Just received my 5D III, cream dress is white
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.
Yeah, looks cream to me as well.
It looks Cream Colored on my monitor as well-
Many thanks for your responses, I will see if I can get my Macbook Pro calibrated.
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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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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It also looks cream on my uncalibrated office monitor (Eizo FlexScan L768) WB looks normal to me.
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
If you want correct colors use custom WB. It's not the camera.
NEC monitor calibrated using NEC SpectraView. Looks good to me as well.
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.
haha.... I think the camera is thirsty, need to drink some water via that opening.
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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.
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.