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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 6:32 PM

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!

Last Modified By KarenFB at 12 Dec 2011 - 6:34 PM
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mohikan22
mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 6:49 PM

generally your white balance setting is off. afaik.

mohikan22
mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 6:50 PM

P.S try in different white balance settings but im sure some giant brained member will apply a more definitive view Grin

Jestertheclown
12 Dec 2011 - 7:03 PM

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
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:16 PM

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!

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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!

Last Modified By KarenFB at 12 Dec 2011 - 7:19 PM
answersonapostcard
answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012601 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:19 PM

Just an idea Karen but try setting your white balance to 'flourescent'.

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:28 PM

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
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:29 PM

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Daylight to Tungsten white balace conversion produced the above.

mohikan22
mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:32 PM

Karen what camera?

mohikan22
mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:34 PM

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)
Sunlight
Cloudy
Tungsten (Normal light bulbs)
Fluorescent (For "strip" lights)
Fluorescent high (For powerful strip lights)
Flash (when using flash!!)
Custom

mohikan22
mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:35 PM

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
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:39 PM

S3 IS Manual PDF HERE

See P77 on how to adjust White Balance

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 7:53 PM

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
BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 8:51 PM

i hate to say it, but the tinsel looks purple to me?

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2011 - 9:08 PM

miptog's image looks closer to the colour then mine! Smile

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