Aperture 3 PP questions
Last night a friend called me about 30 minutes before I left to view a school production of "Arsenic and old lace" and asked me to take some candid shots of the cast before and after the production as well as during the production.
I loaded up the camera bag with batteries, flashes and lenses and headed out the door. I took the candids and then staked my spot in the auditorium at about the same time they made the announcement that they were videoing the play and that no flash photography was allowed!
I had my 70-200 and bumped the iso on my D300 to 1600. It wasn't fast enough and I went up to 3200 before things started looking right. I have a D2H that was my primary camera before the D300 and even going to 1600 was a leap of faith for me but I was amazed at the photos at 3200.
The tough part was that the primary bank of lights that they used had yellow gels on them and gave a colorcast to the photos. I figured that I could set the white balance and take out that color cast. When I set the white balance, though, it seemed as if the yellow cast remained in the shadows. Is there a way to get that out in Aperture or will that require Photoshop?
The second problem was with the young lady with the red dress. I don't know if it was the lights or what but she came out with a very different colored dress in the photo. I went in the colors brick and changed it but noticed in Capture NX2 it came out the right color. Is that just an Aperture quirk? (The only adjustment to the photo below was the white balance. The dress is supposed to be red.)
Thanks for the help!
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#1. "RE: Aperture 3 PP questions" | In response to Reply # 0DiploStrat Registered since 06th Dec 2006Sat 29-May-10 07:23 AM | edited Sat 29-May-10 07:25 AM by DiploStrat
Nikon does some strange things with color or, if you prefer Apple does some strange things with color. This color question drives some Nikon shooters up the wall and is one reason that many folks will only use Capture NX.
If you have a RAW/JPEG pair or Capture NX, you can make a preset in Aperture to do the color shift. See the linked screencast from Rob Boyer to learn how. It is a hue shift and Rob has spent a lot of time on this subject: http://photo.rwboyer.com/2010/02/15/aperture-3-nikon-nef-files-screencast/ Step back in his blog and you will see that he has worked on presets for many Nikons.
Adobe is said to do better at matching Nikon. I shoot a D200 and I find myself turning the color shift off more than I leave it on; I find the Apple color more accurate but there are many who will argue that they didn't buy a Nikon to get Canon color!
I suspect that if the red dress has gone fuchsia it is a reflection for Nikon's tendency to run yellow/blue pastel. It may be worth a snort to Apple that they should be able to match Nikon's baseline colors.
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