cream on my uncalibrated office monitor (Eizo FlexScan L768)    WB looks normal to me.

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The advice is the same as ever
In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

Shoot RAW and if possible include a color chart or something white or neutral grey and set the WB later on for max accuracy

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Re: The advice is the same as ever
In reply to bigdaddave, Dec 11, 2013

it's cream and cool in temp..

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qianp2k wrote:

It also looks cream on my uncalibrated office monitor (Eizo FlexScan L768) WB looks normal to me.

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Re: Just received my 5D III, cream dress is white
In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

I am at work, and here on my cheap uncalibrated dell monitor it does look kind of white, i see some cream, but it is very light.  So it must be your monitor

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Re: Just received my 5D III, cream dress is white
In reply to JAG007, Dec 11, 2013

If you want correct colors use custom WB. It's not the camera.

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Just warm it up a bit in post...
In reply to JAG007, Dec 12, 2013

That's part of the art.

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In reply to JAG007, Dec 12, 2013

Take off the lens and shout into the opening, Hey, you dumbo automatic white balance system, smarten up.

Or learn the very basics of photography.

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In reply to JAG007, Dec 12, 2013

NEC monitor calibrated using NEC SpectraView. Looks good to me as well.

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In reply to BAK, Dec 13, 2013

BAK wrote:

Take off the lens and shout into the opening, Hey, you dumbo automatic white balance system, smarten up.

Or learn the very basics of photography.

BAK

haha.... I think the camera is thirsty, need to drink some water via that opening.

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Before recalibrating your screeen...
In reply to JAG007, Dec 13, 2013

The eye is amazingly good at adapting to lighting conditions, so that objects appear the same colour whether lit by midday sun or by incandescent bulbs.  But set your camera's white balance to manual, and you'll see that the real colour of a scene can vary enormously.

So a paper print will look "right" under all kinds of lighting, because the colour balance of the light reflected from the print is the same as the ambient light.  However a computer screen is not reflective, and doesn't match its colour balance to the ambient lighting.  If the colour balance of the room does not match that of the monitor, then the eye will perceive shifted colours on the screen.  This is particularly noticeable with near-grey shades like your dress.

The solution is simple: make sure the computer screen is the dominant light source in the room, and put large grey borders around the photo so that your eye adapts to the colour balance of the screen.  This is why most photo software (and also this forum, presumably) has lots of grey around the loaded image.

Incidentally, calibrating your monitor will make its colour balance more consistent, so that dark greys are the same colour as light greys.  But it will not help it to match the ambient lighting.  In my experience most modern screens are pretty good even uncalibrated.  Cheaper laptop screens can show colour shift according to viewing angle, but this cannot be fixed by calibration.

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Re: Just received my 5D III, cream dress is white
In reply to JAG007, Dec 13, 2013

Just exactly what color is cream? It probably means a little yellow. But by the numbers the dress in this image has almost equal values RGB or CMY, tending to just a touch more Cyan. So I say the camera may have auto balanced it out to white for you.

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