What's wrong with my 20D?

Started Sep 22, 2006 | Discussions thread
cspringer Forum Pro • Posts: 19,632
Look at your Histogram

you have no highlights. What your Histogram when shooting and play with the WB.

You can add a Levels adjustment layer (Photoshop) and click OPTIONS to give you something probably closer to what you want...watch the Histogram change.

Tim Corso wrote:

Or may be whats wrong with what I am doing? I've had my 20D a
little over a year now and it nearly always fails to impress me.
The main issue I have with it is the consistent dull and brown
looking images that I get. Take a look at a couple of typical shots
below.

BTW both shots were taken on a bright blue sky sunny day, virtually
no clouds

Original files can be found here:
http://www.place2view.co.uk/pictures/Misc_MG_0294_small.jpg
http://www.place2view.co.uk/pictures/Misc_MG_0281_small.jpg

I think that the white balance is getting it wrong most of the
time. Generally I use AWB and usually shoot RAW+JPG knowing that
RAW is the only way I'm going to get any kind of satisfaction.
Sometimes I use my Whilbal, but that isn't as fool proof as some
would have you believe.

Anyway I don't want to be post processing every last picture,
particularly where I've been on holiday and have more than 800
shots to process. What I want is a more satisfying result straight
from that camera.

I really want to like the 20D but the poor results are killing my
enthusiasm for taking pictures. I'm beginning to force myself to
take my camera out with me, knowing that when I download my days
shots, I'm going to be disappointed.

Any suggestions on how I can get better looking images straight
from the camera? I've explored all of the different parameter
settings to the point where I wonder if a 30D with picture styles
would help me? I have the 17-85 EFS lens which I think is OK, as
well as a 70-200 L f2.8 which is much revered, but both lenses
give, what to me, are disappointing results.

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