D3s / D3x / 18-55 f3.5 - 5.6 / 55-200 f3.5-5.6 / 50 f1.8
Colour accuracy is subjective so posting a stream of tweaked pics is pointless. Will it actually add anything productive to TS PP workflow when all the better/worse comments are finished? Can the tweaks be replicated for future work?
If serious about printed results, a calibrated monitor is a great tool and compared to the cost of the hobby its quite a cost-effective investment.
Altered the colour balance by eye. My monitor is calibrated:
Basically, you took the pictures under fluorescent lights. This will tend to introduce a green hue. Using a magenta filter, or pushing the green/magenta hue slider in RAW will help. I also notice that the skin tone's cyan reading is exceptionally low. So I pushed it up a little. It's a quick job, and not perfect, but I think it's an improvement already.
However, what we like to see is subjective. For example, Asian women like to look a bit paler than than they are. Asian includes Indian, Chinese and Malay. Somehow, whiter is the ideal for everyone. That's why skin whitening products sell so well.
Caucasians tend to prefer a little bit more tan because the average Caucasian tend to look a bit too pale compared to the TV/Movie ideal.
Can the values be replicated? Yes it can. You have to watch out for the RGB or CMYK values of the skin tone. You can tweak the colour balance to achieve whatever skin tone you or your subjects like.
As for aiming for accurate WB when shooting... unless you are in daylight, most of the other lighting like tungsten and fluorescent differ so much that the camera will inevitably get it wrong, whether you change the on-camera WB setting or not. Getting it exactly right on-camera is like hitting jackpot. So, it is advisable to shoot RAW, and get the exposure right so that the RAW file is rich in information... the go to post processing to get the WB right. It's really just a couple of slider away. Easy peasy.
... and it is very important to get your monitor calibrated.
Just to add... if anyone is interested in getting more in-depth knowledge on this subject, try reading 'Skin' by Lee Varis. It's a very good book on skin tone. I think it's very important for anyone who is serious about people photography to get the skin tone right.
yap, a little on the warm side, easy to fix. Just use yr processing software and enhance a little on the reds and blues.
But then again, these 2 girls may be suffering from weak liver, from the perspective of TCM, which explains their yellowish tinge on their faces- imho.
(Not enuff vegetables).
Last edited by nottipiglet; 23rd September 2009 at 11:29 PM.
Colour accuracy is not subjective. Only preferences differ
Last edited by cutecdo; 24th September 2009 at 03:34 AM.
And lastly, have you heard of custom white balance?
the skin tone in this image may not accurate to the real person but it sure looks pleasing to me (viewed on my default MBP screen).
i've noticed quite a few doctors here.
You will never feel that it's off because our eyes adjust to colour cast very quickly. That is why we think that fluorescent is white, when there is actually a rather strong green hue.
A calibrated monitor shows the colour and contrast as what you should actually see (or close). There are many brands of devices that can help you calibrate the monitor. I use the Colorvision Spyder3 Pro. There are others like X-rite EyeOne.