Skin Camera

Skin Camera
Is it the camera or the lighting? Why is the portrait object’s skin tone orange?

I was testing my camera. I let the person stand by the window and I took pictures (nature light, sunny outside, 2pm). His skin tone is a little bit orange but he doesn’t look orange in real life.

Is it the lighting or the camera setting?

Light has color. Although you often cannot see the color with your eyes, the camera sees it pretty well. Sunlight and indoor lamps are radically different colors. Your camera will show you this – by making things funny colors like your orangish friend!

Orange skin tone is really two problems: Saturation and mismatched color balance. You can use your camera to correct the color balance, or filter it. It is easiest to set your camera for the right color balance setting.

Near a window with sunlight streaming in? Try the daylight or shade settings. Indoors under a typical bulb light? try the bulb setting.

Once the color of the skin is coming out correct, try a custom picture setting with less saturation. The result will look more natural.

Digital Photography Lesson – Skin tones part 1 of 4

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