M43 cameras and blotchy red skin tones

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James Stirling
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Re: M43 cameras and blotchy red skin tones

Dexter75 wrote:

James Stirling wrote:

Dexter75 wrote:

Ruairi wrote:

Ah, something isn't right about this...

Golden hour does not occur during sunset - there is a significant difference: 'In photography, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky.'.

Those skin tones I showed at sunset, and the examples you gave, were definitely orange/red - not 'pink/red'. What monitor model are you using? Mine is a calibrated Dell 2516D, a well regarded unit.

Many photographers prefer Canon colours over anything else, so you wouldn't be alone to go with Canon. I note a more green tint to Canon skintones, also commonly recognised.

One final try...

Example in controlled studio lighting, 5600k

I like this example here, very nice. Yea, I know golden hour isnt technically sunset but Ive always known it to be the last hour the sun is up. Yes, orange/red is probably more accurate. Im on a 27 inch iMac, non 5k. Photos look the same on my iPad Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max too, so not my monitor. We all have different preferences when it comes to skin tones and you are right, many do prefer Canon skin tones, which is why so many portrait shooters use Canon. There is no right or wrong really, just personal preferences. Like I said, Im tempted to grab an Olympus and shoot it side by side with my Canon now. Id really like to use a few of those fantastic Olympus portrait lenses again,

Speaking as a former wedding shooter overcast days are far far better for generating flattering portraits. Blazing sun is a nightmare , fortunately living and working in Scotland the former is rather more common On the overcast days the sky in effect becomes a massive softbox giving a lovely soft gentle light

As someone who’s made a living off my fashion/glamour photography for the past 15 years, I strongly disagree. Overcast weather is the nightmare as it’s flat lighting that always requires flash or strobe lighting to get any pop. If sunlight is a nightmare for you, learn how to use natural light in your photos. There are plenty of great modifiers like diffusers available to control sunlight, it’s impossible to re-produce sunlight with any flash.

You do know how the principals of diffuse light work ?Perhaps give it a go


I am sorry but if you think the images you posted in the thread linked below are an example of good flash work you really should consider trying natural light with some reflectors and the like . I would be quite unhappy with images like these , they look incredibly amateurish


Also quite interesting that apart from the images having been taken 4 and half years apart the chips on the paint on the door and the marks on the wall are identical . What are the chances eh ? I think you are having a laugh and as such I will add you to the comedy relief gang.

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