Dumb mistake...

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    In Thom Hogan's book (CD) one of the tips he gives is to make sure when you
    put your camera away you change any settings back to normal. Well, I had
    just taken some macro photos using an incandescent lamp, had changed the wb,
    and put it away like that. Later that day I grabbed the camera to shoot a
    cat that someone brought over (very cool looking cat, exotic, expensive
    hybrid) and used the flash.

    Anybody want some pictures of a blue cat? It's exotic, but it ain't blue.
    And because I didn't shoot the images in RAW it wasn't easy adjusting the
    colors back. I used Nikon Capture and used the red blue and green
    sliders -- got very close. Anybody have an easier way to fix something like

    At least I did get some good shots after I set the wb back to automatic.

    Sheldon, Mar 9, 2005
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    RSD99 Guest

    RSD99, Mar 9, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    PSP, Adjust => Color balance => Grey Wold Balance
    Ed Ruf, Mar 9, 2005
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    canongirly Guest

    I did something very similar myself when I first went digital. I shot a
    bunch of portraits in a room that had flourescent overheads that couldn't be
    turned off for some stupid reason or other. As I was using studio strobes
    anyway I set a custom WB using a sheet of white paper shot under the
    strobes. Everything went fine with the portraits printing out the right

    The next day I went to an airshow. Got lots of shots of very pretty military
    jets whizzing around....all with a distinctly green cast.
    canongirly, Mar 9, 2005
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    Drifter Guest

    Oh God, a lot of us have done the same thing, of course NEVER more
    than once, right?!? <grin>. Oh and I've never done it myself of
    course (cough cough, wink, nudge).

    Thank God and Adobe for photoshop!

    "I've been here, I've been there..."
    Drifter, Mar 9, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    It's a common error, and digital cameras are much worse that film as
    there are so many additional setting related to the capture. You can in
    many instances correct for it.
    Try pulling the blues and increasing the red/yellow.

    I don't like trusting the auto-WB. I prefer setting the light
    temperature and that works for the three main cases, sunlight/flash
    (5500K), incandecent (2800K) and open shade (I haven't found the temp
    yet, but my camera goes up to 9900K so I'll start there. It's -12C
    outside, so I'm no rush to do this...)

    Alan Browne, Mar 9, 2005
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    C J Campbell Guest

    I find that using Curves in Photoshop CS is a quick way of correcting a lot
    of mistakes like this. Doesn't always work, but it is worth a try. Using
    Options in the Curves of Layer box and clicking the white or black squares
    to set their values to extreme white and black can be very helpful.
    C J Campbell, Mar 9, 2005
  8. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions, and letting me know I'm not the only one out
    there who does this. I guess that's what the tips in the book are for. :)
    And I just finished reading the book!
    Sheldon, Mar 9, 2005
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    Dave Devine Guest

    At least you had something reasonably correctable! I did the same thing
    with the ISO on my istDS. I took a picture or two at 3200 just to see.
    The next day, snapped lots of photos of my niece from Texas. Couldn't
    figure out why they were so noisy until I looked at the Exif info.

    Dave Devine, Mar 9, 2005
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    Hannah Guest

    My frequent mistake doesn't ruin the pictures, but it makes you look like an
    idiot! When I do macro or still life type shots, with a tripod, I set the
    camera to timer mode because this is what the infra red remote control needs
    it to be on. You feel like an idiot next day when you press the shutter and
    then have to stand there for 10 seconds before the shutter releases.
    Hannah, Mar 9, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Be glad you don't have to keep resetting this after every shot!
    Ed Ruf, Mar 9, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    Hahaha, I do both the 10 sec timer and WB things. I've been faithfully
    setting things back to normal and AWB lately, though.
    G.T., Mar 9, 2005
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    AustinMN Guest

    I have a different approach. I Always assume I left the camera in a bad
    state, and that all settings are suspect every time I turn it on. It
    doesn't take long to check them.

    AustinMN, Mar 10, 2005
  14. Now I now what the ammo fairy does to relax -- puts bad settings on


    (The ammo fairy, my gun-toting friends tell me, is the entity who
    loads your unloaded gun when you put it down for even a second.)
    Ben Rosengart, Mar 10, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Me too. (But a _little_ more discipline would help.)

    The problem, although it's rare for me, is for people who grab events as
    they occur. It is best to always have your camera in a known state when
    you grab it from the bag.

    One thing I sometimes do is leave the mirror lockup mode engaged, which
    on a Maxxum means you press the shutter and the mirror lifts and then
    there's a 2 sec. delay before the shutter releases... so, you develop
    the habit of just holding still when this occurs and get the shots
    anyway (as long as there's no action involved).

    Alan Browne, Mar 10, 2005
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