Newbie question: How to avoid model's makeup to look "orangey" on photos?

Started Jan 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
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John W Hall Contributing Member • Posts: 549
Re: Newbie question: How to avoid model's makeup to look "orangey" on photos?

Was it only the areas with makeup that were orange? If other parts of the image were OK it's probably not lighting or camera characteristics.

Two friends had a similar problem. I think several cameras Auto  White Balance don't do a good job. I suggested they set it to 'Tungsten' (rather than 'Auto') and results were much improved.

BTW: 'Halogen', though it IS Tungsten, has a higher colour temperature than 'old-style' 'sort-of white-hot' Tungsten lighting, and really needs a different setting.

However, as noted in previous posts, the gray card solution should fix most cases.

BTW-2: some modern lighting does not produce a 'continuous spectrum', but is designed to simulate daylight or some other source. This might fool your eyes but may not fool your camera's sensor. 'Non-continuous spectrum' can be really difficult to correct.

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