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    Default How to shoot for better colour?

    Hi, lets say the one of the correct exposure for a shoot is f4 1/1000s. Will the colour of the shot be nicer and more briliant if I shoot it with f16/ 1/60?

    Or what tips do you have to get a pic with nice briliant colour where the colours are not dull? Thanks!

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    As far as I know, shutter speed and aperture should not affect the colour tone/saturation. (Please correct me if I am wrong.) But using too small an aperture can cause diffraction that may reduce the sharpness.

    I think it's down to lens quality and camera settings. Making use of the available light and using of flash are also keys to good colour rendition.

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    I tot so too....
    Quote Originally Posted by Scaglietti View Post
    As far as I know, shutter speed and aperture should not affect the colour tone/saturation. (Please correct me if I am wrong.) But using too small an aperture can cause diffraction that may reduce the sharpness.
    But how does one obtain nice colour even when lighting is dark and the pic is not dull.....or, many a times, when the lighting is definitely not dim, but the pic turn out dull.....any tips??

    Quote Originally Posted by Scaglietti View Post
    I think it's down to lens quality and camera settings. Making use of the available light and using of flash are also keys to good colour rendition.

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    for same exposure with different f/ setting, the colour suppose to be the same. However for most lenses, the colour contrast shooting at wide open are not as good as stopping a bit.

    Flare, overexpose, underexpose, will cause some lost in colour contrast. A proper exposure shall bring out the most colour contrast, just my amateur thinking.
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    Default Re: How to shoot for better colour?

    Let there be light.... (in the first place).



    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    Or what tips do you have to get a pic with nice briliant colour where the colours are not dull? Thanks!

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    Experiment with different white balance

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    Quote Originally Posted by miniUltraman View Post
    Experiment with different white balance
    Or shoot with RAW and adjust the colour (WB) later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    I tot so too....

    But how does one obtain nice colour even when lighting is dark and the pic is not dull.....or, many a times, when the lighting is definitely not dim, but the pic turn out dull.....any tips??
    r u referring to pix that u see in CS? i believe lots of pix go thru PP to "brigthen it"...

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    Default Re: How to shoot for better colour?

    color is one complicated thing, ranging from

    1. the color temperature of the lighting situation,
    2. original subject's color,
    3. degree of reflection and glare with or without use of polariser,
    4. optics,
    5. use of filters,
    6. exposure,
    7. white balance setting,
    8. sensor sensitivity in RGB channels,
    9. raw data collection,
    10. jpeg conversion in camera,
    11. post processing and color space used.

    anyone else can think of more?

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    when before digital age, how do photographers get good colors when only shooting on film?

    think about it, you can apply the same thing without resort through post digital enhancement.

    *hint: just only simple theories about basic photography
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    Default Re: How to shoot for better colour?

    before digital age there were positive/slides which gave really superb and brilliant color.

    for labs printing color lights could be adjusted too. for mass production, they usually adjust for the 1st shoot on the roll.

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    when before digital age, how do photographers get good colors when only shooting on film?

    think about it, you can apply the same thing without resort through post digital enhancement.

    *hint: just only simple theories about basic photography

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    Thanks guys, a least for now I know what to look for.

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    Hi catchlights, can you please elaborate more on your hints....I am new lah...thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    when before digital age, how do photographers get good colors when only shooting on film?

    think about it, you can apply the same thing without resort through post digital enhancement.

    *hint: just only simple theories about basic photography

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    There are always filters to help you enhance your colours.....
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    First thing is you must get your exposure right.

    Secondly, get the White Balancing right.

    Then,

    3) Get a good lens
    4) Shoot close to the optimal aperture of that lens
    5) Avoid backlight, harsh lightings, must have adequate lights.

    Some basics I can think of..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    Hi, lets say the one of the correct exposure for a shoot is f4 1/1000s. Will the colour of the shot be nicer and more briliant if I shoot it with f16/ 1/60?

    Or what tips do you have to get a pic with nice briliant colour where the colours are not dull? Thanks!
    What about the ISO? If the ISO is already at the lowest, then maybe try ND filters to slightly decrease the shutter speed to 1/250? By right exposure should not affect the colours, but sometimes (especially for film) they do affect (the contrast) a little bit. So I think there might be some very slight differences for digital sensors also..

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    Ok, thanks all for the tips!

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