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Strange Tinsel Query!

KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
12 Dec 2011 6:32PM
I have an odd query.

On our Christmas tree we have artistically draped a gorgeous, thick, luscious, royal purple piece of tinsel.

When I look at it through my camera view finder it is blue! When I take a photo it is blue! Why?

Just to add, I was looking at it in natural daylight - dull overcast!

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mohikan22 10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 6:49PM
generally your white balance setting is off. afaik.
mohikan22 10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 6:50PM
P.S try in different white balance settings but im sure some giant brained member will apply a more definitive view Grin
Jestertheclown 6 6.6k 242 England
12 Dec 2011 7:03PM
Presumably Karen, you're using a camera with an electronic viewfinder?

The colours through an optical one should be the same as they are to the eye since you're (technically) looking through a sheet of glass.

Although I've no idea why the tinsel should appear to be blue!

Do all or any other colours look strange?
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
12 Dec 2011 7:16PM
Thanks Matt and Brendan - All the other colours look fine!

It looked blue through both the view finder and the viewing screen!

Here is a quick snap, taken with flash!


The dull green is the tree, the shiney green some green tinsel and the blue! When I look at the tinsel in real life it is a sort of plumy rich purple - this is not purple! Though saying that, the odd strand is purple-ish!
answersonapostcard e2
10 12.7k 15 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:19PM
Just an idea Karen but try setting your white balance to 'flourescent'.
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
12 Dec 2011 7:28PM
You are all going to think me really thick, but I've looked everywhere and can't find anything to adjust the 'white balance'! Sad
miptog 9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:29PM

Daylight to Tungsten white balace conversion produced the above.
mohikan22 10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:32PM
Karen what camera?
mohikan22 10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:34PM
Canon s3
If you don't know what white balance is, the chances are you've had your camera in AUTO. To check press the function button. Two down from the top is the white balance setting.
The settngs are:
AWB. (Auto white balance)
Tungsten (Normal light bulbs)
Fluorescent (For "strip" lights)
Fluorescent high (For powerful strip lights)
Flash (when using flash!!)
mohikan22 10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:35PM
If you want to be really sure you can set a custom white balance which is very easy on the S3. Simply go to the custom setting, point your camera at something white (ensuring that it is in the lighting conditions you want) then press set. The camera will then assume that whatever you have pointed it at is the benchmark for white. Most people who do this carry a white (or grey) piece of card, that can be bought from camera suppliers. Youmust make sure you fill the entire screen with the card, or the white colour.
In all honesty, I've never used the custom setting as I have always been able to set the WB to something I'm happy with. This is where the live view comes in handy again. Flick through the white balance settings on the camera and the LCD screen will show you the effect immediately.
HTH matt
miptog 9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 7:39PM

See P77 on how to adjust White Balance
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
12 Dec 2011 7:53PM
Thanks Guys! (I have a confession, I've lost the manual! Sad). Both your comments have been really helpful - I shall wait until tomorrow and have another try in daylight! Smile
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2011 8:51PM
i hate to say it, but the tinsel looks purple to me?
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
12 Dec 2011 9:08PM
miptog's image looks closer to the colour then mine! Smile

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