Sunset photos

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ed Mullikin, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Ed Mullikin

    Ed Mullikin Guest

    We will be taking photos of a sunset over sand dunes in India shortly. I've
    done this before with white balance set on "auto" and I was not particularly
    pleased with the color. It was kind of bluish and lacked the "warmth" of
    the true scene. Once the sun starts down there is not much time to play
    with the settings. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
    Ed Mullikin, Aug 13, 2005
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  2. Ed Mullikin

    Ed Mullikin Guest

    Thank you very much. The camera is a SonyDSC-F828.
     
    Ed Mullikin, Aug 13, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    Yep, the auto WB tried to adjust the colors so they look like they are shot
    in nromal "white" light. Set the WB to daylight and you'll get what you're
    looking for. I leave mine set there for 90% of outdoor shooting for that
    reason.
     
    Stacey, Aug 14, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    Stacey, Aug 14, 2005
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    BWL Guest

    If your camera can take RAW images, shooting RAW will allow you to choose
    any white balance setting after the fact.
     
    BWL, Aug 14, 2005
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  6. Set your WB to Daylight. In Auto, the camera is reading all that excess
    red and orange light of the sunset and the durth of blue, and trying to
    "balance" it to some internal standard by adding more blue (or subtracting
    red/orange).

    If you want even more "warmth," set WB to Cloudy. This is my
    "standard" daylight setting, since I live in the high desert Southwest US,
    where there is an excess of blue light. With color slide film, I normally
    use an 81A or B (depends on which make of film) to correct for the excess
    blue.

    Stefan
     
    stefan patric, Aug 14, 2005
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