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Faces are sooooo red

Porzellangasse

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Porzellangasse Registered since 16th Nov 2011
Sat 24-Mar-12 07:40 PM



Lately all of my faces have been super red. Worse than a bad sunburn. Very red. So much so that there is little I can do in post process even though I shoot RAW.

D700. Auto WB.

This is new. I've shot with D700 about a year or longer. It's always shot a little 'red' in that my photos have always been a bit redder than ideal but not too bad. Now it's off the charts.

I don't know if it's an equipment problem or something I'm doing. This is especially true in my studio where I've been using an Alien Bee 800 with softbox as main light and either a reflector as fill light or a flash shooting into translucent umbrella as fill light.

So, a very good portrait photographer I spoke with suggested I get a color-balanced QP gray card to click on in post process. I did that. $63 for this card. I clicked on it and doesn't do much good but I do need to read how to use it right. (Have to search 'net for that as it came with nothing).

I also need to learn how to accurately make a custom WB prior to shooting as I've been told I'm crazy to have camera on Auto WB. I have an Expodisc.

In addition to mastering custom WB and using new $63 gray card, could there be anything else going on? The WB amber/blue scale is at zero. The micro fine tune color option in menu (the colorful grid) is at zero also (right in center). Anything else I can check in the camera?

As I mentioned, this is new but I'm not sure I'm doing anything different.

Thank you.




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